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The Student Council composed of students from all degree programs and serves as the governing body for all students enrolled at the Institute, acting as a voice for students in communication with faculty and staff.

Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Values

Purpose: The purpose of the Student Council is to represent and address the needs and interests of the student body at the Middlebury Institute. It shall strive to facilitate communications and interaction between the Middlebury Institute students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community, and shall sponsor various educational and social activities that will further this purpose.

Mission: To coordinate educational and social events and activities that connect all students to MIIS and the Monterey community while advocating for students’ needs and fostering a culture of collaboration, equity, and inclusivity.

Vision: A well-integrated learning and social environment where all students, regardless of where they are, can build meaningful connections with MIIS faculty and staff, Middlebury College, other students, field experts, and the entire Monterey community in order to advance their professional and academic ambitions.

Values:
1. We aim to be honest with each other and with the community to build trust and confidence in the Student Council.

2. We strive to be transparent in all our actions as Student Council members through constant communication with members of the MIIS community and by encouraging honest, constructive feedback.

3. We do not not withhold information through facilitating and maintaining open communication with the MIIS community, ensuring that the community has consistent access to Student Council activity.

4. We seek to provide an open-minded environment where everyone feels empowered to share their thoughts without fear of repercussion or judgment.

5. We value diversity and seek to create an inclusive environment that respects and honors all our differences. 

6. We treat others with respect and professional courtesy by honoring and valuing their words, actions, and beliefs. We respect each other’s boundaries and honor the sacrifices of time and energy that every member makes.

7. We create a safe space for members of Student Council and our constituents through open, respectful dialogue and providing a non-judgmental environment.

8. We seek to be united as a team by communicating with one another and coming to compromises and agreements to form a unified front.

For a full description of responsibilities and roles, please visit the Student Council Constitution.

Executive Council

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Morgan Moore, President

Hey, there! My name is Morgan, and I am your Student Council President. This Fall, I will be a third semester joint degree IPD and ITED student with a language study in French. I am a Returned Peace Corps volunteer from Paraguay and a proud HBCU graduate. I’m very outgoing and creative, and I love baking, tap dancing, watching films, and learning new languages. I enjoy being active in almost everything MIIS has to offer including Peace Corps Club, Shades at MIIS, and MIIS Immigrant Rights Alliance. I cannot wait to serve the students through what I expect will be an interesting school year to say the least. Don’t be shy if you want to reach out and say hello! I’d love to chat and get to know you: morganm@middlebury.edu

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Chris Baca, Vice President

Hola everyone! My name is Chris Baca, and I am your Student Council Vice President for the 2021-2022 school year. I am a second year IPD student focusing on migration and global governance and look forward to advocating for all students in the coming year. I am also the President of the MIIS Immigrant Rights Alliance, as well as an AmeriCorps and CLS alum and have spent the last few years working in the nonprofit sector in my hometown of San Diego, CA. I enjoy cooking, love music, painting, spending time outdoors, and/or just being lazy with Netflix. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible (both remotely and in person) over the next year. Feel free to email me at cbaca@middlebury.edu if you have any concerns/suggestions you’d like StuCo to address, or if you just want to chat about random things.

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Max Gomez, Treasurer

Hi all, I’m a third semester MPA/IEM student and proud to serve as Treasurer this year. I came to MIIS to develop more technical skills needed for leadership positions, particularly regarding organizational financial management. I ran for this position on two key values: to oversee and advise effective and equitable use of the Student Council Budget. The funds available to the Council ultimately belong to the student body, and it’s the Council’s job to make sure they feel that money returned to them in some way. The use of Council funds is a responsibility which is shared amongst the entire Council, and I am committed to ensuring that the Council is able to make fully-informed decisions when it comes to financial matters.

Niko Garbacz

Niko Garbacz, Logistics and Operations Coordinator

Hello! I am a second-year joint MPA/IEM student who loves to help with behind-the-scenes activities. I work with our executive board on our events calendar, meeting agendas and minutes, and other organizational tasks. Please email agenda requests and other items to studentcouncil@miis.edu.

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Dani Ohemang, Community Engagement Officer

Hi! ¡Hola! Salut! 你好! Kwai n’nidôba! I am Dani, a second-year IEM and MPA student, and your MIIS CEO, otherwise known as Community Engagement Officer. My role is to help bring the entire MIIS community together through a variety of social events and gatherings, traditional and new, on and off-campus. I want to create ways for our community to learn from each other and share skills, thoughts, and amusement outside of the classroom. If there is an event you would like to see or help organize, email studentcouncil@miis.edu and let’s work together to engage not only MiCommunity but our community.

