Meet the USG candidates: Administrators – Kent Wired

Editor’s Observe: All interviews had been carried out by way of e-mail question-and-answer responses. 

Undergraduate Pupil Authorities elections for the 2023-2024 tutorial yr open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 and shut at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The positions up for election embody one president, eight administrators and 10 senators representing 10 tutorial faculties. 

This yr, there are 14 candidates competing throughout eight directorship positions. 

The hyperlink for voting will be discovered on its web site, Instagram and Twitter.

Director of Educational Affairs

Olivia Eader 

Olivia Eader is a second-year environmental research and English main with a minor in Italian research and geography. She is at present the Senator for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which made her love not solely scholar main but additionally being an advocate for her friends.

Olivia Eader is working for Director of Educational Affairs. (Courtesy of Undergraduate Pupil Authorities)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: As a present member of USG, I do know one of many points for college students is the restricted entry to our library and its sources, and I’m dedicated to bettering this. 

As somebody who has skilled the challenges of becoming a member of USG with out prior expertise, I perceive the significance of setting clear expectations for the Educational Senate. I additionally need to present assist as they navigate their sometimes-daunting roles as liaisons between college students and school. 

One other precedence for me is to proceed constructing relationships with school members. As a non-voting member, I might see and listen to what school members are doing of their senate conferences and relay them again to USG. I notably need to work with them to ascertain a venture for the way they will take motion regarding their Land Acknowledgement, which was made earlier this tutorial yr. I’m dedicated to creating positive Kent State doesn’t cease at acknowledgment and takes additional steps towards significant actions.

My total objective is to supply college students with a school expertise they not solely deserve however had been promised after they selected Kent State College. I’ll advocate for the college we need to see by working collaboratively with college students, school and different USG members. 

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I need to be elected as a result of I do know that I may help college students and assist change Kent for the higher. After we all got here to Kent, we had been promised a sure stage of schooling and we need to get it. I need to be an advocate for college students and this place would permit me the chance. I’ve realized rather a lot in my function as senator when it comes to constructing relationships with school members so I want to apply these expertise to my potential function as Director of Educational Affairs.

Q: What are modifications you look to enact?

A: There are 4 main objectives I want to accomplish if given the prospect to carry this place and they’re as follows, in no specific order. 

I perceive the struggles of coming into USG with none expertise and being extraordinarily overwhelmed with the expectations and the sensation of no steering. That is why I need to set clear objectives and expectations for the Educational Senate that method they’re performing as effectively as attainable and in order that our senators really feel supported and college students really feel represented. 

As senator, I’ve labored on creating an area that’s inclusive and works to assist underrepresented college students. This primary started as soon as I noticed that the college had determined to publish a Land Acknowledgement however nothing else was established to assist present and future Indigenous college students. I want to be sure that there are programs in place to assist these college students and likewise educate others. 

I do know the struggles of needing a spot to review and the library closing or not being open after I want it to. That is why I need to proceed to work with the Dean of Libraries to get hours prolonged in order that off-campus and commuter college students can have entry to review areas on campus throughout non-business hours.

Lastly, I need to make it possible for college students are being supported by their professors and the latter are being held accountable. There are a whole lot of points which might be taking place which might be going unnoticed so I want to not solely set up a spot the place college students can report this but additionally assist design a system that can support in serving to them. It may be arduous to report a professor for one thing, I do know first-hand, and I want to assist different college students with this.

 And, after all, I need to hear from college students on what points they face and the way I can greatest assist them.

Zach Graves 

Zach Graves is a sophomore political science main with a minor in public relations. At present, he’s one in all USG’s first-year interns.

Exterior of USG, he’s a member of the Kent State Chorale, which is without doubt one of the college’s choirs. He enjoys singing, collaborating in musical theatre and studying about politics.

Zach Graves is working for Director of Educational Affairs. (Courtesy of Mary Jewell)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: I’m working on the platform of constructing a extra productive relationship between college students and school, extending the hours of the library to make sure college students have ample entry to its many sources and publishing a survey for college students to specific their issues relating to tutorial coverage. 

