College of Engineering Senator Candidate

Xavier Gorman

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Xavier Gorman

Sophomore, BS Aerospace Engineering

"Hi! My name is Xavier Gorman, and I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. On campus, I am involved in Greek Life as a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha. As well, I am currently looking to join a research position at MicaPlex. Outside of school, I work at LA Fitness, enjoy going to the gym, and hanging out with friends. My goal as your COE Senator is to expand the quality and quantity of events, such as forums and company visits, to promote student success in the classroom and following graduation. It's really cool to come on campus and see a Gulfstream Jet on display for the COA. Implementing similar events in our college with companies such as Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, and Boeing, to name a few, will be one of my top priorities. I am also looking forward to leaning on office hours and visits with RSOs to listen to suggestions from students to improve their academic experience as best I can."

  • What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?

    "I am a qualified candidate for this position for two primary reasons. The first is my strong communication skills, and the second is my dedication to excel as a senator. Being a senator involves understanding the concerns of the COE student body and correctly deciding how to best find solutions for those concerns. Working as a liaison between the students, the Dean, and SGA requires strong interpersonal skills, which I possess. Increasing the number of posts on the COE senator's Instagram account will also be very important for ensuring positive communication. Dedication for me is very important and a crucial reason why I'd like to run. Last year, I ran for this same position and lost by one vote. The very fact that I am running again should show how much I want to contribute to the College of Engineering here at ERAU. My plans for making forums larger and more beneficial for students, increasing dialogue between RSOs in the college and SGA, and working more with employers require high ambition to execute all of these properly."

  • What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?

    "The Student Senate exists to directly improve a student's experience while at Embry-Riddle. The position of COE senator specifically exists to improve an engineering student's academic experience. The senator's role also involves implementing events and projects throughout the academic year to enhance students' abilities to do well inside and outside the classroom. Many times, students may have an issue or concern and not understand how or where to address them. Open office hours for senators provide the perfect opportunity for students in this position to seek help. During the senate meetings, the senators will also discuss important issues within the University, and successfully relay the voices of students who have productive ideas to share or problems to discuss. Finally, the ability of the senators to establish liaison positions and committees allows them to involve more dedicated students in the completing projects and planning events. I hope that I am elected as that will show the student body's faith in me completing these duties."

  • How do you plan to elevate and communicate issues that your constituents are concerned about to the Senate?

    "Senate meetings are governed by Robert's Rules of Order. Robert's Rules are very familiar to me as I am a member of multiple organizations that run their meetings according to these guidelines. Part of the structure for meetings under Robert's Rules includes a section called "Open Forum." An open forum gives an opportunity for all members of the meeting to make comments and instigate dialogue on various topics. Students that have concerns they feel need to be addressed with SGA will be able to discuss them with myself if elected, and the other COE senators during open office hours. After ensuring we understand the issue, I will be able to discuss possible solutions with the senate during an open forum. If the problem may not be something that can be directly resolved by the Senate, understanding who and where to go will be the next priority for myself to better assist the student in question."

  • How will you improve the ERAU experience for your constituents?

    "My biggest goal is improving the quality of the COE Forum Days. Forum days are an opportunity to establish connections between companies and students without the pressure of internships, jobs, resumes, and interviews. Through these events, students will be able to talk with employers about different projects they are working on, how to stay well-rounded as a student, and answer any questions students may have. From what I have seen, the quality of these events has been lacking compared to other forum days on campus.

    My vision for a successful forum day includes giveaways of merchandise such as shirts, hats, bags, and pens from companies, providing lunch to promote increased attendance, and interactive activities to incite student participation. On top of the goal outlined above, I also would like to increase the day-to-day interaction between the student body and events hosted by the Senate. In order to do this, my goal is to increase tabling in both the union and COE for both fun and professional purposes, increase the use of the Instagram to ensure communication of smaller events and push ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and get involved with SGA.

    At the end of the day, my main priority will be to improve the student's experience, and I won't be able to do that without reaching out to the proper channels and utilizing communication and collaboration with the SGA and anyone who would like to be involved."