Executive Slate Committee MEMBER Nominations 2018-2019
The version of the browser you are using is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a supported browser.Dismiss

View only
CommitteeNameQuestion 1Question 2Question 3 (If Applicable)
Committee on RSOs (CORSO)Why do you want to serve on CORSO?What do you feel qualifies you to serve on CORSO? Please list any and all relevant experience.
Micael GuzmanI would like to serve on CORSO to help other students create new RSO's. As our student body changes, it is important that we help students make RSO's that meet the student body's changing interests. I believe that currently many students do not know how to form an RSO and this lack of information causes students to not end up forming an RSO. As a member of CORSO, I hope to make this information more accessible students and help them with the application process.I've had experience in serving in committees through my time participating in Model Congress in high school and attending the American Legion's Boys State. Furthermore, I also was an Assistant Chair for a MUNUC committee last year and participated in the MUN Team for part of last year as well. During my first year I participated in various RSO's and, while I might not be a part of some of them anymore, I got to see how passionate students were about the RSOs they were involved with. This experience helped me realize that even though I might not be interested in a certain RSO, other students will care deeply about it and it's important to help them start/maintain it.
Shreya GoyalAlong with regulating and assessing the RSO’s needs, serving on CORSO, for me, means to be furthering my passion for leadership, communication, and management. As we evaluate the RSOs needs and their operations to make sure their smooth functioning, it will teach me invaluable critical analytical skills and closely monitor ways to improve the experience of students associated with RSOs. It will allow me to acquire not only analytical and communication skills that I can use in my academic courses and professional life, but also assist the new RSOs in growing and working towards establishing a transparent, flexible, and reliable way of getting a student club recognized and working with CLI.
Also, becoming a part of the Student Government in the CORSO would allow me to contribute towards a prospering diverse community of scholars by recognizing the student organizations, addressing their changing needs, and awarding dedicated leaders to encourage new student initiatives.
Hence, serving on CORSO would be a significant opportunity to learn new skills, contribute towards a better student organization system and become a part of a unique community working towards the betterment of the student body at The University of Chicago.
Due to my immense interest in business and entrepreneurship, I feel I would be able to use my skills to assist with the tasks at CORSO.

In my high school, I served as the Entrepreneurship President in Student Government whereby I initiated MIT LaunchX Club. As a club president, I mentored 5 teams of 3-6 co-founders in initiating real startups, organizing meetings with local entrepreneurs and prepare pitch decks to present at the regional pitch. This experience has given me management and mentoring skills to manage different organizations and help them grow and scale it. Additionally, working as a counsellor at UniRely, an organization helping students with college applications to US, UK, and abroad, I have learned working with multi-clients, addressing their individual problems, and implementing different approached to make sure they are satisfied.
I have also initiated several projects such as EZ-GIVE (a business venture connecting small charities to donors) and CarbonPass (An entrepreneurial startup offseting carbon footprints by selling carbon credits) which has given me the ability to work and coordinate with different departments such as finance, marketing, and organization. Along with these projects, studying business management and economics in high school and completing an entrepreneurship specialization by University of Pennsylvania (100% scholarship), I have acquired the basic and intricate knowledge of starting a venture which gives me the ability to think from RSO’s perspective and hence address their issues better.

