Joey’s Goals

Chris Cadelago

Buried deep in President-Elect Joey Williams’ pocket is a laundry list of goals, hopes and dreams he plans to accomplish during his time in office.

On that list Williams has circled three issues he feels are most important. His first priority will be to improve the safety and security of students on campus. He would like to see more lighting installed in the Pershing Park area and on East Campus.

“I am a man, and when I walk the campus at night I’ll admit it can get scary,” he said.

He said security isn’t an option on campus-it’s a necessity. He will seek to keep security guards on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“If they are going to cut programs, security shouldn’t even be considered,” Williams said. “In order to have a working environment students have to feel safe.”

It’s hard to place Williams on the map politically, yet the rapport he’s built with students while serving as a senator is unquestionable. Williams said his past experience both politically and personally will help him lead the senate and represent the student body.

To combat dwindling student involvement, he would like to heighten student’s awareness of campus issues. Williams said he would counteract student apathy with a grass-roots approach.

“I am going to do what I did in my campaign,” he said. “I am going to get out there day after day and talk to people. The domino effect can get a lot done.”

He also mentioned a student survey to be conducted in early May by the student senate. The survey will attempt to put a finger on the pulse of students’ needs and wants in the coming year.

He is also keen on spreading the word and practice of equality. By implementing ways to celebrate student’s backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities he feels they will better understand each other. He would like to foster a community of acceptance where students feel comfortable. He plans to work hand-in-hand with City College’s Multicultural Events Coordinator, Griselda Sanchez.

“I would like to see all cultures be represented on campus,” Williams said. “There are so many ways to make sure everybody feels equal, everybody feels included.”

Plans are in the works to hold a Mexican Heritage month in October. He hopes to book speakers and traditional dancers, along with using City College as a forum for cultural nights during which students can celebrate Mexican history. He talked about the need for a Native American celebration, which would include a traditional Pow Wow, dancers, and speakers.

So, it is with experience, acceptance, and most important an unabashed passion for the representation of students, that Williams enters office.