Meet the Spring 2021 Tippie Senate Candidates:

 

Name: Caleb Cook

Majors: Marketing (Management track), Economics (Business Track), and Finance

Expected Graduation: Spring 2023

Student Organization Involvement: Tippie Business Honors Society, Tippie Learning Coach, University Honors Program

 

Bio: I’m Caleb Cook, a pretty laid back guy who enjoys playing basketball, golf, and video games, and I love to listen to a good audiobook on the side as well! My career goal would be to work for a company I’m passionate about – being a director of marketing at Nintendo of America, or working in the marketing department for an NBA team would both be dream jobs, but right out of college, I’d be open to any job that utilizes the skills I learned in college while allowing me to dive in and learn more about the industry.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie?

Tippie would greatly benefit from better DEI initiatives, as there is definitely still a problem with implicit biases that will take time and energy to go away. I would love to help work to improve diversity within the student body while also celebrating diversity within courses and clubs. As far as what I hope stays the same about Tippie, it definitely does feel like a community where one another are always there to lend a hand, whenever someone is in need, and that’s something I hope never changes.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

I would love to have a role within the school that allows me to make some sort of positive change for the students of Tippie. Not only that, but it provides a valuable opportunity to meet new people, interact with students who I may not have had the chance otherwise, and gives me a view behind the scenes of what goes into running Tippie. I’m also looking forward to developing my leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills in such a role, a valuable lesson that can’t be easily found elsewhere. And lastly, it is a platform to allow me to use my knowledge and past experiences, in tandem with the rest of the Senate and their unique experiences and strengths, to promote change for the better with respect to DEI, marketing, etc.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are all crucial elements of ensuring everyone is welcome in Tippie, and has a fair chance at success. Diversity is about embracing what makes each person different, and acknowledging and respecting different cultures, upbringings, ethnicities, and more. Equity is about ensuring everyone has a fair shot at any given opportunity, and includes providing those who have been disadvantaged with some sort of accommodation. Inclusion is important in that anyone who may not identify as a minority still plays a role in bringing about positive outcomes for minority communities and people. Growing up in a big city and attending a large, diverse high school, at Des Moines East High School, has given me a better understanding of different cultures and ways of life, while still leaving me with much to learn in college and the rest of my life. Being a Tippie Senator, it is important to keep DEI matters in mind when making decisions that will impact each individual and group differently, and requires listening to and respecting the opinions of every group who voices an opinion.

 

 

Name: Logan Pratt

Majors: Marketing 

Minor: Theatre Arts 

Expected Graduation: Spring 2023

Student Organization Involvement: Associated Residence Halls, Great White Narcs Improv team, The Doily Allergen

 

 

Bio: Hello! My name is Logan Pratt (he/him/his) and some of my hobbies outside of class are performing (improv, standup, theatre), writing, and being an epic gamer. After graduation I hope to get a job… my expectations are pretty low. But no I’d love to work in Marketing and hopefully do marketing for a theatre company or something like that.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie?

I think Tippie struggles a lot with DEI initiatives and there isn’t really a base level of knowledge for students when connecting with people who are different than them. So I think we need to add anti-racism, bias training, and other DEI resources into the Tippie Pre-Admission Requirement (PAR) course, so that every Tippie student is equipped to interact with and be inclusive towards anyone and everyone. Basically if we can get everyone in Tippie that baseline knowledge of DEI initiatives, then that will allow Tippie to become a more diverse and accepting college, which as of right now it has the reputation of not being. I want to change that and I want to ensure that every Tippie student, regardless of their identities, can find a home during these four years.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

I am running for a senator position because I genuinely want to make Tippie a better place. There’s a lot of stress placed on business students, and I want to help them pursue opportunities outside of the classroom. I think there’s a lot of emphasis placed on business coursework in Tippie, but I think many students struggle with making connections, developing their professional skills, and getting relevant business experience. I want to make that process easier for students and I want to provide more information especially to first generation students who have never been through the process of looking for an internship or refining a resume or cover letter. Basically I just want to work on behalf of Tippie students, to make sure that we have the skills we need to be employable when we graduate.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

