Giles Harris-Patel, an English major, was chosen to represent students on the LLCC Board of Trustees through April of 2023. He serves alongside the seven elected trustees who set policy to ensure LLCC is meeting citizens’ educational needs.
His academic plans include transferring to a four-year university after graduating from LLCC and then pursuing a law degree with a career goal of international law.
He chose to remain close to home for college. “I’ve met some great people at LLCC and the professors here are magnificent — caring and very enthusiastic about their field," says Harris-Patel. He decided to apply to become the student trustee "to make a difference, to see what leadership of the college is like from the inside. This is my first step in becoming a lawyer, a diplomat and someone who hopes to change the world."
He is working with other ambitious students to see how he can affect positive change. As part of his leadership journey, he is excited to travel with fellow trustees and the college president to New York City to participate in a meeting of the American Association of the Community College Trustees.
With a part-time job at Motorheads and full-time college studies, he still finds time to look for ways to improve the student experience. "LLCC is a great place to find my calling, be myself and have room to grow."
Story published in the LLCC FORWARD magazine, October 2022.