Hence, these varied experiences have taught me the key to management and would help me assist different RSOs
Bethany KoMy desire to serve on CORSO is largely driven by a greater desire to be more involved with student life and activities on campus. Our RSOs are arguably the most important groups on campus, as they add color and experience and meaning to our daily student lives. I hope by serving on CORSO, I am able to facilitate better communication between the student body and CLI, and increase the opportunities for students to explore their passions and interests through student organizations. Last year, I personally went through the RSO application process to start my own RSO for Business and Entrepreneurship in the Health Sciences. I worked closely with members of the CORSO board, who were all incredibly patient and helpful. Having gone through the process myself, I now feel ready to assist others in the formation of their own unique RSOs on campus. I remember how overwhelming and stressful it can feel to start your own RSO, but I want to be there to help others as best I can. Additionally, I would hope to increase awareness and promote the foundation of more diverse and exciting student groups on campus. I think my strong background in student leadership and outreach from various extracurricular involvements makes me well-suited to this position, as I would feel confident organizing and promoting events to make sure others are aware of deadlines and feel comfortable asking for guidance through the RSO process.
Community Service Fund (CSF)Why do you want to serve on CSF?What do you feel qualifies you to serve on CSF? Please list any and all relevant experience. What new ideas or directions do you have for the committee? How will you implement them?
Alex LeviI served on CSF last year, and I would like to do it again! It was a great experience and a fun way to empower the brilliant projects of our many student organizations.I served on CSF my first year. I hope to continue learning about the various CSF precedents while also incorporating the feedback of the student body as we develop new precedents. Now that I have a historical basis for my involvement in this committee, I feel more equipped to justly allocate funding.
Rachel WeinbrenI have a passion for service and an understanding of the need for money to carry out a service project. I grew up involved in community service, from Girl Scouts to volunteering at my local food pantry. To this day, while I don't know what I want to do with my future, I know I want to do something that will help others. I have a passion for people and love to care for people. In addition, as the founder of a non-profit, I have struggled finding funding for my own project. The desire to serve others is a strong and beneficial one; why not help other people? In doing so, it can be hard to find funding for your projects. But with the proper goals set on helping other people, there should be no impediments. I want to help the university help our community-members help others. And I can do that through CSF.I have been on CSF for the last two years and have really enjoyed learning and implementing the processes of the council
I run my own non-profit, giving me experience in service and funding needs
I am a part of Alpha Phi Omega on campus; I am one of two service vice president as well.
I have also worked at a social venture start-up, which delivered fresh fruit and vegetables to people who live on the south side of Chicago
I would love for the council's face to be out in the community more. Possibly making a cover photo for the members to post on their Facebooks -- it could promote and increase applications. I or one of our members could take a picture of all of us to make the cover photo. This kind of publicity could also extend to tabling at certain fairs on campus.
I would love if the council could create their own service project to complete together. This would also be at the discretion of the committee.
James Chen I met Dylan volunteering at the Special Olympics. He’s a passionate athlete who always wears a Batman shirt to every practice. He dances in excitement every time he scores a point, and most importantly, he’s found what he loves to do: tennis. It was my first time volunteering, but talking with his coach revealed to me the depths people would go to help others, and it inspired my own interest in service.
CSF appeals to me primarily because of the similar mission it serves on campus--inspiring UChicago students to get involved in civic engagement. Most importantly, to help students hear the voices of those who can have their lives changed by the right people, much like Dylan. For one reason or another, UChicago students are often disengaged from the South Side community we call home. Whether academic stress or a lack of awareness, students find various excuses not to make a difference for communities in need. This self-centeredness is reflected in the attitudes of South Side residents, who often claim that UChicago students are “selfish” and “arrogant”, here to take from the communities they live in, but rarely to give. These habits are difficult to change, but they’re one of the most important roles CSF has.
CSF funds institutions that take a small funding a long way. In communities where a few thousand dollars can change the trajectory of dozens of lives, the funding and work CSF does is all the more important. But even past that, the work that the RSOs that CSF funds is essential. Even when the impact isn’t necessarily large, these RSO’s recruit and engage the UChicago student population. Even small amounts of volunteer work expose students to important new perspectives, communities, and people that they wouldn’t have necessarily met before.