I think an understanding of DEI is incredibly important for this position, and I think it’s something that Tippie as a whole struggles with. Like my previous idea, I think we need to introduce mandatory DEI training for students, but for staff as well. And the only way to make initiatives like that happen is through Tippie Senate. The only way that the administration can truly understand the voice of the students who are underrepresented is through a body like Tippie senate, and I think taking the time to listen to students of color, and truly understand their concerns, and then simply communicating with the Tippie admin about those issues, is one of the most powerful ways to enact change at the highest level. I think many in the administration just don’t have that many opportunities to listen to students’ concerns, and through Tippie senate I hope to be a voice for the voiceless, and a liaison to the Tippie administration to communicate student concerns and the issues we are facing as a student body.

 

Name: Guy Renquist

Majors: Finance and Actuarial Science

Expected Graduation: Spring 2023

Student Organization Involvement: Tippie Senate, Delta Sigma Pi, Actuarial Science Club Executive Board, Hawkeye Service Breaks

 

Bio: 

My name is Guy Renquist, and I am a current sophomore studying finance and actuarial science. I am originally from Okinawa, Japan, where I grew up near a military base for 17 years. I come from a multicultural background, with a mother who is Japanese and a father who was raised in Iowa City. My hobbies include running, playing soccer, reading, and watching standup comedy (Hasan Minhaj is my favorite comedian). I also love watching That 70’s Show, and I consider it to be one of the greatest shows of all time. After graduation, I plan become a credentialed actuary in the health insurance field.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie?

Tippie has given me so much over the past several years through great academic and social support, but there are some areas for improvement. For starters, it should be a priority for Tippie Senate to facilitate communication and respect between the student body, faculty, and undergraduate program office. Holding focus groups, creating an anonymous feedback system, and hosting student & faculty lunches are some ways to foster that connection, and I believe these events will be especially important as we transition back to a in person classroom. Also, another idea for Tippie is to increase awareness of events and opportunities by putting a condensed version of the Tippie newsletter in the bathroom stalls. This would allow more students to become aware of the full range of opportunities that Tippie has to offer. Finally, I would like to work with Pat’s Diner to implement “cultural food” days. These days would promote inclusivity and cultural awareness of our fellow students by serving foods that students may not have prior experience with.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

I am running to become a senator because I believe Tippie Senate has a major role in bettering the Tippie community. The Tippie College of Business opened my eyes to the business world, taught me how to build professional networks, and directed me in ways that made me a better person. However, I understand that not all students in Tippie have access to the opportunities I had. Therefore, it is a priority of mine to promote inclusivity and better our current opportunities to repay everything Tippie has given me over the past two years. My hope is to use Tippie Senate’s platform to cultivate a better learning and social environment in which all students thrive.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position

Diversity, equity, and inclusion has always been a cornerstone of my work in Tippie and other student organizations. Growing up in a multicultural household, I value DEI as one of the most important aspects of leadership and community. DEI is particularly relevant to this senator position because we must represent the interests and backgrounds of all Tippie students to ensure that students are being treated respectfully. To properly serve the Tippie student body, Senators must understand how to navigate through different backgrounds, beliefs, and upbringings to reach a conclusion that will benefit the college. 

 

To help improve the DEI climate in Tippie, I hope to implement a census for all Tippie student organizations so they can have access to the breakdown of ethnicities, genders, majors, and more. Also, if elected, I plan to push for more DEI support and resources from the undergraduate program office, whether it be individual or student org support. Creating a database of credible DEI resources and action items would surely add value to any student seeking to further inclusivity in Tippie.

