Lane’s student government filled one of the vacancies in its senate by ratifying environmental studies student Emily Aguilera.

“I’m all about sustainability,” Aguilera said. “It’s one of the big things in my life.”

The Associated Students of Lane Community College Senate voted unanimously to ratify Aguilera as a member during its Feb. 12 meeting.

During the meeting, Aguilera told student leaders she wanted to join the ASLCC Senate to help make sure students’ voices are heard.

“I got involved in student government because I feel students’ ideas, concerns and interest should be met, and I feel I can be a big part of that,” Aguilera said. “I feel like I can contribute a lot to this group.”

Student leaders said Aguilera’s initiative sets her apart.

Aguilera began volunteering for the ASLCC in January, when student leaders invited her to Lane’s Martin Luther King Day ceremony and she volunteered to be an usher for the event.

Since then, ASLCC Sustainability Coordinator Michael Weed said, Aguilera has been volunteering for every ASLCC event possible.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had such a passionate person, and she’s what passion is about,” Weed said.

ASLCC Student Resource Director Jennifer McCarrick Aguilera’s positive attitude has been refreshing for the organization.

“I think she will be an excellent asset to our family,” McCarrick said.