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As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:
- What motivated you to run for this position?
- If elected, what would your goals be?
- What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What motivated you to run for this position?
The current state of communication at Columbia is broken and inadequate. It is absolutely unacceptable that students are unaware of the various resources available to them academically, extracurricularly, and professionally. As a transfer student, I experienced first hand the difficulties of navigating through Columbia’s resources, and the frustration I felt in my first few semesters motivated me to make a change. I am confident that, as VP of Communications, I can bridge the gap between SEAS students, faculty, and administrators by revamping major sources of information such as the ESC website, the ESC Facebook page, LionLink, and more. In doing so, I hope that future students will not have to waste their time and effort looking for the proper resources. Instead, these students can navigate through college with all the right resources in hand, focusing on having a successful four years at Columbia!
If elected, what would your goals be?
As VP of Communications, my goal is to work as the intermediary between students, faculty, and the administration to increase transparency and amplify student voices. (1) Increase communication between students and faculty/advising Deans: I will create major-specific Piazza pages where undeclared and declared students can initiate a dialogue with each other and the professors, faculty advisors, and advising Deans also on the Piazza pages. (2) Increase communication between students and ESC/administrators: I will personally meet with students and organizations on campus to listen to their questions and concerns and relay those questions and concerns to the correct council members and administrators. Not only will I voice those concerns when meeting with ESC and the administration, but also, I will present the responses to the students to show that their voices are being heard.
What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
I plan on revamping various online portals currently available to students such as LionLink and www.columbiaesc.com. Currently, these online portals are either unused or unknown and that is unacceptable. By working with CUIT, collaborating with fellow designers and coders, and drawing on my own computer science background, I plan to create websites that are simple and enable students to find the right resources for their academic, personal, extracurricular, and professional needs. Once I have worked with my committee to establish these simple and comprehensive online portals, I will lead advertising campaigns during NSOP and throughout the year to make sure that the students in SEAS are fully aware of all the resources and opportunities known to them.
Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?
I am fully confident that the rest of SEAS++—Neha, Aida, Charles, and Piyushi—and I will do an amazing job as your ESC Executive Board. I can’t wait to see all the progress we can make together with our fellow SEAS students!