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Special Election Results

Congratulations to Natalie DiFrank who won the position of LILAC CPD Representative in the Special Election! Thank you to all who came to Candidates’ Forum and to those who voted.

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Special Election Candidates’ Forum Minutes

Video Recording:

Rhea Manglani ’17: What relevant experience do you bring to this position?

ND ‘17: Current career peer, and thats my most relevant experience working directly with the cpd. I’m working right now with the health center advisory board and I’ve worked before mentoring students. Outreach to students would be focus.


Charlie Bruce ’16: Who do you see as specific people who are your constituents, and who do you report to?

ND ‘17: I’d be representing both the CPD and the student body, which makes it complicated. Not just what the CPD wants students to know, but also what the students want from the CPD


Charlie Bruce ’16: What plans do you have for the position?

ND ‘17: Work with diversity when applying for jobs. Work with CDAs for dorm teas about CPD. Make it less scary. It’s not just for seniors.


Shirah Kraus ’18: How would you reach out to students who aren’t seniors (like first years!) to get them to use the CPD?

ND ‘17: I think I’d start with working with the class presidents of the freshmen class and the sophomore class and coordinate teas. Also dorm teas. Students might be  career peers in own space, not in the CPD office. CPD integrated with school, not separate.


Charlie Bruce ’16: Why do you want to run for this position?

ND ‘17: As a Career Peer, seen a lot of communication problems between CPD and students: students don’t know how to connect with career counselors or what the CPD does.


Melanie Bahti ’16: What’s something you’ve learned about the CPD that students don’t know that you’d like to convey to the student body?

ND ‘17: The CPD is not just for seniors. A lot of advantages for finding a way you do enjoy, trained to have conversations for choosing majors, jobs, internships, writing and emails.


Charlie Bruce ’16: If you were to write the SGA sign-in ‘fun question’, what would it be?

ND ‘17: This is a really complicated question to ask, I feel really pressured right now. I don’t know. This is the hardest thing for me to come up with… If you could be any type of squash, what would you be?

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LILAC CPD Representative Candidates’ Statements

Natalie DiFrank

I am running for the CPD representative because I want to better the relationship between undergraduates and the Career and Professional Development office. As the CPD rep I will better inform the community of the many benefits that the CPD can offer that will better their overall Bryn Mawr experience as well give them more confidence when going in the work force or applying to grad school.  The CPD is a vital resource at Bryn Mawr yet, intimidates many underclassmen. I plan to hold teas in dorms and events at the CPD to better inform the whole student body that the CPD is not a scary place and that even if they do not know their major or have never written a resume the CPD will provide support.  As the CPD rep I would also focus on making the career peers more accessible so that students who did not feel comfortable talking to a career counselor could talk to a trained student; I will also ask that the CPD train the career peers on how to better aid our community by teaching them how to help students who do not identify as cisgender apply for varying internships without worry as well as educating the Career Peers on application processes for international students. As the CPD representative I will focus on not only what the CPD wants from students but also what students want from the CPD.

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New Position: LILAC: CPD Represenative

Today at Plenary, a new elected position was created. This position will be the representative for LILAC: Career and Professional Development. It will be held by one person, attend meetings of the CPD, serve as a liaison between CPD and the Assmbly, serve as a liaison to SGA-funded groups who might benefit from CPD resources, and consult with the Civic Engagement Representative to share one vote representing LILAC in the Representative Council.

Nominations for this new position will open at 7pm October 19 and close 9am October 27. Candidates’ Forum will be October 30. Voting will be November 3 at 9am until November 4 at 7pm (National Election Day!) on Moodle.

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Election Results

The numbers are in! The new position holders are:

Members at Large: Rachel Bruce, Matison Hearn-Desautels, Julia Kim, Stephanie Montalvan, Angela Motte, Shaina Robinson

Head of the Committee on Public Safety: Rhea Manglani

Representative to the Office of Intercultural Affairs (Pensby Representative): Xavia Miles

Representative to the Faculty: Kristian Sumner

Off-Campus Representatives: Ava Hawkinson & Brenna Levitan

Class of 2018 Presidents: Ann Tran & Connie Lam

Class of 2015 Songsmistress: Genesis Feliz


Come out to Plenary, September 28 at noon in Goodhart Auditorium to meet them!

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Fall 2014 Run-Off Election

Because not all positions got filled in the first round of voting, there will be a run-off for two Member at Large positions. Voting will take place on Moodle from 9am Thursday, September 25 to 7pm Friday, September 26.

Candidates are: Matison Hearn-Desautels, Julia Kim, Shirah Kraus

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Candidates’ Statements

Members at Large

Head of the Committee on Public Safety

Representative to the Office of Intercultural Affairs (Pensby Representative)

Representative to the Faculty

Off-Campus Representative

Class of 2018 President(s)

Class of 2015 Songsmistress/master/mistex


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Members at Large

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Bruce and I am running for one of the Member-at-Large positions for the 2014-15 academic year.

