Meet the Candidates

Junior Class Representatives

Sama Ahmed
Sofia Garcia
Jessica Garvin
Daniel Hennessey
Kevin Parente

Sama Ahmed

Platform

"Change towards a more inclusive community made by your junior class Representative"

I hope to be a representative for junior students and will add some diversity with my engineering major as well as my passion for diversity and inclusion. I will work to make this a more inclusive campus with the difference that I can make.

Academics

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Human Movement Biomechanics

Involvement

MPC Middle Eastern Committee Chair
AAA Culture Chair
SGA Campus Unity
Diversity Peer Educator
Alpha Psi Lambda Member
RA
Academic Success Ambassador
Student Ambassador

Sofia Garcia

Platform

In this SGA term, I would love to finish my advocacy project for sexual assault prevention on campus from last term and keep working to make campus a safe space for everyone. I would love to keep representing the junior class and keep working for the issues they care about as well!

Academics

Majors: International Studies with a concentration in global migration and economic development and Political Science
Minor: French

Involvement

El Puente Tutoring
SGA
Intramural soccer
UD Dems

Jessica Garvin

Platform

"No need to sweat, Vote for someone you won’t regret, vote Garvin for Junior Representative!"

I believe that a true leader empowers others to become leaders as well. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to run as a Class Representative again this year. The past two years I was honored to serve as a Class Representative within SGA and was able to accomplish much more than I had ever thought was possible. Some of the things I was able to accomplish was, allowing UD Four Paws to have more dogs on campus than ever before, and also alleviating some major boundaries they were facing with dining and residential halls. I also was able to pass legislation that I really believed in, some of which included, support of climate change, the LGBQT+ community, and anti-gun violence. This year though, I have a new list of things that I would love to improve and implement on campus, regardless of the hardships everyone is currently facing.

Some of the things that I would love to accomplish if I were lucky enough to be selected into this position, is to make sure all of our classmates and friends are as safe as possible on campus. I plan to do this by working closely with Chief Kidd and the SGA safety committee to help introduce more ways students can feel safe 24/7. Another goal of mine for this year is to place some picnic tables on the patio of VWK. I believe this would be very beneficial to students in giving them more places to study, and also providing them with a spot where they can enjoy being outside. Another plan that I would like to do, is bring more awareness to all of the things that are resources to us on campus. I believe that many students still may be unaware of some of the things that are at their disposal, or realize how helpful the resources can be. I plan to accomplish this by teaming up with some of the offices on campus and sharing to my constituents what they might not know about them.

I am confident that I would be able to be a great voice and representative for our class. Last year I was very honored to be a recipient of the Boldness in Leadership Award at the University of Dayton. I have also been fortunate enough to hold many leadership roles in the past that helps make me a perfect candidate for this position. I am very open-minded and appreciate any ideas my constituents have, my voice is your voice. Thank you for considering me for this position, stay healthy, and see the best in everything! GO FLYERS!

Academics

Major: Pre-medicine
Minor: Medicine and Society

Involvement

Currently I serve as the National Communications Coordinator on Residential Housing Association's executive board, I am also a member of the UD Equestrian Team, Biomedical Engineering Club, and Multicultural Association of Pre-medicine Students (MAPS). I also work on campus as a Student Leadership Ambassador, and serve as a Supplemental Instructor Leader.

Daniel Hennessey

Platform

"Your voice for positive change"

Every student deserves a voice in our community. Having served on SGA as a freshman and sophomore class senator, I have always focused my campaigns on giving a voice to all students. This was proven last year as I was able to successfully add $4,000 of whiteboard technology/resources to library study rooms after listening to a student’s wish to add more. Like last year, I plan to advocate my funds as a class senator not to what I personally want to see changed, but to the changes every student wants to see. This can be accomplished through connecting with various clubs and organizations so that SGA can better understand the concerns of each and every student rather than just a few. Through the various connections I was able to make these past two years with administrators and staff, I can take your concerns directly to those who make the changes you want to see on campus. These past two years I was trusted by you to fulfill my obligations to our class through actively funding the projects you wanted to see accomplished and advocating for your concerns. I have successfully proven how important your concerns are to me through tangible results. Now more than ever we need a trustworthy, proven leader who can progress our school forward following the pandemic. I have demonstrated my capabilities as a class senator the past two years and would be grateful to earn your vote to do so again this year.

Academics

Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Philosophy

Involvement

Student Government Class Senator last two years
Student Ambassador for Office of Admissions
Welcome Team Leader for Office of Student Transitions and Family Programs
Intramural Sports

Kevin Parente

Platform

"Raising the Bar for the Common Good"

I hope to make the path points system much more reasonable for all students and focus on what students are doing other than showing up to PATH events. Giving students with already busy schedules, such as students with more than one major, student-athletes, and others should be rewarded in the PATH system, instead of being put at a disadvantage because they don't have the time to attend events. I also will strive to give students better use of our great campus facilities like extending RecPlex hours and making study spaces more inviting. Aside from this, students could benefit from small upgrades to facilities, like a water fountain and bathroom facility at Stuart Field. We also can never become complacent with campus safety, and more blue lights in the north student neighborhood can be very beneficial. It is also important to be able to feel free and express your opinions, and I believe we can do many things to incorporate a more free and open atmosphere and better the community as a whole. Creating more avenues to join clubs and having more information on clubs can also be very beneficial not only for the clubs, but the students who often are unsure or are a little shy to just show up. Up the orgs is great, but since it is so early in the semester when students are still getting acclimated or are still a little shy, having more clear paths for clubs after up the orgs can be great. Lastly, parking on campus can also be very unforgiving. An upgrade to parking lots, the addition of more parking areas, and much more free access to certain parking lots that often seem to have empty spots could help a lot of students, and save them money if they are constantly getting parking tickets.

Academics

Political Science Major
Pre-Law Minor

Involvement

Army ROTC