President

Vice President

Treasurer

Communications Officer 

Class of 2023 Representative

Class of 2024 Representative

Class of 2025 Representative


President

Jancyn Appel ‘23

Hi, I’m Jancyn Appel; I’m a junior from Kansas City, MO. I participate in women’s varsity volleyball, play the pipe organ, work in admissions as the Special Projects Coordinator, and currently serve as co-founder and president of the Black Student-Athletes of Carleton (BSAC). Additionally, I helped create the Black Babes of Carleton and our termly event “Black Girl Brunch” to engage all Black women and femme staff, students, and faculty. I love being involved in multiple arenas on campus and feel this asset of mine serves me well in seeking a position like CSA president. 

I’ve enjoyed being one of my class’ representatives and would love to continue serving the Carleton community in the capacity of president. In my time as a class of 2023 representative, I helped launch the social justice working group that challenged the administration on a formal response to anti-Black racism in the larger community and the outward support of social justice initiatives on campus. Additionally, I’ve been focusing on expanding access to financial resources on campus. From financial literacy aids to streamlining the language (and lack thereof) on the financial aid website. I also have been working with Dean Livingston on expanding and clarifying the Emergency Funding so students are more aware of the financial assistants that are available to them. One focus of mine in this process has been to promote how the college can aid students with medical bills and other peripheral costs that come. 

Recently, I worked with MHAC and the Wellness Working Group to address the needs of students with the currently lacking support services and to address the results of last year’s Clery Report. During Fall Term, I worked with MHAC and the Wellness Working Group to address the needs of students with the currently lacking support services and to address the results of last year’s Clery Report. It’s been great to represent the class of 2023 this past year, and I hope to take on the charge of your next CSA president!

Now, the platform:

Representation for Hired Staff

In the last year, the staff of our college worked immense hours in the middle of a pandemic with little voice and no hazard pay. Many people employed in the dining halls have worked over 40 days straight without a day off. I want an online forum either as a perennial complaint box so that employees can voice their concerns anonymously and CSA would work with the administration and Bon Appetit on their behalf; or as a quarterly survey. Regardless, those employed at Carleton should enjoy the same level of protection by the college that students do. 

Better Coordination and Planning with SMPR

Harassment and assault are not experiences Carleton is immune to, and Carleton students would be better off addressing it head-on than lean into naivety. How we do that could be threefold. 

  1. SMPR should address the results of the Clery Report with clear and clarifying wording. The report from last year was concerning, and when I brought it to CSA’s attention, SMPR and security had different interpretations of said report. 
  2. Students should have access to a step-by-step guide on how to report misconduct. This should include what the process will look like, who they would be talking to, and what rights they have per Title IX, FERPA, and other privacy regulations. 
  3. Consent and Green Dot training should be required for New Student Week and RAs. Many other groups on campus, such as varsity athletes and student organization leaders, so the rest of campus would benefit from following suit. 

Comprehensive Gender Equity & Wellness

  1. Menstrual products should be available to all menstruating students more discreetly and substantively. I honor the efforts of the Office of Health Promotion to set some out on a table. However, I’d suggest a sort of Google form so that students can get the correct number of products they need, have information about options, and get them where they are comfortable. The same goes for contraceptive measures and STI prevention. 
  2. Additionally, SHAC advertises to offer PreP and hormone therapy options for queer students. However, there needs to be more clarifying information about costs, treatment plans and how to get prescribed, and what level of privacy students are entitled to. Particularly considering that insurance billings to a parent could potentially out and endanger a student. 
  3. Since there is only one bathroom on each floor on first and second libe, they should be made gender neutral. 
  4. Finally, conversations about healthy relationships, assault, and healthy sex practices are still fairly heteronormative. It is especially important that during New Student Week students know how to go about healthy relationships and how to seek out help when misconduct occurs. 

Student Input & Specifications with the Housing Plan

The housing plan had very mixed and rather vocal reviews upon its unveiling, and I largely attribute that to a lack of clear communication and traceable student input to ensure we protect historically significant spaces on campus. Moving forward, I’d insist that the Dean of Students Office (DOS) host town halls or open meetings for students to share their thoughts about this rather massive venture. Secondly, I’d ask that notes from that meeting be published so that the general public is made aware of the happenings of each meeting and discussions that are had. Additionally, I’d ask that gender-neutral bathrooms be included in any building plan moving forward as a coordinated effort with the Bathroom Monitoring Team (BMT). 

The IDE Plan

Over the last three years, I have watched the college work to create a diversity plan. After several meetings in the capacities of a student, on the Ujamaa Collective’s board, and as a senator, I’m largely unsatisfied. Moving forward, I’d like more frequent reporting, clarifying language, and a more receptive dialogue between us (rightfully concerned students) and those involved on the committee both student representatives and administrators. I first want to employ some accountability measures to ensure more frequent communication between the IDE committee and CSA to then distribute that information to students. Secondly, I encourage the IDE committee to take on some of the suggestions from the CSA Resolution in response to our first meeting with them. If this plan is to benefit all Carleton students, all leaders need to collaborate to ensure its thoroughness, enforceability and to promote its adoption by all in our community. 

Funding Opportunities for CSA

Since CSA has been running on a deficit for a short time following March 2020, we’ve explored new fundraising options. I would like to expand upon the CSA thrift store, which was a success, and make it termly and open for longer periods. The CSA Textbook Library is a great resource for students but is often inadequately staffed. I’d propose the acquisition of a student worker to ensure this resource can properly serve our campus. In the last term, there were talks about disbanding the Special Projects Committee (SPC) – due to its lack of need – and reallocating those funds to the Cultural Organization Fund. I agree with that suggestion and would move forward with a vote in the senate. 

Aspirations for Larger Institutional and Curriculum Changes

  1. GWSS/Africana Studies Requirement
    The liberal arts educational approach challenges you to engage with a myriad of disciplines in the course of your academic career. That said, I believe that certain departments are often overlooked. Moving forward I’d like to see a requirement for students to have to take a class in the GWSS or Africana Studies departments. Some of my favorite readings, most insightful conversations, and introspective coursework have come from the Africana Studies courses I’ve taken and I want other Carleton students to experience that!
  2. Amending the PE Requirement  
    The physical education requirement at Carleton largely aims to promote the physical fitness and wellbeing of students on campus. That said, varsity athletes are only awarded one term of credit even though we practice, train, and compete all three terms. Additionally, not all club sports are eligible for PE credit regardless of the hours of work that students put into training, building a team culture, and competing. I feel this requirement needs to be revisited and reexamined as we move into 2022-23 school, and I’d be willing to work with the ECC and ECC liaison to make this happen. 
  3. Seasonings in the Dining Hall
    Carleton’s dining experience certainly has a mixed bag of opinions. However, a way to improve eating on campus is to provide ways to cater foods to an individual students’ needs without placing that burden on the dining staff. A simple solution would be to provide seasonings at every meal consistently so students have some control over what to eat. As a Kansas Citian, I strongly believe that barbecue sauce should be present at all times in the dining halls moving forward. I’d defer to the Dining Services Liaison for more specifics. Secondly, the liaison needs to work with Bon Appetit officials about hours of operation as that has been a consistent complaint, inconvenience, and problem for some students with dietary restrictions and specifications since the beginning of the pandemic. Many of these problems were highlighted this past fall following the elimination of meal swipes in Sayles. I’d advocate for the change to be reversed. 

Binny Onabolu ‘23

Hi Friends!

My name is Binny Onabolu (she/her/hers) and I am a junior who hails from Nigeria and lives in Houston with my family. I am a double major in Political Science and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Acknowledging my positionality, I am a Black woman, low-income, first-generation, immigrant student at Carleton.  One fun fact about me; first, I have stopped a bus with my fingers before and second, I love wearing colorful clothing! 

CSA Experience 

Community Building Initiatives 

I spent my first year, in 2019, as representing the class of 2023 on CSA as the class representative. During my time in CSA, I focused on facilitating outlets that strengthened a sense of community amongst my classmates. I alongside my fellow class representative at the time, independently took initiative to plan a class bonfire that brought our class together. We used the limited resources available to us to create a memorable experience by building community. 