Additionally, persevering with the event of a program to make caps and robes extra accessible for college students who can’t afford to buy them for commencement, internet hosting an occasion or fundraiser to make a real-world distinction regarding the Land Acknowledgment assertion handed by the School Senate, which is able to improve variety, fairness and inclusion on our campus and extra.

I hope to make all these concepts of change develop into a actuality as your Director of Educational Affairs.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: Since I began faculty this yr at Kent and bought concerned with USG, I’ve develop into extra conscious of the numerous avenues for college students to create significant change on campus. 

As a first-year intern, I collaborated on creating an Advocacy Toolkit to assist college students higher perceive how they will make a distinction via scholar advocacy. I labored on advertising Change in a Flash, which is a good way for college students to be the change they want to see. I additionally bought to see the numerous occasions and partnerships different members of USG participated in. Their work evokes me to proceed advocating, proceed being a bringer of change and proceed serving to college students. 

I hope to proceed to characterize the coed physique in USG. That’s the reason I’m working for Director of Educational Affairs and that’s the reason I’m the perfect candidate for this place. 

Q: What are modifications you look to enact?

A: Going off my platform, one of many essential points I hope to concentrate on is continuous to develop a program to make caps and robes accessible for underprivileged college students who want them for commencement. As an intern, I’m engaged on this program with the present Director of Educational Affairs and I want to broaden upon this program because the Director of Educational Affairs to make this system as complete as attainable, and accessible as quickly as attainable. 

One other one in all my focusing points is working towards making a real-world distinction in regard to the Land Acknowledgment handed by the School Senate. I bought this concept when a professor of mine learn the assertion out loud and included it in her class syllabus. I assumed the assertion was a terrific begin, however that doing one thing extra substantial and actual can be more practical, which is why I need to host an occasion or fundraiser to assist indigenous populations on and off our campus. I hope to collaborate with the School Senate on this situation to make sure we’re working towards a typical objective of variety, fairness and inclusion.

Q: The rest you want to add?

A: This election is so necessary, and I urge everybody to vote, vote, vote! 

Director of Enterprise and Finance

Jack Hooper  

Jack Hooper is a sophomore laptop science main with a focus in knowledge engineering. He selected his focus after working with Dr. Javed Khan via the Select Ohio First program. Whereas working with him, Hooper turned actually inquisitive about knowledge science and the group with it. He additionally has been working with computer systems for concerning the previous 5 or so years now. From coding to repairing, he enjoys all of it. 

Hooper loves listening and singing to music in addition to taking part in video video games. 

Jack Hooper is working for Director of Enterprise and Finance. (Courtesy of JD Doyle)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

 A: My platform primarily focuses on persevering with to offer again to the undergraduate physique. 

The primary a part of that’s persevering with the work accomplished by the present Director of Enterprise and Finance, Grace Schick, in a system that can permit registered scholar organizations, and particular person undergrads who’ve constructed up a fame with the allocations board to obtain funding previous the max restrict per semester that’s put into place. 

The second half is to make membership sports activities extra accessible to those that should not in a position to take part due to monetary causes. This could be within the type of a brand new funding request the place undergraduates would have the ability to obtain funding for gear essential to take part in a membership sport. 

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

 A: I need to be elected as a result of I’m very passionate and enthusiastic about this a part of USG. As a lot as I hate to say it, cash is the important thing for alternatives, and I’ve actually loved having the ability to fund particular person undergraduates and registered undergraduate scholar organizations for the previous two years.

Q: What are modifications you look to enact?

 A: A sped-up timeline on college students receiving their funding after a request has been handed, in addition to the membership sports activities funding request and persevering with the system Schick has arrange.

 Q: The rest you want to add?

