Your voice, your vote: Meet the 2021-2022 SGA candidates

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By: Kate Luce


The Student Government Association is revving up for their 2021 election, which officially begins April 13 and lasts until April 14. While many familiar faces in the SGA will be in the election, some new faces are coming to play a role in the SGA.

Students should check the Daily Titan, their emails or the SGA’s social media for the link to the ballot.

Zach Groulx is running for the 2021-2022 President position.

“I wanted to run for Presidency to make a change! Whether or not I win, I promise you I will be coming up with an amazing back to school event this fall. I am gonna to be extremely aggressive this summer setting up shop at IUSB. I knew going into this election that I would be the underdog, and I love that. This was my last year that I was able to run for anything like this, so why not?” Groulx said.

Rana Hamad is running for the 2021-2022 President position. Hamad is currently the vice president of the SGA.

“Being the President of the SGA to me is the type of honor that I have dreamed of having since I was a little girl. We rarely get to see women in power, let alone one of color, so as President I aspire to be a role model to let girls everywhere know we have a seat at the table. The past few years, we have had amazing presidents, so I hope to make my mark on the position. I worked my way up in the SGA from Senator to Vice President to hopefully the Presidency. If elected into this position, I plan to continue to be an advocate for students in all sectors from campus health, both physically and mentally, to diversity and inclusion initiatives. As a member in the SGA, we serve the students as their voice, and I am confident I can be that for everyone at IUSB,” Hamad said.

Kayla Isenbletter is for the 2021-2022 Vice President position. Isenbletter is currently the president of the SGA. 

“I have been involved in SGA for three years. In this time, I have been a senator, a parliamentarian, and the president. In all of these roles, I have grown and learned so much about this organization, IUSB, and its students. I have shown consistent dedication to campus safety, inclusion and equity, and a passion for what the student government does for students. I am running for Vice President because I want to continue to advocate for and work with students in this exciting time. I plan to guide our committees to provide more student engagement, better safety measures, diversity and inclusion initiatives and philanthropy events on campus. I believe my experience and love for this campus will be an asset to this position and to the campus in general,” Isenbletter said. 

Brent Newcomb is also running for the 2021-2022 Vice President position. Newcomb is currently a senator in the SGA. 

“Running for Vice-President would give me the opportunity to expand my outreach of services I can offer. For the last two years, I have been a senator in the SGA and enjoyed every second of it. Now I want the chance to really make a difference on campus by supporting the entire SGA and every IUSB student,” Newcomb said.

Christian Martinez is running for the 2021-2022 Treasurer position. Martinez is the current treasurer of the SGA. He runs unmatched.

“I decided to run for Treasurer again this academic year because there are a lot of recent institutional changes that I believe I can assist with, such as improving the budgetary process for the Student Government and implementing the process for utilizing our long term planning fund and the recent surplus of Student Activity Fee revenue to support student life on campus,” Martinez said.

Sara McMahon is running for the 2021-2022 Secretary position. McMahon is a senator in the SGA. She runs unmatched.

“I decided to run for the position of secretary because I wanted to help the SGA maintain a strong and knowledgeable executive board. I have been a member for 2 years now, and have chaired the philanthropy committee for both those years. I have knowledge of how to put events together, bring people together, and help people figure out their personal path to success. I believe these are all effective qualities for a leader to have, which is why I aimed to join the executive board this year. I know our senators this coming year will be motivated, self-driven students with a desire to help our campus recover from the COVID pandemic. I follow the philosophy of being a guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage – I want to help our incoming senators bloom with their ideas and make our campus an engaging place,” McMahon said.

The following are students running for senators at large, which means they represent whole membership rather than a specified area: Benson Jengela, Marissa Million, Amanda Parkinson, Diana Delgado, Tahyia Alvi, Maddie West and Taylor Worthington.

The following are students running for the senator position in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Naseem Alfadhl and Boris Toure.

The following student is running for the senator position with the Judd Leighton School of Business: Brayden Serna.

Update: In our previous article, we did not have Zach Groulx as a candidate for 2021-2022 president. This mistake was not intentional, and it has been corrected to reflect the SGA’s current line-up of candidates. The Preface does not endorse any candidate for the upcoming election.

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