Accessibility 

It was also very important for me to use my position as the class representative to make CSA more accessible to students. My co class representatives, and I hosted weekly office hours at Sayles where we could be approached by any member of the class of 2023 for any of their concerns. We also made sure to keep in frequent contact with the people we were serving in order to communicate opportunities that were available for them to engage in campus life in a way that they found meaningful. We made sure to send a total of four of such emails to our classmates per term to keep them informed of what was taking place in student government. 

Increasing Accessibility to Menstrual Products

I collaborated with other CSA student representatives on the menstrual product working group. The goal of this working group was to provide equitable and more eco-friendly sanitary products to students who menstruate. Our work included sending out surveys to students to understand how they source their menstrual products and if they believe the cost is a burden to them. We also contacted companies like Aunt Flow to see if we could potentially partner with them in providing students with free and high quality menstrual products. 

SPC

I joined the Student Project Committee during my time on CSA. The Student Project Committee set aside funds for student initiatives and our job was to screen their ideas; communicate with relevant staff; and assign funding.One of our successful projects providing and distributing hundreds of reusable thermoses to the student body, encouraging our campus to make more eco-friendly contributions to our environment. 

Relevant Outside Experience 

Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB)

I have spent the past year working on the Student Activities Programming Board as the Special Events Coordinator. My job has entailed planning widely known events on campus including the trip to Valleyscare, Apple picking, Date Knight and our recent Valentine day special. My job working with the Student Activities Office has been incredibly fulfilling because it has put me in close proximity with students. Overall, I have enjoyed contributing positively to student life on campus. 

Office of Intercultural and International Student Life 

I served students of color through my time as an OIIL peer leader where we planned culturally-related campus events; OIIL talks and social media campaigns. I also had four first-year students that I served as a peer advisor and mentor. 

Radio DJ: Talk your shiz (increasing black women’s visibility) 

I host a radio talk show called Talk Your Shiz, where I interview different Black women and Black female identifying students on a wide array of topics. Some of the topics we have discussed have included faith, navigating romance as a Black woman in a predominantly white institution, friendship and self care. I did this passion project because I felt that Black women needed a platform that would make the issues and topics that are relevant to their personhood visible on campus.  

Posse: 

I am a member of Houston Carleton Posse 6. Being a Posse member has given me the experience of being a part of an intellectual community that offers peer support and seeks institutional change. 

Initiatives

Black Student Center 

My main priority in serving the student body as CSA’s president is ensuring that I contribute to the building of a hospitable environment that will support Black student’s learning and achievement goals at Carleton. As voiced by many Black students on campus, a formidable aspect in actualizing this goal is ensuring that Carleton, like its other liberal arts counterparts, including Swarthmore and Grinnell, create a Black Student Center. 

 A Black Student Center is critical in ensuring equity amongst the most marginalized and disadvantaged in the student body.The purpose of the Black student center is to facilitate a cultural space that is focused on building affinity, community and academic and career growth specifically among Black Carleton students. In such a space, Black students can have access to academic and career strengthening aliases amongst Black faculty, staff, alumni and trustee members. This space would also be impactful in ensuring that more Black staff are hired and available to support Black students through issues that are not easily understood outside of the cultural demographic. 

Improving IDE’s communication with students 

There is a gap in communication between students’ demands and the responses put forth by the administration. The administration has put forth note-worthy resolutions to most of the demands by the Ujamaa Collective. This has included the establishment of the George Floyd memorial scholarship; increasing resources for programming by the Africana studies department, and integrating inclusivity in hopes to recruit more Black parents on the Parent Advisory Council. However, I believe that improvements can be made when it comes to their IDE plan and addressing the student life of campus. In hopes to ground their strategies and reforms in the lives of students who experience marginalization, I believe communication can be improved between the Administration and their relationship with CSA and the Ujamaa Collective by creating a liaison between all parties involved. 

Healing from the pandemic:  

It is no secret that this pandemic has affected all of us. It has had more adverse impacts on those of us who identify as low-income, QTBIPOC students on campus. We as individuals, and in turn have to heal from the trauma caused by living during these tumultuous times. In order to heal, I plan to establish funds that can assist students, especially seeking therapy outside the school’s services. In order to ensure equity, these funds are especially intended to target students who have limited access to proper counseling. This comes as a provisional alternative to the progressing work of expanding the counseling services available to students at SHAC. This initiative is substantiated by the new funds that have been made available to CSA through the dissolution of the Student Project Committee (SPC). 

Holding non-cultural/affinity groups accountable for Inclusivity: 

All chartered clubs depend on CSA for funding. In having access to all the clubs at the school, I plan to actively hold non-cultural/affinity groups accountable for contributing positively to the student life of students of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Similar to how we have mandated green dot training for all CSA representatives, I plan on mandating non-culturally affiliated clubs to host at least one event per term that involves critical thinking and planning of how to be more inclusive towards marginalized students on campus. 

Restructuring CSA by increasing racial integration 

CSA holds immense power in having access to the entire student body. I think it is important for us to hone in on this power by using csa as a site of allyship and desegregated activism. The more students we are able to unify through CSA, the louder our impact on campus. We are better able to achieve our goals towards equity when the student body works as an empowered collective. 

Sustainable and More Accountable Leadership

The outcome of CSA is only as strong and effective as the people steering its initiatives. The student leaders and representatives need an environment that is energizing and conducive to work in. Hence, I think it is important to promote sustainable leadership. I plan to do this by making the last meeting of every month, one that is dedicated to self care and bonding. Remembering that these leaders are people and students first, I hope that the built in time for self care will encourage Carleton’s student leaders to recuperate. I also hope that the time they take in forming relationships with the people they serve with, will spark innovative projects that further mobilizes CSA and betters the lives of the student body on campus. Lastly, taking one meeting a month dedicated to self-care gives the student leaders an opportunity to self-reflect on the impact that they are making through their services to the Carleton community. 

Alongside my initiative to promote sustainable leadership amongst CSA student leaders is my commitment to accountable leadership. My goal is to truly make CSA a reflection of the people it serves. I plan to increase accountability by implementing 45 minute CSA town halls in Sayles. Rather than inviting students to CSA meetings that may seem intimidating for students to discuss their concerns, I would like to bring CSA to their front doors, and make the message clear that we are here to serve them. At these town meetings, representatives would discuss the projects in progress in CSA and would also beckon students to express initiatives that they are interested in seeing on campus. In the case that students cannot make these town halls or would prefer not to vocally engage, there would also be the option to contribute or make inquiries via google forms. I also would implement accessible infographics on campus that would keep students informed of the projects and advocacy that CSA is working on. 

Vice President

Mariam Zewdu ‘23

Hello Carleton Students! 

First of all, I’d like to thank you for reading my platform. My name is Mariam Zewdu (she/her). And, before I tell you about why I’m running, I think it’s important to know who I am:

  • I’m a current sophomore. 
  • I’m a Black woman. 
  • I’m from a small suburb in Minnesota called Cottage Grove (10/10 don’t recommend). – I’m a first generation, low income student. 
  • I’m a child of immigrants. 
  • I am a prospective Political Science/International Relations and History double-major and Cross-Cultural Studies minor. 
  • And I am running for your CSA Vice President. 

I think it’s important that I note my identities, because so much of my thoughts, beliefs, and drive have come from the lived experiences that these identities have given me, both in my time in and out of Carleton. I decided to run for CSA Vice President because I believe that in order to create change you need the drive necessary to achieve it. My goal is to move forward and to do what I can for the communities I represent and the communities I don’t. To accomplish this I need to keep working on behalf of students who need a strong advocate. 

This is why my running mate, Stepahnie Lee for Treasurer, and I just want to let you know we’re not just a team of two, we’re a team with you! 

What Are My Qualifications/Experiences for the Role of CSA Vice President? 