 A: I’ve been on the allocations board for the previous two years ever since Schick invited me in fall 2021. In that point, I’ve developed one of many key instruments that we use that enables the members of the board to know how the request is damaged down and the place the funding is being allotted for each request. As well as, this software permits all of the members of the board to see in actual time how a lot is definitely going to be allotted and if any modifications should be voted on earlier than the ultimate vote is solid. To place in perspective, the outdated method that this was was once accomplished was by passing round a bit of paper so all the members may very well be knowledgeable.

Rose Martyn 

Rose Martyn is a sophomore psychology and anthropology main. She loves being concerned on campus, and is part of many alternative organizations. 

In her free time, she enjoys studying, writing and spending time with family and friends.

Rose Martyn is working for Director of Enterprise and Finance. (Courtesy of Jenna Martyn)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: My platform focuses on two details. 

The primary level is to get the phrase out concerning the allocations course of. It’s such an unbelievable alternative that almost all college students at Kent State have no idea about. You will need to me that each scholar has the flexibility to make the most of this wonderful course of. 

The second level in my platform is to lift the amount of cash that individuals can request. Being on the allocations committee for the previous two years, I’ve seen first-hand how widespread it’s for college students and organizations to not have as a lot cash as they want. Which means that college students and organizations typically should pay a big sum of cash out of pocket. If elected, I’ll work to lift the amount of cash that may be requested by people and organizations.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I like Kent, and due to that, I’m all the time striving to make it higher. Being on the allocations committee for the previous two years has allowed me to know what will be improved on. I need to be elected to make enhancements that can profit all college students and organizations. Kent is already nice, however I need to assist make it even higher.

Q: What are modifications you look to enact?

A: With the intention to accomplish the objectives specified by my platform, I might make a couple of modifications. 

To assist unfold the phrase about allocations, I might have it listed with the opposite sources on campus throughout First 12 months Pupil Expertise lessons. This could be sure that all first-year college students would pay attention to the allocations course of.

I might additionally create a selected allocations Instagram to not solely assist unfold the phrase about allocations but additionally to assist market allocations-funded packages. 

I might additionally work to extend the amount of cash college students can request. Particularly, I want to implement a system for convention funding by which bigger teams can obtain bigger quantities of cash. 

Abygail Deemer 

Abygail Deemer is a freshman biology main with a chemistry minor. She is at present at present a first-year intern in Undergraduate Pupil Authorities. 

She has cherished all the time and experiences she has gained working alongside the present USG physique.

Abygail Deemer is working for Director of Enterprise and Finance. (Courtesy of Abygail Deemer)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: By way of my time in USG up to now, I noticed lots of the monetary wants each inside and out of doors of the group. I perceive the alternatives that may come from the funding supplied to not solely members of USG however the scholar physique as a complete and I want to make such alternatives well-known and accessible to college students.

I’ll maintain the expertise of scholars very extremely within the place as a result of I’m conscious that the Director of Enterprise and Finance is able to exposing college students to alternatives the Kent State campus can’t all the time present for them, a job by which I’m greater than delighted to do.

I might additionally wish to make modifications towards the allocation of cash to golf equipment on campus in an effort to make prolonged funding accessible and extra simply accessible. 

On prime of this, I need to make inner USG funding requests easier and extra clear-cut so the Undergraduate Pupil Authorities finances will be extra successfully utilized, making further occasions for the coed physique much more attainable.

 Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I need to be elected as a result of I’ve seen first-hand the modifications that members on USG could make and the optimistic influence such modifications have made. I need to proceed to be part of that and I’m ready to work even tougher than I did this yr. 

I particularly selected to run for Director of Enterprise and finance as a result of I’m identified to be extraordinarily organized and exact in my work. On this function, I want to make changes to the present system in an effort to make the place my very own whereas bringing optimistic change. Together with group, I’m a wonderful communicator. That is mandatory for a place corresponding to Director of Enterprise and Finance as a result of with out communication points can simply come up. In an effort to forestall that, I’m going to make it a degree to speak all issues to the mandatory events earlier than additional problems come up. The concepts relating to group and communication are all outcomes of my in depth previous in management and the talents I’ve realized from earlier endeavors are expertise I might like to put into this place. 

