SGA Election 2017-2018 Winners
"Communication, Accountability, Community"
Through my time serving as a senator for student government, I have grown to love many things about this school: the low cost- high quality education, the incredibly low student-to-faculty ratio, the variety of degree programs available, and the diversity of the student body, to name just a few. Throughout the past year, I have been active in promoting the health, safety, and happiness of the student body on campus through co-chairing a campaign against interpersonal violence, working to promote student activism, as well as fighting for the rights of undocumented students. I have attended various committees and served in campus event funding, as well as filled the role of treasurer for the Student Organization Council (SOC). In addition, I also was on the forefront of the push to reinstitute the SGA radio show, “The Rewind”, in alignment with my platform.
If I were elected president, I would maintain a strong commitment to each of these efforts, and would fight my hardest to increase the communication, accountability, and community across campus, from the general student body to MSU staff to the higher administration. I would institute new avenues of contact for SGA and the student body, making use of every social and traditional media outlet available, as well as creating “town hall” type meetings to be held at set intervals in order to gauge the needs and concerns of the student body. I plan to build MSU Denver’s visibility and credibility as one of the forerunners of higher education in Colorado. In addition, I would add a check to the presidential veto power, which is currently unable to be overridden. Finally, I fully intend to contend in the state legislature for any legislation that affects our student body.
I am a currently a Junior studying Physical Geography here at MSU Denver. In the coming 17-18 year I hope to finish off my run at MSU strong by continuing to advocate for ALL of our student body as well as increasing student involvement and unity. I also have an interest in furthering our campus's sustainability efforts to make us a greener, less-emissions emitting institution. I have a love for this campus & a drive to make it the best!
"Auraria Campus Ready for 100%"
I believe I will make an excellent SACAB Representative because I am a hardworking, genuine, open-minded individual. When I’m not at school or work I enjoy traveling, reading, snowboarding, playing soccer and volunteering. As a Denver native, I understand the strengths of Auraria campus and where there’s room for improvement. I am in my fourth year at MSU Denver studying Environmental Science and I believe Auraria Campus can be a leader in Denver’s transition to sustainability by making a pledge to transition to 100% clean energy by an agreed date. I believe that students are the greatest directors of a successful campus life, and as a SACAB Representative I will engage with students from all walks of life to discuss initiatives they see fit to better our campus. I will make my office hours widely known and make sure that everyone feels comfortable coming to me with issues they see important.
Maria (Bela) Puigvert
"Giving a Stronger Voice to International Students"
Hola! My name is Bela Puigvert, I’m from Spain, Barcelona and I study international relations and communication studies here at MSU Denver. As an international student myself, I know the struggles of coming to a foreign country not knowing what to expect and having very little guidance. Because of this, I am aiming to improve the support international students receive during their years at MSU Denver. I wish to enhance the spirit of community and sense of belonging for all, by being a voice for those at the Auraria Campus. This will be accomplished by creating a stronger bond between SACAB and the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC).
"Ensuring Every Student Voice is Heard"
Being a three year long employee of the Student Activities Office and an active member of Tri Sigma sorority, I am very connected to the MSU Denver students. I believe my position in the office will be especially helpful in allowing me the opportunity to get and understand student's perspectives. It is often hard to get information out to students due to our commuter campus. If I were to be elected as Student Trustee, I think my current positions would allow me to easily share important events, like elections, with students.
"Diversity Verses the State"
With the past election and rapid changes occurring in the country, indigenous people and immigrants fear for their future in the country. Constant reminders, get-togethers, and support groups can help future and present roadrunners stay calm and concentrate on their studies and knowing that the school supports them and protects their rights is very important.
Metropolitan State University is a school for all and it is very important to keep in touch with our non traditional students and older students. Everyone deserves a good college experience! The discrimination of students based on their religion, race, sexual orientation and age will forever be frowned upon and with reported cases I vow to see that each case reported to the SGA be treated carefully and immediately.