 

 

Name: Sarah Lockridge

Majors: Finance

Minor: Pre-Law

Expected Graduation: Spring 2024

Student Organization Involvement: Alpha Kappa Psi, Women in Business, Pi Beta Phi, UIDM

 

Bio: Hello! My name is Sarah Lockridge and I am a freshman from Naperville, IL (suburban Chicago). I love to ski, travel and my favorite show is Saturday Night Live. I am majoring in Finance with a minor in Pre-Law. My desired occupation is to obtain a position in Investment Management post-graduation.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie?

If given the opportunity to be a member of the Tippie Senate, both of my ideas relate to programming. First, I would like to facilitate programming with regards to mental health awareness. While I acknowledge Tippie Senate’s efforts for mental health awareness, I hope to strengthen them. Given the Covid-19 pandemic and changes regarding the majority of college life being online from classes to extracurricular clubs over the past year, this continues to take a toll on fellow Hawkeyes. While “Zoom fatigue/burnout” is most common, it’s important to also acknowledge the ability to make meaningful connections and to give Hawkeyes expanded tools so we can best adapt when our daily college lives begin to resemble “the new normal” post Covid. My second idea relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) and ways Tippie could work to increase inclusion in our student programming. Specifically, it is important to examine ways in which Tippie is being intentionally non-inclusive in order to better improve the overall culture. 

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

As a freshman in Tippie, I hope to become more connected to the University of Iowa as well as fellow Tippie students, professors and advisors via a senate position. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me this year and hope to share my unique experiences with others. I am also seeking opportunities to get out of my comfort zone while contributing back to the University of Iowa. I view a senator role as a terrific way to further grow my leadership and communication skills.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position

Diversity means so many things, yet most important is diversity of thought. This can 

only be achieved through a variety of voices from different backgrounds such as race, age, social/economic/cultural circumstances, beliefs, etc.. Equity relates to social justice and is not the same as “equality”. Equity relates to processes/procedures in which organizations operate.  Inclusion allows individuals to achieve their best self and contribute fully to an organization’s goals and objectives. Diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to a senator position given it is critical for Tippie to continue to seek diversity in its students, faculty, programming and thought. Ensuring that its policies are sound practices and culture is inclusionary enables its students to become the best versions of themselves.

 

 

Name: Hannah Gorsline

Majors: Marketing

Minor: Rhetoric

Certificates: International Business

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Student Organization Involvement: Women in Business, Delta Sigma Pi,  Pre-View Mentor

 

Bio: I enjoy writing, traveling, and baking outside of the classroom. I would love to live and work abroad for a period of time in my career! I am always seeking new ways to learn, and I plan to pursue my MBA after graduation eventually.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie?

I love the Tippie community and all the opportunities that are available to students to enhance their experience. It would be beneficial to host more cross-collaborative events to engage students across diverse organizations and perspectives in Tippie. We have so much to learn from one another across all our different student organizations and involvements. I also would love for Tippie Senate to create a fund centered around raising money for dues, as many student organizations bear costs. This would strive to eliminate financial barriers and create incentives for students to get involved without worrying as much about the monetary impacts. Business students also have to frequently wear professional business attire within Tippie organizations. While the University of Iowa has its Clothing Closet, I believe there is room and a potential to create a Clothing Closet at Tippie to gain free, professional clothing for their student organizations and interviews. Lastly, I believe there will be a significant culture shock if students return to classes in the fall and learn to readapt to a physical classroom. Tippie students would benefit from having transition workshops for students of all years to learn how to effectively manage our time, reconnect with professors, and stay engaged in the physical spaces.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

I want to run for a senator position because I am passionate about the opportunities present within Tippie and am eager to find ways to make our college better. I also want to collaborate with students across different student organizations to uncover their needs, and serve as an active voice.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position

Diversity, equity, & inclusion is very important to me. There is significant room to grow to encompass all students’ voices, no matter who they are or where they come from within Tippie. Making Tippie a place that is comfortable and accessible for all students is a continuous process that requires constant reflection and actively asking for feedback. I am devoted to seeking out the perspectives of underrepresented groups to better reflect their opinions throughout the college. As a senator, I want all students to feel comfortable, heard, and feel connected to other students on our campus.

