Kiara Kabbara – Ethan Jones
We have been incredibly blessed to serve in numerous leadership positions at UT where we have been charged with advocating and amplifying the voice of UT students, and we recognize that UT's current structure doesn't "work" for all of its community. If UT is supposed to be a school for all of its students, no matter background, race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation, shouldn't its staff, faculty, structure, and services effectively and equitably serve all Longhorns? Our campaign hopes to aggressively tackle these systemic and structural issues at UT by creating space for marginalized, underrepresented, and silenced communities to proactively ensure their voices are not only a part of University decision-making but drive these conversations as a whole. We plan to serve through an intentional, servant-hearted approach that will cement impactful policies and resources that equitably serve and support every student and foster a spirit on the Forty Acres that promotes a peacemaker mindset and a bridge-building perspective among all Longhorns. As a result of collaborating with student organizations, current/former UT student organizers, and our personal leadership projects we plan to further develop, we present a platform that showcases the initiatives we are ready to implement on the Forty Acres. Our platform is categorized in 5 Main Pillars: 1. Academic Affairs 2. Campus Life/Housing 3. Equity & Outreach 4. Services & Sustainability: 5. Executive Projects/Social Culture Holistically, our platform is bold, comprehensive, solution-oriented, and most importantly, has been created by you and for you. Our campaign is about amplifying the voices, values, and needs of students at UT. So Longhorns, are y'all ready? Let's go get 'em! Vote #KiaraEthan2021 on March 8-9. Here is Official #KiaraEthan2021 Link Tree were you can find all of the Social media and Website links https://linktr.ee/kiaraethan2021 Follow us on Instagram @KiaraEthan2021 Follow us!
Dwight Peton – Domanique Williams
We are in a time of crisis, and crisis requires bold solutions. Domanique and I have fresh perspectives; we are not immersed in the system and we are not afraid to change it. We want to work with UT officials when possible, but pressure them and hold them accountable when necessary. During a deadly pandemic, students had to face a deadly winter storm. The past year as a whole has had catastrophic consequences in the lives of students, and small solutions are not enough. For instance, currently the UT outpost can provide students in need with food only once a month. They have no hygiene products, and only professional clothing. We need to double or triple the amount of resources to truly address the problems these students are facing right now. It is imperative that we find a way to directly work with nonprofits, community centers, and professionals to build a strong and able network for UT students. But we don't want to just focus on students financial needs, but the consequences that hardships have on our mental health as well. Currently, students have a small limited amount of appointments at CMHC. We plan to provide more resources to CMHC so students can focus on improving instead of worrying about reaching the appointment limit. Our executive alliance will also have a no tolerance policy for discrimination, encourage diversity and inclusivity, and emphasize that black lives matter and anti asian violence is absolutely untolerable. We understand that the words and the actions of /our leaders matter, and we would use that power to make tangible changes for UT students. We will listen to student movements, petitions, and surveys to make sure we are your voice. That is the change we are determined to deliver.
Javier Lopez – Danielle Buffa
We believe that UT is for everyone, and as your Executive Alliance, we will strive to make UT more inclusive. We will listen to our students' needs and make the necessary changes, such as adding a non-binary gender marker in UT's registration system. We will work with the Office of the Registrar to provide students the option to place their preferred name on their diploma rather than their legal name so that every student can take pride in being a Longhorn. We will hold open-floor meetings in which any member of the student body may voice their concerns to us, our Executive Agencies, and the Dean of Students. These meetings will allow students to speak about the problems they face on a daily basis. It's time to give our students the transparent and accountable Student Government and university administration that they deserve. After researching the executive alliance budget, we found many agencies from past years were inactive and unresponsive to the community. This past fall alone, there was a budget surplus of over $50,000 that was unused by our Student Government. We believe in using our resources to give back to our students. Our alliance will channel our funds into projects and organizations that help students, and we will donate any excess funds to the Student Emergency Fund and UT Outpost, an organization focused on feeding at-risk students. Our campaign is focused on what matters most: you. Our Student Government needs to represent all of our students, not just leaders of organizations and other members of Student Government. It's time to create a Student Government that values transparency and accountability. It's time to represent the needs and identities of all of our diverse students. It's time to put the U in UT. Learn more at lopezbuffa2021.com!
