Emmanuel Essien, an international student from Ghana, was recently elected as the Student Body President of Calvin University. Formerly Calvin College, Calvin University, is a private Christian university in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Essien was adjudged winner of the 2021 election for Calvin University Student Body President, held from April 22-23, 2021, beating Kay Casturo for the Student Senate’s top position.
After winning the election, he wrote: “Today, my name enters the history books of Calvin University as the 103rd Student Body President. This is a role that a lot of people have held in the past and others may hold in the future. Nonetheless, I vow to treat it as the last person to hold this office. I vow to use the gift God has given me to be a voice for my fellow students, an example to my peers and a servant of God’s kingdom at Calvin…”
As Student Body President, he will oversee the student senate and meet regularly with the University’s administrators to make and take decisions in the interest of the student body. In his role as President, he is also expected to lead, motivate and inspire other students to make positive changes to the Calvin University community.
Essien describes himself as an ambitious, results-oriented and dedicated individual looking for an opportunity to contribute to a progressive organization as a generalist in the field of Human Resources.
Currently majoring in Human Resources Management with a minor in Accounting, Essien had his senior high school education in Ghana at Mfantsipim School. He was at Mfantsipim School from 2014 to 2017, and during that period, he was Class Representative at the Student Council.
Prior to contesting for Student Body President, Essien served on Student Senate as Vice-President of Administration, responsible for developing a process for managing the student senate’s teams and individuals in relation to team and community building.
He was also a Student Manager at Calvin Dining Services, a General Secretary and Head Desk Receptionist at the Bolt-Heyns-Timmer hall of residence, and an Orientation Assistant for the Centre for Intercultural Student Development. “My passion for meeting new students and making sure they are fully settled at Calvin led me to work as an orientation assistant for the Center for Intercultural Student Development Office,” he said in his profile.
“I knew that he’d make a great student body president when I appointed him as acting student body president for interim, and I know that still,” outgoing Student Body President, Claire Murashima told Chimes.
“He will do great things for Calvin with his resolve to get things done paired with his care for students’ emotional health. He’s not scared to hold me or other university leaders accountable but will always do so in love,” Murashima added.
In 2017, Essien, together with his friends, co-founded a nonprofit organization called Youth for Change Initiative that was aimed at empowering the Ghanaian youth to contribute their quota to their surrounding communities. One of the most prominent projects they undertook was the donation of money and toiletries to schools for kids with Cerebral Palsy and Autism.
Aside from his role as Student Body President, Emmanuel Essien also works as an Operations Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the U.S, a role which he started in May 2021.
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