San Francisco, CA
This is a crucial time for our community, making it more important than ever for members of student government to be a strong voice for whoever they are representing. I believe that I can be that strong voice as a representative of the College of Social Science. My position in leadership roles in campus organizations has prepared me to be a successful representative in ASMSU. I want to do my part to help MSU maintain their commitment to, “cultivate a safe and inclusive campus community characterized by caring and respect for others.” By sticking to this commitment, I hope to do my part to bridge the gap between students and administration so that students can have their voices be heard on changes they want to see. I hope you can believe in me and look forward to serving the student body.
Dearborn Heights, MI
Hello students! My name is Selva Haidar and I’m a freshman from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. I’m in the college of Social Science majoring in Political Science and hope to one day become a foreign service office. I’m the secretary of ASMSU’s Freshman Class Council, treasurer for Holden Hall Government, and the Lebanese Student Association Community Service Director. With each e-board position I hold here at Michigan State University, I’ve gained a mass amount of leadership skills that I plan to use to help our school. I find myself to be very optimistic and outgoing, allowing me to listen and understand everyone’s thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Ever since my first day on campus, I have always strived to make a difference. I want to help make our campus a fun, safe, and diverse place. If elected, I will always try to reach out to students and bring in the changes you want to see at MSU. I come from a family of immigrants, and constantly attend MRULE (multi-racial unity living experience), collecting different perspectives from all over the world which I can bring to our college. I also believe that having a woman representing the college of social science can guide us to new opportunities. I’m here to serve and represent you. If you elect me, that is exactly what I’ll do. Thank you for your time, and vote for me, Selva Haidar, as the Social Science representative for General Assembly. Don’t be a hater and vote Haidar!
Grand Haven, MI
Hello, i’m Natalie Hix and I’d like to represent you this coming year on the General Assembly with the College of Social Science. I study Criminal Justice and Middle Eastern Studies, with minors in Arabic and Muslim Studies. I’m heavily involved in the college and would be honored to promote students’ interests. I’m passionate about community service and raising up peers, doing this as the Volunteer Coordinator Officer in the American Criminal Justice Association and as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant. I’m a member of various other clubs as well, and am a current intern as an Intelligence Analyst. All of these opportunities came from the College of Social Science, and as a general assembly member I would spread the word of them to my fellow students.
This year has been a struggle for MSU, with its key events defined by shame and failure to act rather than the countless positive actions from the students. In my time at ASMSU, I promise to work my absolute hardest and expanding direct channels of communication between high administration and the average students, especially for those who don’t know how to speak up or don’t have the time. I’ll promote the implementation of restorative measures, which will bring back more trust in the institution. The MSU community as a whole has proven solidarity, and I believe that we can build on that community by facilitating more engagement with individual colleges. Thank you for reading this, and I hope you’ll consider me as your representative.
My name is Lauren Bernhardt. I am a junior pursuing degrees in human Capital and Society and Psychology in the College of Social Science, and am currently the President of the Residence Halls Association, the on-campus student government. I hope to continue my involvement in student government and work more closely with students of my college as your ASMSU representative. During my three years in RHA, I served as hall representative, Director of Health and Safety, and President. This year, we were the first organization to extend a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees and Interim President. I advocated for expanded mental health treatment, improving the sexual assault prevention, education, and enforcement policies, WiFi in the residence halls, and student involvement in administration and campus. I hope to continue focusing on these areas, especially sexual assault, inclusion, mental health, and communication from student to representative to administration. Student voice must be heard. Beyond this, I commit to continually soliciting ideas from other Social Science students and truly representing their interests and concerns.
If elected, I will utilize my existing relationships, skills, and knowledge of campus resources to improve the campus in new ways. We cannot simply uphold the status quo; I hope, and will work to ensure, that MSU will soon have a radically different campus climate. In the face of such a crisis, we must reevaluate the way representatives and organizations interact with students and university leadership, and work together to create lasting, effective change.
I am a student that wants to have a voice to speak for the people that can not speak for themselves. I want everyone to feel included and to feel like they belong. Holding a leadership position and being a leader are completely different things. If your actions inspire people to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, than you’re a leader. I want to be the person people look up to to make a change. If I get chosen to be an ASMSU representative, I will make sure my voice isn’t just saying my thought, but the thoughts of all the people I want to help as well. I’m not set on this position to be in charge, but to make a difference. To me it isn’t just about the role but about the goal I am trying to reach. I am involved in bettering my community and giving back. I volunteer at Sparrow hospital and am a member of Minority Association of premedical Student (MAPS) and VIM magazine. I want to be more involved on campus and make a bigger impact which is why I am trying to be an ASMSU representative. MSU is full of people from all different types of backgrounds and we are all different in our own way. At the end of the day, as long as we let ourselves accept our differences, we can all unite together and make this campus a place where we can all prosper.