Gautham Metta – Quenton Stokes
Student government is an entity created by the students, for the students. We believe that through proactive engagement and transparency, we will create a more inclusive and involved campus environment. Since our Executive Alliance has been on campus, we have noticed a large disparity in the flow of information between the student government in-group and our general student body. Many students do not feel represented by their student government, in fact, many cannot even name our current executive alliance or the initiatives they fought for. We ran because we were tired of seeing budgets of nearly $50,000 going unused, especially during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent Texas Winter Storm. By implementing our town hall initiative, we will empower a diverse coalition of organization leaders to advocate on behalf of their members. These Town Halls will involve productive conversations of campus issues, preparing our alliance to act in the interests of all our students. We plan to empower students from the first day they're on campus. Our diversity and inclusion platform aims to tackle this by introducing students to the prominent POC alumni who have paved the way for the next generations of Longhorns to attend our school. Looking at the current UTSG website(https://www.utsg.org), the COVID-19 information says coming soon, the newsletter tab says coming soon, and all the platform points display Error 404's when you try to learn more about them. But don't worry, they have their awards page updated. Are these the "experienced and transparent leaders" we want advocating for the improvement of our student experience? Join the fight, let's reach out to all pockets of campus together. Check us out at www.gq2021.com and on Instagram @GQ2021campaign. #powertothestudents
I'm Inbar Turjeman and I am running to be your University-wide representative! As your representative, it will be my utmost priority to advocate for your best interests and the topics YOU are most passionate about. During my term, I will also prioritize the following:
1. Protection against hate crimes - UT is such a diverse university, and so it is important that everyone feels safe, protected, and free to exercise and express their individuality without fear.
2. Mental Health - It will be my continuous goal to ensure that every student feels comfortable reaching out for help and that measures are set in place to provide relief and understanding for those struggling.
3. Community engagement - I will increase opportunities to give back to our community, and thus encourage students to practice changing the world to better prepare for life after college.
Vote Inbar Turjeman to raise the BAR!
Hello, my name is Patrick Wang (He/Him/His). My campaign starts with the needs of the UT community. I want my campaign to continuously adapt, advance, and develop to better serve the students of this University in any way I can. Instead of listing several vague campaign goals and purposes that you'll soon forget. If you remember one thing from my campaign, just remember that my biggest aim is to fight for financial stability for all students. Most importantly, I will strive to provide an everyday financial cushion for UT students by pushing the University to give every student at least 100 dining dollars and/or Bevo-pay. I plan to continuously adapt my campaign and actions throughout my time serving the UT community, to ensure every perspective is valued. So, let's accomplish something great together, and vote with the Wang Gang.
My campaign is focused on transparency, accountability by administration, and finding creative solutions to better represent students on crucial matters. I am a third-year MIS student and have experience in Federal Relations Agency in Student Government. My platform will prioritize the issues of inclusivity (voicing concerns and establishing student oversight for years to come), student and staff safety (including financial matters such as wage and tuition, as well as Riverside expansion programs), mental health (expanding mental health services and support further and emphasizing a safe return to campus), and transparency between administration and students (including establishing an independent, consistent student poll to better leverage student opinion in campus matters, as well as hosting Assembly town halls), and working to establish perpetual relationships with local and state officials. I ask for your vote in helping to strengthen Student Government and to make this election the beginning of real change.
Hey, Longhorns! My name is Jeremiah Baldwin and I am running to be one of your University Wide Representatives because I believe that The Time is Now to provide comprehensive COVID-19 assistance, maintain a strong level of engagement and transparency, ensure that our university promotes inclusion and equity, help provide wellness, and ensure campus safety!
It's time to have UT live up to its slogan! We need to have more resources for students, more financial aid for students, and more awareness from faculty about the issues facing students from representation on campus to sustainability. My top priority is pushing for more budget transparency from the administration to see where our money goes and how it is allocated!
Hey y'all, I will focus on three things: Student Government Accessibility, Sustainability, and Mental Health during COVID-19.
• First, having experienced the student government legislation process firsthand, I know that changes need to be made about the way that representatives interact with our community.
• Second, I want to address waste from landfills, plastic utensils, and plastic plates. The pandemic has compounded our environmental waste problem at UT, the continued use of non-biodegradable plastics is unacceptable. I encourage a transition to more environmentally friendly solutions.
• Finally, when you break an arm, it needs to be placed in a cast, likewise, when the mind is hurt it needs to be addressed with the same prestige and care. It is my mission to provide you with the resources and assistance you need as we transition back to campus.
I am running to uplift and lead with empathy. To learn more… visit my Instagram: @brax4uwide
Howdy Longhorns! My name is Jesse Martinez (he/him), and I'm a sophomore double-majoring in government and history. As a former senator at UT Tyler's student government, I know what students are capable of. We can influence real change, hold administrators accountable, and amplify our voices. My main objective is to be an all-around advocate for STUDENT ORIENTED policy. In the short term, I would fight for full pass/fail and Q drop options. Our grading system must take into consideration the hardships caused by COVID and the recent freeze. But in the long term, I would advocate for pay increases for teaching assistants and student workers, as well as reach out to the Texas legislature and lobby for student interests, and be an outspoken, unapologetic voice on behalf of myself and my peers. I would also help in any way I can to ensure a safe return to campus.
