Information About Candidates, Allison McNamara and Christian Flores!

STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT APPLICATION

Name *

Christian Flores

Class *

2018

Email *

Flores.Christian@mail.ic.edu

Major/Minor

History/Political Science/Spanish

In A Brief Paragraph, Tell Us About Yourself And What Are Your Goals Once Elected:

I am Christian. I’m a History/Poli Sci/Spanish major. I am an extremely motivated and outspoken individual. In my spare time, I like to read, watch movies, go on long hikes, engage in political discours, and travel. As president of Student Senate, I will create more avenues for students to talk about the diversity issues on campus, create a platform for other student orgaizations to be able to bring up issues and concerns to Student Senate, and create a more positive and motivational environment for the full Student Senate.

What is your previous leadership experience?

I have been on Senate for three years. I have previously served as student body vice president and finance committee chair for Student Senate, as well as served on numerous student-faculty committees, such as the Provost Search Committee and the Convocation Committee. Added on to that, I served as President of IC Environmentalists and Sevice Project Chair and Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega.

In your opinion, what should the role of Student Senate be on campus?

To serve as a bridge between the students and the administration, to advocate for students, and to influence the direction of the college.

In your opinion, what is the biggest issue affecting the Illinois College campus?

A disconnect between the administration and the students. This translates from an inability to communicate their plans to improve the college effectively to students, to an incapacity to understand the racial dynamics that afflict minority groups on campus, to an overall lack of transparency.

Explain why you are interested in becoming involved in Student Senate?

I have been a Senator for three years. I would like to finish my College career continuing the fight to make Illinois College a more welcoming place for all students, adressing student concerns, and advocating for Student’s benefits.

What personal qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I am motivated, tenacious, and extremely optimistic. I bring that with me to everything I do.

Are you, or will you be, involved with any activities that would conflict with your Student Senate responsibilities if elected to your position? (This may include student teaching, participating in an internship or studying abroad, etc.) If so, please explain.

I have an internship with Rammelkamp Bradney and will be an active member of Alpha Phi Omega. However, neither of these will conflict with any Senate meetings.

 

Name

Allison McNamara

Class *

2018

Email *

mcnamara.allison@mail.ic.edu

Major/Minor

Political Science, International Studies, Spanish

 

In A Brief Paragraph, Tell Us About Yourself And What Are Your Goals Once Elected:

I am Allie McNamara and I will be a senior in the 2017-2018 school year.  I am a political science, international studies, and spanish major(s).  I have been a member of Student Senate since I was a first year.  I am also involved in residential life, Alpha Phi Omega, Latino Community Tutoring, and the Leadership Program.  Illinois College is my home and my goal is to help make everyone’s experience on campus as great as mine has been so far.  To be specific to Student Senate, I have many goals once elected. My primary goal is to truly bridge the gap between students and the administration.  Too often, decisions are made without current students getting involved in the decision making process.  I want to ensure that the Student Senate is effectively spreading messages between the two bodies while also increasing the administrations efforts to connect more directly to students.  This is so important to do with coming budget cuts and structure changes facing the college. Another goal of mine for the next year on senate is too create more connections with student organizations and listen more to their feedback of campus life. Connecting with different groups like BSU, Nuestra Casa, IC Feminists, and BASIC will help the senate to get an idea of what students from all corners of campus think about policies and other aspects of campus life.  If the Student Senate wants to know what students really think, we need to take a more active role in reaching out to actual students! Finally, another initiative that my running mate and I have tried to create initiatives for is making the IC campus more green and environmentally friendly.  We have been trying to get a project off the ground that will put as many recycling bins on campus as there are trashcans.  This is something that many other colleges do that IC has not been working hard enough to do.  Illinois College should work harder to stay green and commit to protecting the environment, even in these seemingly small ways.

What is your previous leadership experience?

I have been the executive treasurer for the Student Senate for the past two years in which I was a member of the executive board and leadership council.  I managed the Student Senate budget and I was also involved in the planning and coordination of many Student Senate events.  I was also the Class of 2018 chair for two years.  I have also been an RA for the past two years and I will be a Hall Director for Lincoln Hall for the 2017-2018 year at IC.

In your opinion, what should the role of Student Senate be on campus?

The Student Senate is a body that should always advocate for students.  It is the Senate’s job to make the college a place that meets the needs of their students and communicated these needs to the administration of the college. The Senate should be a liaison between the two entities, making sure effective communication between the administration and the student body is always happening.

In your opinion, what is the biggest issue affecting the Illinois College campus?

In my opinion, the biggest issue at IC has always been the administration not considering students enough in decisions that impact us.  There is a lot of change that will be coming to the IC campus due to the budget issues the college faces.  The college is taking too much money out of the endowment, and that will only cause the troubles to continue.  However, students are the most important asset to the college, and we often find ourselves being ignored.  Decisions like the new book policy, the e-sports team, and the cutting of departments and majors have been decisions that were made with very little student involvement.  The administration’s policy of “don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness” from the students has gone on for my entire 4 years on IC’s campus.  The Student Senate and IC administration can work together to end this problem.  Solutions include forums, surveys, focus groups, student think tanks, and other communication increasing initiatives to ensure that communication is actually going on between the two entities. Students should be able to take a more active role in the decisions made on campus.  The reality is, the college will rely on us for financial support later.  Alienating our opinions now will not help IC become its best version.  Hopefully, through becoming the Vice-President of Student Senate, I can help fix this problem.

Explain why you are interested in becoming involved in Student Senate?

I have been involved with the Student Senate since I was a first-year.  It has been an organization that has shaped my college experience, as well as an organization that I have grown and been able to shape throughout my 3 years.  It has been a way to get to know more students and what students want and expect out of the college.  It has been a vehicle to empower students to speak about their struggles and work to change college policy to lessen these struggles.  I have been committed to this organization for my entire college career (aside from my semester abroad) and I want to leave it better than it was when I started.

What personal qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I am devoted, friendly, and honest.  These three qualities are really important, especially for the role of Vice President that I seek to fill.  Devotion is important because I will be persistent on issues important to students and will see them through to the end.  A problem with the Student Senate has been a lack of follow through, and I am seeking to end that trend next year.  Filling the role of Vice President will enable me to manage projects and oversee more senators as compared to my previous office of treasurer.  Friendliness is quiet important to the role of Vice President and as a student senator in general.  Friendliness has lead me to connect with more students, more faculty, and even helped me to foster relationships with administration members.  This will aid in getting things accomplished because good relationships and respectful communication are so important to accomplishing goals and negotiating campus changes.  However, my friendliness does not impede my ability to take a tough stance on important issues, like lack of transparency in the school administration.  Finally, I am also a very honest person.  I like to be practical and realistic with the situations that Student Senate often faces.  This enables me to be productive and to suggest realistic measures to fix problems facing Illinois College.  Being honest cuts down on the amount of resolutions that do not effectively address IC’s problems.  Honesty also fosters more trust between the Senate and the students we are there to represent.  It is important to be honest with the students when talking about issues that impact their lives on campus.

Are you, or will you be, involved with any activities that would conflict with your Student Senate responsibilities if elected to your position? (This may include student teaching, participating in an internship or studying abroad, etc.) If so, please explain.

Nope!

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