So, first of all I would like to just rip off the bandaid and let you know a secret… I have never been in CSA before. However, I don’t think that this will stop me from being a Vice President that is dependable and advocates for you all as a student body. Nevertheless; I do think I have qualifications from other organizations that serve to show my dedication towards change and reliability: 

CarlsACT 
As one of the co-founders of CarlsACT, our main objective was to gather the entire community of Carleton through various forms of advocacy. We have had three main projects thus far which included our fundraiser after the murder of Daunte Wright, our Free Palestine campaign, and discussions with President Byerly on how to create a receptive administration- particularly when BIPOC communities are struggling with grievances and traumas. 

Daunte Wright Fundraiser 
We mobilized the Carleton College community after the tragic murder of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to raise money for Daunte’s family and other victims of police brutality as well as providing supplies for protesters in the Brooklyn Center area. In total, received hundreds of donated supplies and raised over $11,000 in funds. 

Free Palestine Campaign 
We initiated and planned a week of action, in which every day consisted of a different form of advocacy and/or knowledge building. This included a Palestine rally, a 2-part movie night (that went over the history and situation in the area), and a Q&A session with Mariam El-Khatib (the Minnesota chapter lead of American Muslims for Palestine). 

Discussions with President Byerly 

In these conversations we discussed a wide range of concerns that we had had as a group, some of which included; 

  • Asking for earnest care shown towards student issues (detailing national and international movements which will impact them) rather than a seemingly repetitive email. 
  • More consideration put into ResLife housing situations, particularly for BIPOC who had to live in uncomfortable rooming situations during their freshman year so as to create a cultural exchange with white students- as this is not only draining but unfair to BIPOC students. 
  • We also asked to amplify mutual aid platforms that can assist students in times of need (separate from the Emergency Aid Fund) so as to minimize the wealth disparity gap on campus. 

TRIO 
As a TRIO scholar, I am more than aware of the wealth disparities between students on campus and want to do my best to alleviate these stark differences. 

Residential Assistant 
My role as an RA has shown me what it means to be a leader on campus and has allowed me to make relationships with people from all various backgrounds and learn from them. 

My Platform: What I Hope to Accomplish if I Become the Next Vice President of CSA. 

Social Justice & Cultural Competency 

  • Support. I want to do my best to support marginalized communities on campus and provide them the resources that they need to thrive on campus. Working with my campaign partner Stephanie Lee (Treasurer), we want to also accomplish this by increasing fundraising efforts for these communities. This also goes to explain that I would utilize the role of Vice President to help push forth the change on our campus that students want to see; no matter the context.
  • Representation. I want to advocate for the representation of marginalized communities in positions of power; ensuring not only that their voices are heard and not dominated by other groups BUT that power is given to these groups as well. 
  • Racial Bias/Implicit Bias training. Most implicit bias training undertaken seems almost outdated in the sense that the material is repetitive and does nothing but provide individuals a 12-hour sense of “wokeness’. This needs to change. The struggles of marginalized communities should not be this simplified or catered to relieve the guilt of outside audiences. 

Mental Health Resources/Spread 
I would like to provide more resources for mental health issues as I think this is often overlooked. Though there are some resources available to students struggling with mental health crises, I argue that there are not enough, and the ones that there are, are not advertised enough to the campus body at large. We need to remedy this. A main problem lies with the fact that getting appointments through SHAC are becoming increasingly difficult as SHAC has too few counselors to schedule enough appointments with all the students that desire counseling. When students are forced to wait days if not weeks for an appointment, their mental health can deteriorate. An additional barrier can present itself when there is a lack of diversity in the counselors available. When students were met with a lack of understanding when it cames to topics such as race, sexual/gender orientation, etc., there can be more emotional and educational labour forced upon the student than actual healing. We as students DESERVE to be represented in who we have counsel us and not be forced to handle these additional burdens. Aside from SHAC there need to be other resources that help relieve the social anxiety that has been developing throughout the duration of the pandemic. All too often, students are isolated from the rest of the student body and don’t feel as if they belong. We need to work together to outline a plan to increase student bonding experiences in times where there is not a lot happening, particularly for underclassmen who started their academic journeys during this time. 

Registrar 
There have been many issues with scheduling, particularly with the new changes to the calendar year. The timeline for when students are forced to make decisions on classes to drop/register for fall under the second or third day of any given class which often gives students rarely any time to make an adequate decision. I want to push for more leniency with these regulations, particularly in instances where even the professor is amenable to allow a student to join their class. 

CLOSING REMARKS:

I’d like to thank you for reading my platform! As I mentioned earlier on, my biggest goal is to represent you all as students and advocate for the issues that you care about. If considered, I would be honored to serve as your next CSA Vice President. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at zewdum@carleton.edu or on instagram 🙂 

DON’T FORGET to vote for Stepahnie Lee and Mariam Zewdu! We’re not just a team of two, we’re a team with you! 

Warmly, 

Mariam Zewdu

Treasurer

Quinn Buhman ‘24

Good day fellow Carls! My name is Quinn Buhman (he/they), I am from Madison, Wisconsin and would like to be your next CSA Treasurer. I bring valuable experience to the role as I have been an active member of CSA since my first weeks on campus, have been on CSA Budget Committee for two years, and also serve on College Council and College Budget Committee. During my tenure, I have had a unique opportunity to witness and participate in the inner workings of Carleton’s collegiate and student government.

In my two years on the Budget Committee, I acquired extensive knowledge of the Spring Allocations process, as well as the weekly funding process. Every year, I advocate to keep the financial burden of the Student Activity Fee as low as possible via cost-saving methods. Additionally, as a member of the College Budget Committee, I pushed for a larger increase in the student wage, growth in funding to financial aid and diversity recruitment, and more input from students in the College budget process. 

Last year as CSA Secretary I served on both the Senate and Budget Committee. Through this role I was involved in challenges overcome, witnessed effective collaboration, participated in meaningful debates, but also observed opportunities for improved communications and relationships within the College.

In my current role as CSA College Council Liaison, I am working to bridge those gaps in communication between College leaders and students. I have advocated for greater transparency in the College budget process and pushed for inclusion of student perspectives in College decision-making.

As chair of the Governance Committee, I am conversant with the process of chartering new student organizations. I have reached out to leaders of student groups and sought their input on difficulties they face applying for funds and I am endeavoring to streamline the process. From my work on Senate, the Financial Guidelines Review, and Constitution Review, I have gained a depth of knowledge about how both the Senate and Budget Committee operate and have identified areas I seek to improve as Treasurer.

From the beginning I have fought for your voice to be heard and strive to have your concerns presented, considered, and thoughtfully discussed by both CSA and College Council. In addition, as Treasurer I would continue to enhance and build upon the foundation of our shared governance: transparency, visibility, and fiscal responsibility – all while maintaining our strong sense of community.

Transparency – a multi-part initiative to first improve the clarity of the funding decision process by streamlining the method to request CSA funds. Secondly, and of equal importance, is the goal to increase transparency of the club formation process and advertise it to encourage growth in student interest groups. Which leads into my second platform goal: visibility.

Visibility – ensure all groups are seen, heard, and valued. As Treasurer, I will partner with my fellow senators and executive team to help student organizations navigate CSA and budget processes to allow for equitable distribution of funding and support. Additionally, I will target outreach to cultural organizations and publicize the availability of specific cultural funds.

Fiscal Responsibility – take advantage of the large rollover of savings from previous years (which grew considerably since COVID canceled many events) to maximize the benefits to students while keeping Activity Fees low. I also will strive to reduce or eliminate the cash reserve we have been required to maintain and redirect that money to student organizations. To ensure a long-term benefit, I will spearhead an effort to reform guidelines and financial practices to eliminate the spending deficit. Finally, I will work with administration to clarify CSA funding responsibilities and move other projects from CSA to College funding.

Community – remember always that Carleton is home for a diverse community of students with unique voices, stories, opinions, ideas, and desires. Together we learn and grow, face challenges, create change, and make a difference in the world. As Treasurer I will partner with students, organizations, administration, faculty, and staff to make Carleton a welcoming, supportive community for all. 

