Velez hopes to include, involve students

By Susannah Waite, Editor-in-Chief

Emma Velez

Velez said she had not considered running for president of SGA until just before the election.

“When I heard there was only one other candidate, I decided to run,” she said. “I thought students should have a choice.”

Velez previously worked as a secretary for SGA.

“I think I was much too outspoken for the secretary position,” she said. “So I ran for Senate and have been involved with it ever since.”

She has worked on Senate for two years.

“I think my experience differentiates me in this race,” she said.

Velez has been in a variety of leadership positions including her most recent position as event co-chairwoman for Relay For Life.

As president, she hopes to get as many students involved as possible.

“My platform is commit, collaborate and communicate,” Velez said.

She plans to use different forms of communication to reach the student body, according to campaign literature.

“We never want to hear ‘I didn’t know about it’ again,” reads the literature.

Velez said it is important to have a relationship with faculty and staff.

“They are an invaluable resource,” she said.

Before elections, Velez said she plans to focus on talking to the students.

“It is a lot of groundwork, talking to the individuals and the organizations,” she said. “I want to see what I can do for them.”

This article originally appeared in the March 23 issue of The Campus newspaper.

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