Justine Tabligan is now the new vice president-elect for the Salt Lake Community College Student Association for 2014-15. She will be working alongside President-elect Carlos Moreno, to enhance students’ college experience at SLCC.
Her agenda includes dealing with issues surrounding tuition, textbooks, school involvement and other academic activities.
“I am willing to talk to legislators and find ways to negotiate fair tuitions,” Tabligan says.
Although the Student Association doesn’t have the power to increase or reduce tuition costs, it has the power to influence legislators to push for fair costs.
She hopes to work closely with students, administrators and local leaders to find common grounds in tuition negotiations.
Tabligan plans to find ways to get access to more affordable textbooks. Print and online textbooks are still expensive for most of students.
She considers that the connection with students is crucial for the achievements of common goals.
“I want to be the type of president who everybody knows,” Tabligan says. “I want to be the approachable vice president.”
Tabligan hopes to motivate students in getting more involved in academic activities so they can contribute to the general well-being of the student body.
She strongly believes that talking to people face to face will help to address those issues like low involvement.
Tabligan acknowledges that it is a struggle to be in college due to many socioeconomic circumstances that affect students. There are a lot of things that need to be improved.
Tabligan is from the Philippines and came to America four years ago. She is about to finish her associate degree and hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She is a member of several clubs at SLCC and is actively involved in local community organizations.
Tabligan looks forward to working with the President-elect Carlos Moreno on behalf of students. She wants the students to know that she will be always available for anything they may need.