Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees Selects New Student Trustee

May 5, 2021

Kay Hendricks

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At a special meeting on May 3, 2021, the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees selected San Antonio College (SAC) student Aja Leija as the new student trustee.

Leija will serve a one-year term, beginning May 11, 2021 and running through April 30, 2022. The Alamo Colleges District is one of the few community college systems in the state with a student trustee

“We appreciate the outstanding service to the Alamo Colleges of our previous student trustee, Darius Martin, who was closely involved with representing the district and initiated his “Fireside Chats” to help give students a voice," said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. "We look forward to the valuable contributions Ms. Leija will make as the representative of students on our board," he added.

Leija is studying business management at SAC, with the goal of transferring to UTSA by Spring of 2023 to complete a bachelor’s degree. Her ultimate goal is to work in operations or program management at a nonprofit organization. Born and raised in San Antonio, she says she loves living here and that inspires her desire to give back to her community. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at local food pantries and traveling as often as possible.

“I am pursuing my educational and personal goals on my own timeline,” said Leija. “This allows me to participate in professional research, volunteering and staying active in my community, along with pursuing my studies at SAC,” she added.

Leija’s vision for her role as student trustee is focused on inclusion, encompassing her campus, in all levels of student government and in the community. It also includes an emphasis on communication between students, which she views as the “heart” of the Alamo Colleges, and leadership, to ensure that everyone involved is talking about” what is going on in the world.” She also wants to ensure that students feel there is a safe space for them on campus and that they are part of the college community, where they have the opportunity to thrive.

Northeast Lakeview College student Talia Christian was named as the alternate student trustee. She will attend board meetings if Leija is unable to do so.