The Maricopa County Community College District has elected Chandler-Gilbert Community College student Missy Ascension as one of the 10 2019-20 Student Senate members.
"Chandler-Gilbert Community College is incredibly special to me, and I'm honored to be able to represent its community in such a monumental way," Ms. Ascension said in a release. "It's the place where I experienced the most professional and personal growth in my life, and where I learned that I could make my dream career a reality," she said.
"I love my school and all the communities that have poured their time and encouragement in shaping me into who I am today. I'm excited to be able to give back to CGCC by becoming the voice of our student body and set the precedent for all future Student Senators to come,: she said in the release.
Her goal as student senator is to ultimately ensure that the needs of students do not fall on deaf ears, and cultivate an environment that allows students to feel heard, welcomed and safe on campus, she said.
"I hope to inspire our students and help them become the best version of themselves that they can attain during their academic journey at CGCC," Ms. Ascension said.
Student senators represent their fellow students at the college they attend within the Maricopa County Community College District. Senators will take on the challenging and fulfilling duty of addressing student issues, as well as legislating on behalf of their student constituencies, according to the release.
As a voting member of the senate, senators will provide for the welfare and betterment of all Maricopa students. In this leadership position, senators ensure student voices are heard.
"We are excited that Missy will serve as a Student Senator," Veronica Hipolito, CGCC vice president of student affairs, said in the release. "Missy has made a positive impact on student engagement at CGCC through her leadership in the Esports Cub, and we believe she will continue this positive work as an advocate and voice for students in the Maricopa Student Senate."
Ms. Ascension studies business and intends to transfer to Arizona State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management with an emphasis in project management.
She aspires to work in the rapidly-expanding esports industry with the goal of creating more esports teams at colleges and universities. Missy served as the President of the CGCC Esports Club in 2018-19 and plays on the club's League of Legends Varsity Team. She currently works as the welcome desk receptionist for the International Education Department, the release states.
The Maricopa Community College’s Student Senate functions to advocate for the common interests of all MCCCD students in order to share student achievements and concerns with their fellow students, Governing Board, Chancellor, colleges, faculty, staff, and the community. MCCCD proudly provides this opportunity for growth, leadership development, and overall success of students.
For more information about the MCCCD Student Senate, go to my.maricopa.edu/get-involved/maricopa-student-senate.