2019-2020 Graduate School Senate Candidates:
I am a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. I have been involved with the Graduate Student Association and have been a senator for the Graduate School in previous semesters. I am running to continue representing the graduate students and help the graduate student population at the University.
My name is Isabella Rose DeSheplo, and I am running for Graduate School Senate. I am a first year graduate student studying political science and international relations. On campus, I am involved with the Blackburn Institute, Bama Catholic, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Student Government Association. I’m running for Senate because I’m passionate about creating a campus which academically supports international, intercultural, and interfaith relations. If elected, I hope to use SGA as a tool to support those relationships using a three point agenda. First, I want to see a campus in which closed captioning options and more deaf education resources such as American Sign Language classes are available for all students. Second, I want to increase our funding and advertising for critical language studies such as Farsi (Persian), Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese. Finally, I hope to centralize our graduate student networking for internship opportunities.
I, Rebecca Rose Lutonsky, do seek the office of Graduate School Senator. I wish to represent the graduate students needs at this great institution, The University of Alabama, to the best of my ability. I wish to further graduate needs for GTA and GRA stipend increases, clear and simple residency requirements, and what is needed to pursue both academic and teaching needs. 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 working 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.
Hello! My name is Julie Elizabeth Vence, and I am a current graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. After completing my Maste’s, I plan on pursuing admission to medical school. It is with great pleasure and passion that I submit my application to run for and serve in the Student Government Association as a Senator representing the students of the Graduate School. As a member of the Student Government Association at The University of Alabama, I hope to improve the quality of life, on and off-campus, for both undergraduate and graduate students. During my time at the Capstone, I have had the privilege to serve in a variety of leadership roles, including my professional role as Deputy Chief of Staff at the University’s Education Policy Center and as Vice President of Student Engagement for the University’s Graduate Student Association; I hope to continue serving in leadership roles at UA by seeking this position in the Senate. I look forward to representing all students in the way they need best, and, more specifically, I want to ensure that graduate students feel encouraged to share their opinions and ideas with the Student Government Association. I want to acknowledge and correct any obstacles faced by students, thereby furthering our initiative to provide an optimal culture for students at this university. Together, we can create a campus community where neighbors help neighbors and students serve students.