The 40 acres was established as a place to inspire and lead those around us, yet in detrimental times of need we have failed one another. Through transparency, sustainability, inclusivity and equity, and financial relief we can regain our status as worldwide leaders. In order for us to be successful as a university, we need to rebuild the bridges and trust between students and the university. We cannot change the world unless we first, change together. @javipadillaforut
Hey y'all! My name is Caroline Seyer (she/her) and I'm a sophomore Biology major from Fort Worth. I'm thrilled to be running for university-wide representative! As a current CNS representative in student government, I worked with other incredible campus leaders to advocate for special Covid-19 pass/fail course options for students. It's imperative that we are all striving to make UT as inclusive and welcoming as possible. That is why I would love the opportunity to be in assembly again next year. I will collaborate with UT orgs and students to identify and address vital resources students need during Covid-19, increase financial transparency, amplify mental health resources on campus, and listen to what students need. Together, we can make the Forty Acres a home for every Longhorn.
Opportunity—it's something that we all need and deserve.
My name is Harsh Kumar, and I'm running to be one of your University-Wide Representatives.
At UT, we have students finishing college and finding out that they can't get a job, or worse,
students who can't even afford to finish.
This needs to change.
So, I've come up with a plan: we implement a University-Wide Co-Op Program, which would
let students work and study at the same time.
First of all, it would give low-income students a way to pay off their student debt and learn what
it takes to succeed in their field. In addition, it'll let students explore their career, and learn
whether they enjoy their job—before committing to it for life.
I promise to work for the sake of all longhorns—to give them the opportunities that they need
Let's build a better future. Together.
I am running for University Wide Representative because I want to be a voice for all students and their needs. I have ideas for change (such as pushing for more mental health resources, demanding accountability for sexual assault, encouraging diversity and inclusion, and fighting for an increase in financial aid), but my priorities as your representative will be determined by YOU. I fully recognize that no two UT students are alike, and I pledge to make sure every student at this university has what they need to succeed. My ultimate goal is to make your priorities my priorities. I will listen to your concerns and I will take action. I won't let you down, so give it a thought and vote for Liat!
Hello. I have experience in being the Architecture Representative for the 2019-2021, and I am thankful to have this eye-opening experience. I would like to make more impacts for 2021-2022. In fact, I'm already having few resolutions that I'm working on right now to solve conflicts as now. I'm extremely grateful I had the chance to work close with the assembly and was able to be one of the authors and sponsors for few legislations for UT Austin, as well as being part of the J.R. Committee. Some of the legislations/resolutions I had an awesome opportunity with was pass/fail option, Painter Hall Renaming, as well as the mental health number for the student id cards. I believe I was able to work on aspects I have promised for my previous proposal elections, and I am looking forward to making more changes and help better the UT community
My name is Nilay Gandhi, and I am a business freshman running to be the McCombs representative. While I understand that I cannot solve all issues surrounding the business school, I have certain focuses as a potential representative: -First, increasing school wide philanthropy. Business should not be all about profit-- we chance to use our funds for concrete change. The McCombs Foundation that is meant to to the school only accumulates money, increasing revenues by 37% without giving back to the students or community. My goal is to pioneer philanthropy plans in the McCombs school to use the Foundation's money to donate to student organizations and community non profits. -Second, increase inclusivity. McCombs as a school lacks gender neutral bathrooms and safe spaces for discourse for all people. Business needs to create areas in which everyone can feel welcome in the school-- something I hope to map.
I'm Benjamin Farias, a second-year business student, and I am running to be your Business Representative. I have spent this year as a representative who served on the Student Government COVID-19 Response Committee, working to make student wellness the priority. One of the issues I am proud to have worked on is gathering and analyzing data to encourage administration to allow students to take classes pass/fail due to COVID-19. If you elect me, here are some of the things I will work on: Identify and spread awareness for resources addressing student food insecurity. Address affordability by increasing access to scholarships and other financial aid. Work with the Senate of College Councils to address academic issues on campus. These issues are important to me, but you have priorities too. I will also work with business students to pursue initiatives that are important to you. Thank you.