I imagine that I excel at positions with construction and respect the decisive nature of Director of Enterprise and Finance. I really feel that I’ve the talents essential to act as an impressive Director of Enterprise and Finance and want to be elected for that purpose.

Q: What are modifications you look to enact?

A: The most important change I want to enact is a change in funding construction for the funding of golf equipment. The present construction seems to be tougher and tedious than mandatory. With that objective in thoughts, I’ve not too long ago taken the time to satisfy with representatives from close by Ohio colleges to debate the present programs they’re utilizing together with the professionals and cons of such programs. 

I might additionally wish to instate a bunch assembly with a consultant from every campus membership to debate the best way to apply for funding and the foundations and rules behind it. 

Moreover, I want to make small modifications to the allocations throughout the yr to make it much less time consuming in a method that advantages all concerned events. Internally for Undergraduate Pupil Authorities, I want to make the interior funding course of shorter to decrease turnaround time on scholar occasions and initiatives. Usually, I want to make funding processes easier and extra environment friendly to learn the final scholar physique.

Q: The rest you want to add?

A: Because the Director of Enterprise and Finance, I need to use the talents that I’ve realized to supply as many alternatives to the coed physique as attainable and guarantee a trouble-free yr forward.

Director of Group Affairs  

Emmanuel David

Emmanuel David is working for Director of Group Affairs. (Courtesy of Godwin Shitta)

Emmanuel David is an a world scholar from Nigeria and a senior laptop science main. He at present serves as a first-year intern with USG and is on the Black United College students’ programming committee. 

In his free time, he volunteers for teams on campus as a result of it is without doubt one of the methods he is ready to join with individuals outdoors the classroom.

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: As an advocate for change, my platform for the place of Director of Group Affairs is targeted on empowering the group and driving change, innovation, inclusion and involvement and elevating the bar for scholar management.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: As a Nigerian, I perceive the necessity to give again to my quick group wherever I discover myself, and on this case, it’s the metropolis of Kent and Portage County by extension. 

Since my first semester, I’ve been an energetic member of KSU Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at each group worksite we’ve got had. 

As a member of USG, I put myself ahead for engagements that concern the group that USG organizes. 

I feel an individual who’s invested and devoted to the group ought to characterize the coed physique in group affairs. I imagine myself to be such an individual.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact? 

A: The present Director of Group Affairs has been doing wonderful work, and she or he goes to depart large sneakers to fill. The group is welcoming to us as college students, however extra can nonetheless be accomplished. I plan to construct on the relationships that the present director has cultivated, and work on implementing what’s on my platform. 

Additionally as a commuter, I might work on bettering transparency and communication with commuting college students and the college as a result of we’re ambassadors of the college to our host group Kent.

Abigail Prusha

Abigail Prusha is working for Director of Group Affairs. (Courtesy of Abigail Prusha)

Abby Prusha is a freshman psychology main. She is at present on Delta Zeta’s Government Board as Vice President of Administration. 

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: I hope to bridge any gaps between the KSU campus and the group. I hope to proceed crucial tasks that had been began by the particular person earlier than me in addition to implement a few of my very own like protected trip transportation, changes to parking providers on campus, in addition to efficient transportation each late at night time and additional off campus than what’s at present supplied.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I’ve not been concerned with USG previously however I need to make a optimistic influence on the Kent State campus and working for an elected place is a good way to try this. 

Because the Director of Group Affairs, I need to use the talents that I’ve realized via earlier endeavors to supply as many alternatives to the coed physique and the group as attainable, but additionally to make sure an superior yr forward.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact? 

A: I want to hear from the coed physique what they really feel the group can present for us and equally what we will present for them. I might do that successfully via open discussion board communication with each college students and main group members.

Director of Communication & Advertising 

Atira Wong

Atira Wong is a junior communications main from Maryland. She is concerned on campus in a couple of totally different organizations. She is the Co-Director of Advertising & Communications for Sister Circle and a member of Golden Reflections Dance Crew.