If I am elected as a Member-at Large, I promise to act as a liaison between the Bryn Mawr community and the SGA Executive Board by working with my fellow officers to create new ways of communicating with SGA, as well as to encourage more transfers and underclassmen to become involved with this organization. If elected, I hope to establish office hours in which any member of the Bryn Mawr community can come ask questions and discuss hot topics on campus.

As a member of the Class of 2018, I am new to this community, however I promise to always be passionate, enthusiastic, and honest when carrying out my duties as a Member-at-Large. I have been in positions of leadership in the past, including Vice President of my high school’s SGA and President of Model UN. If elected, I will use these experiences to help introduce SGA to a new generation of Mawrters. What I love about Bryn Mawr is the ability for students to have a say in the future of this institution and truly make a difference.

I am SGA, I am empowered, and if elected, I hope to help others realize that they are empowered as well.

Please contact me at if you have any questions, as well as to say hi!


Matison Hearn-Desautels

My name is Matison Hearn-Desautels and I am running for the position of Member-at-

Large because I am passionate about Bryn Mawr and I would be honored to support, maintain,

and enhance its service to its members. The fact that I, a first-year student, have already been

deeply positively affected by the SGA, speaks to its extensive effectiveness, efficiency, and

general success. I am excited about the prospect of representing this community, and would

strive to do so as accurately and comprehensively as possible.

I have been a teachers assistant, a personal and research assistant for a disabled woman,

and have been involved with clubs and events at my school in the past. These experiences have

tested my organization and communication skills, and have made me an accessible,

communicative, and involved member of my community. I would love the opportunity to use

these experiences in the context of Bryn Mawr, as I grow to further understand the community

and its SGA. !

If elected, my goals for my term would include: !

– provide prompt and comprehensive service to as much of the Bryn Mawr community as


– create office hours for Members-at-Large

– increase interest and participation in SGA by educating Bryn Mawr students on functions of

the SGA and providing incentives for participation !

I am a passionate and dedicated member of the Bryn Mawr community and am excited to

become more involved with the Self-Government Association.

Julia Kim

Hello, my name is Julia Kim, class of 2018, and I am running for Member-at-Large position.

I am passionate about Member-at-Large position because I love to inform the Bryn Mawr community more about our unique and efficient Self-Governance Association and strive to become the connection between SGA and the students. I am eager to dedicate my time and effort for all tasks such as working on Mawrk Notes cooperatively with others and planning for SGA events such as Plenary. Being a very organized person who frequently checks emails and calendar, I will continuously keep every student updated through emails and SGA bulletin boards. In addition, I will ensure to deliver important messages in a short period of time by walking and posting new versions of Mawrk Notes and other fliers throughout the campus.

In my high school years, I held numerous leadership positions including being a member of Student Advisory Council, representing my high school at the meetings and working with the school board. I will love to represent the place where I receive my education again, but this time representing Bryn Mawr College and its friendly community.

SGA consists of two significant aspects of college life, academic integrity and mutual respect, and I genuinely appreciate SGA at Bryn Mawr. I have attended all SGA meetings at the Campus Center so far and I am looking forward to participate more in SGA by listening to different voices, suggesting innovative ideas, and even making new changes as a community.

We are all in SGA. SGA is FOR the Mawrters, BY the Mawrters, and OF the Mawrters. Vote for me, and I will work my best and give back to the wonderful community. Thank you!


Julia Kim, Class of 2018, running for Member-at-Large

Please feel free to contact me at

Shirah Kraus

To the Bryn Mawr Community,


My name is Shirah Kraus and I am incredibly excited to be a first-year here at Bryn Mawr! I am running for Member at Large—a versatile position that assists SGA executive council with their projects. I would love to get more involved in SGA, so that I can be part of a positive forum for change. When we have moments of frustration, when we complain, when we have great ideas, I hope that we can utilize SGA as a means to express ourselves directly and meaningfully. I want to give people who feel voiceless that voice. I hope that SGA can become at least as accessible as napkin notes. I especially want to encourage those of us who are new to the community—like myself—to get involved and share their voices. I plan to use my infectious enthusiasm to get everyone as excited about SGA as I am.


Because I am new to the community, I know that I still have a lot to learn, but I can also bring fresh insight. I want to make SGA and SGA meetings more accessible, inviting, representative, enjoyable, and fun. One idea I have is to incorporate a “motion to commotion” during SGA meetings whereby we would take a two-minute dance party break to refresh and re-center ourselves—and also just to have fun! There are definitely important things that need to happen at SGA meetings, but that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate some fun.