Dear Longhorn Nation, While I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as former University-Wide Representative and Financial Director of Appropriations, there is no better way to begin my final chapter in Student Government than by serving as your representative for McCombs. As McCombs Representative, I seek to mentor future generations of business leaders and draft legislation that will enhance and unite the McCombs Community. Voice. I'm here to amplify y'all while striving to be an authentic and transparent voice for the people. I want any and all students of McCombs, and the greater UT community, to feel comfortable expressing to me what they want to see change. I, in turn, want to work with them in actually bringing about that change. Hook Em' Forever, Zachary Denn
Hello, I am Danilo Castillo-Hernandez, and I'm a sophomore running to represent the Moody College of Communication. In this position, I hope to create a close relationship with the students of the college and advocate for them on issues of student safety and financial hardship. Since much of the experience of studying communication is built on in-person relationships, I will work with the university to help students transition back to the campus as soon as safely possible. I will also work with the University to assist students in the distribution of vaccines by helping to clarify the process and inform students of how they can schedule an appointment. Finally, the pandemic has taken a toll on students and their well-being. I will advocate for the university to supply scholarships and grants to students who have struggled during the pandemic, along with providing resources to students when returning to campus.
Hi there! My passion for Moody exceeds all others. My involvement with the Moody Honors program, becoming a FIG mentor for the future learners of Moody, and research involving my major among other things are proud testaments to my admiration for and dedication to this college. I would love to represent communication students across our university and show everyone the value we bring to this campus. A vote for me is a vote in favor of a bountiful future for communication students and all those related!
Heyooo Longhorns! My name is Albert Perez and I am running to be your next Moody's representative. In my first year at UT Austin, I took the position of UT Austin's City Relations Liaison and have been involved in a variety of organizations focused in entrepreneurship, investing, and technology. As well, I have spent over 2 years as a freelance social media marketer working with small businesses. Given my experience, I realized the true skill that holds the world together is the ability to communicate. My mission is simple. GIVE MOODY STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY DESERVE. I will do this by aiming to change the following: - Improving student resources - Increasing partnerships with organizations and other schools on campus - Improving the reach of student media on campus With your vote, WE can thrive. For more information, Follow me on Instagram. Go to: https://www.instagram.com/_perezident_/ HOOK 'EM!
My name is A.J. Brown, and I am running to be one of your three engineering representatives. Previously I have been a University-Wide and Engineering Representative in the previous two assemblies. As chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee this past year I have had the opportunity to look more into the workings of SG. I feel as though SG is not as open and easy to follow as it should be. This discourages student involvement and input. My goal is to make SG processes and procedures both more efficient and clearer. As your representative, I will make sure that it is easy for your voice to be heard, and that the focus of the assembly is addressing your concerns with clarity and transparency. As the old UPS slogan once said, "What can Brown do for you?"
My name is Talia Delambre, and I'm running for Engineering Representative. I am a first year Biomedical Engineering student minoring in Government. As a member of UT student government, I want to address issues related to COVID-19 and the ongoing transition back to campus. I hope to work with the Cockrell school community to address concerns that my peers may have during this stressful time. As a freshman entering UT during the pandemic, I understand how difficult it is to get involved in our community when most activities are virtual and I believe it is important that UTSG representatives ensure that the student body has access to resources to not only connect with the school, but also with one another.
Alex De Saint Germain
Hi! My name is Alex, I'm a European Masters student in Petroleum Engineering and I am running for graduate representative. I have a lot of prior experience here. In my previous college, I was a year representative first, then a faculty representative which meant I represented all of the college's 18k students at a college level and all 8,000 engineering students at the faculty level. During my time there we dealt with issues such as housing, implemented a complete overhaul of the curricula of each engineering department to bring them in line with modern ways of thinking, dealt with lecturer pension strikes and of course, dealt with the emerging COVID-crisis and the college's response for exams and the summer term. So I would say that I have been well trained for this role and am ready to take it to the graduate level.
I look forward to the opportunity of learning policy and making changes to better my fellow Geologists. What starts here changes the world!
Our Lawhorns have had a challenging year, and we may continue to have a rather unusual law school experience. As our unique needs evolve, I will act as a strong advocate, bringing law student-specific issues to University-wide discussions and decisions. Especially since our student body is small compared to the undergraduate and other graduate schools here at UT, a strong voice is necessary in this forum. I will also serve as a resource for the University in communicating with my fellow law students. While the difference between law students' academic demands, lifestyle, and location on campus from the rest of the University may seem great, I will help bridge that distance and ensure we are all on the same page as we return to our new normal.
