As an admitted student coming from a high school where cheating was prevalent by stressed-out AP students struggling to make it to college, at Bryn Mawr I found the social and academic Honor Code to be empowering in its influence over the student body. The Honor Code encompasses everything here, and it is an intricate network of trust between students and their peers as well as students and faculty members. I am interested in a position as a 1-Year Representative to the Honor Board because I want to work hard to uphold the Honor Code and everything that it stands for at Bryn Mawr. By resolving issues within the school, I would be able to be a part of this system that is so unique to Bryn Mawr, where we are given the power to support our own integrity.
I know that an important component of the job is confidentiality because it deals with issues of a sensitive nature. I also know that it would involve representing the student body on many of these issues, as well as educating the incoming classes on the importance of maintaining the honor code and the power that the honor code gives us, as Bryn Mawr students. Furthermore, I understand that part of the job is working with final examination materials and schedules.
In the past, I have been entrusted upon with issues of a critical nature, especially when it came to working with the student-run newspaper and with stage management. Also, I am an important resource for my friends, who know that they can confide in me without any worry. Furthermore, I have experience with public speaking from theatre and other programs in high school, and know that I would be willing to educate others on the importance of the honor code.
To improve my effectiveness as a member of the Honor Board, I would plan and widely publicize several events that go past Customs Week that include more than just first-years. Doing so would help bring to light the number of resources that are available for students about the Honor Code and how to effectively use it to improve student life at Bryn Mawr. With these information sessions or teas, students would have a free, safe space to express thoughts about the Honor Code and different aspects of it such as confrontation and micro-aggressions, both of which have proved problematic in the past. In addition, I believe that DLT should go through training specific to issues with the honor code and how to be a better resource for their dorm and/or hall as a whole. Furthermore, to bring more faculty and staff into a deeper understanding of the Honor Code, I would want to facilitate discussion with events like the town hall meeting on race.
Finally, I believe that I would be a great candidate for the position because I truly care about educating the student body about the Honor Code, resolving academic and social issues, and creating an environment that is respectful and welcoming to all students, regardless of race, class, or sexual identity. As a woman of color, I am witness to many issues that divide us as a student body, and I believe that respecting and educating people on the honor code will facilitate a safe space for all members of the College.
Hello, my name is Modupe Olufemi and I am running to be a 1-Year Honor Board Representative for the Class of 2017. Two major reasons that I am running for this position are that I want to improve the spirit of self-governance on Bryn Mawr’s campus, and because I’d like to learn a lot more about the Honor Code itself.
I am currently serving in SGA as a member of the Elections Board, and I understand the importance of using different means of informing the student body about events related to the Student Government Associate (SGA). In this position, I have done my best to make use of social media in order to inform people about events pertaining to elections. I think making greater use of social media to increase the transparency of the Honor Code along with many other aspects of SGA is a really vital aspect of maintaining the spirit of self-governance that attracted me to this campus.
One aspect of this position that I would like to stress is the role that Honor Board members have in reaching out to the community about the Honor Code. In my experience as a first-year at this institution, I have found that the phrase “doing things in the spirit of the Honor Code” gets thrown around a lot in relation to different situations. This has often been a source of confusion in determining what is okay or not, especially when considering things related to the Social Honor Code. I’d like to get more dialogue on the perceptions that people have about the honor code, as well as encourage the Dorm Leadership Team to be a more active force in this process.
Another thing that stands out to me about this position and the Honor Code is the concept of confrontation. I know that people from different walks of life have different interpretations of what confrontation may look like, and that may be intimidating for some. I think possibly coming up with a way of tackling the subject of confrontation should be done during customs week. It’s especially important for incoming students to understand that confrontation should not be feared and they should be able to find a “confrontation style” that works for them.
For the reasons above, it would be a great pleasure to expand my support of SGA through service on this board and maintaining participation in self-governance on this campus.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Further questions or concerns for elections should be directed to email@example.com.