I believe that together we can transform the CSA into a more transparent, responsible, and community-centric body to drive student initiatives.

– Quinn 

Also vote for Hana, an incredibly qualified and experienced Communications Officer! 🙂

Stephanie Lee ‘24

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for reading my platform. We are all busy, busy people so I want to get right into it! Here’s a little bit about myself … 

Who am I?

I am a sophomore (she/her/hers), born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia (shoutout to all the international Carls!) and currently undeclared but potential Economics major/Mathematics minor. Favorite things to do outside of class here at Carleton include arb walks, picking up a bagel and coffee from town and co-hosting KRLX. 

What are my qualifications/experience for the role of CSA Treasurer?

CSA Senate
I’ve valued my role as a voting member of Senate as I am able to voice my opinions on issues near and dear to me, such as the IDE plan, transparency from the administration and collaborating efforts with the other liaisons and class representatives. While I won’t maintain this responsibility as Treasurer, I have confidence in the next VP and President as well as the rest of the senators to contribute to engaging discussions, challenge each others’ opinions and build and progress ideas. I am looking forward to supporting the back end with responsibilities in managing and operating CSA’s budget to support the student population as effectively as I can.

CCCE Liaison
I had the amazing opportunity to serve as the CCCE liaison for the past year (3 terms) that I have been on campus. I’ve had a passion for social impact and community efforts since high school and I wanted to continue to be involved at Carleton and so decided to support and work with the various initiatives at the CCCE. Most of what I have been involved in so far has been community outreach and communication between the office and CSA, for example with promotion of events and activities. 

As treasurer, I will have to be able to navigate through continuous communication between various departments and student organizations on campus, which require skills in organizing events and making sure events happen and are accounted for that I have been able to develop through my experience of being a liaison. 

Sustainability Working Group
I’ve been very lucky to have Beck, David and Sebastian by my side in working towards  carbon-free initiatives on campus. We have been attempting to establish carbon offsets and after encountering various challenges and failed ideas, we came back with an even stronger plan in our partnership with the sustainability and CCCE office to certify the local Northfield Community Action Center as a carbon-offset, which the college will purchase to offset student organization travel.

Carrying out this project taught me how to properly seek out funding and draft extensive proposals, as well as making sure multiple factors are working in conjunction smoothly, all skills I can carry over to my role as treasurer. 

Budget Committee
Working together with clubs to fund their various projects and activities has provided valuable insights on where student demand is, to which events are receiving funding and student support. As treasurer, I am then able to have a smooth transition with already understanding the funding structure process for clubs so that more clubs are able to fulfill their funding request in full and host events successfully. In anticipation of increased activity from clubs after the pandemic next year, there needs to be a more efficient, transparent and streamlined funding process. I will advocate for the reduction in bureaucratic and administrative hurdles by conveying financial guidelines as clear as possible to clubs applying for funding through the Budget Committee process. 

Cultural Org Subcommittee
Being a member of the Cultural Org Subcommittee since its existence has allowed me to learn as much as I can regarding the purpose, guidelines and improvements that can be made to the relatively new fund. I have been able to refine its policies, spread awareness to clubs and brainstorm ideas on how to extend its uses to achieve its goal in creating more community amongst various cultural groups on campus. I believe in its potential to continue to evolve, especially in tangent with the diversity initiatives within CSA and the broader campus community.

Special Projects Committee
While SPC is now dissolved, I have learnt critical thinking and analytical skills in helping students carry out their projects to fruition. Having observed the challenges that SPC had faced showed me the difficulties in continuity, and the dedication and commitment that comes with. I’ve learnt valuable insights regarding funding, administrative support, and when to know when it is better to abandon a project when the resources are better used elsewhere where they can be more productive. Broadly, I learnt how to have constructive change in order to improve upon certain long-standing traditions or initiatives in CSA and circumvent problems to move forward.

Policy
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to sit on a couple of policy-focused committees, emphasizing the importance of not just understanding the foundations that CSA is built upon, but in our role in reshaping and revolutionizing the structure of CSA every year to better suit student needs. This is the chance to improve upon outdated rules in order to adapt many of the processes and projects to become more relevant and set precedent for CSA practices for years to come.  

  1. Constitutional Review Board
  2. Financial Guidelines

 What about outside of CSA?

AMHC
A big passion of mine is mental health advocacy in minority groups where mental health challenges can be the most prevalent. I have been especially involved with volunteering at AMHC (asian mental health collective) in order to spread awareness on these issues. Some of the work we have done include conducting research within members of the community regarding accessibility to mental health resources and treatment, reducing individual and societal stigma and anti-asian discrimination.

Finance
With an interest in pursuing economics and mathematics, I have a multitude of experience in doing work in finance and have been in previous positions and internships in various aspects of the industry, such as for venture capital, private equity and investment management. Having learnt financial analysis, decision-making and planning, I will be able to directly apply these skills to my role as treasurer.

New Student Week Leader
Demonstrating leadership is a fundamental aspect in serving an executive role and working as a New Student Week Leader this past summer has allowed me to develop teamwork capabilities, learn to be reliable and empathize with others in difficult situations. 

Why am I running to be CSA Treasurer?

Representation
In observing others and in my own experiences, I am inspired to be actively involved in advocating for more representation and student voice of women and minority groups, namely in white and male-dominated financial roles. Not only am I qualified in the technical responsibilities as treasurer but want to vouch for more underrepresented individuals to explore and embrace traditionally less-diverse spaces on campus. I am often underestimated because of my background and identity and feel as if I often have to work 10x harder in trying to prove myself. I hope others will not have to experience the same misjudgement and condescending treatment as I have and want to effect change on campus by encouraging more diverse involvement in all sectors of campus.

Wealth distribution
Collaborating on this initiative with my campaign partner Mariam (VP), I want to support and encourage fundraising efforts for minority groups on campus, specifically in extending the cultural org fund, ensuring sustainability and utilization of the fund. We would work together on continuing to make it more accessible and supportive towards cultural orgs on campus. I have seen the positive impact the fund has had on increasing visibility, engagement and exposure to various communities, which is a step towards building a close-knit and accepting environment for POC and minority students on campus.

Budget Deficit
Resolving the budget deficit is a task that I am passionate about continuing as treasurer, particularly in exploring alternative solutions to savings every year. The two main initiatives that I feel would be the most effective and feasible are alumni outreach and conducting a fundraising CSA merchandise project, both of which I have concrete plans for. I have been in communication with the alumni office and am developing a project proposal for the merchandise project by requesting funding through SPC. These are hopefully long-term solutions which will provide more funding for clubs to have more opportunities for larger club events and a more active student life.

Main takeaways

Now that we’re approaching the end of my platform (congratulations on making it this far!), I want to make note of the hard work and effort that previous administrations have done in regards to these issues as I don’t want to create the impression that these ideas and initiatives are purely original. With only three terms, executives and CSA senators often-times attempt overly ambitious projects that end up being poorly planned, and are then eventually scrapped, or not even taken off the ground. I don’t want to be limited by a short-term horizon and believe that I could build off of and expand upon the grounds that previous executives have laid. I want to make lasting changes for the rest of my time here at Carleton. In doing so, I will support the vice president and president to make things happen. I am determined to break the cycle of “all talk and no action” by not only enacting change when necessary but also keep what is working and improve upon it. A common thread of advice from the previous executives is how important collaboration and dynamic is between executives and so I urge you to vote considering the cohesiveness of the executive team, rather than considering each individual separately. While I have tried to convince you of my qualifications, I am also not going to pretend as if I don’t still have a lot to learn but I am to do so with the support of the executive team, CSA, our partnering offices and the broader campus community. 

I hope I, and my campaign partner Mariam, have earned your vote 🙂 We’re not just a team of two, we’re a team with you!

So, that’s my little spiel! Again, I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my platform! Reach out at lees6@carleton.edu or @stephandmariam4csa on Instagram for any questions/concerns. Please approach me or say hi if you see me around campus, I’d love to get to know you!