 

 

Name: Neah Howlett

Majors: Business Analytics and Marketing

Minor: Rhetoric

Certificates: International Busienss

Expected Graduation: Fall 2023

Student Organization Involvement: Business Student Ambassador Organization (BSAO), AKPsi Business Fraternity, Women in Business, Black in Business Tippie DEI Ambassador, Box of Balloons Volunteer Organization, University of Iowa Environmental Coalition, Pi Beta Phi Sorority

 

Bio: 

I am a currently a sophomore at the Tippie College of business studying Marketing and Business Analytics. Outside of class I like to hang out with friends, play the guitar, read, and spend time outdoors. I am interested in trying new things and gaining new skills (I am learning to skateboard at the moment). I am specifically passionate about DEI initiatives and the environment. My end career goal is to own a conservation/sustainability organization that helps companies and organizations switch to greener and more environmentally friendly practices/products and then market this switch. I think my interests in analyzing big data and marketing paired with my interest in the environment will help me be successful in this role.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie?I enjoy the “small school” feel of Tippie and would love to keep that. I can’t walk 5 feet in the building without seeing someone I know, which makes me feel more connected and welcomed within Tippie. I do think that Tippie could be better in terms of implementing DEI initiatives, and increasing their marketing to include larger pools of diverse students. One of the reasons I chose to be a Tippie DEI ambassador was because I kept walking into the huge Tippie lectures and could count the number of students of color on my hand. I believe  that underrepresented students deserve to receive Tippie’s education and opportunities, as I believe it is a great school.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

I think that Tippie Senate has committed a lot of time and energy into making Tippie a better place of learning for all students and have come to really appreciate that. The people that I know in Tippie Senate speak passionately about it, and I can tell that they are gaining valuable skills while making a change within Tippie. I believe that if in Tippie Senate, I would contribute a meaningful and unique perspective to the work that is being done. I also have hopes that Tippie Senate would continue to grow my organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. I not only want to make Tippie better for myself and the current students, but also provide a sustainable change that future Tippie students will benefit from.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position

I see DEI as not only recruiting and maintaining a diverse group of people, but also providing increased benefits to those who may need it, so that they have a real chance of succeeding within that diverse group. It is not enough to say that you have diversity, but you must actively make sure that each and every person feels like they belong and that they have value. As a senator, you are not representing only certain students and you are not only representing the majority of students. You are representing all students; every individual voice within Tippie. This means that you should be aware of the problems that are burdening finance majors, and economics majors, and black students, and hispanic students, and LGBTQ+ students, and disabled students and the list goes on and on. They should all be your priority. I believe that you cannot successfully serve everyone, until you have a real understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

 

 

Name: Preston Cattanach

Majors: Economics and Management

Minor: Philosophy

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022 

Student Organization Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, Sigma Nu Tau, HawkTrade, Delta Sigma Pi 

 

Bio: 

Hello! My name is Preston Cattanach and I am from Nevada, Iowa. I am a junior who is studying Economics and Management with a minor in Philosophy. When I am not in class, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching sports, reading, and playing golf, even though I’m terrible. I also love movies and being outdoors fishing. After graduation, I am interested in working in consulting or for a Fortune 500 company outside of Iowa. A career goal of mine is to start my own business or lead an established business and have the ability to retire by the age of 50 if I want to

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie? 

As a senator, I would want to work on projects that enhance student engagement and bring back the culture and community aspect of Tippie that was around before Covid. Many new Tippie students have been limited to the great services Tippie provides, while everything has been through Zoom. Moving back to in person classes and events presents the opportunity to inform students about these resources and how they could help them be successful. These resources include: student orgs, faculty, the Frank Center, the BizHub, and many more. I think there will be a longing from students to be engaged and involved in activities throughout Tippie in the fall. Marketing these resources to students will draw greater interest and engagement to help bring back what was great about the Tippie community.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position

