Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative body for students and serves as the umbrella organization to all campus student organizations. The SGA exists primarily to address student concerns and needs, and to provide services that enhance overall student life and development. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the SGA is committed to the representation and advocacy of all students and serves as liaison to administration and other elements of the university community. All students are automatically members of the SGA and as such, are entitled to vote during student elections and participate in all SGA sponsored events and activities. However, one must be voted into and hold an elected office in order to vote on SGA business.

 

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Essence Smart

(Student Trustee)

Platform Statement:

My name is Essence Smart. I’m a third year psychology major and campus resident here at THE Chicago State University. Also, I am the current President of C.A.B. and a CSU cheerleader. As a student here, I have always strived for the best college experience. I came to college right out of high school with eagerness to see what my new university had to offer. Throughout the years, I have experienced CSU in an eye-opening way. I want the best out of my college experience and I know that my peers feel the same way. As the student representative to the Board of Trustees, I will continue to voice the opinions of the students, and I will use this platform to continue the encouragement of student involvement and leadership at THE Chicago State University. Student moral is something I feel strongly about and I believe we all deserve a great college experience.

Allauna LandheartAllauna Landheart

(IBHE Student Representative)

Platform Statement:

The social, economic, and racial injustices that lead individuals to fall victim to the United States’ Criminal Justice system ignited a passion in me to become a part of the reform. After developing this newfound passion, I took a leap of faith and transitioned from Houston, Texas to Chicago, Illinois to begin building a stable foundation for my education. Having been in Chicago for two years now, I have eagerly obtained an Associate’s degree in arts with a concentration in criminal justice from Kennedy-King College and am now pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in criminal justice here at The Chicago State University. By serving as the IBHE representative, I will be committed to dismantling structural inequality in Higher Education, in word and action, inside and outside the classroom. I will continue to prioritize service by never forgetting that I am here to advocate for others.

 

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Diane Prince

(Candidate for Vice President)

Platform Statement:

As a student leader I want to listen to the student and find out the concerns , issues, and the good things that are going on. Be able to have a good relationship with the students. teachers, and the leaders of CSU. Help students have a great college life and get the best education and all the help they need to succeed.

Jameelah

Jameelah Hargrove

(Candidate for Vice President)

Platform Statement:

If given the opportunity to serve, I will try to implement a focused plan of action that opens up better direct dialogue between our students' government and the trustee members and provide the student body more transparent access to and information about both entities because for most on campus, they have no idea. I will also try to do a better job of representing the campus-wide ideas of, not only the undergraduate but the graduate student body as well. Finally, I have realized a vision for building a stronger relationship between the Student Government Association and actual students. We're here to be their voice, if for not the students there would be no us.

Brianna

Brianna Hunter

(Candidate for Senator)

Platform Statement:

My name is Brianna Hunter, and I am a sophomore at Chicago State University. I am a non-traditional student, being that I am currently 24 and work two jobs to sustain myself while going to school full time. Yes, I do have multiple things going on in my life, but I do have time to become a representative to the student body. As a student leader, meeting the needs of the students is vastly important. Students also need someone that can advocate for them on their behalf. I vow to make sure that students are heard, especially during these trying times of the pandemic.  

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Nekoiya Washington

(Candidate for Senator)

Platform Statement:

My name is Nekoiya Washington from Chicago, Illinois. I am a junior majoring in Criminal Justice. As a transfer student, I had the experience of being a Senator of the Student Government Association. My vision as a student leader is to help fellow students become active participants in how they use their voices ethically, innovatively, responsibly, and civically as a result developing self-leaders who contribute positively to our CSU community and home communities at large.

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Adriana Wellington

(Candidate for Senator)

Platform Statement:

My vision as a leader is to passionately lead with courage, integrity, fairness, and humility while providing strategic planning, focus and cooperation. As a student leader, I find myself  “future oriented” . I practice the concept of “idealization”, meaning that “the sky's the limit”. There’s no limit to what can be done.

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Elias Gallardo-Berry

(Candidate for Senator)

Platform Statement:

As your student leader, I will not sit around and wait for answers to concerns that are brought to my attention. I will go the extra mile to make sure that those issues are resolved in a timely manner. I believe that I will be able to make a difference and grow our community. I want to achieve greatness not just for the student body but the university as well. 

 

Katarina

Katarina Drazic

(Candidate for Secretary)

Platform Statement:

As a student, I have always tried to do my best in every class and have all problems figured out and solved as well as the tasks that were given. It was hard sometimes but I knew I was going to benefit from it. That is why I believe that hard work can make everything possible. Moreover, I try to be as helpful as I can to my fellow students and have never denied help to anyone asking. I think that my time management has allowed me to have time for school, for tennis and for my social life. I believe that everything can be achieved through hard work and organization.