2018-2019 SGA Executive Candidates:
My name is Price McGiffert and I would love nothing more than to serve as your SGA President! I am a junior studying engineering who is actively involved across campus in organizations such as the Honors College and Capstone Men and Women. I have a strong background in academics, leadership and service and I have had the pleasure to serve as Vice President for External Affairs. Serving in this capacity has provided me with the knowledge, experience, track record, and network to be a successful student body president. I have a plan to enact initiatives that will benefit our students at the Capstone and continue to move our University forward in a progressive and inclusive way. These initiatives are meant to embody the needs of our students, and they will help make UA safer and more accessible for everyone. As Vice President for External Affairs, I worked tirelessly on various projects and initiatives. The safety of our community is imperative. I want to continue tackling the off-campus lighting issue by replacing off-campus lights making them brighter and more efficient. Additionally, I will work to obtain discounted rides through a rideshare company such as Uber or Lyft. This would result in a more reliable and accessible way for students to travel on and off campus and for them to get home safely. Finally, I will continue to partner with the Counseling Center to combat the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and ensure that the fundraising for the RESPECT fund will continue and prosper throughout the years to come. These are just a few areas that I want to focus my energy and time on over the next year. Most importantly, I want my campaign to be focused on and surrounded with students like you and me. Student voices are essential to successfully advancing our campus community. I have the passion and drive behind my actions to enhance our college experiences. I am your voice, but you are the power. Stand with me, and we will make The University of Alabama better together.
I am committed to challenging traditions on campus. Seeing a lack of representation in almost every organization on campus inspired me to make my mark by joining SGA Senate, College of Arts & Sciences Ambassadors, and the Blackburn Institute. Through my work at UA Crossroads, I have successfully worked with faculty and administrators to create representation on campus for marginalized communities. During my time here at the Capstone I have created The Hispanic-Latino Association, passed legislation through Senate in support of DACA students on campus, and brought awareness to UA’s food pantry system. Recently, I was awarded the 2018 Realizing the Dream Horizon Award and Bloom Premier Award for my dedication to social justice and equality. I am running for president because it’s time to change the standard of expectations on our campus. SGA should be filled with students who are truly passionate about creating a safe, affordable, and diverse environment for all students. As president, I will strive to create a campus where student wellbeing and safety are the top priorities. I will promote awareness of essential campus offices, such as, Alabama Reach and Title IX. I will work with various UA administrators to install more lights and cameras, promote the UA Safety app, and combat sexual assault. I also want to bring awareness to tools on campus to end homelessness, food insecurity, and ending the stigma on mental health. Additionally, I will work towards initiatives that ensure students have access to financial resources. I want to introduce more in-depth FAC trainings, promoting Salt, and update the SGA website for students to gain access to emergency funding, scholarships, and grants. Lastly, I am committed to creating a campus that is welcoming to all students by increasing the number and retention of diverse students and faculty. I will establish initiatives that require greek organizations to collaborate with cultural groups and require SGA participation in diversity and inclusion workshops. I am fully committed to fighting on behalf of students. Together, we can make a difference and make our mark. Come make your mark with Marissa.
The University of Alabama is my home and I believe that every student deserves to feel at home here too. My name is Amber Scales and I’m running to be your next Student Government Association President. During my time at the Capstone, I have had the privilege to get to know students all over our campus. I’ve engaged with potential students and their families as a member of Capstone Men and Women, given back to Tuscaloosa with my sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha, performed with members of Alpha Psi Omega, and facilitated dialogues as the Vice Chair of the Blackburn Institute. As SGA’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion I work daily to foster a campus community that stands against hatred and embraces diversity. I value every member of the university community and respect our unique identities because I know that they make us stronger. I believe that our campus can bring together our diverse student body by creating true community, respecting elements of diversity, and leveraging our unique talents as work to grow stronger. Together, we can unite UA. As your SGA President, I will work to create an environment where every student can feel safe, access resources, and be successful. I envision an SGA that acts as a bridge between students and resources using engagement ambassadors to help students get involved and find their passions. Students need the tools to stand up, speak out, and make a difference. I want to promote training for alcohol and drug abuse, diversity, and bystander intervention to our campus clubs and organizations so that students are prepared to act. I will work with administration to improve reporting channels for acts of discrimination on campus and create an organized system to ensure students are held responsible for their actions. If elected, I will continue to advocate for students, seek your input, and serve this campus. I know that this election isn’t about me. It’s about you. It’s about each and every student-united. Our talents, goals, and visions. Join me as we #TipTheScales and continue to better this campus.
I, Lauren Forrest, am pleased to announce my candidacy for the office of Executive Vice President for the Student Government Association. As your next EVP, I will strive to continue connecting students with SGA through increased veteran relations, accessible health and wellness programs, and by further integrating the First Year Council. I will continue to work to increase veteran resources on campus and continue fundraising efforts for Tuscaloosa community veterans. Furthermore, I will work to ease access to on-campus resources and promote current health and wellness options. Lastly, I will work on transitioning and streamlining the First Year Council application and integrate them further within the legislative branch. I have served as your Chief Implementation Officer on the President’s Cabinet, as a Senator for the College of Commerce, as the Executive Deputy Director of Events for Programming & Advancement, and as a First Year Council member. I am running for EVP to increase collaboration between SGA and the student body with reliable and sustainable programs to provide a community of inclusion for all members of the Capstone. Centered on the goals of campus inclusion and having engaging initiatives to support the entire student body through sustainable programs, The University of Alabama needs an EVP who works hard with them to maximize their potential and well-being. As UA continues to grow, our initiatives also need to increase to continue to provide quality programs for our student body. I will be honored to continue fostering this progress as your next Executive Vice President. #LeadWithLauren
Over the last three years, we have worked to build a foundation of which all students can be proud. We connected faculty, staff, and students; worked on real policy issues not just stop gaps; and worked to better the lives of all on our campus. I am running for re-election to finish that work and continue what we started. We will continue to fight sexual assault on our campus, increase our academic standing among the SEC schools, and look for ways to make a lasting difference for our community. I am proud of what we have done, and I hope to make even greater strides during my second term.
