Kishane Patel

Kishane Patel

  • UWF BEI Member
  • UWF SGA Student Body President

Kishane Patel, a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice, is from Pensacola, Florida. During his time at the University of West Florida he has focused his involvement and leadership on campus around the idea of improving the student experience. He believes in finding creative solutions to complex problems based on the resources available to improve student life. His presidency focuses on increasing transparency, creating diversity initiatives, prioritizing Activity and Service Fee funding for academic and professional development initiatives, and improving the student experience.

Kishane is an active member of the Florida-Sigma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Within his chapter, Kishane served as the new member educator, who aims to shape young leaders who will make an impact on the UWF campus and surrounding communities. He has also been involved in a number of other organizations on campus during his time. Kishane has served on the executive board for Campus Activity Board, is a member of UWF Men's Empowerment Network, and is involved in two honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Pi Sigma Alpha. He also is a current Trustee for AMIkids Pensacola. This non-profit organization aids students in rehabilitation and vocational programs to empower kids through care and guidance to break the cycle of failure and poverty by becoming responsible and productive citizens.

Before being sworn in as Student Body President of the UWF Student Government Association, Kishane ran for Student Senate at the end of his freshman year and shortly after was appointed to serve as the Student Body President’s Chief of Staff. The following year, Kishane was elected as Student Body Vice-President. While Vice-President, Kishane was a Board of Director for the University of West Florida Foundation Board and the Historic-Trust Board. Serving in different executive roles, the experience Kishane has received has given him a motivation to inspire other leaders at UWF to become active voices for the student body.

Kishane was sworn in as Student Body President on April 14th, 2017 and plans to create a better future for students at UWF by advocating for student needs at the state level and by creating relationships between campus partners to create a campus environment that embraces innovation and transformation.