Northeast Student Leader Soudi Taha Works to Create a Tightknit Community on Campus
Meet Soudi Taha (D.C. '22)
Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada
Undergrad degree: Bachelor of Science with an Honors Specialization in Biology, The University of Western Ontario
For Soudi Taha (D.C. '22) being a student leader is all about helping students engage with one other and get involved within their campus community.
As Northeast College’s Student Government Association (SGA) executive secretary and treasurer and newly elected in April 2020 as president of the Students for Social Diversity Awareness (SSDA) club, Taha is highly involved as a leader in organizations on campus and wants to help ensure other students' voices are heard.
This year, Taha's goals with SGA are to increase student involvement in extracurricular activities and to connect students and administrators. "I want to help make each student’s experience at Northeast (formerly NYCC) a positive one," she said.
What made you want to be part of SGA?
SGA is a bridge between the student body and the administration of the College, so I knew I could help ensure student voices are heard in this role. I also wanted to be a good representative for future students and push for further involvement from students in our school community.
What are you working on of which you are most proud?
Through my participation in school, I work to increase student involvement. We are all so busy with school and coursework, but I believe that student interactions are very important to our success and that of our College community.
What do you hope to accomplish as a student leader?
By holding leadership positions I feel I can make a difference in bringing students together to take part in events and to help connect students who are in different trimesters. Coming into NYCC in my first trimester, Students for Social Diversity Awareness (SSDA) became my community. I have made so many great friends and memories from attending SSDA events. Therefore, I work hard to allow other students to have the same positive experiences that I did.
What are the goals of SSDA?
SSDA is a club that promotes diversity and inclusion on campus. We promote diversity to challenge stereotypes and preconceptions, with the goal of encouraging personal growth for our members and to help created an overall healthier society. As future health care providers it is important that we educate ourselves on the world we live in. For us to be strong and fair healthcare providers, we must provide people of all backgrounds, perspectives, ethnicities, colors, sexual orientations and beliefs the equal care they deserve. SSDA’s goal is to educate our members and College community through multicultural events.
What can you tell us about the leadership of SSDA?
We all work so well together when it comes to the vision and growth of our club. We all deeply care about the future of SSDA and the Northeast community, and want to be present for students. Many students of color are currently going through a difficult time with the state of the world; we are always here to encourage students to reach out to any one of us. We want students to know whatever they need, they can count on us!
I would also like to say that SSDA would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of past presidents Ashley Williams (D.C. '20) and Sharmin Sultana-Sattar (D.C. '20), and all the work they put into making this a haven for so many students on campus.