Elisabeth Neely is an Environmental Science major at Santiago Canyon College (SCC). Along with becoming the Student Trustee, she is also entering the 2021-2022 school year as the Associated Student Government President.
Neely is “driven, determined, and courageous" to stand up for the needs of her fellow classmates. As a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she isn't afraid to voice her stance and the desires of students to the other Trustee members. One of her beliefs is that student needs and priorities change daily, so some of her action plans will lean towards those micro-needs.
She also has three goals she would like to accomplish, creating a safe college environment in a COVID-19 world, passing and implementing a tobacco-free and smoke-free requirement, and implementing environmentally greener practices.
SCC expects to return to face-to-face classes in the Fall semester and Neely wants everyone on campus to remain safe. Part of her safety plan is passing the already-written legislation to ban tobacco on campuses -- the same campuses that she would like to make more sustainable for future students.
Some of her other accomplishments include being the student representative in the Honors committee, overcoming Grave's disease, giving a TED Talk at 17 years old, and being a part of the National Color Guard team at the Rose Parade.
She loves hiking, traveling, and observing animals in their natural habitat. Her life's work is around sustainability and helping with climate change.
While maintaining full-time status, Neely also interned at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, worked as a personal trainer for L.A. Fitness, a nightclub promoter for InCahoots, and is now preparing to compete in the National American Miss California pageant.
With all of that on her plate, she still ensures that the Rancho Santiago Community College District students are her priority, and her door is always open for any student need.
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