Experienced and professional event performer, Alissa Tomashek, also under the surname Ali, has been active in the flow arts community for the past five years. On top of being a leader in the community, she is the choreographer and coach for a local fire performance troupe called Northern Fire Dynamic. Best known for her relationship building, optimism and humor, she is also organized and friendly.

1. What degree or certificate program are you seeking?

I am currently seeking an Associate of Environmental Science and Political Science Transfer.

2. Please describe your previous student government or professional experience, and how it has prepared you for this position.

I am the current Public Relations Coordinator for North Hennepin Community College and Media Specialist for my performance troupe. I am responsible for raising awareness of Student Senate meetings through media materials like posters and posts on our school forum. As well as taking meeting minutes for Student Senate, my troupe Leadership Meetings, as well as my Environmental Association meetings. I enjoy networking with all students and faculty on campus and helping executives where I can. 

3. Why are you running for this position?

I am running for this position because I felt compelled to after the DC Summit The position was recommended to me by three members of LeadMN, and I'm very inspired by the work that we advocated for to our legislators. I also want to gain experience in Communications and Public Relations in regards to politics, community issues, and higher education. I firmly believe that every voice matters, and bringing awareness to certain issues can help change the status quo, toward a more just society. 

4. What challenges do you see facing Minnesota's community and technical college students?

The most visible issue is concerning college affordability. Some students do not qualify for the Pell Grant (like myself) and worry about borrowing loans for future career success and affording textbooks. Another big problem I witness is the lack of access and advocacy for mental health and illness. One in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and a huge portion choose not to seek out help. Either due to stigma, access, affordability, schedule conflicts or other issues.