Change starts with one moment, one action, and one person. I am dedicated to bringing effective leadership that will help create lasting change for the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin. With such a diverse collection of students and majors, we all must know that change starts with us! This means that students should be the University's top priority and my residency as Liberal Arts Representative will be centered in this ideal. My policies are focused on furthering student financial resources, improving academic life, and uniting the Longhorn community. Transparent communication between the UT Admin, Student Government, and the Student Body is crucial to the social and academic reform of the university we so love. TAKE A LOOK AT THE CAMPAIGN: Insta @colecurleeyoungut #Changestartswithus #ColeforCOLA #UT #Hook'emBaby!
Those who are a part of College of Liberal Arts are a broad based group of people with different majors, identities, and passions. This election cycle I am running for Liberal Arts Rep because I believe (with your support) we can make change on campus to improve the lives of everyone. This campaign will be focused on policies within the realm of Inclusion, Affordability, and Representation. So if that sounds interesting or agreeable to you vote for Kevin as your next LA Rep!
For many of us, the Forty Acres has granted comfort, a home, and a sense of normality. However, the reality is this year has been incredibly challenging between balancing a healthy academic and social life during a global pandemic. I'm running a campaign that seeks to include everyone's background, new voices, and fresh opinions within Student Government. Longhorns are often put last, and several of our critical challenges have yet to be solved. I plan on addressing a wide variety of long-overdue issues. Key issues I will address include unaffordable housing, expanding student wellbeing resources, and creating better accessibility for all Longhorns. These past few months, I've witnessed the influence Student Assembly possesses and the harmful result of ineffective leadership. I'm committed to bringing a new perspective to the Student Assembly that prioritizes the issues Longhorns are facing. Feel free to check out my platform on Instagram, @Jerold.for.colarep
My name is Raghav and I'm asking for your vote for COLA representative! I've been involved in political activism my whole life, from campaigning for congressional candidates to policy-writing at the Texas Capitol, and I'm going to leverage these experiences to bring aggressively progressive policies to Student Government. Making mental health our fourth branch of emergency services, creating a student body to monitor University Housing & Dining, enfranchising our student regent with the vote, distributing vaccines while being sensitive to structural inequalities, and divesting our microgrid from fossil fuels are only some of my legislative priorities! If I'm elected, I plan on engaging directly with the administration, using both friendly and confrontational approaches, and my peers to pass meaningful policy that tears down the walls confronting our generation. To learn more about me and the concrete plans to enact my policies, visit raghavforut.com or follow my campaign on Instagram @raghavforliberalarts!
Hey, y'all! I'm Matthew Vinson, a first-year HDFS major with a niche for advocacy and a drive to make UT more equitable. It's no secret this past year was a nightmare. The pandemic has had extreme consequences and created barriers that prevent student success. Like many others, the only college memories I have consist of social isolation, worsening mental health, financial instability, and more. This is why I'm running for representative, to ensure that no other student has to experience this. My platform primarily focuses on… - Mental health expansion and accessibility - College affordability, specifically regarding tuition and housing - COVID relief for students in need - Diversity, equity, and inclusion - Sustainability and moving towards green energy With the right leadership, these issues will be addressed, and solutions will be implemented to guarantee campus life goes back to normal. Be a part of the change, and vote Matthew.
People of UT's campus, My name is Alexander Hayek. I am a Biochemistry major that plays for our UT men's club soccer team. I am a transfer student from Concordia University Texas, where I was the Athletic Representative for our student government while I was playing soccer there. My focus was on community intervention from our institution. My main goal is to focus on the students and the benefit of the students. I want everyone to have the best opportunities to be successful. While at Concordia, I had a very close relationship with my professors and the students. I want people at UT to feel more at home, a person, rather than an EID. My hope is to take the students, just like DOGE… To The Moon. Students can only go up.
Hello Longhorns! I'm running for Natural Science Representative for our next academic year. First a little bit about me, I am majoring in Neuroscience and will graduate in Spring of 2023. I am also pursuing a minor in Business. I grew up in the Bay Area in California and during my free time I enjoy playing basketball or reading a good book. Now, I am running to be one of your Natural Science Representatives to ensure that your voice will be heard at UT Austin. I can give you my word that I will always take the time to ensure that I will address any questions, comments or concerns you may have to make sure you have a great experience at UT. I will do my very best to ensure that each and every one of the 15 departments at CNS is fairly represented in student government during my term.
Hey y'all, my name is Lorren Cantu and I am running to speak and act on the behalf of the College of Natural Sciences as one of your representatives. This past year I had the honor to serve this position where I met with many people, heard their concerns, and voiced their beliefs during our weekly assembly meetings. Some initiatives that I have advocated for and will continue to do so involve diversity inclusion, academic support, and campus safety. Through collaborative efforts, I have discussed and reviewed over 25 assembly resolutions and bills that would benefit UT. I strive to improve the opportunities and resources afforded to students which is why I am also a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and Joint Resolution Committee within Student Government. With your vote, I hope to continue to be a liaison between faculty and students for CNS!