Atira Wong is working for Director of Communication & Advertising. (Courtesy of Erica Collins)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: My objective if elected is to enhance our social media presence, interact and produce extra consciousness to smaller scholar organizations and promote extra of the advantages of USG to our scholar physique.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I want to be elected as a result of USG has a huge impact on the scholars of this campus and their faculty expertise and I want to be part of ensuring they get pleasure from their time right here at Kent State.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact?

A: Up to now, the individuals who have held this place have upheld a terrific commonplace and I want to proceed to uphold the integrity of the place whereas staying true to my platform. If elected I plan to concentrate on my objectives to attach with the coed physique extra and make the advantages of USG well-known, particularly to smaller organizations.

Director of Governmental Affairs 

Jessie Starkey

Jessie Starkey is working for Director of Governmental Affairs. (Courtesy of Jessie Starkey)

Jessis Starkey is a sophomore political science main with a historical past and pre-law minor. She performs rugby and is the Vice President of Kent State Girls’s Rugby. 

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: Whereas finishing up the duties of the Director of Governmental Affairs, I’ll create an surroundings of acceptance and a group the place college students can share their concepts. Up to now yr, I’ve elevated voter engagement from 4% to 18% on campus. I want to proceed to teach the scholars on the significance of voter registration. I’ve accomplished this via laws, statements and social media.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A:  For the years 2021-2022, I served on the Governmental Affairs Committee and Sustainability Committee. I’ve deliberate two advocacy journeys, the place USG goes to the Ohio State Home to advocate on behalf of the coed physique and their civic rights. 

I’m at present the Director of Governmental Affairs. I’ve loved my time on this place and have seen how a lot I can contribute. I hope to proceed my work and enhance civic engagement.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact?

A: Schooling is so necessary however will be troublesome to entry or know the place to start, that is one thing I’ve been engaged on throughout this time period and can proceed to take action.

I additionally am working to make the most of the sources at Kent State for instance the group Kent State Votes to proceed to assist the scholars enhance their civic curiosity and understanding. 

Director of Programing

Mary Jewell

Mary Jewell is working for Director of Programming. (Courtesy of Mary Jewell)

Mary Jewell is a sophomore sports activities administration main with a knowledge analytics minor. She has been concerned in USG since her freshman yr. Jewell has been the Allocations Vice Chair, Programming Vice Chair and Assistant to the Director of Pupil Involvement.

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: I’m devoted to creating scholar voices not solely heard but additionally listened to. I plan on utilizing my time period to host totally different occasions to achieve all kinds of college students in addition to successfully use the finances given for this place.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I need to be elected as a result of I’m obsessed with serving to college students at our college really feel like that is the place for them. By way of the totally different occasions I’m planning to host via USG, I hope to create a welcoming and enjoyable surroundings. I need college students to have one thing to sit up for all year long.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact? 

A: By way of what kinds of occasions I need to plan, some smaller scale, extra intimate occasions like comedy exhibits or moderated Q&A’s are what’s on my thoughts. I additionally am planning on doing outreach packages like Instagram reels or reaching out to totally different scholar organizations to assist college students really feel extra snug with coming to USG conferences or to our workplace.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a junior public well being main with a focus in allied well being and a minor in African research. He has been a scholar chief on campus by being the Director of Programming for Black United College students, a McNair Scholar, a Kupita Transiciones Mentor and a resident assistant.

Brian Johnson is working for Director of Programming. (Courtesy of Brian Johnson)

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: My mission is to create a extra numerous ambiance on the Kent States campus and inside USG by internet hosting occasions that each one teams of scholars would really feel welcomed and cozy attending. I really feel that USG oftentimes lacks illustration, and my objective is to attach minority communities to USG in a extra optimistic and resourceful method.  

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: I need to be elected as a result of I’ve an enormous ardour for program/occasion planning. I at present function the Director of Programming for Black United College students, and it has been the largest spotlight of my collegiate expertise. 

If I used to be not as far together with receiving my BSPH, I might have switched my main to Hospitality and Occasion Administration. 

