October 22, 2013 | Student Feature
On October 20 Guttman second-year student Alfajo Jallow was voted in as the Vice Chair for International Student Affairs for the University Student Senate (USS) of the City University of New York. Founded in 1972, USS is the official governance organization that represents the interests of all CUNY students.
Chairpersons of the USS represent CUNY students at all standing committees of the CUNY Board of Trustees, the university’s policy-making body. In addition to his commitment and responsibilities to USS as Vice Chair, Alfajo will now serve as a voting member of the CUNY Board of Trustees and the Higher Education Services Corporation. This is the college’s first active seat in the USS CUNY. Alphajo’s position as Vice Chair will last one year.
A native of Gambia, West Africa, Alfajo moved to New York almost four years ago. He is a self-taught artist whose abstract acrylic pieces incorporate discarded objects such as cardboard, tissue paper and other items he finds at home. The works convey the importance of not wasting materials by utilizing items in a productive way. Alfajo wishes to become a professional artist but does not want to limit himself to art. He is a business major at the college who is interested to learn how to sell his artwork and to connect with people. The industrious student is currently bringing art to the college by working with fellow students to create artwork to display throughout the building as part of the new Guttman Through the Lens of Art project. In addition to his role in the USS, he is currently the President of Guttman’s Student Government Association for 2013-2014.