I’m a current Aerospace Engineering graduate student. Most of my efforts in my previous term as a senator has been to work with administration and closely with fellow students to promote opportunities and information. I hope to continue promoting knowledge and academic/social opportunities to students. I also hope to take some of the efforts in the previous year to promote the efforts into legislation.
Having spent the last six years a student and the last three years an employee here, I have hopes and ambitions of the University fulfilling its role as a flagship institution in the areas of research and service which is possible through advocacy and transparency. Having attained my bachelor’s and master’s and now working on my doctorate at UA along with working as a graduate research assistant and the University’s Education Policy Center for the last three years, I’ve seen graduate student struggling with low wages and lack of representation. While being the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs for the Graduate Student Association, I feel there is a need for me to also represent graduate students within SGA. Having worked on State and Federal legislation (college promise and lottery), helping develop the largest grant in the history of the University (Build Back Better Regional Challenge at around $70 million), coauthored a series of articles with AL.com that highlighted inequities within our state (Black Belt 2020), and assisting in the writing of a book (Educating The Top 100%: Policy Pathways for Public Higher Education) coauthored by Martha Kanter (College Promise President and former Under Secretary of Education), I have a passion for advocacy of equality and access to higher education for all and will apply this passion and leadership skills to SGA.
I am Tolulope Kolapo, I am excited to declare that I am a candidate for Graduate School Senator. I want to be the reassuring voice that marginalized graduate students have. I wish to encourage decisions that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. I will use the following platforms to achieve this: Propose ideas that increase the awareness of resources available to graduate students; as a female candidate, put forward recommendations to aid equitable representation and provide opportunity for female emancipation and growth.
I, Rebecca Rose Lutonsky, do seek the office of Graduate School Senator. I am running for the office of Graduate Senator because I wish to represent graduate students’ needs at this great institution, The University of Alabama, to the best of my ability. My platform includes all of the following. I wish to further graduate students’ needs for GTA and GRA stipend increases and clear and simple residency requirements so that graduate students can reach their goals. I think that the degree from The University of Alabama that each graduate student will hopefully receive will be made much more valuable by extending the rights of graduate students as mentioned above. It is also important that graduate students have an open forum and clearinghouse to express their opinions and needs to their senators. I will be available via email and at graduate functions to hear requests of graduate students and express them to the Student Government Association and to the student body at large. I will let the administration also know our requirements so that they can optimistically be met. I also believe in collaborating with Undergraduate Senators and students so that there will be strength in numbers at the negotiating table, and more collective bargaining through our collective voice can be realized.
I’m Justin McCleskey and I’m a current master’s student studying public administration. I’m excited to announce I’m re-running for Graduate Senate! In my short residency in Senate, I have already pushed several pieces of legislation addressing campaign promises and student concerns. I’m seeking re-election to expand on those.
Two major continued focuses are senate transparency and graduate representation. My experience in senate has exposed major weaknesses in transparency‚ whether it be the legislative process, student involvement, or voting‚ that I hope to continue tackling. This can be simultaneously addressed through increased graduate representation in the senate and legislation endorsement process.
Below you’ll find a list of my proposed and passed pieces of legislation. If you have any questions, or would like to receive a copy of my voting records, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks and roll tide!
(1) A RESOLUTION FOR THE CREATION OF A WORKING GROUP TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF A YEARLY HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING AND AWARENESS EVENT WITH THE WEST ALABAMA HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE (1/27/22)
(1) A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA TO PROVIDE A LIVING WAGE FOR STUDENT AND CAMPUS EMPLOYEES (2/10/22)
(2) A BILL TO AMEND THE SENATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO MAINTAIN SENATE VOTING TRANSPARENCY (2/17/22)
(3) A RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA TO ADOPT A LIVING WAGE (2/17/22)
I, Viprav Raju hereby declare that I intend to be a candidate for the Graduate School Senate. I am a final-year doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering. Throughout my two degrees, spanning over 5 years at UA, I have noticed and personally experienced a few issues that if eliminated could improve the standard of living of a graduate student. My platform is simple: Basic needs for Graduate Students (GS). Here are some of the issues that I would like to work towards, including but not limited to: 1.Free Summer UREC Membership for GS 2.Parking allowances or subsidized parking passes for GS (rates lower than current ones) 3.Cost-friendly GS meal plans that have matching rates as other meal plans. 4.Separate Playoff ticket pool for GS with less stringent credit requirements. (An incoming 5.GS student is most likely never going to get 90 UA credit hours in the entirety of their program. I have raised this issue previously several times with the SGA and would want to push for it.)6.Stationary allowances for graduate departments. It has come to my attention that some departments do not provide basic supplies to GS such as printing paper. (Even though I never experienced this, personally)7.Diversity and inclusion at GS events and in campus-wide organizations. If elected, I would want to push for these changes and/or benefits. I would be open to hearing any other issues that may need attention in the future and would like to encourage a free and open platform for bringing forward these said issues. Thank you.
My name is Carter Sink and I hope to represent the interests of my fellow graduate students in the Student Government Association. Primarily I will be focused on increasing graduate student engagement with the SGA.
My name is Emilia Stuart, and I would like to represent the College of Arts & Sciences as an SGA Senator. I am a current MBA/MFA dual degree candidate with a concentration in Arts Management. I am currently the Marketing Manager for UA Theatre and Dance. I am a current Graduate School Ambassador as well as President of the Arts Leadership Association. I am running for SGA Senate because I have a passion for leadership and I understand the impact that can be made while holding a position. As an undergrad, I had the privilege of holding numerous leadership positions, including Dance Alabama! President and Student Director for the Dance Ambassadors. I had the opportunity to see on a daily basis how important it is to represent a body of students, and how much can be achieved when an advocate has a platform. Something I found very challenging as an undergraduate double major is the ability to understand the breadth of opportunities available to students. Now, as a dual degree graduate student, I feel passionately about this same concept. I intend to form a way for graduate students with multiple interests to gain more information about electives and leadership opportunities that can better equip them professionally. Additionally, I intend to make every student feel that they have a place at UA. I understand the vastness of opportunities on this campus can feel daunting, especially as a first year graduate student who did not previously attend UA. I would love to form a mentor opportunity for students returning to UA as grad students to help first time UA students in the graduate program feel welcome and at home. I care immensely about leaving an environment better than I found it. I hope to find innovative and unique approaches to help students truly get the most of their University of Alabama experience.
Hi! My name is Justin Sweeney and I’m a graduate student pursuing my Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Arts Management. As a part of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Manderson Graduate School of Business, I represent students from many different academic backgrounds. On-campus, I serve as the Ticket Office Manager for the Department of Theatre and Dance, and formerly served as the Social Media Manager and Marketing Coordinator. I’m the treasurer of UA’s Arts Leadership Association and am presently or formerly affiliated with MBAA, IAVM, ΒΓΣ, and ΑΨΩ.Coming from a background in the performing arts, I am passionate about arts advocacy and accessibility on UA’s campus. As a senator, I would like to push for policy related to student financial compensation, funding for the arts, and improving on-campus student life. I aspire to be accessible, transparent, and collaborative. I am confident that I can adequately address the needs of UA’s graduate students and the student body at large.Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I can be reached at email@example.com. Thanks!