I want to run for a senator position to give back to a community and institution that has provided me with experiences and opportunities that I will remember for the rest of my life. Through Tippie, I have met great friends, advisors, and mentors that have helped me grow immensely in my professional development. As a senator, I want to work to make sure every Tippie student has a great experience and gets everything out of their experience that they are looking for. This involves active listening on my part, to hear what students are saying about how Tippie could be better. Furthermore, I would want to use my involvement in other student orgs to hear from students what needs to be changed and what is working in Tippie. This will help provide a broader consensus to lead to changes that will enhance every Tippie student’s experience.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

Through my past leadership roles, I have come to understand how important diversity, equity, and inclusion are in the success of student engagement. When students feel that they are apart of a community and welcome to any activities in that community, then they are more likely to be actively involved in those activities. By being involved, students begin to run to leadership positions, which spurs diverse ideas and representation among the different orgs and executive boards. As a senator, I want to work with student orgs to discuss possible barriers that some students may be facing that is stopping them from joining. Then we can work towards solutions to make students from all backgrounds feel like they can join any org without barriers. This would not only help make student orgs more diverse and inclusive, but Tippie as a whole would have a culture of inclusivity and diversity for all Tippie students.

 

 

 

Name: Mauricio Angelito 

Majors: Finance and Business Analytics

Expected Graduation: Spring 2023 

Student Organization Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, MBSA, BizEdge, Eats and Treats

 

Bio: 

My name is Mauricio Angelito. I am a sophomore from Chicago Illinois studying finance and business analytics. Some of my hobbies include weight training, cardiovascular training, cooking and computer building. I am very invested in new technology that comes out not only for sake of being a business students but I like to stay informed on technology to improve quality of life and for recreational purposes. As far as career goes I am currently thinking about going into investment management but am looking forward to learning about more career paths within my business analytics major such as a data analyst

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie? 

It would be amazing if Tippie Senate could facilitate a mixer between organizations to create meaningful relationships. Being part of a business fraternity we have had events with other organizations but usually each organization stays with their friends. It would be amazing if we could help students actually become friends or create larger reliable networks amongst their peers. I wish Ken Brown would stay!

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position

I want to become a senator because I love my school! Despite that love I know there is still much that Tippie can improve on, and while I know no individual can fix the issues we are faced with but all it takes is one person to take action to create change. Even if that change only helps out a couple of people that change is worth it.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

DEI has seemed to be a topic of conversation throughout my time in college. I come from a high school in Chicago that had not ethic major and yet still had issues of systematic racism despite being one of the top ranking high school in the nation. My time at Iowa has only made me realize that there is much more work that needs to be done to create a community that is welcoming and equitable, and allows each student to be successful.

 

 

Name: Joel Garcia 

Majors: Business Analytics

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022 

Student Organization Involvement: BizEdge, External Derivatives Group 

 

Bio: 

My name is Joel Garcia and I am a Mexican American student studying Data Analytics at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. I am originally from California and enjoy Surfing/Water Polo, but I also enjoy participating in volunteer activities such as Meals from the Heartland. I hope to be involved in the derivatives market after graduation, and make a positive impact on our economy.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie? 

My ideas for Tippie include bringing more awareness and recourses for students and faculty impacted by mental health, I would also like to pursue the amplification of voices from all sorts of diverse communities that we have here at our school. My time in the Tippie Senate would revolve around making a positive impact on the experiences within our schools culture.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position?

I want to run for this senator position because I believe we are only at the starting line when it comes to making a change in our community. The passed year or so students and faculty have been met with many adversaries that only bring light to the reality of how challenging these times can be, these adversities have proven that our community here at the University of Iowa is strong and persistent in finding change, I as an incoming senior want to take part in this process in order to leave behind a positive change for current and future students to experience.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

I as a culturally diverse candidate understand how important equity, inclusion, and diversity truly are. Growing up as a diverse individual it was soon realized that our cards are handed differently, and often times with more effort necessary to succeed. It is extremely important to me to make the people around me feel heard/ feel valued/ but most importantly feel prideful in who they are.