Hi y'all, my name is Avery Sinnathamby (she/her)! I am a first year neuroscience major, and I would love to serve as your Natural Science Representative for the 2021-2022 school year. While science is my area of academic curiosity, I am also passionate about student government and advocacy through legislation. I am enthusiastic about the prospect of making CNS a more welcoming, involved, and safe environment for its students by: -Creating mental health programs targeted towards pre-health students -Refocusing volunteer efforts on Austin community needs and emphasizing the practice of mutual-aid -Increasing cultural awareness about UT's history and student body I hope you will help me in shaping A-very bright CNS!
Hey Longhorns! My name is Jonathan Wilson and it is with great pleasure that I am running to serve you as a College of Natural Sciences Representative. As your representative, I will do everything in my power to serve your interests. In particular, I plan on advocating for students in need during these unprecedented times, while also pursuing initiatives promoting campus safety, a necessary as campus seeks to transition back to normalcy. Despite how daunting or difficult the task may be, I would be honored to fight for you. As always, Hook 'em!
Hello, I'm Robert Salkin, a current CNS representative running for re-election. Over the past year, I have worked in my position as one of your representatives to help make the University of Texas a better place by writing and supporting resolutions that help students financially, improve campus diversity, and even extend thanksgiving break. As the vice-chair for Student Government's Financial Affairs Committee, I have played a vital role in allocating over $100,000 to help fund the great programs offered through SG or other organizations you might belong to. I hope to continue to try and lower tuition and improve registration for classes, particularly labs. With the experience gained through the past year as one of your representatives, I hope to continue to serve every one of y'all to the best of my ability and be there for anything you might need now or in the future. Hook 'em!
Howdy, y'all! I am running to represent your interests as the LBJ Representative in Student Government. As your representative, I plan to:
• Champion mental health support for UT's student population
• Advocate for greater institutional support for graduate student organizations
• Promote equity, inclusion, and transparency in every legislative initiative
• Through responsible stewardship of university resources, I plan to do everything possible to accomplish these objectives.
I will always be available to communicate with you and look forward to serving you. We are learning and growing amidst the most challenging educational environment of our lifetimes - a global pandemic, severe weather events, and limited efforts to advance awareness of available resources have placed an unprecedented burden on UT's graduate students. I desire to ease that burden through effective advocacy for your interests in Student Government.
I am running to be your Social Work Representative because social workers must be heard in student government! I aim at better connecting the Steve Hicks School of Social Work with the UT community by increasing communication channels between students and the UT administration. If elected, I will work hard to advocate for progressive changes on campus, such as increasing diversity and inclusivity at UT, increasing financial relief for students, and accessibility in classrooms. I want to bring transparency and accountability to student government and UT administration, and I am not afraid to back down. As social workers, we carry a humanistic perspective to public policy and fight for social justice. I will serve as your representative with a servant-hearted approach to bring progressive policies to UT.
Now more than ever, the student body needs more of a connection with UT and I know I can be that person. As a first-generation Latina woman, I have witnessed many aspects of the university that can improve so that it truly becomes an accepting and inclusive university where every single person can start their futures positively. I am running because this past year I have seen several issues occurring within our community, and nothing will change unless students begin to take a stand. As the social work representative, I will stand up for the social issues I have endured and watched others go through to make our university a more unified community.
Being a transfer to one of the biggest universities can be hard and all during a pandemic can be the hardest. My transition, along with many, was not the easiest. I felt like many of the decisions I made while transferring to UT were out of a whim due to the lack of resources available to transfers. We need a UT Austin that supports and caters to the needs of transfer students. We need a Student Government that passes legislation in favor for transfer benefits. I am running to be your next Transfer Representative, because I will hold the university responsible for helping the transfer student body — a student body with a spectrum of diverse backgrounds and heartfelt stories. Let's hold our governing bodies accountable. Let's transform UT Austin.
My promise is to always be moving to improve the process we use when working with transfer students. Either that being students who are trying to transfer from other institutions more easily or providing additional help to students who are trying to transfer some credits from other institutions. The process of trying to transfer seems daunting, and it is my goal and promise to help make the process as easy as possible.
