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Meet Akul Arora – ESC Elections – Class of 2017 Vice President

Photo Courtesy Akul Arora

As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to run for this position?
  2. If elected, what would your goals be?
  3. What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
  4. Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Below, you can find the candidate(s)’s unfiltered responses to help in deciding who you choose to vote for.  The Lion has yet to endorse any candidate at this time and the views below do not necessarily represent the views of our team. For more information, email submissions@columbialion.com.

What motivated you to run for this position?

Council elections shouldn’t be uncontested. The opportunity to provide voters with a different perspective on ways to improve the SEAS life was the initial motivation for me.

If elected, what would your goals be?

As “They don’t want you to SEAS”, we will work to make your senior year impressionable, by hosting hype senior year events, fighting for an undergraduate space, and helping with the job search.

What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?

Lack of engagement and programming for underrepresented majors.

I plan to approach this issue through industry showcases as well as increased awareness of events within these majors. I will work with pre­professional societies like AIChE, BMES, ASME, etc. to plan one career showcase per semester, continuing the success of the Biotech showcase this year. I will also increase awareness for speaker series seminars across these disciplines (it would be nice to know when people like Neil deGrasse Tyson come to campus).

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