My name is Harrison Adams and I am a sophomore from Selma, Alabama studying Economics and Finance here at the Capstone running for the Vice President for External Affairs. So far, I have had an incredible experience at The University of Alabama. During my freshman year, I was involved in Freshman Forum and First Year Council. I am also involved in the University Fellows Experience within the Honors College. During the second semester of my freshman year, I was elected to the Student Government Association Senate as well as chosen to be a member of Capstone Men and Women. My greatest learning experience with SGA here has been my experience as a Senator. This year I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and capable students here at UA. Personally, I passed numerous pieces of legislation that will help student experience here. One was a bill that laid out the criteria for student organized seating in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Another was a bill to establish a rolling alumni database within SGA that allows us to reconnect with alumni and increase scholarship funds. I recently passed a proposed amendment to The Constitution that gives Dr. Hebson the discretion to discipline students running for office or currently in office if there is a case of misconduct. I also worked on various resolutions and worked closely with SAFE Legislation. This year, I want to increase my role on campus by raising enough funds to have an emergency kit in case of an overdose in all residence halls and Greek Houses. I also want an expansion of food items in Bryant-Denny as well as to increase funds in the SAFE Program. I also would like to increase partnerships with The UA System as well as working with The City of Tuscaloosa on completing the entertainment district. Lastly, I want to continue my work on the rolling alumni database to increase funds within SGA in order to give out more scholarships to students here at UA. I would appreciate your vote on March 6th!
I, Clay Gaddis, hereby state my intent to run for your 2018-2019 Vice President of Financial Affairs within the Student Government Association at The University of Alabama. In my tenure at the Capstone, serving the student body for the past two years as a member of First Year Council and an elected Arts and Sciences Senator, I have worked to improve the quality of life on campus and in the surrounding community. As your Vice President of Financial Affairs, I would like to ensure that the SANE program, currently being instituted at DCH, has appropriate funding to provide the highest quality of care possible for our community. I would also like to allocate a budget to First Year Council, a quintessential branch in our organization, who have yet to receive funding in years prior despite the work that they do to serve and represent the freshman class. In giving First Year Council adequate financial support, their initiatives will be more engaging, creative, and beneficial to the freshman class, and to The University of Alabama as a whole. While funding various initiatives is integral to how our organization interacts with the student body, scholarship funding has been overlooked for far too long. As your Vice President of Financial Affairs, my marathon initiative will include revisiting spending reports and budgets from previous years and making appropriate cuts in order to properly fund needs-based scholarships at the Capstone. Finally, I want to expand Dining Dollars and Bama Cash, collaborating with restaurants and businesses around Tuscaloosa to provide students with more dining options off campus. In conclusion, I announce my intent to run for Vice President of Financial Affairs and to continue to serve the student body to the best of my ability.
My name is Clay Martinson I am a Sophomore from Huntsville, AL majoring in History. I want to be your Vice President of Student Affairs because I believe that SGA is a can make a positive impact in students’ lives. During my life I have had the opportunity to serve in government at the federal, state, and local levels. This gave me an insight on how government can be used to promote good in our society. During my time at the Capstone I’ve had some incredible opportunities serving as the Associate VPSA, Chairman of the IFC Athletic Engagement Committee, and as a volunteer for the SaveFirst Initiative. My platform involves five main points: creating a new standard for student participation at athletic events, parking reform, creating a Student Legal Advisory Center, making extra-curricular activities more affordable, and continuing to fight against sexual assault on campus. If elected as your VPSA I will make sure that I carry myself in an honorable way that you can be proud of. I will also ensure that students can have their voices heard, and the issues that they are most passionate about are addressed in a thoughtful way.
My name is Claudia Hogan, and I am extremely excited to announce my candidacy for Executive Secretary for the University of Alabama Student Government Association. As the current Senate Communications Director, I am looking forward to serving the Capstone and its students in a higher capacity. If elected, I will work to implement digital office hours for all SGA members, improve digital record keeping for consistent publication of information to the UA student body, as well as work to inform our student body with timely and accurate information regarding all SGA matters. This year, in addition to serving as the Communications Director for Senate, I have had the honor of also serving as the Communications Assistant for the College of Communication and Information Sciences, Vice President of Communications for the Public Relations Council of Alabama, and the Communications Intern for the Women and Gender Resource Center. My extensive experience in these communication roles, paired with my dedication to timeliness, organization, and professionalism will aid me in creating a open line of communication between the SGA and student body. I am prepared to take on all the responsibilities of this role and improve upon them with articulation and innovation. I hope you will consider me as your candidate for Executive Secretary and I look forward to hitting the campaign trail!