Sincerely,

Stephanie

Communications Officer

Hana Horiuchi ‘23

​​​​Hi All! My experiences in communications have taught me that it pays to be concise, so I will make this as short and sweet as possible.

I’m Hana Horiuchi ’23 (she/her), a junior Political Science/International Relations major and Public Policy minor from Queens, New York. At Carleton, I am a MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton) board member, serve as Communications Officer for the CSA, work at the Career Center, and play club frisbee for Nova. Below are my qualifications and what I will bring to the table as your Communications Officer.

Qualifications

I am qualified for this position because, in each role mentioned above, I handle some form of communication.

  • CSA Communications Officer: I create and send the newsletter each week, post regularly on the CSA Instagram, send mass emails, publicize campus events, and chair the Committee on Outreach, Media, and Publicity (COMP).
  • MOSAIC Board Member: I started and run our Instagram account, send emails for weekly meetings, and promote club events via social media and mass emails.
  • Career Center: I work on the Recruitment and Marketing (RAM) team to publicize internships and externships through poster creation and video editing.
  • NOVA: I started and run our Instagram account.

Each of these positions has exposed me to a different aspect of communication (whether it be graphic design, intrapersonal communication, email construction). I can confidently say that the experiences I have accumulated from these jobs have prepared me to handle any foreseeable communications need.

Goals

Everyone says it, but, I’ll say it again: there is a huge disconnect between the CSA Senate and the student body— no one knows what the CSA Senate does till they become part of it. This is a big problem, and I realize that a huge amount of responsibility falls on the communications officer to ensure that this disconnect is minimized. Here is how I plan to do that:

Transparency & Clarity

One of the reasons Senate seems so inaccessible is because no one knows how it functions. I plan to post infographics over the course of this year explaining the roles of different Senate members. I also plan to keep the student body updated on any motions that are passed at Senate Meetings via Instagram. 

Uplifting of Student Orgs

There are so many organizations that I was not aware of before joining CSA. These organizations deserve visibility and attention. Each week, I would like to spotlight a new student organization on Instagram, so that the Carleton community is aware of it. I also want facilitate communication (maybe a groupchat) between the leaders of student orgs, so that their events are promoted by many different groups, as opposed to just CSA.

Increased Focus on Social Media

Emails are overwhelming and I, personally, am far less likely to read something if I get it via email. I realize that not everyone uses social media, so I will continue to email our weekly newsletter and minutes, however, I will also post both the minutes and newsletter to Instagram, so people have another (more convenient) platform with which to view them.

As your communications officer, I promise that my first priority will always be bridging the rift between the student body and CSA senate.

<3

Hana

BTW: Quinn will make a killer treasurer, and is beyond qualified! Vote for them 🙂

Class of 2023 Representative

Jaxon Alston ‘23

Hello Carls! My name is Jaxon Alston and I am a third-year from Hamden, Connecticut. I am officially running to be re-elected as the Class of 2023 Representative to student government. I am a member of the Carleton Singing Knights, BSA, ACA, and Model UN. I am running to continue my  main projects of developing an all new, in-house, all-encompassing mobile app for the Carleton student body and a new funding stream named “Haven Initiative” to provide financial assistance specifically for queer people on campus AND in Northfield. The new Carleton app is already in consideration and being discussed amongst ITS administrators and Grace Bassekle has been in full support of Haven Initiative. We both can’t wait for its launch! All I need is to make your voices heard to help me complete these projects.

2023 Class Representative, April 2021-Present
Carleton College Student Government | Northfield, MN

  • Approves $45,000 budget annually for campus organizations
  • Leads the task force on developing Carleton’s new app
  • Serves as Co-Chair of the Student Outreach committee

Resident Assistant, August 2020-present

Carleton College Office of Residential Life | Northfield, MN

  • Develops community through floor events and programming for 41 students
  • Manage risk during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Assists with residential life duties

African Caribbean Association | Northfield, MN
Secretary, September 2020-Present

  • Recording notes during staff meetings
  • Writing and releasing weekly emails to ACA members

African American Mayor’s Association | Washington, D.C.

Future Leaders Fellow, June-July 2021

  • Constructed and presented policy memos, briefs, and presentations on equitable vaccine distribution in
    low-income, Black communities
  • Connected with mayors and other local leaders within the United States
  • Connected with top executives of large corporations, such as Amazon and Verizon

Campaign Manager, June 2020 – September 2020
2020 Bartlett State Senate Campaign | New Haven, CT

  • Coordinated the collection of over 3,500 petition signatures, securing public financing
  • Cultivated political relationships with elected officials and organizations
  • Managed campaign’s social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook/Meta

Finance Assistant, May-August 2019
2019 Toni Harp Mayoral Campaign | New Haven, CT

  • Coordinated fundraisers, raised $7,500 in donations in one night from local organizations
  • Assisted Mayor Toni Harp in soliciting low to high dollar donations

Proposals

  • As someone who identifies as queer, I am sensitive to the struggles those with similar identities face on a daily basis. Many LGBTQ+ people are still subjected to physical and emotional abuse from family and society at large. Some can no longer rely on their home as a safe space, deciding to run away, survive on their own, and create their own family. With knowledge of the harsh reality many of us face, I am working with the founder of Carleton College’s Mutual Aid Fund, Grace Bassekle, to establish the “Haven Initiative,” a funding stream available exclusively to queer people on our campus and in Northfield, Minnesota. The initiative is designed to meet the emergency financial needs for students and Northfield residents, ranging from textbooks to parking tickets. Additionally, “Haven Initiative ” will grant one hundred dollars more than a person’s original request for the purpose of being placed in savings. Given the historical hardships that we face, including homelessness, I believe that every queer person should have savings for the purpose of handling emergencies.
  • I will continue advocating for the development of a new “in-house”, comprehensive Carleton mobile app to identify the gaps in student life and connectivity. The now defunct “CARLS App” is extremely outdated and rudimentary. Subsequently, a vacuum of demand for its replacement has appeared, leading to my idea. I believe that it is imperative that Carleton College have its own app that is conceived and continually updated by its resources. Not to mention, we are a top ten liberal arts college with a price tag that approaches $76,000. I recently sent out a short survey to the student body asking if they would download the app and requesting feature suggestions. I was surprised by the amount of people who didn’t even know that the app is defunct and has not been updated for over two years. Nonetheless, 92.3% of respondents expressed interest in downloading the app. Some suggested washer and dryer availability and a COVID-19 database as possible features. As expected, there is high demand for increased connectivity and technological redundancy, which is why I think the app’s development is so important.
  • Having a snack bar and powerbar vending machine on 4th Gould Library would be beneficial to students while they are working. When studying, a snack is often needed for more energy and students should not always have to travel to the cafeteria or to Sayles just for a quick snack. Access to a vending machine all day and a snack bar that can include granola bars, hot chocolate, and cookies, beginning around 9 p.m., would be a wonderful addition to the Gould Library.
  • Although this next proposal may be controversial, I believe that Carleton needs it. I am proposing that courses that extensively cover racial equity, equality, and diversity become a graduation requirement. In light of the recent abhorrent racial events nationally, and on our campus, it is imperative that more drastic steps are taken to ensure that Carleton is a more inclusive environment for people of color. This graduation requirement can be in conjunction with environmental justice courses, which are currently being proposed in CSA.

Thank you once again for coming to my TED Talk! I appreciate you taking the time to read my platform and I hope I can count on your vote. Leadership is not something I take lightly. I am eager, willing, and ready to represent you to the best of my ability. 

Kind Regards,

Jaxon H. Alston

Aishwarya Varma ’23

Hey everyone! I’m Aishwarya (she/hers), and I want to be your 2023 representative! Although I hate to admit it, I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio (the Bengals ). Outside of schoolwork, I enjoy being a part of MOSAIC and connecting with other South Asians on campus. I’m also a computer science major, and I’m passionate about using technology to combat social injustice, which is how I’ve spent most of my time at Carleton.

