Office of the President

Ayyan Zubair

The Office of the President provides a direct link between the 17,000+ undergraduate student body and the Stony Brook University Administration. The President serves as the Chief Executive of the Undergraduate Student Government and is responsible for all strategic initiatives of the USG.


Office Phone: (631) 632-6460

Office Hours

Monday: 9am – 2pm

Tuesday: 9am – 1pm

Wednesday: 9am – 2:30pm

Thursday: 9am – 12pm 

Friday: By appointment 


“It is my unyielding faith that those who love this campus can change it.

With the initiatives that I’m proposing, I’m asking each and every one of you to believe that we can be one body, reaching for what’s possible – building a more perfect Stony Brook. As your President, I will stand unapologetically with the student body in my pursuit of these goals.” – Cole Lee 

*With an endless number of critical issues that confront our student body and the campus community, the Office of the President is not limiting advocacy efforts to the initiatives listed below. Please feel free to contact our office at 631.632.6460 or come stop in during office hours for a full list on our efforts to enhance student life and maximize the student experience for all.*


Securing Free Laundry: Campus Residences has included President Cole Lee’s Free Laundry Initiative in their draft of the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018.


Diversity: President Cole Lee has enacted Executive Order #001 to combat acts of hate, discrimination, bigotry, and divisiveness in all of its forms. The order creates the office of Diversity Affairs in USG, fully staffed with a new Director, and committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity.

It’s On Us Campaign

I want to commit to action on sexual assault prevention on our campus. As 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college, this is an issue that I take very seriously not only as a student leader but a fellow seawolf. As President, I will commit to building regular programming, trainings, and education on sexual assault, identify leaders that will continue the work after I graduate, and work to change the culture around sexual assault. It’s On Us is an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. It’s On Usasks everyone — men and women across America — to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault. It’s on all of us to stop sexual assault. I took the pledge to be a part of the solution and you can too at If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation, go to to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1‐800‐656‐HOPE.


Fall Break

According to the 2016 Academic Calendar, classes run from Sept. 7th to Nov. 23rd with no breaks in between. This is just shy of three months and for so many of our fellow students – far too long to not see family and loved ones due to the inability to travel long distances back home. With a rigorous course load that accompanies being one of the world’s premier Universities, it has become abundantly clear in my second term of engaging with students that the calendar in its current state is far too draining and leads to an overwhelming amount of anxiety or fatigue. There exists a dire need for a mental break. With 23 other SUNY Schools (excluding community colleges) adopting some form of fall break, I will call upon the University to adopt this change for the student body.

– As it currently stands, a Calendar committee comprised of Administrators, faculty, staff, and students has been formed to explore ways in which a Fall Break could come into fruition. A draft/proposal for an academic calendar that would span from 2018-2023 includes two full days of a Fall Break along with an additional reading day before Finals.


SUNY 2020/Rational Tuition Plan

Let me be very clear. Not I, Cole Lee, nor USG support increased tuition.

What we support is a fair, equitable, and predictable tuition plan. This conversation is far more nuanced than a simple yes or no. With the passage of the NY SUNY 2020 legislation, students and families were able to properly plan for the cost of a college education for the first time in the history of the State of New York. The plan will allow each State University of New York to raise tuition by $300 – replacing an era of dramatic tuition increases and spikes of up to 40% as we’ve seen when it increased by $950, $750, $650, and $500 in years past. As the son of Korean immigrants who attained a modest living as the owners of a small business, I understand firsthand how devastating these kinds of hits can be for students and their families. I know full well the burden of having to work 3 jobs in an effort to simply make ends meet. SUNY 2020 prevents these extremely detrimental and fear of uncertainty from ever occurring. In addition, SUNY 2020 has allowed for significant accomplishments by Stony Brook University:

  • Four year graduation rates are up 5 points since 2006 (exceeding national average by 18 points).
  • Added 685 course sections for a diverse and enriching curriculum/academic experience
  • Hired 246 net new full-time faculty
  • Provided upward o 32,000 hours of individualizes tutoring and advising to elevate student experience
  • Increased annual TA stipend by $2000
  • And offered 19 new degree and advanced certificate programs (plus 22 more in the works) and so much more.


As the older brother of an incredibly bright and talented younger sister, I can not stand for one second, how unacceptable it is for my sister to not have the same opportunities that are afforded to me simply due to the fact that she is a female. That is why I serve on the University’s HeForShe Steering Committee and dedicate every resource at our disposal to this solidarity movement that seeks to promulgate gender equality.

