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Junior, BS Engineering Physics
"My name is Kaley Eaton, and I am a Junior in the Engineering Physics program with minors in Applied Mathematics and Computer & Electrical Engineering. Outside of my academics, I am a member of the Track & Field Team, O-Team, Tri-Sigma Sorority, a Resident Advisor, and a Student Employee. If selected to be your COAS Senator, I will give clubs in COAS a bigger platform to outreach and give the various departments and degrees the acknowledgment they deserve. I will use social media platforms, like Instagram, to communicate with the members of our college and will actively engage and advocate for all student needs and ideas. I will be a familiar face to all and actively involved in outreach to clubs, departments, and research labs so that I can be easily accessible to each student. Not many students understand the role of a college senator, and most likely don't even know who their current senators are. I want to change this perception of a senator, and you can help me do so!"
What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?
"I believe I am a qualified candidate for this position due to the time I have been at Embry Riddle being actively involved in my degree program, as well as other clubs and activities. I am a familiar face due to my involvement. I have already created many connections within each department in the College of Arts and Sciences that would aid in my communication with them.
I am always on campus because I am a Resident Advisor, so I can be easily accessible to any student if they have something they want to speak about. I have strong listening skills, as well as leadership skills that would allow me to listen to all students' thoughts and ideas and be able to advocate for them to the correct people. Overall, I want other students to understand that I am just like them. I can understand and be the connection that is needed to make a change in our college."
What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?
"The student senate is the "legislative body that represents each college, graduate students, international students, veteran students, and residence life." Each senator has a different "role," but they all serve the same purpose. The student senate's purpose is to listen to the student's concerns and ideas and use them to create different projects to enhance the student's life and everyday routine.
The senators are also actively meeting with different department heads to voice the students' concerns and needs. They are the bridge between the student body, and the department heads in each college. Senators represent their student body to the college administration and are asked to make decisions about important topics that directly impact students. Senators need to have skills such as communication, listening, and leadership, among others in order to serve the student body.
Overall, a senator is your advocate for your academic or extracurricular needs, concerns, and ideas that will aid in your success at Embry Riddle."
How do you plan to elevate and communicate issues that your constituents are concerned about to the Senate?
"In order to elevate and communicate issues between the students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the staff would to implement "Town Hall" meetings for our college at least once a month. These would serve as a way for students to actively engage with their senators and give feedback on their college experience, concerns, questions, ideas, and more. Another way to elevate communication is to bring life back to the Instagram dedicated to the College of Arts and Sciences. Important dates would be posted, and a consistent posting schedule would be implemented in order to keep students up to date on what is happening in the College of Arts and Sciences. I would post college-specific events and share dates specific to different clubs' activities and meeting dates, such as the Amateur Astronomy Club meetings and open houses. I would want to do "Student Takeovers" from students in each of the various departments in the College of Arts and Sciences so that everyone can see the diversity within our college."
How will you improve the ERAU experience for your constituents?
"Overall, in order to improve the Embry Riddle experience for the students in the College of Arts and Sciences, I would create monthly "Town Hall" structured meetings in order to allocate time to allow students to openly express their concerns, ideas, or needs in their college. I would make sure that my communication was effective and consistent so that students would know as much as I do in order to have transparency with projects and changes. I would keep students up to date on any events in our college, give them a platform to express their ideas and concerns, and know that I will do everything I can to advocate for their voices. I will engage and participate in different club meetings, undergrad research, and other activities so the students in the College of Arts and Sciences are consistently seeing me and being actively involved in our community. I will be your voice to help enact change and progress on campus to enhance your experience at Embry Riddle."