Hey Y’all!! My name is Nanda Bhushan, and I am running for SGA President. Through my previous experience on the Appointments Committee and serving as Vice President, I was exposed to the ways in which self-governance is used as a medium and platform for students. Furthermore, with being given the opportunity to serve alongside an incredible e-board this past year, I have observed how SGA can be utilized to demand change from the administration. If given the opportunity to, I hope to position SGA to keep faculty in check for the resources they are offering to students and whether they are fulfilling their promise to student learning and life. Student government on college campuses can no longer serve as an apolitical or unbiased body. Colleges have always had an underlying sentiment to unite students around collective experiences in order to build solidarity. Students come to college seeking educational and life pursuits but also in search of a place to call home for four formative years. In order to form a campus that is a home for all, this school must fully advocate for students of marginalized identities. This involves deliberately making students who have not been historically welcomed and supported a priority. I hope to push this college to acknowledge how this institution’ has historically provided educational opportunities predominantly for white women and the meaning of a “historically women’s college” is evolving. Admission policy and administrative approaches need to meet the student population’s current outlook on who Bryn Mawr should serve. Additionally, the reality that students of color do not feel welcome in the STEM fields needs to be addressed. I feel like many students have been put in the position of having to advocating for a space they do not necessarily believe in. If given the opportunity, I hope to make this college’s campus something we believe in a little more. If I am elected, I look forward to using my position to demand what Bryn Mawr needs in order to be a better institution. I look forward to doing this through weekly meetings, Plenary, Big Cheese Forum, and through new initiatives and ideas. I look forward to implementing my approach to SGA alongside rep-co, committees, AMO leaders, and my fellow E- Board members. Thank you for your time and consideration!
SGA Vice President
I want to run for Secretary because I want to continue pushing change through our college.
I believe in using SGA as a platform for empowering students as active participants in holding administrators accountable and transparent, in advocating for their needs, and in bringing power to the students. As your hopeful Secretary I hope to work equally with other members of the eboard in order to plant the seeds for the institutional change that will make our college better for future students.
Head of Honor Board
Hi! My name is Sofia Colosimo ‘19 (she/her) and I’m running for Head of the Honor Board! I’ve served as a Representative on the Honor Board for two years and I feel lucky to be a part of what makes Bryn Mawr so special— our Honor Code.
As Head of the Honor Board, I hope to keep up the great restorative work that past students in this position have done. I also believe that education is a huge aspect of the Honor Code and hope to continue the effort to increase awareness and transparency regarding Honor Board procedures and events. I hope to work with the rest of the SGA E-Board and other Honor Board Representatives to create more educational events regarding the Honor Code that go past Customs Week and engage the community in more discussions around the Honor Code and how it can best serve Bryn Mawr.
In my time as a Representative on the Honor Board, I’ve learned that the job requires a great deal of sensitivity. It requires sensitivity to the nature of the hearings process, sensitivity to the situations of my fellow Mawrtyrs, and a sensitivity to the needs of the Bryn Mawr community at large. I feel confident that I can engage in Honor Board work with sensitivity as a voice for students. However, I also understand that serving on the Honor Board requires objectivity. The Honor Code works at Bryn Mawr because of the mutual respect we all have for one another and for the Code. I hope to find new ways to instill that sense of commitment in all the students at the school in a way that allows us all to feel seen and respected under the Code.
I want to be Head of the Honor Board because I want to be a part of a process that builds respect and trust. I am so grateful for the community the Honor Code has created and I would love to see that community continue and grow into something more accessible for every student. You can reach me at email@example.com if you have any questions or ideas for the future!
Members of Appointments
I am Kendall Derber, class of 2019, and I am running for Off-Campus Representative. I have now lived off-campus for two years and feel that I can accurately represent other off-campus students. I have experienced the advantages and disadvantages that come with not living in the dorms and have acted as a useful peer to others who are trying to move off campus. I am excited, if given the opportunity, to act as a liaison between SGA and off-campus students to ensure that they remain involved and included in on-campus activities.
While I have not been directly involved in SGA before, I am still an active member of the Bryn Mawr Community. I am a captain of the lacrosse team, Head of Public Relations for Bryn Mawr SAAC, as well as a member of numerous clubs. I believe that being the Off-Campus Representative will allow me to become more involved with the Bryn Mawr College community and voice the concerns who do not live in the dorms. I am prepared and capable of handling the time commitment and dedication needed to complete this position.
Head(s) of Elections
My name is Sophia Bokhari (she/her) and I’m in the class of 2020. I am running for head of elections and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m interested in being Head of Elections because I have been on the elections board since freshman year and I find the work the heads do to be very valuable to the Bryn Mawr community.
This position requires high levels of organization, leadership, independence, and teamwork as well as the desire to reach out and listen to the Bryn Mawr community. I have been fortunate enough to have a lot of experience relevant to the above. During my time at Bryn Mawr, I have started two different successful organizations and become an officer in other new organizations. My leadership in these activities on campus, as well as my involvement in other activities, require a lot of self-motivation as well as the ability to work cohesively with other members of E-boards.
To improve the effectiveness of this position, I would continue to make elections and SGA more accessible. I strongly believe that motivating students to run for elected positions and participate in SGA will come through reaching out to said students and making sure they listened to. As head of elections, I would implement office hours throughout the semester. This would make myself more accessible to the Bryn Mawr community and make SGA more transparent in that students could inquire about elected positions and SGA in general throughout the course of the school year. Also, I’d like to better communication between SGA and students by making the role of elected positions more clear on the blog and putting students interested in positions in contact with current officers. I feel that the Head of Elections’ role on the representative council needs to be emphasized and expanded in being more of a representative voice on campus at SGA meetings concerning issues other than just elections.
SGA stands for Self-Government Association and I want to be representative of students’ voices as a leader within the organization. I have been involved in SGA in the form of appointed positions such as Access Services Co-coordinator and Elections Board member, which I strive to make representative of students’ voices. I would like to continue to serve the Bryn Mawr community as a representative and head of elections. Thanks for your vote!