Communications Director

Aiko Gonzalez, Communications Director

Tremaine Smith

Tremaine Smith, Health and Wellness Director

Tremaine was a Program Manager for an adolescent health education program at a hospital in NYC and an independent DEI consultant with Smith&Charles. Tremaine has a love for the intersection of identity and education. In pursuing his interests, he has coordinated and sat on panels for diversity in America and abroad. He is excited to create programming and events for MIIS Students from an intersectional and intercultural lens.

Saif Abdelrasol

Saif Abdelrasol, Middlebury Collaboration Manager

Hey there! My name is Saif Abdelrasol. I am the Middlebury Collaboration Manager 2021-2022. I’m a second year IPD student and a Fulbright scholar coming from Egypt. My main passions are community engagement, youth empowerment and participation, and women empowerment. I have extensive experience working with youth in the MENA region; my experience includes managing youth-led programs, facilitation and training, and project management. So, if you have any questions about the MENA region, I would love to chat about it. Besides the Middlebury Collaboration Manager, I will be serving as the chair of the International Students Committee, supporting international students to have a meaningful experience at MIIS. I am interested in politics, debates, public speaking, cooking Mediterranean food, traveling, curly hair, and watching very long tv shows. I am so looking forward to meeting everyone in person or over zoom world. Feel free to email me at sabdelrasol@middlebury.edu if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, or you want to have coffee and chat about any random things!  

 

 

Program Representatives

Seir Khan

Seir Khan, ITED Program Representative

Hello I’m Seir (like bear with an ‘s’) Khan and I’m a 3rd semester ITED/IPD candidate. I am a Coverdell Fellow serving as Peace Corps Club Treasurer. My service was in Guinea, West Africa and my love for working on the continent has brought me to USAID - Prosper Africa working on two-way trade and investment promotion between the US and Africa. I love soccer, languages (aka anytime when I get to not speak English) and long walks on the beach under moonlight.

 

Meng Zhan

Meng Zhang, TI/CI/T Program Representative

Hi there! My name is Meng Zhang. I am your T/TI/CI Program Representative. I am a second-year student in the MA in Translation program. I am also the Graduate Assistant at MIIS VP Office, Student Ambassador for T/TI/CI programs, and MIIS campus Tour Leader. I am co-founder of Translators for Elders, a non-profit serving the under-privileged communities. As your Program Representative, I will serve as the link between you and Student Council, Faculty, and MIIS in general. This role will articulate the interests of students in the academic program. Relationship building activities are in the plans, including but not limited to social, educational, or career-related events and town hall meetings. I’d like to hear your concerns or suggestions to T/TI/CI program. Feel free to talk to me or email mengz@middlebury.edu. I look forward to connecting with you.  

 

Heba Mohamednor

Heba Mohamednor, TESOL/TFL Program Representative

Hi all! My name is Heba Mohamednor (she/her) and I’m this year’s TESOL/TFL program representative! I’m a first semester TESOL student with an interest in teaching both academic and creative writing, and the president of Shades at MIIS (SAM) and vice president of MIISMeet! I love creative writing, learning new languages, films, listening to music/podcasts, and a bit of a pop culture/general history geek. I’m also passionate about intersectional activism and social justice. Feel free to reach out hmohamednor@middlebury.edu or stop me on campus to reach out or just have a chat!

Skyler Stokes

Skyler Stokes, NPTS Program Representative

I’m Skyler and I’m the NPTS representative. Really looking forward to advocating for students this year and creating a more inclusive and diverse space! Feel free to email me at sstokes@middlebury.edu.

Samuel Naujokas

Samuel Naujokas, IEP Program Representative

Samuel is an IEP student in the Oceans and Coastal Resource Management specialization. Originally from Sonoma County, California, he’s currently based in Monterey. Previous to attending grad school, he lived in Alaska working as an environmental scientist for the Ketchikan Indian Community. While on Student Council, he wants to focus on making the new hybrid learning experience as effective as possible and helping build community among MIIS students after the past year of isolation. He can usually be found hanging out at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or wherever the best food and cocktails in town might be located!

 

Yolanda Cobblah

Yolanda Cobblah, IPD/MPA Program Representative

Youra Choi

Youra Choi, TLM Program Representative

Hello! My name is Youra Choi and I’m TLM (Translation and Localization Management) program representative for this year 2021-2022. I’m a first year residential student with an interest in project management and tech industry. I ran for this position with the passion in building networks between online, residential, first year, second year students, and faculties. I love meeting new people, learning about new cultures, and having peaceful time on the beach. I will always be proactive to assist our program. So, feel free to reach out yourc@middlebury.edu if you have any issues to talk with me.

 

 

TJ Kimball

Todd “TJ” Kimball, IEM Program Representative