SAB Student Spotlight: Lesly-Hannah Gutierrez

Lesly-Hannah is a Senior at Binghamton University. She is involved with the multicultural community on campus through various organizations including the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and the Haitian American Student Association, both of which she is president for. Read below to learn more about her experiences with HASA and her insights on campus involvement!

Tell me about yourself.

My name is Lesly-Hannah Gutierrez. I am from Long Island, NY and I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Africana Studies. I am furthering my education by getting my MBA this upcoming fall at Binghamton University. I hope to work in the healthcare system by going into healthcare administration. 

What are you passionate about?

I’m deeply passionate about giving back to my community and being a representation of black women and people of color in the healthcare system. As a member of these communities, I understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in healthcare. By being visible and vocal in my field, I hope to inspire others who may not traditionally see themselves represented in medicine. Representation matters greatly, especially in healthcare where trust and understanding are paramount. By advocating for diversity in the medical field, I aim to break down barriers and stereotypes and encourage more people from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in healthcare.

As a student leader, how important is it for students to be involved on campus? 

As a student leader, I believe it’s incredibly important for students to be involved on campus. Campus involvement not only enhances the overall college experience but also plays a crucial role in personal and professional development. Being involved on campus provides students with opportunities to build a sense of community and belonging. Whether through clubs, organizations, or campus events, students can connect with peers who share similar interests and passions. This sense of belonging builds friendships, support networks, and a feeling of being part of something larger than oneself.

What skills have you gained by being a member of this Executive Board?

As a member of the Executive Board, I’ve gained a wide range of valuable skills that have contributed to my personal and professional development. Some of the key skills I’ve acquired include leadership, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management. Overall, being a member of the Executive Board has been a valuable learning experience that has equipped me with the skills and competencies necessary for effective leadership and professional success.

Why did you first join this organization?

I joined HASA because I wanted to surround myself with people who grew up in my culture. I joined because I wanted to find a home away from home and I did! 

How does your organization help uplift the voices of students of color on campus, specifically Haitian American students, within this predominantly white institution?

As an organization, we are committed to uplifting the voices of all students, including those from underrepresented and marginalized communities, such as Haitian American students, within our predominantly white institution. We strive to ensure that all students of color, not just Haitian American students, are represented and visible within campus life through our organization’s leadership, events, and activities. We also advocate for the needs and concerns of students of color within our institution, including issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Furthermore, we collaborate with other student organizations, community groups, and cultural centers to amplify the voices and experiences of Haitian students and students of color on campus.

By Stephanie Ramirez-Cisneros
Stephanie Ramirez-Cisneros Senior Peer Consultant