Seawolves support network

As 1 in 4 college students suffer from depression, it is essential that our student government and the university address this growing issue. As President, I am working on the formation of The Seawolves Support Network in collaboration with the Center for prevention and outreach, Counseling and Psychological Services, in addition to various student groups. The Seawolves Support Network will serve to empower Stony Brook University students to create a safe community and support each other’s mental well being, and identity day-to-day issues in peer facilitated groups. The Seawolves Support Network aims to become the first sustainable peer to peer led structure at Stony Brook University. We define sustainable through the people we help and the leaders who represent the organization; empowering members into leadership roles in the future and having WSN thrive once the current leaders graduate.


Office Hours in the SAC Lobby

In an ongoing effort to prioritize transparency and open lines of communication, I understand how important it is to have USG become more accessible and visible to the campus community. Members of the Executive Council and Senate will hold at least one hour of their weekly office hours outside of the USG Suite and in the SAC Lobby or other high traffic locations on campus. Students can speak to their elected officials about anything and everything during these hours.


Promulgate programs and initiatives that serve to promote diversity and student health

As student leaders on campus, it is our responsibility to ensure the well being of our fellow Seawolves leading by example. Members of USG work for the sole purpose of improving the lives of our students and familiarizing (to the best of our ability) the issues and every day experiences of our incredibly diverse and unique student body. With that being said, our members will make it a priority to attend and promote all programs that deal with student health and diversity.

  • SHAC (Student Health Advisory Committee
  • ROAR (Reach out and Reconnect)
  • CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • CPO (Center for Prevention and Outreach)
    • Listed above are just some of the collaborative partners that USG works with to ensure that we are reducing the stigma behind mental health and foster a safe and inclusive community.


Campus Dining

With a new food vendor arriving on campus, we will work in collaboration with the Student Voice on Campus Dining Committee in an effort to ensure the best campus dining experience for the student body. Serving on the FSA Board of Directors, Cole will always stand squarely with the students and advocate for the best dining experience possible.


  • Rakia Syed (Chief of Staff)
  • Mouri Matin (Deputy Chief of Staff)
  • Rena Thomas (Director of Communications)
  • Kiki Tsirakidis (Executive Assistant to the President)
  • Orni Chowduhry (Senior Advisor and Director of Legislative Affairs)
  • Ian Lesnick (Director of Diversity Affairs)

About Cole

Cole was elected by the student body to serve as President of the Undergraduate Student Government on May 8, 2015, a $3.5 million dollar organization representing 17,000+ undergraduate students, and responsible for funding over 400+ clubs and organizations. After a year of demonstrating leadership, passion, dedication, and relentless advocacy, Cole became just the fourth student since the inception of student government in Stony Brook University’s history to be elected to a second term as President of the student body.

In his role as President, Cole serves as the elected representative, activist, and liaison between students and the Stony Brook University administration. As the Chief Executive, Cole has led the Undergraduate Student Government to launch an unprecedented amount of advocacy campaigns in an effort to enhance the campus community and have all members of the USG uphold the privilege of serving as a “student leader” in every sense of the word. Under Cole’s leadership, the Undergraduate Student Government has worked in an historic nature to focus its resources to combat campus sexual assault, promulgate gender equality, support students suffering from depression/anxiety, dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding toxic drinking, fight for rational tuition, alleviate the college transition process for first-year students, bridge the gap between University Police and the community, raise awareness regarding mental health illnesses, issues surrounding diversity, and suicide prevention. In addition, Cole is also responsible for successfully advocating for Stony Brook University’s first ever 24 hour library – the first of its kind in the University’s history – in order to enhance the student learning experience so that students can not only succeed, but, excel in an environment that offers spaces for comfort, collaboration, and a place that’s consistently available to work.

As a former intern for elected officials at the Federal, State, and City level, Cole understands how vital it is to have strong leaders who will work tirelessly to serve their community. Prior to taking office for a second time as President of the Undergraduate Student Government, Cole focused on building community, advocating for students, maximizing the student learning experience, and supporting student life as an Undergraduate College Fellow, Vice-President of Hall Council, Student Voice on Campus Dining committee member, Residence Hall Association Senator, 3rd year Resident Assistant, FSA Board of Directors Member, Kaplan Test Prep Campus Representative, USG Senator, Red Watch Band Care team member, Voting Delegate for the SUNY Student Assembly, HeForShe Steering Committee member and as  a Teaching Assistant for courses: introduction to American Government (POL 102) and Women in Politics (POL 347)

Cole Lee is a senior political science major from Staten Island, NY. As the son of South Korean immigrants, Cole is the first in his family to earn a high school diploma and go to college in the United States. Cole’s parents came to New York in search of the American Dream. They shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation, and through their hard work, they attained a modest living as owners of a small business in Staten Island. Their unwavering belief in the notion of hard work and responsibility instilled a sense of ambition in Cole that has inspired Cole’s life in public service.