Bauer Students Prominent In UH Student Government

Published on October 16, 2009

UH Bauer Students Lead University through Student Government Association

In her role as UH SGA Director of External Affairs, Mariam Zakaria works with other student government representatives in Texas and lobbies on behalf of public university students before the state legislature.

In her role as UH SGA Director of External Affairs, Mariam Zakaria works with other student government representatives in Texas and lobbies on behalf of public university students before the state legislature.

Think C. T. Bauer College of Business students are only concerned with making their way in business?

Student government representatives from Bauer understand that their involvement can have a direct impact on their college experience.

Mariam Zakaria, an accounting and finance major, has a professional goal of working in international development, with a focus on energy use in the building of economic and financial infrastructures.

As the UH Student Government Association’s Director of External Affairs, Zakaria is charged with developing and strengthening relationships with other Texas student government representatives and lobbying on behalf of public university students before the state legislature.

Closer to home, on the UH campus, Zakaria and other student government reps can speak for students in a way that individuals can’t. The entire university benefits, Zakaria believes. One example is advocating for reduced-fee summer classes, which may have an impact in reducing the time it takes the average UH student to graduate – a factor in attaining Tier One status.

“One of the things that’s been stopping us is the six year graduation rate,” Zakaria says. “And our work in trying to provide a more affordable education can help us with that.

“We really do make an impact on students’ lives, not just socially but academically,” she added.

Zakaria, who grew up in Sugarland, said attending UH Bauer is allowing her to realize her aspirations.

“I had my heart set on doing business and Houston is just a natural for that. You have all these opportunities, especially energy, so it just made sense to get my schooling here.”

In addition to the student government post, Zakaria is also one of three UH students appointed to the Undergraduate Council. The opportunity has given her the ability to have an impact on academic policies and procedures.

“This is especially exciting at a time when the university is working for Tier One,” Zakaria said. “It is interesting to see how every organization, committee, or department across campus is working in its own capacity to contribute to the campus-wide push to take our university to the next level.”

Zakaria welcomes feedback in her roles as External Relations Director for SGA and Undergraduate Council member. Contact her at zmariam@uh.edu.

Other student government representatives from Bauer include:

Director of Finance

Carlos Reyes

Director of Finance,
Finance and marketing senior
Student Government Focus: SGA Budget, transactions and fundraising efforts
Contact: cfreyes1117@gmail.com

Bauer Senator, Accounting and finance senior

Stephani Rivera

Bauer Senator
Accounting and finance senior
Student Government Focus: General student concerns including commencement, parking & transportation and wireless connections.
Contact: stephanirivera87@yahoo.com

Bauer Senator, Accounting senior Student Government

Luis Rodriguez

Bauer Senator,
Accounting senior
Focus: health and safety on campus.
Contact: larodriguez3@uh.edu

Bauer Senator

Tushar Chawla

Bauer Senator,
Sophomore (plans to major in Supply Chain Management)
Student Government Focus: Improving efficiency for credit transfers
Contact: tcchawla@uh.edu

By Julie Bonnin