Two years ago, I founded Hack4Impact Carleton, a student-driven nonprofit aimed at creating innovative technology for nonprofits that need them. I lead a team of student developers and designers, establishing leadership structure, organization, and team culture, to create fantastic products. In the past, I’ve led the creation of Gen Connect, an app that aims to connect families through meaningful conversation and dance.

Currently, we’re working with Isuroon, a twin-cities-based nonprofit that empowers Somali and East African women by improving accessibility and literacy to government resources and expanding opportunities. Our app is dedicated to guiding Somali women towards quality healthcare providers amid rampant racism, islamophobia, language barriers, and cultural incompetency in the healthcare system.

I hope to use my passion for social impact to advocate for Carleton community members. Although I’m new to CSA, I would love the opportunity to create meaningful change on our campus in the following ways:

Improving the way we use technology at Carleton

  • Accessibility and centrality of information
  • Ease of useRacial equity for BIPOC students
  • Establish more cultural spaces for POC to thrive
  • Increase diversity in staff
  • Expand accessibility to job and volunteer opportunities
  • Invite more cultural community leaders to speak at Carleton
  • Improve mental health resources for BIPOC studentsSexual misconduct prevention

Aishwarya Varma ’23

Hey everyone! I’m Aishwarya (she/hers), and I want to be your 2023 representative! Although I hate to admit it, I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio (the Bengals ). Outside of schoolwork, I enjoy being a part of MOSAIC and connecting with other South Asians on campus. I’m also a computer science major, and I’m passionate about using technology to combat social injustice, which is how I’ve spent most of my time at Carleton.

Two years ago, I founded Hack4Impact Carleton, a student-driven nonprofit aimed at creating innovative technology for nonprofits that need them. I lead a team of student developers and designers, establishing leadership structure, organization, and team culture, to create fantastic products. In the past, I’ve led the creation of Gen Connect, an app that aims to connect families through meaningful conversation and dance.

Currently, we’re working with Isuroon, a twin-cities-based nonprofit that empowers Somali and East African women by improving accessibility and literacy to government resources and expanding opportunities. Our app is dedicated to guiding Somali women towards quality healthcare providers amid rampant racism, islamophobia, language barriers, and cultural incompetency in the healthcare system.

I hope to use my passion for social impact to advocate for Carleton community members. Although I’m new to CSA, I would love the opportunity to create meaningful change on our campus in the following ways:

Improving the way we use technology at Carleton

  • Accessibility and centrality of information
  • Ease of use

Racial Equity for BIPOC Students

  • Establish more cultural spaces for POC to thrive
  • Increase diversity in staff
  • Expand accessibility to job and volunteer opportunities
  • Invite more cultural community leaders to speak at Carleton
  • Improve mental health resources for BIPOC studentsSexual misconduct prevention
  • Accessibility to resources and information
  • Increased awareness of consent and warning sign identification throughout campusI believe in concrete, intentional change. So, I will dedicate myself to fighting for the students of this campus in any way that I can!

Class of 2024 Representative

Echols Iyengunmwena ‘24

Who Am I?

My name is Echols Iyengunmwena (Iyen for short), and I am running as your Class of 2024 representative. I’m a Nigerian-born American from Houston, TX, trying my hardest to make it through the Minnesota cold. I’m a part of, arguably, the most relevant class at Carleton, the class of 2024. On-campus, I am involved in various sports and clubs. I am a member of both the Carleton’s Football Team and Men’s Volleyball Club. Alongside sports, I actively participate in organizations such as Men of Color, Black Student Alliance, Black Student-Athletes of Carleton, and The Carletonian. My involvement in these organizations has allowed me to meet many people from different cultures and backgrounds amidst a pandemic. I’m so thankful for the incredible people I’ve been able to meet during my time at Carleton, and I can’t wait to meet more during these next two years. As the representative for our class, I hope to engage in a dialogue that sparks more opportunities for community and inclusion. 

My Values!

Community/Inclusivity.
Our class is special, we are made of so many people from different backgrounds. Our diversity and willingness to share our experiences have started to influence the social and public opinion of other Carleton students, staff, and faculty. This trait has created a space for people to feel safe when it comes to conversation and reflection.  The class of 2024 are made of resilient individuals who have persevered through significant moments in their life that happened virtually or not at all. The pandemic has made so many things difficult for all of us. Going from in-person to completely remote classes, mask-mandates, social distancing, and restrictions on social activities have prevented us from getting to know one other and growing as a cohort. Despite the adversities we’ve faced as we finish off our second year here at Carleton, we’ve still been able to find ways to connect. However, I want to continue that growth by developing the mindsets of our peers on a bigger scale to create a socially aware community of Carls. 

Guidance/Support. 
One of the most important values I want to emphasize is my desire to support all the communities present in our class. I hope to learn the needs of our diverse community and integrate them when working on policies to implement. By cultivating a strong community, I will create a space where students feel comfortable voicing their concerns and I can further advocate for these voices. 

Empowerment… 
One of my main goals is to empower all the voices that our class has to offer. I believe this is an undervalued resource that we take for granted and don’t seek out enough.  We have all had to endure some type of hardship within our own personal lives that has disabled us from doing performing at our fullest potential. I want to create a culture in our class that seeks to provide, praise, and challenge one another to be our best selves. Furthermore, all too often, the general student body is left out of making big decisions. As Class Representative, I promise to make sure to listen to the thoughts and opinions of our class when making decisions. My role is not to be an individual here, but a voice for us all. In this regard, I hope you all will place your trust in me and I will put my all into this role.   

Goals For Our Class!
I don’t know about you all but I for one want to bring back New Student Week back for our class – now I’m not talking about the long lectures and seminars but more so the NOLYMPICS. As the only class of students who have not had the opportunity to have the ability to come together for arguably one of the most exciting nights at Carleton, I want to make sure that we get to experience the fun activities and events that will allow us to bond as a graduating class.

Shaheer Jaffar ‘24

Hello there!! My name is Shaheer Jaffar and I use he/him pronouns. I am a sophomore with a prospective Economics major, and I am rerunning for the class of 2024 representative position. I am an international student from Pakistan, where I spent most of my childhood moving across 4 cities in 4 different language regions. The resilience and adaptability I developed while moving from place to place taught me to listen before I speak. Living in a state of constant change made me crave continuous innovation, and I see my work as an extension of just that. 

What I have done at Carleton: 

CLASS OF 2024 REPRESENTATIVE
I had the amazing opportunity to be the class of 2024 representative. Besides getting to know many of my 24’ peers, I was in constant contact with the SAO asking about the events that the class of 2024 did not get to enjoy, some of which we got to enjoy (such as the frisbee toss), and others not so much (such as the Nolympics). My term has been nothing short of memories, some very cherishable and others not so much. I worked on the Wellness group, partnering with different offices on campus, such as OHP, SHAC, and SMPR. I have also been in constant resistance with the college’s administration regarding the new housing plan and the IDE plan. Hearing from the college’s administration that the definition of BIPOC was limited to the US context and that international students could catch the “next train” were some of the most disappointing moments for me. However, this just led me to be in constant arguments with the college’s administration to correct their definition of BIPOC and refrain from referring to the rights of international students as those of catching trains. 

Student Budget Committee
I have been involved with the student budget committee to help CSA achieve budget goals by overseeing fund allocations and authorizing specific purchases. Furthermore, I, with the help of other members of the budget committee, helped guide the senate in allocating CSA funds, recommending a new budget for the coming year. 

CEDI
Working closely with a team of college administration, staff, professors, and students to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the campus community. The recent incidents of bias were deeply discussed, and it was highlighted that the college is very slow at processing bias incidences. It is one of my aims to demand that this process be made more public and reacted to in a timely fashion. 

BOARD MEMBER MOSAIC
Representation is always important, and being a South Asian, I joined MOASIC to be connected with my roots. Serving as a board member, I have gotten to know amazing people who come from diverse backgrounds. Besides having weekly Chai times, I have helped plan Holi, Diwali, and the South Asian night. 