Overall, working hand in hand with the students and faculty to ensure that every student is getting their money's worth is a top priority and voting for me as senator means having someone who has the best interests of the students at heart.
I am in love with photography and graphic design, so in other words I strive to live a visual life. My dream is to graduate from and MSU Denver with an Individualized Degree in Social Documentary and then move to Toronto, Canada so that I can work for Vice Media. I am passionate about being the voice for the voiceless and being able to show people the truth through education. My hobbies include skiing, photography, making art, and being outdoors. On campus, I am currently involved in the sorority Tri Sigma, where I hold the position of Chapter Secretary. Not only have I gained some amazing sisters by joining Tri Sigma, but I have also gained a wide set of leadership skills. I have also worked in various offices on campus including the President’s Office and the Diversity & Inclusion Office. During my time in these offices, I have learned about MSU Denver’s student resources, opportunities, and most importantly have come to love our unique institution. My philosophy is that no matter what, there is always room for improvement. I am the type of person that is always coming up with ideas and creative solutions. In regard to the University, I believe I can provide a fresh and unique point of view while I serve as a Senator in SGA.
Platform: "There will be dogs"
Do you ever walk around campus and think, "man I would really love to pet a dog right now?!" Well voting for me could entail bringing some therapy dogs to the student union on special occasions like...finals week! Petting dogs reduces anxiety and bring infinite smiles. Among this initiative I would love to make Metro feel even more welcoming and supportive for all it's students. This would include a more accessible way for your opinion to be heard. I would love to create a new polling system so that students can easily voice their thoughts and feelings on a variety of issues.
To create and foster an educational environment that allow students and faculty to explore the bastions of knowledge, and freely express themselves in a safe and nurturing environments. Open a direct and stable line of communication between faculty and students to enable a broader exchange of ideas as well as a modem for students to enact social change, not only on campus, but also in the larger world. Finally, there should be a much larger awareness and social campaign on the issue of environmental sustainability. As a senator, I would hope and work with students, faculty, and any other entity or organization to increase environmental awareness but also to lobby for larger changes both in Denver and statewide.
My platform will consists of improving campus safety, assuring that MSU Denver practices what it preaches when it comes to diversity, inclusion among departments, students that feel marginalized, and making sure students have a voice at the local level when it comes to higher education. Also, I will concentrate on bringing creative events to campus that enhance the student experience. Also collaboration among all three schools will be an integral part of my campaign.
Platform: "Roadrunner to Globerunner!"
Establish MSU as the premier public learning institution of Colorado. Highlight student success in my creative ways to showcase the quality and diversity of the university. Remind the students and the faculty and the world at large MSU has arrived. We are no longer a college we have graduated to a University.
As a member of the GLBTQ, homeless, and senior communities I feel like I can share experiences and ideas that will be unique in this college experience. I can offer unique and fresh insights for the university and the surrounding community that can help shape the future for both moving forward in the strange times that lie ahead.
I have noticed that many students do not have the opportunity for outdoor activities because they can't afford a vehicle. I would love to see more options and trips provided by MSU Denver for outdoor opportunities. This would include ski trips, hiking trips, outdoor education, etc. Denver students deserve a chance to experience the vastness of the Rocky Mountains and escape the hustle and bustle. Many other universities in Colorado provide this type of recreation.
Shall the Student Body of MSU Denver agree to increase the current funding provided to the Phoenix Center at Auraria by $1 per student per semester (total $3 per student per semester) in order to continue to provide free & confidential services to MSU students affected by relationship violence, stalking, or sexual violence? The proposed increase will help support 24/7 helpline services, student educator and advocate staff, costs associated with prevention events and education, and operating expenses to ensure uninterrupted service to the MSU Denver community
Shall the student body of the Metropolitan State University of Denver agree to and adopt this new Constitution?
Thank you all for a great campaign cycle. The SGA election commission wishes all of you a successful year in office.
Pedro Meyer – Elections Manager
Hilal Bahcetepe – Elections Commissioner