Congratulations to all winners and participants of the 2020 Student Government election. A record 5,120 Comets voted. Results are indicated below.

Presidential Candidates

Sara is a senior finance and economics major and she is running for Student Government president.

I am dedicated to implementing racial equity initiatives via Student Government, and I am proud to be part of the first womxn of color duo to run for office at UTD.

After the Black Student Body’s (BSB) call to action was met with administrative resistance, the Amplify ticket was born. Our goal is to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, consistently advocate for the BSB and make equitable change on campus. We will push to create a Diversity and Equity committee in SG, increase funding for resources like the Diversity Scholars Program, the Multicultural Center and the Student Counseling Center, and expand anti-racism curriculum. Among other directives to make UTD a more inclusive and equitable place, we also will prioritize student worker demands and drive a movement to increase diversity among faculty and staff.

As a former SG senator, I hosted a Womxn in SG event focused on encouraging more womxn to run for SG. On campus, I’ve been an orientation leader, a NOVA ambassador and an officer in CometTHON, Greek Life and Deeds Not Words.

I have grown to love UTD and all its students and I have developed connections with people who have shown me where UTD needs improvement. Through my experiences in leading various areas of campus life, I have gained the skills and confidence necessary to stand firmly for what needs to be done while also working with others to accomplish goals. I am excited to make history and amplify voices that have been overlooked.

Vice Presidential Candidates

Rutendo is a sophomore history major and she is running for SG vice president.

I am passionate about racial equity in education. I believe SG must push UTD to make necessary changes, specifically regarding funding minority students who are barred from accessing scholarships. For example, those like the Academic Excellence Scholarship are often granted on the basis of standardized testing. The selection process is shrouded in secrecy. If elected, I will advocate for increased transparency in scholarship selection and lobby for the removal of standardized test results as an admissions criterion. The addition of a Diversity and Equity committee will lead the charge in fixing issues related to scholarship selection. Scholarships are difficult to access for immigrant and international students, and I am determined to change that issue.

I am the proud founder of the UTD Immigrant Rights Coalition, which was created to assist immigrant populations in Dallas in applying for scholarships. As your next vice president, I will expand these efforts to our students. Serving on the Graduate and International Affairs committee last year helped me realize we need to amplify international student voices on campus.

While I am passionate about decreasing the disparities found in the education system, I am also involved on campus as a former senator, Gemini Ambassador and a former UTD volleyball player. I have a background of not only being one of UTD’s underrepresented populations, but also an international student who understands the struggles immigration presents. We are excited to make history and amplify voices that have been overlooked!

Stephanie is a senior majoring in global business and biology and she is running for vice president of SG.

I was born in Adana, Turkey, and immigrating to the United States has given me a valuable cultural and social lens through which to view UTD. In my two years in SG, I’ve served on the Graduate and International Committee, as treasurer and as secretary. I am running for vice president to shift the culture of SG from focusing inward to looking outward and connecting with student organizations and underrepresented bodies of students for ideas and solutions to problems.

Over the past semester, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to many students and determine three main things I’d like to focus on. They are:

  • Supporting student organization officers.
  • Communicating about parking and housing frustrations to administration, and to make improvements by the spring 2021 semester.
  • Bringing campus-wide recognition to student accomplishments and events. As a violinist in the UTD orchestra, I have firsthand experience in how little support and recognition the performing arts receive on campus. This extends to visual arts, esports, athletics, cultural events and many other aspects that make UTD unique. Our strength is in our diversity and we can take advantage of this by connecting with each other.

I’m a team player and I am great at executing plans. If you vote for me, you can expect SG to come to you. I promise that no matter how big or small your problem seems, we’ll listen and advocate for you.

Senate Candidates

Senator candidates running in the Student Government election have the option to run either for a seat in their school of study, or for an at-large seat based on their academic classification. The candidate’s option, either a school or classification, is notated under their name.

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Ticket Information

There are six tickets represented in the fall 2020 Student Government election. They are: Amplify, Amplify II, ConnectUTD, Labor, Movement and UnitedUTD. Information about five of the tickets is included below. Details about Labor were not provided at the time of publication.

Amplify

We pledge to make Student Government more accountable and accessible to underrepresented students. We will amplify student voices by advocating for the student organization Black Student Body and create a standing Diversity and Equity Committee on SG. Among other directives to make our university a more inclusive place, we will advocate for scholarship equity and transparency, prioritize student COVID-19 and mental health concerns, and drive a movement for budgetary justice throughout campus communities. We invite you to learn more about our diverse platform via @amplify_utd on Instagram. Make your voice louder!

Amplify II

Amplify II is running alongside Amplify to support the same goals of racial equity and budgetary justice. In addition to the topics explored under Amplify, senators on either Amplify ticket will emphasize and fight for the rights of workers and renters on campus. Students should have the option to pay rent monthly and workers should have anonymous ways of reporting issues with administration and about work conditions. Amplify II pledges to better engage with student workers and support them in their right to earn living wages and fair treatment. Moreover, we intend to investigate resident interests regarding rent, maintenance and other areas of concern in University Housing.

ConnectUTD

ConnectUTD will address student needs and improve campus life by:

  • Supporting student organization officers and creating flash advertising spaces on campus to promote student organization meetings and events.
  • Voicing student frustrations about parking and housing to administration.
  • Acquiring Uber/Lyft discount codes for students.
  • Increasing campus-wide recognition for student accomplishments, events and student art.
  • Installing more hands-free sanitizer stations, paper towels and bettering overall restroom hygiene
  • Implementing more solar-powered technology and recyclable plastic bags on campus.
  • Supporting transfer and nontraditional students.

Visit connectutd.org to learn more about our platform, and connect with us on Instagram and Facebook @connectutd.

Movement

The Movement ticket is on the move for you! Our initiatives include addressing:

Racial Inequality

  • Encourage underrepresented voices in our community (Black Americans and international students, among others).
  • Highlight diversity scholarships.
  • Encourage diversity within existing programs (such as the McDermott Scholars).
Current COVID Concerns
  • Improve the student website (provide consistent updates).
  • Graph/map cases in the university community.
  • Publicize financial assistance.
Future COVID Concerns
  • Update/share COVID information.
Tech and Environment
  • Offer hack-a-thons.
  • Leverage student projects for the university community.
  • Create a degree planner for every year and all schools.
Virtual Connectivity
  • Connect with faculty via weekly presentations.
  • Make meetings public and increase access to administration through SG.
  • Provide recommendations for clubs.
  • Create a universal calendar for virtual events.

United UTD

United UTD includes incumbent and aspiring senators from the schools of BBS, NSM, ECS and JSOM. Our ticket centers on transparency and communication. We believe transparency is important not only in Student Government, but also in the inner workings of the UT Dallas administration. With open communication between students and administration, we can bring about needed changes. We plan on achieving our goals by creating a more user-friendly SG website that is regularly maintained to include current senators, projects and committee and senate reports.