Having an impact is important, and the stories of just a few people can change the way students view civic engagement. Just a few experiences can fundamentally change the trajectory of students, who may have viewed a career-driven attitude as the only one that was viable for their future. It’s my hope that the perspectives and ideas of the people students meet will fundamentally change their own--I know that meeting Dylan changed mine.
My most relevant experience funding social-impact work comes from my experiences working for the company Capitol Debate. I worked as a marketing advisor to the CEO, calling him three times a week to facilitate the opening of three locations. Ron, the CEO, wanted to attract high skilled debaters to his 3 new camps even though he traditionally worked with kids who had never done debate. In order to beat out the competition I advocated for the creation of a scholarship fund of about $20,000 to subsidize the tuition of women, who were underrepresented in debate, and low-income debaters, who also usually couldn’t afford camps.
The purpose of these scholarships was to attract high-skilled women and low-income debaters to come to capitol. I hypothesized that seeing these high talent debaters would incentivize many more other debaters to attend, in the hopes of learning with them. Our strategy worked, and ended up attracting 200 total debaters. Most importantly, all the scholarship funds were used to bring in debaters who traditionally never could’ve afforded camp tuition. The CEO was also happy, seeing around $600,000 in revenues from his 200 new customers.
I’ve also done work on the other end of the looking glass, serving as the president of our underfunded debate team when we desperately needed new funding. While our district didn’t have the vast resources UChicago does, we still worked diligently to raise around $16,000 for our debate team over a two-year period, which represented half of the entire debate team’s budget for the 20 tournaments we attended. We worked diligently to convince an organization very similar to CSF, our schools BOE, to fund a lot of the team’s travels. Most importantly, we convinced them to cover the startup costs for our summer camp which ended up raising the majority of that $16,000.
From my experiences, I’ve garnered a solid understanding of the other side of things: what it takes to be an organization worthy of funding, and what the actual process of requesting and appropriating funds look like. Most importantly, I also had a great amount of experience doing work for the purpose of social impact, as most of the money we raised was used to subsidize travel costs for debaters who couldn’t afford to fly out of state, and hire public coaches for our teammates who couldn’t afford private coaching contracts.
CSF needs more transparency. It’s difficult to find online reports for the historical funding the board has given, but also the success of that funding. A consolidated website is the solution--where annual reports would be published. An annual report should include the clubs that were funded in a given year, justification for why the clubs were funded, and also ways the clubs claim they plan to spend the funds. In the years after the first year of reports, CSF should track how the funds were actually spent and also mention the impact the funding ultimately ended up having on local communities. This would boost the legitimacy of CSF and help CSF lobby for more funding, but also hold both the committee and also the clubs it funds to a higher degree of accountability
CSF also needs to increase the number and turnout for engagement events. The most important part of civic engagement is bringing in more students. Not only does the size of a volunteering group influence its success, it’s also my belief that exposing UChicago students to diverse communities and perspectives is an unquantifiable but equally important benefit of service-based RSOs. Hosting events with closer involvement with the Center for Leadership and Engagement would be essential to achieving this end. Events should be hosted during so-called “off periods” like weekends, and right after midterms, to attract more students. Bringing in community leaders and the founders of nonprofit institutions would boost student involvement in civic engagement, and help bolster the efforts of service RSOs.
Eric WangI want to serve on the CSF because I recognize that CSRSOs need funding from the Student Government to carry out their operations and plan future projects. However, funding is scarce and so it needs to go where its most productive. There are many great RSOs and new and upcoming RSOs that don’t receive the funding they need. It would be a shame to waste student-sourced funding, and I have the experience and qualifications to be able to choose opportunities wisely.I am on the board of Moneythink, which has petitioned the CSF so I know the experience of preparing a request from the RSO-side. In addition, I’m very familiar with the UCSC and its programs. I was a Milgrom Fellow with the Neighborhood Schools Program. I have also served on the CSF before when Andrew Yin and Akanksha Shah was its chair.The CSF used to follow up with CSRSOs about their service events to document funding use. At the time, I thought this was a great idea that could also bring CSRSOs closer to the CSF. I’d like to take it further by having experienced committee members work with nearly successful applicants on their projects and help improve their applications (almost in a management consulting way, but of course much less formal and not as corporate). This could take the form of office hours and coffee chats.
Program Coordinating Council (PCC)Why do you want to serve on PCC?What do you feel qualifies you to serve on PCC? Please list any and all relevant experience. Please mention what PCC organization(s), if any, you are a member of.