I am fully prepared to fulfill all of the responsibilities of Member at Large and even surpass them. SGA is one of my priorities: my attendance and participation at SGA meetings and other related events reflect my dedication to this position and to SGA in general. I have had experience at General Assemblies and other meetings that operate by Roberts Rules of Order. I have also had leadership positions in my youth group and school clubs. As a community member, I value engagement in SGA, regardless of any official position I may or may not hold.


My enthusiasm is unique and unwavering. I care deeply about building relationships and building community through conversation, openness, excitement, and even just learning names. I am a fast learner and willing to work hard to support SGA projects. I love to write, craft, program, and plan. I am organized and open-minded. I am so excited to learn from and listen to my community and to contribute my own insights and ideas.


I am empowered (and I want you to be, too). I am SGA.

Stephanie Montalvan

My name is Stephanie Montalvan and I am running for the position of member at large. I am interested in running for this position because as a Latina from the south I know that I am a minority at Bryn Mawr and understand the importance of inclusion. My impression of the responsibilities and skills this position will encompass is that I will have a large variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to making sure all students are informed about all upcoming SGA events, sharing the Mawrk Notes with all of Bryn Mawr, and most importantly representing the entire Bryn Mawr community. During high school I was very much involved with SGA, serving as Class President my first 3 years of high school. Also, as a member of the Posse Foundation leadership and prioritizing commitment is constantly stressed upon us all. The Bryn Mawr self governance association signifies empowerment to me, and I want every single member of the wonderful Bryn Mawr community to feel empowered everyday that they are here.

Angela Motte

My name is Angela Motte, and I am a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College. I would be honored to represent the Bryn Mawr community by being a member-at-large. I am seeking this position because I think that I have the ability and the dedication to accurately and fairly represent the student body as a whole. Since the beginning of my freshmen year, I have grown to love Bryn Mawr as a home, and I feel an innate responsibility to be a part of our self-governance system.

I have worked in many group settings, and in independent organizations. I have experience with large groups of people, and have held management positions. I have my Child Development Associate, and through this experience, I have hands on knowledge when working in a learning environment with people from different backgrounds, who are concerned with prevalent issues.

I recognize that by being a member-at-large I will be representing the student body, rather than myself. The job that I hope to undertake is centered on listening to students, and working to represent the views of the campus. Another job aspect will be to help the executive board with projects and other endeavors that will present themselves as the year progresses. My dedication to the greater cause will spark interest with first year students to become involved with SGA.

If elected as a member-at-large, I hope to spread my love of the Bryn Mawr community to other students. I hope to be an approachable and reliable resource for all students on campus. I would like to attract other members of our community to SGA, encouraging them though action and word to become more active in our system of governance, including but by no means limited to, SGA meetings and plenary.

Thank you for your time, and consideration! Voting will take place between Monday (September 22, beginning at 9am) to Tuesday (September 23, ending at 7pm) on Moodle. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at For other questions, please contact the Election Head, Molly Mac Dougall, at Information on the other candidates can be found at

Shaina Robinson

Hi, my name is Shaina Robinson, 2017, and I am running for the position of Member-At-Large.


I am running for this position because I believe that SGA is one of the most unique and powerful tools that Bryn Mawr can give to its students. As a Member-At-Large, I want to be someone who can help intersect the many and diverse voices on this campus so that they can be heard and accurately represented as a part of the student body. Because of this, I believe that Members-At-Large should be active and engaged members in the community.


As a member of this community, I value the time that I have had to get to know Bryn Mawr in addition to the knowledge and skills that I have been able to gain from leading and participating in various groups on this campus. As a result of my interactions with others, I have heard many opinions about SGA and how it can better represent and serve its community.  While I am excited to see what can be done with these thoughts, I also look forward to hearing from those who I haven’t gotten a chance to know yet. As someone who knows personally how nerve wracking and stress-inducing it can be to meet a new person, I would like to conduct surveys in addition to conversations so that I can be accessible to everyone who wants their ideas to be heard.


As a first-year dorm representative and community member last year, I attended the first SGA meeting of the fall semester with the hope that I could get a better understanding of self governance as well as what being a part of SGA meant. I ended up identifying with it so much that I attended all of the following SGA meetings and plenaries that year.


As someone who wants to make the empowering effects of SGA approachable and inviting to everyone, I am excited by the opportunity of joining SGA as a member-at-large and as a representative for you.


Please feel free to contact me at

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Head of the Committee on Public Safety

Rhea Manglani

Bryn Mawr is an all-woman’s (and trans/non-binary’s) college. While Bryn Mawr exists in an affluent area, that does not mean the campus is always 100% safe and more importantly, Bryn Mawr students aren’t always on this campus. I want students to feel safe not only when they’re leaving the library at 2AM after a long day of studying, but also to feel safe as they return from parties or long weekends. I want students who go to tri-co events and parties to understand there are resources here for them in any issue of sexual assault, harassment, or stalking by a member of the tri-co community. Furthermore, I want students to know what to do in case of emergencies whether they are weather related or dangerous persons are on campus. While not ignoring rape culture, I want to expand resources for preventing sexual assault (more classes, a section dedicated to self defense videos on a website, etc) and resources for victims. I want every student to have a clear understanding what to do during an fire emergency, snow emergency, and how to utilize their resources if they’re off campus (as long as it is within the jurisdiction of this campus).