What I want to do:

Working towards transparency: 

  • Working on the CEDI team, I have experienced firsthand how the college deals with issues of racial bias. I am committed to demanding that this process be made more public and reacted to in a timely fashion.
  • Be in constant resistance to the college policies that neglect marginalized communities.

Accountability: 
Office Hours! Last year, Aryan and I held regular office hours, and I plan to do the same this year. I need to know what my class wants in order to serve as an effective advocate; by engaging in conversations with many of you during these office hours, I have learned what you guys expect from me as a Class Representative, and what you guys would like me to accomplish in this role. 

Wellness Working Group: 
In the past year, I have worked with CSA’s Wellness group and have been in constant contact, getting updates from OHP, SHAC, and SMPR. And I plan on continuing to do so. 

Student Budget Committee: 
I plan on continuing to work on the student budget committee to help CSA allocate proper funding to organizations, especially cultural organizations and marginalized groups on campus. 

CEDI: 
Alongside, I plan on working with CEDI to make the campus more equitable, especially with the new IDE plan. For too long, the needs of students of color and other marginalized groups on campus have been ignored, and the college definitely needs to take more proactive steps to make the campus more inclusive for students of color. As a student of color, through my involvement on this committee, I plan on further representing the views/concerns of students from different marginalized groups on campus. 

Represent YOU! 

  • Your problems
  • Your concerns 
  • Your ideas
  • Your solutions

Nadine Musa ‘24

Hey friends!

My name is Nadine Musa, and I use she/her pronouns. I’m a Minnesota native, and I am so thrilled about the possibility of representing the class of 2024.

How I am currently involved on campus:

Resident Assistant:
I am currently the RA of second Burton. And while the single room is definitely a plus, I ultimately became a RA because I am a people person. When I am not catching up with my residents during our weekly study breaks, I am planning unique events for my floor. I love being a resource and helping others, and I figured being an RA is one of the best ways to do it.

Mock Trial:
As a witness on the Mock Trial team, I spend the majority of my Sunday evenings brainstorming case theory in Leighton 305.  

Comedy Clubs: 
Anyone who knows me, knows I love making others laugh, that’s why you can find me in Little Nourse on the weekends performing with Lenny Dee or alongside my fellow comedians in Queens of Comedy.

 Here are some of the things I want to do this next year:

  • S/CR/NC: 
    • Although I think it’s great that students have the opportunity to take potentially challenging courses without worrying about it affecting their GPA, I believe this option can be improved to better reflect Carleton’s values. If Carleton really wants students to take risks and grow intellectually, I believe students should be able to S/CR/NC a class later in the term. If students are allowed to make decisions regarding their classes closer to the end of term, their grades will more likely be reflective of their final grades, allowing students to make informed decisions. Rather than decisions predicated on premature fear or anxiety.
  • Swipe Out Hunger:
    • While we attend a college that touts equity as one of their most salient guiding values, some of the policies in place baffle me. One in particular, is how the Swipe Out Hunger Program works. If Carleton is really committed to preventing students from going hungry on this campus, they should allow students to donate more than one unused Meal Swipe. Additionally, I believe unused Meal Swipes should be donated automatically. As a student representative, I am going to do my best to ensure this program and similar initiatives truly help the students they set out to.
  • Diversity Training
    • Although Carleton has had several initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion on this campus, historically disadvantaged students, especially BIPOC students, still feel marginalized in the classroom and outside of it. Not enough is being done to support the students that need it most. The lack of care put into some of these diversity trainings have hurt the very students they are purported to help. If given the opportunity, I want to make sure we are hiring qualified and appropriate professionals for our diversity trainings. We certainly have the money…

I know there are so many amazing candidates this year, but I’d be honored to get the chance to do my best to make Carleton better. I think Carleton is a great institution and has made a lot of progress in the recent decades. However, there is still a lot of work left to be done, and I would love to be part of that progress. 

Thank you for considering me.

Your girl,

Nadine

Class of 2025 Representative

Kaori Hirano ‘25

Hi guys! I’m Kaori Hirano, and I’m running for the Class of 2025 Representative! 

3 (and Half) Fairly Concise Reasons I Should Be Your Class Representative:

  1. I’m currently your class rep! By being part of CSA, I’ve learned a lot about the functions (and limitations) of CSA and Carleton as a whole. 
  • IDE: Over the last term, I’m sure you’ve heard things about the IDE Plan, some good things and some very not-so-good things. As part of CSA, I’ve worked to raise student concerns regarding the plan and hope to continue doing this. Administration continues to pass along vague, unclear “solutions” to problems on campus, but fails to address the needs of many students by ignoring a number of student groups, such as students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and international students, in addition to not addressing intersectionality of identities. Carleton has promised that more IDE initiatives are on the way, so I plan to use the next year to ensure they actually follow through. 
  • Student Wellness: As part of CSA, I’ve served on the Wellness Working Group, which addresses problems within student wellbeing. Through this, we’ve helped expand the free reusable menstrual product program, in collaboration with SHAC and TRIO, as well as working with MHAC, a campus mental health awareness group, to pass a resolution about student mental health while SHAC is being rebuilt. In future terms, I am hoping to work on implementing items in the resolution, such as creating spaces for students to attend virtual therapy and making accessing mental health resources easier. 
  1. I have a lot of experience with positions similar to this, from high school, summer jobs, and Carleton clubs! 
    1. I’m in Mock Trial and Model United Nations, so I’m pretty comfortable disagreeing with people who are (arguably) far more intimidating than myself. Need help writing a very strongly worded email to the administration? I got you. Have a concern that you’re wanting to take on but aren’t sure how? I can help out, or direct you to who can. From being part of CSA for the past two terms, I’ve become incredibly aware of problems within Carleton’s administration and the way it interacts with student opinions and concerns. Most of these revolve around communication, where the administration talks to CSA on behalf of most students, but rarely listens to or communicates with students themselves. Reaching out directly about concerns is a key part of making positive change, so I hope to further facilitate these necessary conversations. 
    2. Also, I’m very open to working with people! I genuinely love collaborating and working together to be successful on things, as cheesy as that may sound. During my time in CSA, I’ve found working with different people and organizations from around the college to be one of the biggest highlights of the past two terms. 
  2. I’ve got some ideas for the future!
    1. Communication: Communication between the students and administration is… not ideal. When students have concerns, CSA does everything it can to have those concerns addressed, but oftentimes isn’t able to do much. If elected, I hope to work closer with people in the administration to help facilitate better communication between students and the college. While the Carleton Today email is a start, it doesn’t allow for student feedback and it’s, well, an email. We get 30 of those a day. I hope to find a better (or at least more concise) way to relay student concerns and updates from the administration over the next year. 
  • Student Support: As I mentioned above, I’m committed to working toward better support services for all students, regardless of whether this is through CSA or not. This includes working to implement better mental health resources, working with the administration to ensure IDE goals are set and met for all students, and continuing the Wellness Working Group’s current project on working with BonApp to expand menu labeling, offerings, and meal times. 

       3.5   I won’t send you 20 emails a term—I respect your sanity (unlike some peoÅple on this campus), and will only send information in a concise and timely manner. 

This was substantially longer than it should have been, but I truly appreciate that you took the time to read this. I know I would be a great fit for this position because I’ve been able to make an impact on the college over the last two terms, so I’d love to have the opportunity to continue representing the Class of 2025 over the coming year!

All the best, 

Kaori Hirano

Victoria Kindall ‘25

Hello Class of 2025! My name is Victoria Kindall and I would love to serve as your CSA Representative. I want to keep my platform short and to the point. I want to serve you. I want to be a representative that takes feedback from all of you and brings it to our weekly CSA meetings. 

