President: Matthew Garza ’20
Hi everyone my name is Matthew Garza! To get an idea of where I am from, if you picture Texas in your head and go as far South as you possibly can while still being in the state of Texas, right on the border with Mexico, right on the river, there is a little town called Weslaco, and that’s where I am from. I am a Questbridge and first generation to college students as well, to be honest, I had never heard of Colby before I started the application process but I can now honestly say that there is no where in the world that I would rather be than at Colby. I have been in SGA my entire time here at Colby, first as a class senator, then a class co-president, then student body co-president, and now I am SGA student body president. I feel that I have a lot of experience and I hope to use to to spend my last year helping to make Colby a better place. I love nothing more than to hear from people about what is on their mind, if you see me around campus feel free to say hi, if you see me in the SGA office on late nights pop in and we can talk too!! I can’t wait to help everyone on SGA do awesome things this year!
Vice President: Thomas LaJoie ’20
Van Buren, ME
Hey Mules! My name is Thomas LaJoie, and I come from the great potato lands of Northern Maine where I grew up on a farm. I am a chemistry-biochemistry major, first generation student, and I am very excited to serve you all as the Vice President for the Student Government Association. In addition to being a part of SGA, I’m an Admissions Fellow, a Research Assistant in Biochemistry, and a member of the Megalomaniacs a capella group. During my time at Colby, I have also served as an EMT for Colby Emergency Response, an Organic Chemistry Lab TA, one of the Orientation Coordinators for the Class of 2023 Welcome Week, and a Community Advisor on Hall Staff! I am also a huge fan of music and the outdoors! Feel free to say hi when you see me around!
Treasurer: Sam Lee ’20
What’s up Colby queens! My name is Sam Lee and I am a senior majoring in biology and on the pre-med track. I am a CCAK mentor, a hospice volunteer, and also dabble in research in Ron Peck’s microbiology lab. Catch me in one of the science buildings or somewhere around H2Oville on a run (gotta take advantage of the nice weather whenever possible). I’m so excited to be back for my fourth (and final) year on SGA and I cannot wait to continue all of the hard work that has been done by our predecessors. Money is my game and I’m looking forward to working with the Finance Committee to spend it as meaningfully and effectively as possible. It’s going to be a great year and I cannot wait to meet you all. Let’s go Mules!!!!!
Chair of Communications: Genesis Cazalez ’21
Hi friends, my name is Genesis Cazalez from Houston, Texas! H-Town baby!! I’m a junior Government and Education double major, super excited to start this school year! This year, I will be serving as YOUR Communications Chair. Feel free to reach out to me email@example.com! Throughout my Colby Career, I have served as the 2021 Class President, Class Senator, I am currently an Events Coordinator for the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and a Lead Research Assistant for Professors Mark Tappan and Lyn Brown in the Education Department. I love dinosaurs, sunsets, conchas (Mexican sweet bread), ice cream, the color Yellow, Sunflowers, and all the fun things! The Office is my show!! Feel free to stop me if you have any questions or say hi! xx, Genesis
Chair of Multicultural Affairs: Shivani Trivedi ’20
Hey y’all! My name is Shivani Trivedi and I’m the Multicultural Affairs Chair for SGA this year! I am a POSSE scholar from Houston, Texas (#HOTGIRL) and I’m a Government + Religious Studies double major. Along with my responsibilities on Executive Board, I am also heavily involved with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. I am a proud member of the Pugh Community and am a member of the South Asian Society, one of the most recent additions to the cultural/identity organizations in the Pugh. In terms of civic engagement, I will be living in the Downtown Main Street Commons this year and will be working with the South End Teen Center for my civic engagement project. For fun, I like anything involving music, doing yoga, and eating! Bridging gaps on campus is extremely important to me because I want to leave a legacy for future classes where all students, regardless of background, can have a stronger sense of community both in social and academic spaces. If you’d like to talk to me about any of the things I mentioned above, please feel free to reach out to me via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or catch me on campus with my beAuTiFul GREY WATER BOTTLE, you can’t miss it. Hope to see you around the Hill!
Chair of Community Engagement: Justin Hegel ’22
Hi everyone! My name is Justin Hegel, Class of 2022, and this year, I am serving as the Community Engagement Chair on the Executive Board! I am from Glastonbury, CT and am a Chemistry-Biochemistry and Anthropology double major. At Colby, I am the President of Colby Club Soccer, an Orientation Leader, and a TA/research assistant in the Chemistry Department. Outside of Colby, I work as a Firefighter/EMT in Waterville, as well as in my hometown. One of my personal core values is civic responsibility; I believe we, as members of the Colby community, have a duty to be active and compassionate citizens of Waterville. Though this is my first year on SGA, I look forward to making tangible progress towards bridging the Colby-Waterville gap.