GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The General Assembly is BIG's official rule- and policy-making body and is comprised of two voting representatives from each member institution. Through considering proposed resolutions, BIG's General Assembly Representatives fulfill their responsibilities to articulate policy positions that best reflect the interests of GBA students.

Pursuant to the BIG Charter and Bylaws, the General Assembly's activities are led by the BIG Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and four Committee Directors. BIG's General Assembly Representatives work in coordination with non-voting staff to execute intercollegiate programming and devise strategies for effective advocacy.

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REP. BOBBY OLEJARCZYK, '23

Bentley University Representative

  • Hometown: Branford, Connecticut

  • BIG Committees: ​Governmental Affairs

"I was drawn to BIG by the ability to expand the horizons of Bentley’s student government has drawn us into BIG. With our university being a small, private, business-focused institution, we see BIG as a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with other schools in the Boston area and have our eyes opened to the workings of organizations that are much different than ours."

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REP. LAURA PERRAULT, '21

Director of Rules, Boston College Representative

  • Hometown: Salem, New Hampshire

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Rules

"I was drawn to BIG because there were initiatives that I was working on within the BC community that applied to the Greater Boston Area and the other universities that it encompasses, and BIG was the perfect opportunity to collaborate with other students to advocate for these important changes."

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BIG Chairperson, Boston College Representative

  • Hometown: Martinsville, New Jersey

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs, Rules

"I came to Boston knowing it was one of the best cities in the world for college-aged students because of the abundance of other universities in the area. BIG provides a way to meet leaders from other universities and bring our talents together for the promotion of the common good."

REP. DENNIS J. WIEBOLDT III, '22

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REP. ROCIO HERNANDEZ, '23

Emmanuel College Representative

  • Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts

  • BIG Committees: ​Intercollegiate Affairs, Public Relations

"I was drawn to BIG by the fact that BIG is a coalition of schools from the greater Boston area that provides a voice to many students and advocates for action and change."

REP. GABRIELLA LARA, '22

Emmanuel College Representative

  • Hometown: Miami, FL

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

"I was drawn to BIG because of the aspect of community, Boston is a college town but BIG unites all the schools together under one common goal."

REP. JAKE LEARY, '22

 

REP. DU CHAU, '24

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Representative

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

"I joined BIG to help even more students to voice their concerns and better utilize the resources available from the collaboration of other schools in Boston."

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REP. DANIELLE GEATHERS, '22

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Representative

  • Hometown: Miami, Florida

  • BIG Committees: Public Relations

"What drew me into BIG was the opportunity to work with other student leaders to advocate for large-scale change."

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REP. MALLIKA REDDY PAJJURI, '23

Director of Governmental Affairs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Representative

  • Hometown: Dublin, California

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

"I was drawn to BIG by the prospect of learning about what awesome projects other schools are working on and bringing together our diverse perspectives to enact palpable change."

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REP. JIANXIANG WENG, '24

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Representative

  • Hometown: Shanghai, China

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

"BIG drew me in because of my interest and passion for government, politics, and law."

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REP. NYAH JORDAN, '22

Director of Intercollegiate Affairs, Boston University Representative

  • Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

"I joined BIG because it is the perfect opportunity to effect great change not just at one college but throughout the Greater Boston Area. BIG is coming together during a fairly unprecedented time. While each college is making their own effort to better the lives of their students, with BIG, we can collaborate to bring all of those much needed resources to students in Boston and beyond. We hope to provide students a large forum to have their voices heard."

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REP. KATHERINE SABIDO, '22

Director of Public Relations, Boston University Representative

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Public Relations

"I love the community that BIG has created and that its reach goes beyond a single school. As someone who isn't from Boston, I want to make sure that I leave a positive impact on the city before I graduate— in return for the experience it gave me."

Harvard University Representative

  • Hometown: Brockton, MA

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

"I was drawn to BIG because of the opportunity to work on exciting projects that impact college students in the Boston area."

REP. KATE KUZNETSOVA, '22

Northeastern University Representative

  • Hometown: Miami, Florida and Moscow, Russia

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

"I was drawn to BIG by the opportunity to work and learn from student leaders and to improve the student experience for all students in the Greater Boston Area."

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REP. HANNAH NIVAR, '23

BIG Vice Chairperson, Northeastern University Representative

  • Hometown: Union, New Jersey

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs, Governmental Affairs, Public Relations, Rules

"I served as the Historian for Northeastern in the Spring of 2020 and was responsible for looking through our archives to find out more about BIG's past. I fell in love with the idea of a collegiate coalition and couldn't help but get involved in trying to re-establish it."

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REP. BRITTANY BRYANT, '23

New England Conservatory of Music Represntative

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs, Rules

"As President of a newly founded student government, I seek connections and inspiration from student governments of the Greater Boston Area."

REP. HANNAH DUNTON, '23

New England Conservatory of Music Representative

  • Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey

  • BIG Committees: Public Relations, Intercollegiate Affairs

"I became interested in joining BIG upon discovering the multitude of opportunities BIG provides for students in the Greater Boston Area to uplift one another, collaborate, become empowered within their respective institutions, and push for change on a large scale."

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REP. SARAH SANSÓN HERNÁNDEZ, '21

Wellesley College Representative

  • Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs, Intercollegiate Affairs

"BIG drew me in because I wanted to meet and collaborate with other student government members in the Boston-area with the purpose of making our communities better and stronger."

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REP. TATIANA IVY MOISE, '21

BIG Secretary, Wellesley College Representative

  • Hometown: Broward County, Florida

  • BIG Committees: Public Relations, Rules

"It is an undeniable fact that Boston is one of the world's most concentrated hubs for premiere colleges and universities. BIG is one of the only organizations (if not the only) that seeks to form a coalition between them all. As the President of one of these schools' student bodies, it would have been a disservice not to join."

REP. DHRUV NAIK, '23

University of Massachusetts Boston Representative

  • Hometown: India

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate affairs committee, international student network subcommittee

"The opportunity to learn from people of diverse backgrounds."