I do not have experience in CSA but I have served as class representative for my high school as a sophomore and a junior. In addition to this I currently serve as the head of the Our Hope International Junior Board! (feel free to email me and I will tell you all about this organization :)). At Carleton I am involved in several clubs including Mock Trial and Fellowship in Christ, as well as African Caribbean Association. (I also work at Sayles so lmk when you want your fries well-done and I’m on it ;))

One thing that I have learned to value so far at Carleton is the sense of community. No matter what space I am in I can always feel like there is someone who is willing to make me feel at home. If this is not the case for you I will try my best to make you feel welcome and appreciated in this community.  One idea that might be fun is organizing some sort of grade get together. This can be in the form of hanging out in upper Sayles or some fun outside activities where everyone can mingle and get to meet new people! 

At the end of the day I am simply a small girl, from a small town, trying to make a big impact on your college experience. If you have any desires or concerns it would be my honor to bring them to the senate’s attention so they can be properly addressed. If you have any questions or current concerns please feel free to reach out to me via email at: kindallv@carleton.edu 

-Victoria K

Talia Marash ‘25

Hi everyone! 

My name is Talia Marash, and I am a first-year prospective Political Science and History Major from New York City. The highlight of my Carleton experience so far has been getting to meet so many different people with different experiences. Through being a class of 2025 senate representative, I hope to expand my connections throughout campus with you all as both a representative and friend! Now, you may be asking yourself:

Why is Talia running?

In my past leadership roles in high school, I have dealt with a lack of strong initiative from both peers and administrations as deterrents to real change. I want to mitigate the chance of this happening by being an active voice of the student body as a representative. I hope to do this by helping in my community early on, instilling in my peers an understanding of my work ethic and communication skills.

Not only am I running out of a genuine passion for change and aiding my fellow peers, but I am extremely qualified to do so. 

Here are some great things I have been up to, both before Carleton, and while here!

First-Year Spring Concert Representative

Carleton College Admissions Representative

Carleton College

  • Café with a Carl program
  • Wisr representative 

Student Body Vice President 

Poly Prep Country Day School

  • Planned and organized prom in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Organized spirit days and senior day events
  • Helped lead weekly meetings with Student Government and other class organizations

Elected Graduation Speaker Class of 2021

Poly Prep Country Day School

School Service Award 2021

Poly Prep Country Day School

  • Recognized for commitment to community service and social good by administration and teachers

Now, what I have done to get to this point is important and shows that I know how to implement future promises and have been recognized by my peers for doing so. But my vision for the future is key in understanding what type of representative I will be. 

And here are some great things I (hopefully) plan to work on as your class representative on the senate!

Transparency: Although weekly covid updates with numbers provide some insight into the state of covid on campus, it is hard to understand, outside the schools provided framework, what this really means for us. How do these numbers impact our social, academic, extracurricular life? 

My hope is to have a weekly letter accompanying these numbers where the administration better describes any limitations or opportunities changing covid rates can provide us. Traversing parties and social events has been especially complicated in these times, and it is essential we have clear rules to mitigate unnecessary transmission and capitalize on this social time in our life.

I also want to take advantage of these communications and have consistent transparency surrounding what actions I will be taking to make your term better as class representative through bi-weekly email updates.

[communications]: Streamline the email communication system so as to not overwhelm the student body or flood inboxes, as well as making the email sharing system more straightforward so whole emails aren’t being sent with large amounts of unnecessary information.

Mental Health: Student mental health should be a priority, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in general. Without the confidence that Carleton as an institution prioritizes mental health, students have been left alone to face the stress spirals and lack of sleep are the norm of our rigorous educational experience. This is not okay and must be addressed. 

I want to work with the administration, the student body, and SHAC to normalize and implement professors providing mental health day accommodations throughout the term. As we have seen in these past few weeks, winter term can be especially arduous so implementing these norms can make a rough time of year a little easier. Although many of these events are already taking place, centering them around places we frequent and making them more accessible shows the necessary prioritization of mental health!

On top of mental health, physical health is important and I want to continue working to make sure dining hall hours are accessible to students who are committed and overworked with their time commitments. The periods for eating are too limiting and can be widened through programs like self serve or pre-packaged meals outside of regular dining times. 

Holidays: Our school community is only as strong as the priorities we unequivocally support. That is why I believe that days such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day must be recongized by the school in order to focus on the programming and events that make sure racism and discrimination truly have no place in our community. Although the efforts to have these events alongside our normal class schedule are valid, the time and effort that needs to be committed to DEI efforts can not be truly recognized unless we as a community set aside time to explore these issues. The events organized by the student body are of the utmost importance and must be highlighted through their own memorial days.  

TL;DR:

I genuinely care about making this school, and by extension the world, a better place. Politics, social change, and student organizations are so closely intertwined and I want to make sure all voices are being heard. I know valuable change can not start without committed leadership whose priorities are within you, the student body. That is why I want to help aid in that change! Let’s make our time moving forward as fun and meaningful as possible. 

Please reach out to me with any questions/comments/concerns. I would love to hear from you! 

Talia Marash 

Jivana Nagpal ‘25

Hi everyone! My name is Jivana Nagpal and I am a first-year from Oakland, CA. I have really enjoyed getting involved in the Carleton community this year. I am on the women’s swim team, the CSA Governance Committee, participate in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and have enjoyed volunteering for admissions. I hope to continue to get involved and help make a difference while getting to know all of you as your Class of 2025 Representative.

Here are some reasons why I am qualified for this position:

  1. Diversity in Aquatics Athlete Anti-Racism Fellowship: In 2021 I was selected for a two year athlete fellowship for Diversity in Aquatics, a national organization. I participated in a training course about microaggressions, individual identities, implicit biases, and how to facilitate and track conversations. At the end of this course, we led a workshop about individual social identities at the 2021 Diversity in Aquatics National Virtual Convention.  The vision of the Fellowship is to facilitate meaningful conversation, advocate for growth in diversity and inclusion, and promote social change in aquatics. We do this by developing and leading projects to address diversity in aquatics, facilitating workshops for organizations, and running a social media account. 
  2. Pacific Swimming Senior Athlete Representative/Ex-Officio Athlete Representative: I served two years as the Senior Athlete Representative for Pacific Swimming, representing over 14,000 swimmers in the region. This followed two years of serving as a club representative for my swim team. As the Senior Athlete Representative I led and mentored a committee of over 100 club representatives through monthly meetings, setting goals, and developing budgets. I was involved with Pacific Swimming’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (DEI) committee speaking at camps for underrepresented athletes, organizing fundraisers, and distributing grants to under-resourced teams. From there I also served on a USA Swimming National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee.
  3. High School Student Body President: to wrap up seven years of student government experience, I was elected as High School Student Body President my senior year of high school. I led weekly officers and representatives meetings along with weekly all-school town meetings. I would work with the class representatives to organize school activities that the student body wanted such as virtual lunches and game nights. 

Here are some of my goals as a class representative:

  • Encourage and facilitate conversations and action regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  1. I hope to share my knowledge about facilitation and DEI to increase opportunities for students to learn about DEI while sharing their concerns and experiences. Working with people in CSA and other organizations I hope to be a part of organizing events and/or workshops where we can collaborate and learn from each other about our unique experiences with DEI. 
  • Improve our access to information about what is going on around campus, especially for us freshmen.
  1. Even though we’re more than halfway through our first year at Carleton, there are still things we are learning about everyday. The information we receive comes from too many different places and in too many different forms that it is easy to lose track of information. I want to find a way for all of the information about what is going on around campus to be in one place that is easily accessible, allowing for more people to get involved with our campus community. Part of this will also be increasing communication between student leaders in different organizations on campus to ensure effectiveness and allow everyone to achieve their goals. 
  • Organize activities for the class of 2025 to get together and have fun! 
  1. With feedback about the types of activities you all would enjoy, I want to organize more opportunities for the class of 2025 to bond. In collaboration with SAO, we can organize events to meet each other and grow closer as the class of 2025.

I will accomplish these goals by:

  1. Setting attainable goals and following through on them.
  2. Continuing to ask for your feedback, listening to what you all have to say, and ensuring it gets passed along to the right people.
  3. Sharing my values of communication, organization, advocacy, and service while collaborating with other members of CSA.