President - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi(2019-2020)
Major: Business Administration
Katherine is a first-generation college student, where education for her is invaluable. When Katherine first came to LaGuardia Community College, her major choice was Nursing, because she knew that she wanted to work in a profession that could help people and improve their lives. In her first semester at LaGuardia, Katherine became a Student Affairs Ambassador, where she works closely with the Student Affairs Leadership team to create different ways of improving the student experience on campus. Also in her first semester, Katherine became a Mellon Humanities Alliance Scholar, where she was exposed to the humanities and was given the freedom to create her very own nonprofit fishing program, Pesca NYC. In her second semester, Katherine began attending Alpha Theta Phi’s general chapter meetings and quickly became fascinated by the togetherness and inclusivity that the chapter had to offer. By the end of the semester, Katherine was inducted as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, where she knew she wanted to become more active in at LaGuardia. In the Spring 2019, Katherine was elected as chapter President of the Alpha Theta Phi chapter. LaGuardia Community College and its many programs, clubs, offices, and co-curricular activities has changed Katherine’s life for the better; it has helped her to become passionate about leadership, management, and inclusivity. By taking part in the unique opportunities offered on campus, Katherine quickly realized that she wanted to help improve the lives of students in specific. Katherine changed her major from Nursing to Business Administration where she will then pursue her Master’s in Leadership and Higher Education in pursuits to become a Student Affairs Dean at a Community College.
Vice - President - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi (2019-2020)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Andre is a 27-year-old native of Queens, New York and is currently a student at LaGuardia Community College. Andre decided to join the Marine Corps after high school due because he felt like he would not have performed well in college at the time and wanted to see the world and experience different cultures. He has had the opportunity to live in Tanzania, Nepal and Sweden and has visited 12 other countries. After 6 and a half years in the Marine Corps (plus a small break), Andre decided to resume his educational journey as mechanical engineering major.Andre not only has a passion for science and engineering, but also for people. He loves to hang out with friends and help just about anyone in need. He hopes to work as an engineering manager in the future and eventually become a college professor so that he can educate the new generation. In his free time, Andre loves to spend time with friends, ride bikes, and dabble in model and landscape photography.
Co-Vice President of Leadership - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi (2019-2020)
Short Bio: It wasn't until my second semester at LaGuardia Community College when I became a philosophy major, however after learning what philosophy is I realized that I always had the mind and heart of a philosopher. Since I was a young child I always questioned my surroundings and the things that I was told to accept as fact when there were clear problems with the view points. I now hope to use the tools I learn as a philosophy major to properly polish my analytical and critical thinking skills to be the best person I can possibly be and challenge any form of injustice or improper teachings.
Goals as Officer: My goal as Vice President of Leadership is not only to hone my leadership, socialization skills and to plan a perfectly coordinated Leadership Workshop but to also spread the word throughout LaGuardia Community College of PTK/ATP, its benefits, functions, workshops and activities that are hosted year round.
Vice President of Fellowship - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi (2019-2020)
Major: Political Science
I am Claire Traore, and I am from Burkina Faso in West Africa. I am studying political science at LaGuardia Community College. I am Interested by gender equality and all things which concern equality. I believe that we all have the same right and deserve to be happy. I want to become an ambassador of gender equality; and to achieve my goal, I decided to come to the US to get a better education and opportunities. I am a hard working girl but make fun at everything. I believe that we all can achieve our dreams no matter what and nothing should stop us. I like to be more close to student to help and to motivate, and I am also a Student Success Mentor at LaGuardia Community College. Being part of PTK officers I will give my time, my energy and all that I can for the growth of the chapter and everybody. At the end of this amazing journey, I want us to have good memories and take advantage of all the opportunities related to PTK. Thank you and God bless you all!
Fatou Kine Thiam
Vice President of Service - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi(2019-2020)
Fatou Kine Thiam is a sophomore at LaGuardia Community College majoring in Accounting and is passionate about learning, traveling, and cooking. She is the new cabinet VP of Services of Phi Theta Kappa. She loves volunteering and has done a couple of community services and volunteering through New York Cares which she is a member of. She is looking forward to making her community a better place and network with people even though she is a little bit shy. Born in the United States but raised in Senegal where she spent a decade going to school (primary and high school) and learning about her culture, family, and religion which make her think that she is more African than American. In addition to that, She speaks three languages, Wolof, which is originally from Senegal, French, which she learned in Senegalese Schools and English. She loves to dream big and she is planning on getting a PhD after of course, completing her Bachelor and master’s degree and she would like to become a CPA/Auditor or a Corporate Financial advisor. Fatou Kine also would like to become an entrepreneur back in Senegal and her main goal is that she wants the majority of her employees to be women. We can say that she is a big feminist who loves pleading for women and dislikes the misogynist thoughts in certain societies. Her plans after college are to be financially stable, invest in both the United States and Africa, create a philanthropic organization, convince youth African people to not be part of the clandestine immigration, and fund to build a big university in Senegal. Another plan is also to build a hospital for the elderly that do not have the means and access to health insurance. She wants to help provide Alzheimer’s medicine in Senegalese hospitals because her paternal grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer and died of it. She also would like to be part of the government in Senegal in order to fight for women's rights and infant rights and stop the fraudulent acts that many politicians have been doing. She has a lot of plans with friends and family about giving back to Africa and inspire to be like Akon whom she shares the same last name.
Vice President of Leadership - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi (2019-2020)
Vice President of Scholarship - Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Theta Phi(2019-2020)
My passion, my dream and my vibrant vision brought me to this dynamic land of US in 2017. Although, I was aware of the quests that would follow, I decided to fulfill those long-dreams dreams that I profoundly hold.
I am a Biology major and I dream to become a bio-technician. With the world changing and evolving its paradigm of living, I don’t want to be an exception. I have been around people and have witnessed the miracles that bio-techniques has created. So, I aspire to be a bio-technician who can follow and contribute to the field of science and medicine.
As a Vice-President of Scholarship of Alpha Theta Phi Chapter, I want to build up a community where students can get more access to scholarship and service. Not just that, but I also want all of us to grow as leaders and scholars and create actions that can potentially promote the society that we live in.
I look forward to all the things that we’ll be doing together!