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 Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, 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.

REP. DENNIS WIEBOLDT III, '22

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Boston College Representative

  • Hometown: Martinsville, New Jersey

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs, Rules

Dennis's favorite BIG moment: "I think our town hall with Sen. Ed Markey and Kevin O'Connor was a great opportunity for national political figures to engage directly with the issues important to college-aged students."

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REP. Jarvis Goosby, '24

Boston College Representative

  • Hometown: Houston, Texas

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Jarvis's favorite BIG moment: "I was drawn to BIG because of its emphasis on action. A lot of organizations I have been a part of identify problems however, BIG put emphasis on actively implementing ways to address and potentially solve them."

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REP. ALEX THEON, '24

Boston University Representative

  • Hometown: Vienna, VA

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Alex's favorite BIG moment: "I really enjoyed events when we had speakers like Michael Dukakis come to talk. I think that it really engaged a lot of students, and was really insightful into the minds of politicians and the advice they gave."

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REP. KATHERINE SABIDO, '22

Boston University Representative

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California

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

Kat's favorite BIG moment: "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."

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PRANIT CHAND, '23

Emerson College Representative

  • Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Why Pranit joined BIG: "To join forces with other Boston area colleges to combat issues of students in higher education. "

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REP. JEHAN AYESHA, '23

Emerson College Representative

  • Hometown: Puchong, Selangor (Malaysia)

jehan's favorite BIG moment: "I want to get involved with the Greater Boston community! right now, I am best able to support the community through my campus involvement, so I want to be an active contributor by representing my college."

REP. ROCIO HERNANDEZ, '23

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Emmanuel College Representative

  • Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts

  • BIG Committees: ​Intercollegiate Affairs, Public Relations

Rocio's favorite BIG moment: "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

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Emmanuel College Representative

  • Hometown: Miami, FL

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Gabriella's favorite BIG moment: "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."

CAM GRINNELL, '22

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Gordon College Representative

  • Hometown: South Hamilton, MA

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

Cam's favorite BIG moment: "It is important for both large and small institutions to unite on important issues facing collegiate students in the Boston area. I am thrilled to represent Gordon College and work alongside student leaders from various schools to engage these needs."

TEDDYMAX TALANOA, '23

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Gordon College Representative

  • Hometown: Murrieta, CA

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

TeddyMax's favorite BIG moment: "BIG is one of the most prominent assemblies leading the charge for student advocacy within higher education in the greater Boston area. I am honored to represent Gordon, as we join other historic institutions towards the collaborative work of healthy civic engagement."

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Harvard University Representative

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REP. NICHOLAS BRENNAN, '23

Harvard University Representative

  • Hometown: South Glens Falls, New York

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs, Rules

Why Nick joined BIG: "I joined BIG to help uplift and bolster the student voice across the City of Boston. With a passion for sustainable institution building, I look forward to developing a robust financial plan able to support BIG's various advocacy initiatives on behalf of Boston's intercollegiate community for years to come."

REP. DU CHAU, '24

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Representative

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Du's favorite BIG moment: "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."

REP. JIANXIANG WENG, '24

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Representative

  • Hometown: Shanghai, China

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Jianxiang's favorite BIG moment: "BIG drew me in because of my interest and passion for government, politics, and law."

REP. DANIELLE GEATHERS, '22

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Representative

  • Hometown: Miami, Florida

  • BIG Committees: Public Relations

Danielle's favorite BIG moment: "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. KIMBERLY LIAO '24 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Representative

  • Hometown: Long Island, NY

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

Kim's favorite BIG moment: "I greatly value the inviting and collaborative community between schools in the greater Boston that BIG fosters. I was drawn to the impactful initiatives that have come out of BIG and the ability to work with and learn from students from different universities!"

 
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REP. KATE KUZNETSOVA, '22

Northeastern University Representative

  • Hometown: Miami, Florida and Moscow, Russia

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

Kate's favorite BIG moment: "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. CHAPIN ALF, '24

Northeastern University Representative

  • Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

  • BIG Committees: Rules, Intercollegiate Affairs

Chapin's favorite BIG moment: "Being able to speak to students from Excel High School about the college experience in Boston was an amazing experience. It was great to be able to help them out and answer their questions!"

REP. DHRUV NAIK, '23

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University of Massachusetts, Boston Representative

  • Hometown: India

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

Dhruv's favorite BIG moment: "The opportunity to learn from people of diverse backgrounds."

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 REP. ANJANI NAIDU 

University of Massachusetts, Boston Representative

  • Hometown: Mumbai, India 

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs, Governmental Affairs

Anjani's favorite BIG moment: "My purpose to join BIG was to find a community and to make potential connections who are from diverse backgrounds but share a common ground for accomplishing a similar vision. "

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Neyder Fernandez, '23

University of Massachusetts, Lowell Representative

  • Hometown: Lowell, MA

  • BIG Committees: Intercollegiate Affairs

Neyder's favorite BIG moment: "Greater Boston is a region filled with bright students and innovative ideas. As a student at UMass Lowell, I wanted the over 18,000 students to feel represented and part of driving that innovation further."

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FRANCESCA LAMEIRO, '23

Wellesley College Representative

  • Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

  • BIG Committees: Governmental Affairs

Francesca's favorite BIG moment: “Learning about how BIG helps mobilize political and legislative awareness to improve student life in the Greater Boston Area.”

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GISELLA MOTA, '22

Wellesley College Representative

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

  • BIG Committees: Public Relations

Giselle's favorite BIG moment: “I love that BIG offers a space for student leaders across Boston to not only be in conversation with one another, but to use their resources to mobilize and establish lasting change.”

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SINDI BENDO, '22

Wentworth Institute of Technology Representative

  • Hometown: Boston, MA

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Sindi's favorite BIG moment: “BIG gives college students the ability to use our voice as a tool for change to ensure that we are building a safe, collaborative and inspiring environment for everyone.”

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DANIELLE TOPALE, '24

Wentworth Institute of Technology Representative

  • Hometown: Sharon, MA

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Danielle's favorite BIG moment: “I am excited to join BIG as it gives us the ability to exchange different practices that are a part of each college to not only improve individually but as a whole.”