Kelly ZhengThis year, I was fortunate enough to go see Hamilton for free with my house. PCC provides me a way to give other students similar experiences through supporting visual and performing arts RSOs. Such experiences are key ways to enhance student life. In addition, I want to serve on PCC to form stronger connections with the greater student body and understand in depth the different organizations that PCC funds. As a freshman, I am still finding my place within the college, but joining PCC will allow me to engage with and form stronger relations with the student body. Serving on PCC is also an avenue through which I can learn more about the specific organizations the college supports to enrich the experience of students. Understanding such organizations allows me to better tailor the UChicago experience to the needs and wants of students.My teamwork and leadership abilities qualify me to serve on PCC. These skills were honed by the various activities and organizations I was involved in high school. Link Crew gave me the opportunity to help freshmen integrate into the school community and taught me the value of investing in people. As co-president of the public speaking team, I was faced with a plethora of problems between conflicting views that seemed unsolvable at first; however, by engaging with the perspectives of the parties involved, disputes were settled in a way that left all sides happy. Each month, my debate team was given a seemingly unresolvable resolution but through in-depth research, critical analysis and effective discourse, we could better understand the legitimacy of narratives on both sides. PCC requires the same collaborative mindset as these activities. As a PCC representative, I must be able to listen to the different needs of the PCC groups and allocate appropriate funding, while advancing the common goal of the PCC to serve UChicago’s student body.
Dante VaisbortMy high school’s student government was impotent. I was full of ideas on how to make a difference — assemblies, special events, programs, clubs — but appeals to student government were fruitless. Students held little sway over the real decision makers and had no power or resources of their own. Unwilling to give up, I booked near-weekly meetings with school administration and pitched ideas to them directly. I learned what material and funding resources activities required, what to prioritize and what to cut. Eventually, I made traction, planning assemblies and starting new clubs and regular school-wide events. I have finally arrived at a place where student government is more robust and creativity is actively encouraged. At UChicago, a “yes” or a “no” from PCC actually changes things. As someone who has taken every art from pottery to theater to painting to sculpture to painting, I am deeply invested in the arts. Personally I can't wait to see many of the student projects coming out of PCC. Outside of UChicago, I am currently writing art feature articles for travel magazine The Real Chicago. PCC plays an important role in selecting and highlighting new introductions to our school community. I want to make the most of my time in college, join as many groups and partake in as many activities as I can — and while there is much here to do already, I am perhaps most eager to discover what is not here yet but could be — and to be a part of that process.Having sat on the opposite end of the funding table many times before, I see myself as an advocate for every student with an idea they want to see actualized. I was a very active participant in the arts in high school and tried to branch out into every medium I could and meet interesting artists along the way. I have also served on a formal board before, for my California Model Legislature and Court delegation. I was also selected to sit on our statewide budget committee at the Sacramento conference. Thus, I am familiar with Robert's rules of order, and with engaging in respectful discourse with the eventual goal of unanimous decision making, as stressed by the PCC charter. I feel that often PCC's events do not receive the student recognition they often merit. To ameliorate this, I have some ideas to better advertise them. I have seen flyers around campus, however not everyone studies tack-up boards so carefully. Perhaps, among other strategies, a weekly mass email containing all upcoming PCC member events would attract new audiences. Personally, I will advertise PCC events and clubs to my numerous friends and acquaintances with an interest in the arts. Much of my experience also lies on being an active team member. Never too shy to ask questions, as a member of the PCC board, I will contribute the positive energy of youth and someone not beaten down by hours of studying per night and lack of gradeflation.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention (SAAP)Why do you want to serve on SAAP?What do you feel qualifies you to serve on SAAP? Please list any and all relevant experience. What new ideas or directions do you have for the committee? How will you implement them?