I transferred from a campus that was not well-lit, had few resources available to students on weekends, and had massive amounts of crime. As a result of the three, two attempted abductions took place on that campus and one actual abduction occurred. Few women ever felt safe on that campus again.

I am also open to a myriad of safety concerns students have on this campus. I am new here and I want to know what makes students feel unsafe on this campus and how they want SGA to go about resolving these issues. I want to know the confines of this position and how much positive change I’ll be able to make on this campus. I also enjoy what SGA stands for in terms of empowerment and how a self-governing student body is to proactive. I am eager to get more involved with Bryn Mawr and make this campus a home for me and improving its safety while working with other great individuals.

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Representative to the Office of Intercultural Affairs (Pensby Representative)

Xavia Miles

Are there elephants in the room? My name is Xavia Miles and as a contender for  the position of  Intercultural Affairs/Pensby Center Representative I assert that many of the elephants that may be gallivanting through our social space can relate to diversity. There are many things that catalyzed by decision to run for this position, one is my desire to strengthen communication between the Pensby Center and the rest of the community. In addition, I have always been intrigued by the terms and methods used to showcase diversity and I would like students to have a more direct say in the way Bryn Mawr College advertises and discusses diversity with alumni and parents. During my experience in self-governance I have appreciated the level to which students may be involved and I desire to work more closely with faculty and staff to facilitate conversations regarding diversity on campus, and make all fo the resources provided by the Pensby Center more accessible.


During my time at Bryn Mawr I have been apart of multiple organizations and initiatives that would prepare to effectively serve in this position. I have served on the Sisterhood Exectutive Board I am member of the Customs Committee and  a Member-at-Large. Both of these positions have allowed me develop my ability to communicate with and one behalf of  multiple constituencies, effectively compile and implement the ideas of others, as well as extensive communication with the faculty and staff. I also work assiduously to organize and prioritize my obligations and to alot for time should something need my immediate attention and I am dedicated to ensuring that every student feels included in self-governance proceedings and informed on all  the resources the Pensby Center has to offer


While Bryn Mawr as an institution has been praised at its attempts to diversify its student body, and thrives on the  contributions of a diverse community,  discussing the many facets of diversity is fraught with complex terms can be difficult to navigate. However, should I be honored to hold this position I endeavour to encourage more student involvement and collaboration through:


  1.      1.         I think one of the reasons Pensby Center is not utilized as a resource are the issues with  accessibility. Thus, I propose that whenever possible gatherings occur in more accessible spaces such as the Campus Center or Dalton.
  2.      2.         Lexitalks. Often students assert that during interactions with The Pensby Center, they feel that the jargon is inaccesible, whether it be the approriate terms to use when discussing gender identities or concepts such as “microaggressions”. In order to encourage effective communication it is important that everyone has access to the same rhetoric. During these discussions, terms such as these will be defined and discussed (and is tradition there will be snacks).
  3.      3.         I think advertising the Pensby center is crucial to creating a stronger bond between the office and student body. Thus, I will work closely with Stephanie Nixon and Vanessa Christman to advertise new initiatives and report about the discussions occurring in Pensby Center.


Thank you all for you time and consideration and I would be honored to serve you all as the Pensby Center Representative and may all of your elephants be small!

Rhett Richardson

I’m Rhett Richardson, class of 2015, and I’m running for Pensby Representative.

I held the position last year and quickly realized that the position didn’t have much information surrounding its purpose and constituency. During my time in the position, though, I made connections to ensure that the position could have a more active role in the upcoming years – so that our diverse community would feel more accurately represented through SGA than it has been in years passed.

Things I propose to do in the role:
– Creating space for diversity sessions for the community primarily with more basic learning experiences such as “101” discussions
– Ensure more knowledge around accessing Pensby resources is available to everyone (not necessarily just in crisis but certainly then) through advertising and holding “get to know people” teas featuring AMO (Alliance of Multicultural Organizations) groups and/or Pensby faculty.
– Supporting students by listening to concerns and “reporting back” either to SGA or Pensby.
– Spreading advertisements for student event focusing on diversity topics.

As someone who already works closely with the Pensby Center – in my roles in AMO groups, my position as Pensby generalist/intern, and past experience as Pensby Rep – being a active participant in these ways would not be difficult next steps. I would hope to use my knowledge and experience to better make the position involved with the community.

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