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Introducing Haily Holston, City College’s 2021-2022 Student Senate president

Photo courtesy of Haily Holston

Haily Holston is no stranger to student leadership. In middle school in Sacramento, she joined the student council, serving as vice president in seventh grade and student body president in eighth grade. She was on the student council throughout her time at Christian Brothers High School as well, serving as vice president during her senior year.

Now, Holston has taken up student leadership again and serves as the 2021-2022 Student Senate president at City College.

Although Holston initially ran for vice president of the student body at City College, she had the opportunity to become president when the original runner dropped out of the race, and decided to take this challenge head on. 

“I just wanted to put myself out there more. I think it’d be good to come out of my shell and to try something new,” Holston says.  

On the job, she spends a great deal of her time attending Zoom meetings and working to bring focus to the student perspective.

“I kind of serve as the liaison between the faculty and the students,” Holston says.  

Holston is also on the Executive Council for the president of City College, Michael Gutierrez.

Typically, only teachers and staff attend meetings discussing the plans for City College. However, Holston believes it is important for students to be involved in making decisions about students’ education. Therefore, she plays a large role in speaking to students and sharing their opinions with teachers, Los Rios Community College District board members and supporting staff. 

Holston says she appreciates the tribulations teachers and supporting staff have faced during remote learning and acknowledges that this hasn’t been easy for anyone.  

“There are members of the administration that have to completely readjust their teaching methods to accommodate online learning. There are teachers that have no experience with computer-oriented learning and are trying their best to assist students while still learning themselves,” Holston said in her convocation speech at the start of the semester.  

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However, Holston thinks it is important for the teachers and staff to understand that students are also struggling. 

“There are students that have lost their jobs due to COVID-19,” Holston said during convocation. “There are students that don’t have Wi-Fi at home and are forced to study at cafes with their cameras off. There are students who have noisy households that make it difficult to concentrate in the Zoom classroom. And there are students who have to share computers and the internet with other students and remote workers in the house.” 

There is a disconnect between students and their peers and teachers and the general lack of community during remote learning, says Holston.   

“It is significantly more difficult to connect with my classmates and teachers in an online setting,” Holston says. “Making friends with your classmates and creating relationships with teachers and staff were things that I really want to emphasize as a difficulty during online learning. I was really looking forward to making these connections, and when it didn’t happen, and I ended my second semester without these relationships, it was really difficult for myself — as I imagine it was for the other students at SCC as well.” 

Holston hopes to play a role in reviving the excitement of college and mending the disconnect between students, teachers and peers. 

One of the first projects the student council began working on this year is a webpage with links to all of the resources students might not be aware of. Oftentimes, students lack resources and guidance, especially while learning virtually. This platform allows for all of the student resources to be easily accessible. 

Holston’s coworkers on the student council speak very highly of her.

“Haily has a great personality,” says Fatema Nushin, the student body vice president. “She is a very kind and hardworking person. She is open minded, and she has great communication skills. When it comes to communication, I think she’s perfect.”

Holston plans to transfer to a four-year university in fall 2022 as a biomedical engineering major. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in public administration or business administration and ultimately work in a leadership role in the biomedical engineering field. 

“I think I speak for all the students at Sac City College, when I say that we’re all ready to move through the pandemic together,” Holston said during her convocation speech. “And we’re all eager to learn. In the face of adversity, we rise to the challenge, no matter how daunting that challenge may be. I want to ask that we all exercise a little bit more patience and compassion going forward. We are all a part of one Panther community. And we have the same goal: student success. When we come together with understanding in our hearts, we will move mountains.”

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