Let’s Progress Together
My name is Danielle Holmes and I am currently running for President at MSU Denver. “Let’s Progress Together”, is my campaign slogan and I am hoping to create inclusive spaces that encourage diversity and discussions.
I have had the pleasure of serving as State Student Advisory Council Member representing Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus. During my tenure, I initiated a Unity Fair that was an all-day event that was covered by the local paper and put on the front page. The event started with a permanent art installation that was unity themed and located in the hallway of Front Range Community College by the community room. There was a panel discussion that includes the Vice President of Front Range Community College, Executive Director of the local community center, and several prominent Deans. The school clubs presented tri-folds that encompassed the room and the event ended with the Youth Center coming for crafts and dancing.
I wish to continue my work at Metropolitan State University. As an active member of both the Urban Leadership Program and the Epic Scholars Program, I will use the access that these programs give me to promote my agenda. I would like to advocate for us to have collective spaces where all feel welcomed and supported. With this position, I hope to engage the student population in honoring our differences through community celebrations.
My name is Jermaine Terence Dobson. I would like to begin by giving you a little insight about myself. I am currently a Junior/Senior at Metro State University, studying Construction Project Management, with a minor in Speech Communications. I recently made 30 years of age on January 25th, 2019. I am married to my beautiful wife Joi, whom I met after graduating high school. I graduated from the Community college of Denver in 2013 with an Associate of Arts with a demonstration in business. I now hold a position as the Student Org Coordinator at the MSU Denver Office of Student Activities.
Apart of my job at OSA is to register some of the school’s best and brightest students and help them establish their own student organizations. By doing so, I can connect with some of the most charismatic students, with ambition and vision, who have taken exceptional interest in a cause that is greater than themselves. As the President of Met Media Student Success Group, I am highly dedicated to helping students accomplish their organizational goals.
By becoming the President of Student Government at MSU Denver, I will serve as a voice for the underrepresented student population on campus. I believe that by doing so we can bridge the gap between students and senior leadership personnel, creating more transparency regarding the departmental, instructional, and institutional decisions being made, and how they affect the student body. Being an undergrad myself, I understand the importance of being heard, and addressing the important issues concerning not only educational opportunities, but social issues that effect our everyday lives.
Being in college is more than a precursor to a successful career. College is an immersive learning experience, that exposes students from different backgrounds to cultural diversity, and the various schools of thought which help develop character and broaden our outlook on life. I plan on taking this experience a step further, by implementing programs, and creative spaces on campus that students can use to connect with one another on a personal and professional level. As a result, students will be able to foster relationships with their peers, that can potentially make them more successful, inside and outside the classroom.
As President, I will take a stand for any student with the desire to learn. I will champion passionate student’s, who are determined to succeed in life, and want to see others succeed as well. I believe I am a good candidate, due to the initiative I have taken to become an advocate for the student body, working to position myself, and encourage others, to become leaders and strive for excellence each day. There is nothing I can do without the support of my peers, and at the core of everything I do is the hope that others will benefit from the things I seek to accomplish. Vote Jermaine for President!
Universal Grading System
The largest problem through many perspectives is the inconsistency in grading systems across all the departments. Currently grading is based on teacher preferences, the two main styles are the +/- system (A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.) and standard grading (A, B, C, etc.). Because there is no universal system across all departments this negatively affects students. A student in a class that uses the +/- system gets an A-, if that same student where to take the same class and perform the same and the only difference in the class is that it is graded off a standard grading system, that student would earn an A. The different grading systems are hurting students GPAs even if they perform the same and get the same total points. This is unfair. Students should never be at the mercy of the teacher. It is unfair for someone to earn a lower grade than his/her counterpart because of a differences in grading systems.. I, Braedan Weart, will fight for universal grading systems so everyone gets the score they deserve across the board.
How can MSU Denver have an impact on your life during your stay here and after graduation?
I believe is it very important for students to have the right tools to be the best versions of themselves. Career fairs, loan repayment resources, campus accommodations, etc. are all the essentials I feel students should have access to. It is important for students to take classes and earn credits for their degrees but MSU Denver can do more and help better equip students after they leave. I propose a more efficient career service center, financial aid education, possible accommodation assistance, bigger food bank programs, more support for our student organizations.
Equity for all three institutions.
Inform students of opportunities of campus changes through SACAB.
Student Spirit, and Awareness
One of the first projects I will be working on is continue to find way to help student in events and activities available for students that will support student life and education. This will potentially help the students feel a sense of connectiveness, and importance, and could flourish in student spirit. This is extremely important for a student’s well-being, and overall health of the campus.
Better representation of Students
Professors need to keep emotions at the door, allow students better environment to learn. The policies put in place are heavily hedged against students. Professors are doing whatever they want as far as enforcement of being late to class ad excused absences. When someone has an excused absence and the professor makes the student suffer and the Dean of the school does nothing and superintendent chair does nothing… there is no proper control, and students suffer. There is no accountability for professors and MSU faculty, but they choose to hold student extremely accountable. Every single one of my professors have been late. I want to push for every professor to put their lectures online and record them and actually practice what they preach. Walk the walk, before you talk the talk.
I’m running because as an MSU Denver student I want to have a positive impact on my current and future student experience attending the university. By representation, I mean, I would like the opportunity to listen and encourage the concerns of my fellow students. I would like the opportunity to ensure that the voices of the students are heard and addressed when the university is making decisions.”
By community, I mean, that our campus community is diverse. From vets and service members, immigrants, to students that represent many different ethnicities and social backgrounds, and LGBTQ students. We will continue to engage and support our diverse student body because with that support all students can succeed at MSU Denver.
I want to work on bringing diversity and unite the students and it's government. I want to make sure all are aware of their voice and it's importance. I've been going to MSU Denver for 3 years and I felt the lack of connection and I want to work on making sure others don't feel the same.
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