Hi! I'm Ariana Morales and I'm running for the transfer representative position this semester. I hope all of you are safe and doing well. During this difficult year, we've experienced a lot. Students and staff deserve more at the University of Texas at Austin. As a community, there's always work to be done. More people need their voices heard, but we don't just need that. We need those words to turn into actions. I'm advocating for transparency, equality, and support for students and staff on the UT campus. If you want to know more about the changes I want to make on campus check out my instagram (@anam_84) and twitter (@arianarepsut)! You can send any questions or concerns to my direct email below: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Longhorns, my name is Jaime Gutierrez and I'm running to represent the amazing transfer students at UT for another year! When I first decided to run in February of last year I wanted to make UT a home for all transfer students. This last year was an incredibly difficult one for many of us for so many reasons. From COVID to virtual classes to winter storms, this has been a difficult time for transfer students to find their place in the UT Austin community. My year as transfer representative was spent making sure that transfer students could still have a great experience in spite of everything that was happening. I am seeking re-election to continue supporting transfer students in these changing times, to reform older transfer institutions like the CAP program, and build new practices to include and support all students looking to make UT Austin their home.
Does UGS feel like purgatory? It shouldn't. UGS is home to us -- exploratory students who want to try all UT has to offer before finding a passion and picking a major. As UGS Representative, I will first create a student-friendlier internal transfer process by boosting the recognition of UGS students on campus and promoting cooperation between colleges regarding academic opportunities. Second, I will insist that while promoting free speech, UT take steps to ensure that students are properly protected against hate, bias, and discrimination. Third, I will help make UT an environmental role model by supporting initiatives such as investments in renewable energy. I can't wait to help UT reopen safely in the fall so we can make the most of our college experience. Can we do it all? Yes we Kahn!
Trip Davis – Alex Sexton
Hello! My name is Alex and I'm running to be the Graduate Student Assembly's Vice President. The two major areas I would like to focus on are instructional affairs and student affairs. We're all still in Zoom University, plagued with zoom fatigue and low student engagement. I believe there should be a reevaluation of the way in which we conduct online classes, including by asking the following questions: do graduate courses need to be three-hour seminars? Is a weekly journal entry really the best way to ensure student engagement? Is there any required trainings for faculty to take upon remote learning best practices? Moving to student affairs, I want to ensure that the student affairs division better includes graduate students in its programming. The university provides numerous resources to undergraduate students to provide them with a sense of belonging, community, and place. At the graduate level, this falls upon individual academic units; I would argue that the university does not meaningfully program to integrate graduate students into the wider university community. Further, I think that student service providers (e.g., UHS, CMHC, LWC) should more meaningfully tailor their outreach and intake efforts to better relate to graduate students and the graduate student experience. At my undergraduate institution, the University of Texas at San Antonio, I served as student body vice president where I held a number of university-wide duties. I co-chaired a joint Student Government–Faculty Senate committee to evaluate plus/minus grading on campus, served as an advisor to the Provost upon academic inclusion and equity issues, and participated in the drafting of UTSA's medical amnesty policy. At UT, I served upon the LBJ School's Graduate Public Affairs Council as professional development officer, overseeing a major revision to the council's bylaws.
Fellow Longhorns! My name is Adil Rayani and I am running to be your Texas Union Board Member Representative. During my undergrad years, I spent a lot of time at the Union building, some times studying and other times gathering with friends for various social events. If appointed for this role, I hope to work with the leadership teams in organizing safe events as we transition through the COVID environment. With several years of experience leading large organizations, I hope to uphold the vision of the Union and assist the student body in organizing events promoting diverse interests while providing opportunities for students to grow as leaders.
John Austin Gerling
Hi! I'm John Gerling, and I'm the current Chair of the University Unions Board of Directors. I'm a fourth-year accounting student, and I've been on the Unions Board for the past two years. Through my experience, I have learned that dining options are often students' top priority in relation to the Unions. I hope to use my knowledge on the subject to continue to make the best decisions for dining options in the Unions as well as improve other aspects, such as outdoor seating and sustainability issues. Through these measures and others, I think we can address the most important issues students face to help make the Unions as great as possible. Thank you, and Hook'em Horns!
Hi, I'm Haley! I'm thrilled to be running for the Unions Board, and I believe my extensive experience in Student Government and financial management make me uniquely qualified to represent our community in this position. Over my past two years in Student Government, I've served as Deputy Financial Director, representative of the Student Body President on the Student Services Budget Committee, and as a first-year member of Longhorn Legislative Aides (LLA). I also have a deep background in business as a Business Honors major, Treasurer of Zeta Tau Alpha, consultant for Consult Your Community, and incoming Summer Associate at Boston Consulting Group. I love our Longhorn community with all my heart and would love nothing more than to represent y'all in this position. Let's get some more female representation on the Unions Board! Hook'em! <3
Tucker James Mathis
Vote Tucker Mathis for University Union Board of Directors
Vote for Tom. That's it. That's the statement.