Karen ShiAs someone that has been seriously affected by sexual assault and the negative culture that surrounds it, I am dedicated to finding methods to disrupt the lifestyle and stigmas that perpetuate it. I believe that many students at UChicago understand, at least in part, about the prevalence of sexual assault on university campuses. However, many still don't take active roles to end instances of sexual assault and the unhealthy culture that supports it. It is because I believe there is a serious lack of education and motivation on ways to prevent sexual assault and the stigmatizing conversations surrounding it that I want to serve on SAAP. First, I have a very personal connection with sexual assault and victims of it. As a person that has experienced it and knows many who have endured the brutalities of sexual assault, I feel my perspective will help to enable personal and uplifting resources for those who have been victimized or otherwise affected. Second, at my high school, I was a board member for the Intersectional Feminist and Diversity Club, which not only focused on providing resources and opportunities to women and POC, but also hosted yearly events to raise awareness of sexual assault at my high school. Not only that, but I was tasked with two projects my senior year: providing a safe space for victims to talk and help overcome their horrific experiences and establishing methods of preventing sexual assault. I think it would be helpful to have townhall style events that enable people across campus to submit questions, similar to the UMatter event during O-Week. I would try to do one at least once per quarter to enable people to educate themselves and expand their thinking about sexual assault. I think it would also be helpful to humanize the experience of sexual assault and try and bring it to a more immediate problem in students' minds. I think the Dear World project conducted during O-Week did a good job of raising questions about experiences people had without directly violating one's privacy. I think that project could be done in conjunction with the yearly photo campaign that SAAP does.
Zoe DoveI was a board member last year and really valued the experience. Ever since I worked with my high school's administration to create a transparent, accessible grievance policy nearly four years ago, sexual assault awareness and prevention has been a big part of my life and my advocacy. Sexual assault continues to be a problem in every aspect of life and I genuinely believe that college is a good time to teach and work with people so that we can slowly but surely eradicate this currently ever-present violence.First and foremost, I served as a board member last year (2017-2018), so I have experience with planning the particular events (such as SAAM) we'll most likely be planning this year. Further, because I have a particular understanding of the system for coming up with, creating, and promoting events, I believe I am particularly able to advance SAAP's vision this year.
Beyond SAAP, in high school I was highly involved in working with the administration and with focus groups of students to advocate for survivors on campus, so I have experience communicating the wants and needs of students to administrators in a productive way.
While I liked the events we ran last year, I think making more concrete resources available to students is a key component we've been missing. For example, last year we hosted a panel of administrators that walked students through the process of reporting an assault. Translating the described process into a 1-page, easy to read and consume graphic that we can make easily available in House lounges, at events, and online will, I think, at least help students feel more supported and (for survivors) perhaps more comfortable if they are considering reporting an assault. Similarly, compiling a list of resources into an online pamphlet could be valuable to students because currently resources are (in my opinion) very dispersed and disjointed.
Additionally, I'm interested in increasing SAAP's visibility on campus. Of course having more events will increase visibility, but also having more consistent events. For example, instead of giving out resourcegrams only on Valentine's Day, I could see the committee taking a day out of each month to give them out (though maybe fewer per event, depending on the budget). This way, people become used to seeing the committee acting on campus and may remember us and the support we can provide when they have questions or need help.
Mary RumseyMy interest in SAAP stems from my personal experiences with sexual assault on this campus. When I was assaulted, I was stunned by the sheer number of people who didn't believe me or didn't know how to properly respond. I would love to serve on SAAP because it is an opportunity to create positive change on this campus regarding an issue that is very near and dear to my heart. I want to make sure that no one else goes through anything similar to what I have gone through. Second, I want to play an active role in working towards creating a community that more freely speaks about sexual misconduct, towards creating an atmosphere in which survivors are believed, towards creating a place in which every student feels comfortable and safe. I spent more than a year recovering, and I spent that time feeling unsafe and unhappy on campus because of the stigma associated with assault. I would like to serve on SAAP to first reduce the number of assaults that occur, but moreover to create a safer, more friendly place for survivors. SAAP has the power to educate the college population and the next generation of leaders about sexual assault and misconduct, about the proper way to support survivors, about the risks associated with toxic masculinity and rape culture. I dream of being a part of the change on our campus and in the larger community. I was in an emotionally and sexually abusive relationship for close to six months during my sophomore year. My assailant constantly and consistently coerced me into sexual activities. While I do not pretend to know what every survivor's experience is like, I do have first hand knowledge about the holes in the College's current sexual assault and misconduct education. I know how the system failed me regarding education about healthy relationships, nuanced definitions of assault, bystander intervention, rape culture, and toxic masculinity.

