Meet the Spring 2022 Student Government Executive Candidates

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The US University student government elections begin Monday at 12 p.m. and run through Wednesday at 12 p.m. Voting is done through Campus Labs, and a link will be sent to students’ AU emails on Monday.

The leadership candidates answered The Eagle’s questions about their goals for SG’s future. All applicants received the same questions and the opportunity to respond by email. The answers are below with the candidates listed in alphabetical order by position.

Candidates for Student Body President: Chyna Brodie and Kyra Thordsen

What vision do you want to bring to SG?

Brodie: “I want to form a student government that includes all voices around the table. When I became the second black female President of SG, I was determined to stand up for all of AU’s diverse communities, especially the marginalized groups who are too often left behind. In just one year of my tenure, I have attended countless BIPOC cultural events, stood in solidarity with students, spoken with BIPOC professors, and advocated for restaurant workers on the campus. I’m proud to show students that I’ve proven myself to get things done, and more than ever, we’re beginning to bridge the gap between SG and the communities that have historically felt furthest removed from it.

Thordsen: “A year ago, I couldn’t find a place at SG that I wanted to be a part of, a place without toxicity and where the leaders really wanted to do something for the students. For this reason, I built my own space through the SPA Undergraduate Council, which grew from four to 40 members, planned over 16 events, wrote and produced a political review magazine, and advocated at name of our student body on countless issues. A year ago, we didn’t exist; today, we are a thriving and growing organization. This is the vision of what student government should be: something that keeps the student community and its purpose in mind in everything it does. If elected, our community and our students will be at the center of every decision I make, as I work hard to build a student government that makes a meaningful difference in student lives that we can all be proud of.

What is one of the main points that you defend?

Brodie: “Accessibility and accommodations are areas where we should all make improvements in our programs and policies. In my campaign platform, I said that ensuring students have the accommodations and equitable access to the resources they need to succeed is not a privilege – it’s a right. No student should have to choose between skipping a meal or paying for laundry. That’s why it’s so important to reduce costs and expand access to core services on campus.

Thordsen: “We have to focus on service-oriented action. SG should work to serve its student body, and I fight for this through comprehensive Title IX policies, food security initiatives, and support funds for survivors, as well as students with disabilities, BIPOC, and Indigenous , to name a few. Plain and clear, our student government isn’t fighting as hard as it should be for us right now, and I’m ready to change that.

What is your message to the student body?

Brodie: “My message is simple: I want to keep delivering for you. We have made so much progress in the past year fighting for the issues that matter most to the AU student body, from addressing food insecurity to bringing our community together in the midst of a pandemic. I’m proud of all the work we’ve done so far, but I’m far from done. Together, I know we can leverage these efforts to create a better AU for all.

Thordsen: “My message to the student body is a question: are we better off than a year ago? Our SG leaders work for us, and these elections are performance reviews. I have spent the past year organizing community building events, working on advocacy initiatives and diversifying the curriculum within the School of Public Affairs; all without the allowance given to SG executives. When elected, I will work hard to do the same for the entire AU community. We deserve a leader who will listen to us and fight for us not because he gets paid, but because he appreciates and wants to improve our community.

Vice Presidential Candidate: Jonathan Durham

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What vision do you want to bring to student government?

Durham: “I hope to bring a different mindset and approach to how we conduct ourselves as student government leaders. I want to get away from petty infighting and advocate and represent as many students as possible, especially from a programming perspective.

What is one of the main points that you defend?

Durham: “One of the main points that I will be pushing for throughout my tenure is bringing a sense of community back to campus when it comes to programming. This can be achieved by reassessing outreach approaches, more transparent communication between SG and the student body, and ensuring accessibility at all events.

What is your message to the student body?

Durham: “We have all the tools we need to continue to make AU a school where we can all call it home and a school where we can all feel connected. I am prepared to serve the position to the fullest of my abilities.

Candidate secretary: Coleman Maxwell

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What vision do you want to bring to student government?

Maxwell: “My vision of student government is one that works. An organization that aggressively advocates, communicates clearly on behalf of, and effectively elevates the student body. »

What is one of the main points that you defend?

Maxwell: “Clear communication has been absent from SG for too long. Once elected, my primary goal will be to establish a method that will effectively allow me to communicate clearly with all students on campus. This will include updating the SG website and a more direct way to get in touch with the secretary and his team instead of just using email.

What is your message for the student body?

Maxwell: “You deserve a student government that defends your interests and does so aggressively. Raise your voice, vote and don’t stop holding SG accountable.

Controller candidate: Logan Galimi

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What vision do you want to bring to student government?

Galimi: “I plan to continue and expand student government’s mission to promote and practice financial transparency within the organization.”

What is one of the main points that you defend?

Galimi: “I want to advocate and offer my help to increase financial transparency in the University’s budget process.”

What is your message to the student body?

Galimi: “I am interested in being your SG Controller because I believe my background in finance, management and advocacy will ultimately prove beneficial to the student body. I have very little interest in student politics at SG and am a firm believer in policy making rather than politics.

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