I am just a tall boi in a small world. I think the world should be taller, but I will not shrink myself nor my standards. Instead I will raise y'all up! So let's be tall together, as one, and having a lotta fun too. I think that's all. This concludes my Ted Talk. Thank you.
My name is Collin McCabe, and I am running for Co-Op Board of Directors. I am interested in serving the university that has granted me countless memories and world-class education. I have extensive experience in student leadership through the McCombs Leadership Program and my active role in Student Government. I also have a background in business as a Finance major and a Treasurer of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. I want to pour my effort into an institution that serves its students and evolves to meet the ever-changing needs and wants of its constituents. This nonprofit organization is of vital importance because it gives students affordable academic resources during a time of increasing academic costs, and I am excited to represent the student body's interests, fiscal concerns, and academic needs. For updates regarding voting, follow me on Instagram: collin_mccabe Hook 'Em!
My name is Drew Burch, and I am running for the Co-op Board of Directors in order to have the opportunity to contribute to a non-profit organization whose direction is to give back to the students at UT. This school has provided me endless opportunities and I wish to begin to give back now, as I will continue to do for the rest of my life. I will work to ensure that the Co-op financially supports the student body financially as a college education is the largest investment any of us have made at this point in our lives. I look forward to serving as a Co-op Board member and believe that my voice will represent the student body well.
Working at the Co-op has been a great experience for me from the beginning. Not only have I learned many of the specifics of how our business functions, but I have also learned many of the challenges facing retailers. For example, what products take priority in the mind of a customer? How can retailers constantly (yet reasonably) provide a better working experience for their employees? I believe any retailer should look for ways to provide a great experience for the customer, as such an experience can lead to happier customers and, in turn, higher profits. I seek a position on the board to learn more about the intricacies of our business and how to best satisfy both our customers and our employees. I would appreciate your vote, as I want to help the company that has done nothing but help me. Thank you and Hook 'Em, Gabriel Aparicio Instagram: @hookemgabri
My interest in running for Student Director on the University Co-op Board of Directors arises from my unwavering passion for service, be it through service in my local community, or serving the UT student body. I was raised around a simple ideal—when you are capable of using your abilities to give back, it is not an inclination, but an obligation to do so. The Co-op shares this ideal, as an institution whose sole purpose is to provide for the University of Texas and its students, I feel that our respective missions align. The Co-op has always been around when I needed them, and I would like to ensure that upcoming generations of Longhorns are accommodated in a similar fashion. A position on the University Co-op Board would allow me to give back to my fellow students, and make certain that the needs of our student body are adequately fulfilled.
Thousands of students and alumni visit the University Co-op every week. Anyone who has visited the Co-op will agree that it is more than a store; it is a community. I would be honored to represent our incredible student body as I push for affordable textbooks, a wide variety of apparel, and transparency between the Co-op and our student body. The Co-op has an incredible platform as a massive organization, and I believe we should push to promote our hundreds of student organizations. A small portion of the Co-op dedicated to apparel and information about student organizations would allow students to find their perfect fit at the University of Texas. As a member of the University Co-op Board, I will do everything in my power to facilitate communication between the University Co-op and our impressive student body to make the University of Texas the best place it can be.
My name is Sanika and I'm excited to be the candidate for Editor in Chief next year. My goal is to use the opinion department as a platform for student advocacy and collective action, and I want to keep respectful and representative coverage at the forefront of my mission. I hope to expand on the work the Texan has done in the past to create a space that is welcome and accessible to all, and I plan to listen to you to do so. Your perspective is important to me, and I want to address important issues and amplify activist voices in order to further student movements for change. You can give me feedback here on how the Texan can best represent your voice. I'd love to hear from you.
My name is Amy Zhang, and I'm a fourth-year doctoral student in Sociology. I attended undergrad here at UT-Austin, and spent 3.5 years at The Daily Texan, serving as Managing Editor in my final semester (Spring 2016). During my gap year between undergrad and starting graduate school, I worked for Texas Student Media in an administrative capacity, in addition to completing an internship at the Texas Tribune. While considering a continually changing media landscape facing budget cuts and diversity and inclusion issues that plague both the smallest and largest of organizations, it is more important than ever that student journalism (of all forms) is done in the public interest. I believe my prior experiences in journalism will inform my ability to advise this generation of student journalists, and I look forward to serving TSM in a new capacity as an at-large student member of the TSM Board.