Q: What modifications do you look to enact? 

A: A change I want to enact is getting college students’ enter on who they want to see for Homecoming and FlashFest and interacting with the coed physique extra so that they really feel snug sufficient to method me with options relating to who they want to see.

Additionally, continually selling variety and inclusion with occasions hosted by USG so college students know that it’s a protected a welcoming surroundings for all.

Director of Pupil Development

Seth Younger

Seth Younger is a senior neuroscience pre-med main with chemistry and public well being minors. He at present serves because the USG Director of Educational Affairs and Interfraternity Council President.

Seth Younger is working for Director of Pupil Development. (Courtesy of Seth Younger)

Younger can be concerned with fraternity and sorority life at Kent State and serves as an intern along with being an instructional tutor and resident assistant.

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: The platform and points that I’m working for are a continuation of a whole lot of my previous years of labor in USG. As I used to be in a position to message our present Director of Pupil Development this previous summer time with a video about how the campus was in a position to convey contraceptives to their campus, I assumed this may be a terrific thought for our campus. All year long, there have been loads of challenges, and this work had been placed on pause many instances, however with the platform of Director of Pupil Development, I imagine that this objective of mine can lastly get accomplished. Together with this, I seen within the fraternity aspect of campus, many people are struggling to talk up about their feelings, particularly after the previous traumatic occasions of COVID-19 that all of us confronted. In order psychological well being has been declining, I need to work with our numerous psychological well being providers to have them come out and present that individuals can discuss to individuals about their emotions.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: As these are my essential concepts behind my platform, I need to actually emphasize the rationale that I need to be elected is due to you all. I do know that I will be unable to achieve success in my place until I obtain the assist from you as a result of how can I assist advance the scholars if I wouldn’t have a number of college students’ views? I need to have the ability to assist the coed physique the perfect methods attainable, and I can’t do this with out you.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact?

A: To summarize, the modifications that I need to convey are: 24/7 low-cost and free contraceptive dispensers on campus, elevated presence of psychological well being providers on campus, a clear and open line of communication to the scholars to voice concern and most significantly an elevated feeling of belonging on campus.

Aimée Flores

Senior psychology main Aimée Flores is working for Director of Pupil Development.

Flores’ objectives embody creating transparency with the Workplace of Pupil Conduct, reforming and making a system for condemning hate speech and taking preventative motion to discourage hate speech from showing on campus once more, in accordance with her Instagram marketing campaign put up.

They didn’t reply to KentWired’s a number of makes an attempt for remark.

Director of Pupil Involvement 

Aiyana Ncube

Aiyana Ncube is working for Director of Pupil Involvement. (Courtesy of Aiyana Ncube)

Aiyana Ncube is a junior human growth and household science main. She at present serves as USG’s Senator-at-Giant for Range and a Lead Tour Information at Westfield Campus Tour Middle.

Q: What’s your platform/points you’re working for?

A: In my place as Senator-at-Giant for Range, I’ve develop into extraordinarily obsessed with fostering a way of belonging inside the scholar physique, which will be promoted by scholar involvement. Pupil involvement has been proven to spice up retention charges and faculty satisfaction. 

As an out-of-state scholar, being concerned on campus supplied me with a security internet that made Kent really feel extra like residence. I’ve gained numerous expertise, met pals I do know I’ll have for a lifetime and grown into essentially the most genuine model of myself. Nevertheless, I perceive that there are lots of limitations that forestall college students from changing into concerned on campus.

Q: Why do you need to be elected?

A: As Director for Pupil Involvement, it’s my objective is to make sure that all college students, particularly these with marginalized and underrepresented identities, have equitable entry to involvement alternatives throughout campus.

Q: What modifications do you look to enact? 

A: A method I’ll do that is by incentivizing scholar organizations to broaden their information within the matters of variety, fairness and inclusion. Offering scholar organizations with instructional alternatives in matters like accessibility, inclusive management and implicit bias will assist construct an total campus tradition of belonging.

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