After Concussion, Pitzer Student Senate President Hammado to Temporarily Step Down

Hajar Hammado PZ ’18 in February. (Courtesy of Adela Pfaff)

Update: The Pitzer Student Senate executive board announced Friday afternoon that Lora McManus PZ ’18, formerly vice president, has assumed the role of acting president and Simone Bishara PZ ’18, formerly a senator on Diversity Committee, has been appointed as acting vice president. These positions will last until President Hajar Hammado PZ ’18 returns from her temporary leave.

After sustaining a concussion last week, Pitzer College Student Senate President Hajar Hammado PZ ‘18 is stepping down from the office for an undetermined amount of time, she announced in a campus-wide email on Wednesday.

“Having previously dealt with a concussion, I recognize the importance of taking the necessary time to fully recuperate before fully returning to critical responsibilities,” Hammado wrote.

When Hammado formally yields the office, the executive board line of succession would hand the presidency to current Vice President Lora McManus PZ ‘18, according to the Senate Constitution. Hammado did not specify if and when this would occur, but told TSL that the executive board was “determining a timeline for implementation.”

While Hammado did not mention McManus by name, she wrote that the executive board has been meeting to “discuss solutions for this interim period.”

“I have full confidence that they will put forth an effective, transparent, and responsible method to ensure operations continue smoothly as expected,” she wrote.

Following her formal yielding of the office, Hammado will continue to meet informally with the executive board and other student leaders, she wrote.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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