I have various prior student government experiences, serving as a class representative at Homestead High School during my freshman and sophomore years and as a proctor at Emma Willard School my senior year.

I have previous experience working with RSVP, as I designed an individual consent course specifically for my assailant.

I am on the board of Active Minds, the mental health awareness group on campus, giving me insight into the interplay of misconduct and mental health.

I am also in Greek Life, and can provide insight into the rape culture present in the community.
Prevention must start by education the population and creating awareness of factors that influence assault and misconduct. Whether it be discussions around toxic masculinity, toxic relationships, or rape culture, more attention must be directed towards reducing the underlying reasons why people think it's okay to take advantage of others, in addition to further education on the nuances of consent and the more straightforward features of assault. Survivors should not have to worry about their peers' lack of education regarding sexual assault creating an unhealthy environment in which they are not believed, supported, respected, or not assaulted.

Having workshops like One Love is a wonderful way to address many issues around sexual assault. We could do this by either making these workshops mandatory for all students, or by working with different organizations on campus (including sororities, fraternities, RSOs, multicultural groups, and sports teams) to bring these workshops to their members as obligatory events.

Another direction that I would love to see the committee go is inviting speakers in to present about sexual assault and misconduct, or other gender issues. Some names that would be very interesting are Roxane Gay, Kristen Gillibrand, Cherlnell Lane, Meera Vijayann, and Jackson Katz, among many, many others. Hearing people share their stories can have huge effects, and I think pursuing this avenue for either individual organizations or for the community as a whole is a good option.
Jacqueline ChengSexual consent and education have been important areas of service for me in my life. I am most proud of my work to bring sexual consent education to my high school. As a member of my high school’s Women’s Affinity Group, I worked as a peer-facilitator leading discussions on sexual consent with groups of 15-20 students from my high school. Even in college, I continued to work with high school students teaching them about health. I am part of Peer Health Exchange, and this past year I covered topics surrounding alcohol and sexual consent. I would be excited to be able to spread this knowledge among my fellow college classmates through SAAP’s programming. Last year I was SAAP’s treasurer. I think this gave me an important perspective of the relationship between SAAP and the administration specifically working with the administration on financing. I also gained experience in coordinating with vendors and organizing events. This experience is important to ensuring that SAAP’s events are well organized.

I also have extensive experience around sexual consent education. I believe that this gives me a better perspective of how to reach others and help others understand the importance of sexual consent. I have had many conversations with individuals who struggled to fully grasp the implications of their thinking or actions. This has taught me patience, understanding, and how to connect with people on their level.
I’d be interested in learning exploring the reach of the University’s sexual consent education with first years. From conversations with students, I have heard of people skipping the event or not paying attention. I would want to create an anonymous survey to measure the attendance rate of the O-week sexual consent education event and understanding of key concepts.
Anne HavlikI would like to serve on SAAP because I believe raising sexual assault awareness on campus, and working to prevent sexual assault in the UChicago undergraduate body, are very important issues that can work to better our school community. Although UChicago is comparatively better than many undergraduate universities across the US in prevention training, there is still a long way to go. I take bettering the campus community in sexual assault prevention and awareness into account on a daily basis, both inside and outside the classroom. Being a part of SAAP would allow me to take my everyday role and help others across campus from a student government, student-initiated perspective.I have volunteered with Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention since arriving on campus as a first-year and am continuing to be a peer educator this year. Being a peer educator has helped me reach out to RSOs and truly learn about the environment of sexual assault on campus (i.e. why sexual assault is happening on campus; how can we, as a community, take measures to prevent campus sexual assault). I also volunteer in the Emergency Department of UChicago Hospital which has given me a view, albeit semi-limited, to sexual assault victims from the medical perspective on campus. Furthermore, I recently became involved with Phoenix Survivors Alliance (PSA). I believe this will help me meaningfully contribute to SAAP since I can bring a perspective that is influenced by multiple organizations with the same drive to enact change in the administration.I want to facilitate SAAP in expanding its program to not only dealing with sexual assault awareness and prevention on campus, but also to branching out and getting involved into some of the causes that are extremely intertwined with sexual assault on UChicago’s campus. I envision leading SAAP in programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as spreading awareness to relationship violence which is a contributing factor to sexual assault on campus.