 

 

Name: David Kim 

Majors: Finance

Expected Graduation: Fall 2022 

Student Organization Involvement: HawkTrade, Tippie Buddies, Global Engagement Student Advisory Board

 

Bio: 

I finished my freshman year at the University of Iowa in 2015, then I went to New York to do an internship at the United Nations. After finishing my internship, I came back to Korea to serve my country in military service for two years. I came back to Iowa last year, and have been in Tippie since this semester. I like watching baseball and playing online games in my leisure time. For my long-term career goal, I currently own a portion of two small businesses in Korea and I look forward to expanding the business to the U.S. My short-term career goal is focused on finding a job in investment banking. 

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie? 

I am very proud of how Tippie has included and celebrate different races, cultures, and demographics.Although many events allow students to engage in different races, cultures, and demographics, I still think Tippie lacks diversity in student organizations and leadership opportunities. I want to inform students with different backgrounds and characteristics to actively participate in a variety of opportunities in Tippie. I used to be one of the students who lacked information and confidence to actively engage in students organization and leadership opportunities. 

I believe communicating with those students through their ethnic groups and social groups would help Tippie to understand better understand the frustration and helps that are desperately needed. 

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position

I have always been passionate about making the world a better place and search for a better way to assist anyone who needs help. I notice many students are not aware of the opportunities and help that Tippie provides, so I want to inform them about existing opportunities and provide better help. I understand and experience the difficulties of international students and minorities on campus, I am confident that I will be able to support and help Tippie to achieve better diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

There are more specified categories of the group that represents people’s characteristics. We must take closer attention to include everyone and treat them equally. It is important for a senator position because all the members of Tippie must be protected and provided equal opportunities. Senator should make guidance for Tippie to include diverse groups. 

It is important to acknowledge the minor group and respect the major group at the same time when making guidance to involve diversity for leadership roles and opportunities.

 

 

Name: Hannah Baucom

Majors: Business Analytics anf Information Systems

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022 

Student Organization Involvement: Moneythink, Women in Business, and Hawktrade

 

Bio: 

I am a third-year student majoring in Business Analytics and Information Systems. Outside of my university involvement, I work almost 40 hours a week as a manager and server at a local restaurant. When I am not working, I love to hike various trails around Iowa and Illinois with my dog. I also love to listen to many different podcasts ranging from data analytics to crime. Ultimately, my career path would lead me to a role in data analytics or digital technology.

 

What are your ideas for Tippie Senate, What do you want to change about Tippie, What do you hope stays the same about Tippie? 

I would love to use this platform to be a voice for transfer students and women in Tippie. For transfer students, I want to help provide more accommodations and community-building opportunities in Tippie. For women, I want to give them more opportunities to voice their opinions around campus. I would also love to use this platform to continue Tippie’s extraordinary efforts to address mental health within our community.

 

Why do you want to run for a senator position

I want to run for a senator position because I can provide a unique perspective to Tippie. I am not a traditional student, and I never thought I could be a student here. When I first applied to the University of Iowa, I was denied admission. I then went to community college for three years before transferring to the University of Iowa and becoming a Tippie student. In total, it will take me six years to graduate with a four-year degree. I have also spent these past six years working almost 40 hours a week while involved in multiple student organizations. Running for a senator position would allow me to use my voice as a nontraditional student to pave a better path for many other nontraditional students like me.

 

Describe your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and why it is important to this senator position.

DEI is extremely important to the senator position because senators must make sure that we acknowledge diversity within our community, which refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences. Senators must make sure they are going beyond acknowledging diversity by facilitating inclusion, ensuring that every community member is and feels respected. Senators also have the opportunity to advocate for equity in our community by ensuring that they acknowledge and address structural inequalities-historic and current-that advantage some and disadvantage others through just practices and policies around campus. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities. Senators must consider DEI when allocating funding, planning cultural and community events, and voicing the student body’s opinions.