Mahima Balaji // Chapter Chair & New Voters Project Campaign Coordinator, Statewide Board Representative
Class of 2022 , Biology Major, Computer Science Minor
Why NJPIRG? The reason why I got involved with NJPIRG is because of the powerful movements that we have taken in order to make our community a better place. This organization allows students to become empowered and allows voices to be heard! Joining this team has been incredible and I am eager to see our future successes.
Shriya Seth // Secretary & At Large Board Representative
Class of 2022, Biology Major, Psychology Minor
Why NJPIRG? To be a part of a community which serves to help others!
Noah Omar // Advocacy Chair
Class 2022, Biology Major
Why NJPIRG? I wanted to learn more about how to help our community, while also learning new leadership skills along the way.
Ghufran Hussain // Visibility Chair, Board Representative
Class of 2024, Biology Major
- New Voters Project: This semester the New Voters Project is our lead campaign.New Voters Project is a grassroots initiative to Get Out The Vote on campus, but also to institutionalize voting among students. New Jersey had the highest youth voter turnout in the country in the 2020 election but there is still work to be done.Young people are the largest and most diverse generation of eligible voters alive right now, with our own range of values, ideas, and issues that are unique to us. We have the potential to make a huge impact on elections, but only if we vote! That’s why for the upcoming gubernatorial election we’re working to make sure every eligible student at Rutgers Newark has the resources needed to register to vote, make a plan to vote, and cast their ballot on or before Election Day.
- End Hunger and Homelessness : No student should have to worry about where their next meal will come from or where they’ll sleep at night, but the COVID-19 has made this a reality for many students. We’re working with the Hunger Free Task Force here at Rutgers Newark to raise resources to combat food and housing insecurity in our community.
- Whole Foods Break Free from Plastics: Plastic is quite literally choking our ocean, with a garbage truck worth of trash entering our oceans every minute, where it injures and kills birds and marine animals like sea turtles. In order to turn the tide on packaging pollution, we need corporations to do their part to eliminate single use plastics. Whole Foods has led on plastics in the past when they became the first U.S. grocer to eliminate plastic bags at checkout. But they’ve started to lag behind competitors and recently got an F for failing to have a comprehensive strategy on reducing their plastic footprint. We want Whole Foods to put the planet over plastic and eliminate single-use plastic packaging items from their stores.