As a student government committee member, I aspire to become more representative of the student body. I believe it would be valuable for SAAP to poll the student body in order to determine what the students’ view of sexual assault on campus is and what they believe could be done to prevent the issues surrounding sexual assault. Additionally, I wish to conduct some social science research and collect more descriptive data as well. This could be executed in a series of on-the-record and anonymous interviews from a variety of students across campus. By gathering this data, I believe SAAP can learn how to best implement prevention for sexual assault and how to effectively, according to the student body, raise awareness of sexual assault on campus.
Emily ZhuI want to serve on SAAP because I recognize that being a bystander is also being part of the problem--with SAAP, I will have the privilege of using my and others' experiences to create positive change in the UChicago community around the issue of sexual assault. As someone who has always been politically loud but never particularly active, I've been so inspired by the dialogue and awareness that has sprung up after events like the programming during Sexual Assault Awareness Month--as I enter the second half of my college career, I want to be able to leave a positive mark on the university I call home and work with other like-minded people to amplify and continue the conversation.On a professional note, I believe I have the empathetic, action-oriented abilities to contribute to planning events in the committee through leadership and mentorship positions on campus in ChoMUN, the UChicago Panhellenic Council, and Moneythink. On a personal note, I believe I am qualified as a sexual assault survivor who has been active in Greek Life--the conversation around sexual assault has always been present within that community (whether for positive, such as with the Panhellenic Council-hosted One Love workshop on abusive relationships, or negative, such as with the relationship between fraternity parties and sexual assault) and I believe these experiences lend me a perspective that would be valuable to hear within the larger Student Government body and student community.I would love to increase the conversation on how students can support friends who have experienced sexual assault/harassment--although friends cannot replace professional support, peer responses can greatly contribute through help or harm. Greater awareness of what kind of behavior helps or harms through workshops and/or infographics would help structure this kind of support. Additionally, I think that important information from the programming during Sexual Assault Awareness Month could be additionally facilitated through workshops held during RSO and/or house meetings throughout the year, whether with professional facilitators or trained student facilitators (such as those in Peer Health Exchange or the Body Project).
Student Government Finance Committee (SGFC)Why do you want to serve on SGFC?What do you feel qualifies you to serve on SGFC? Please list any and all relevant experience.
Lydia LiuHaving served on SGFC for the past two years, I've come to see its importance and influence on the campus community. As a result, I'd like to use my previous experience from being a committee member and Auditing Chair to help further shape its future. SGFC is undeniably one of the most misunderstood institutions on campus, and I believe that with a responsible committee, we can begin turning around that misconception. Our mission has never been to deny people money for no reason; rather, we are there to support the student body and manage student life fees in the most responsible way that we can. Every meeting, I am blown away by the dedication and talents of the students on this campus, and I want to continue being part of a body that supports them. Given the large responsibilities placed on SGFC, I believe having former members is integral to ensuring the committee runs smoothly starting at its very first meeting and throughout the school year.Most relevant experience: Auditing Chair of SGFC for past two years. Annual Allocations committee member in 2017.
Brian DongI served on SGFC last year and enjoyed it. I would like to do it again this year.-Committee member for 2017-2018 academic year
-Am detailed oriented and willing to speak my mind
-Made impartial voting decisions
Justin YannixDuring my time so far at UChicago, my involvement in RSOs has been the most enriching and beneficial aspect of my experience as a student, even more so than my time in the classroom. The RSOs I've been involved in have introduced me to my closest friends, exposed me to new ideas, and from a career perspective, helped me immensely in developing a vocational skill set to supplement the College's liberal arts curriculum.

As a leader of an RSO myself, I have experienced firsthand how crucial SGFC funding is to the operations of our campus' student organizations. Careful and diligent decision-making with regard to the allocation of the Student Activities fee is crucial to the success of our RSOs, and by extension our student body. I believe my experience and skill set would allow me to contribute to this process, and I would be honored to have the opportunity to do so because I want to ensure that RSOs can continue to offer students the same enriching experiences that they offered me.
As a board member of the Undergraduate Investment Banking Group, I was responsible for putting together our Annual Allocations request, so I have already been exposed to SGFC from the other side. As a result, if I were in the position of the SGFC committee, I would be able to evaluate funding requests from a unique lens. From firsthand experience, I understand the operations of RSOs and how they utilize their funding, so I would be able to better analyze funding requests and different organizations' needs.

Furthermore, I currently sit as a representative on the newly-formed Business RSO Council organized by the Office of Career Advancement. The student representatives on the council each individually represent a business-oriented RSO on campus, and our main responsibilities are to serve as the intermediaries between Career Advancement, employers, and the student body in ensuring that students in the College are prepared for job placements and recruiting. Serving on the council has not only given me direct insight into how Career Advancement interacts with pre-professional RSOs on campus, it has also introduced me to the leaders of many major RSOs. As a result, if I served on SGFC, I would have a unique perspective into the needs of these RSOs, as well as how they would use the funds allocated to them.
Joshua SoongServing on the Annual Allocations committee last year, I realized the extent to which student government funding impacts campus life. Without it, the vast majority of student activities would cease almost immediately; MODA would not have the funding for its fashion show, MUN would not be able to send delegates to conferences, Triple Helix journals would not be printed, the list goes on and on. In essence, funding is the life blood of extracurriculars on campus. Extracurriculars are incredibly important to me because I believe it is our experiences in such activities — not our classes —that define our college years. Some of my best memories last year were made flinging snowballs at friends on the way to club meetings and participating in AAIV’s Small Group Olympics. These memories, however, would not have been possible without funding from student government committees like SGFC. Consequently, I want to be a part of SGFC not only to give back to the UChicago community but also because I believe the funding SGFC provides for events is invaluable to building lifetime memories.Annual Allocations Committee, Councilmember, 2018
Singapore Society, Treasurer, Present
High School Vice President and Intra-District Council Representative, 2015-2017
Main menu