College of Engineering Senator Candidate

Dylan Sowma

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Dylan Sowma

Junior, BS Aerospace Engineering

"My name is Dylan Sowma, and I am from Miami, FL, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I'm extremely excited to announce my candidacy for the position of Senator in the SGA. I have experience from being the past COE Senator, and I helped establish tutoring for classes. If elected, I plan to work closely with the student body and administration to ensure that the needs and concerns of engineering students are discussed with people of the proper authority to take action. This includes advocating to keep upper-level tutoring going while adding more classes and tutors to make it more efficient. As a Senator, I will also strive to seek out different ideas and hear all voices in our college. Also, I am committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all students. I am confident that, with your support, I can be an effective representative for our college and within the SGA. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I look forward to serving you as your Senator."

  • What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?

    "Being the previous senator of the College of Engineering, I've already had the experience of serving a term allowing me to reflect and do even more than last semester. I already know the ropes and what is needed to be done. I am also the Pi Kappa Alpha Executive Vice President giving me other tools to add to my skill set for this position. Such as communication with other organizations, setting up events, knowledge of Robert's rules, and working with committees. As EVP, I'm part of an executive council that is similar to the SGA Senate in terms of just our organization instead of the whole student body. We see what the members want and how we can make it happen to the best of our abilities. Serving my second term, I can see where I went wrong or didn't do enough to then implement it for this upcoming term."

  • What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?

    "The purpose of a Student Government Association Senate is to represent the interests and concerns of the student body to the university administration, faculty, and staff. The Senate serves as a forum for students to voice their opinions on campus policies, procedures, and issues that affect the student community. The Senate is responsible for reviewing and approving the budget for student organizations and allocating funds to support student-led initiatives and events.

    Additionally, the Senate may work on projects and initiatives that enhance student life on campus, such as advocating for better campus facilities, improving campus safety, and promoting diversity and inclusion. Overall, the SGA Senate plays a crucial role in ensuring that the student body's voice is heard and that their needs are addressed, helping to make the university a better place for all students. This is why the senate was up in place in all universities to keep improving student life and how the university is run for RSOs."

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

    "Stay in touch with constituents: Senators should regularly meet with their constituents to understand their concerns and issues affecting them. This can be done through town hall meetings, public forums, and social media platforms.

    Conduct research and gather data: Senators should conduct research and gather data on issues affecting their constituents. This can involve working with academic institutions, think tanks, and advocacy groups to gather and analyze data.

    Collaborate with colleagues: Senators should work with their colleagues to identify issues affecting their constituents and develop solutions to address them. This can involve forming coalitions, working groups, or committees to address specific issues.

    Use the media: Senators can use the media to communicate issues affecting their constituents to a wider audience. This can involve giving interviews to local and national media outlets or writing op-eds for newspapers and online publications. Engage in legislative action: Senators can introduce bills and resolutions that address issues affecting their constituents. This can involve working with other senators to develop legislation that addresses specific issues.

    In summary, senators can elevate and communicate issues of concern to the Senate by staying in touch with their constituents, conducting research, collaborating with colleagues, using the media, and engaging in legislative action."

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

    "One way to improve the ERAU experience is to work on improving campus facilities and services. This can involve advocating for better maintenance of campus buildings and facilities, expanding study spaces, and improving the availability of resources like textbooks and academic materials. Another way is to work on enhancing campus safety measures, such as increasing lighting in poorly-lit areas, implementing safety apps, or providing safety escorts.

    The SGA Senate can also work on promoting student involvement and engagement on campus. This can be done by working on projects encouraging student participation in extracurricular activities and working with clubs and organizations to increase their visibility and promote their activities. The Senate can also work on organizing events and activities that bring the student body together, such as cultural festivals, sports tournaments, and charity drives.

    Additionally, the SGA Senate can work on advocating for policies and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion on campus. This can involve promoting awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion, advocating for policies that address these issues, and working with campus organizations to foster a more inclusive community. Overall, the SGA Senate can improve the ERAU experience for students by advocating for policies and initiatives that address their needs and concerns, promoting engagement and involvement on campus, and creating a more inclusive and welcoming campus community."