GW Student Association Election Candidates

President:

Bishop Walton is a former Student Association Senate secretary, running on a platform for  Accessibility, Health & Safety, and Inclusion. Walton is passionate about investing in the marginalized communities at GW, particularly Black and Latinx students, by creating more multicultural Living Learning Communities for them. He wants to expand the GW Safe Ride system and have the service take students around the city to accommodate graduate and commuter students who have to travel longer distances than undergraduates. If elected, he will work with the GW Police Department to implement safety training, like self-defense sessions during New Student Orientation. The rest of his platform can be found here: https://bwalton22.wixsite.com/bishopforsapresident

 

Christian Zidouemba is a former Student Association diversity and inclusion assembly member in the School of Business, looking to amplify the voices of all students. Christian wants to improve academic life by creating a mentorship program with the GW Alumni Association to match students with alumni in their professional fields of interest. He is also petitioning for an extra $30 dollars in printing credits each semester and an increase in the number of laundry credits to 50. One of his main goals is to advocate for the Muslim community by providing food for them during Ramadan, including a variety of Halal food. Read more about his platform here: https://zissachristian.wixsite.com/gwsa

 

Drew Amstutz is a Student Association cabinet member, who wants to instill a one-on-one adviser system in the financial aid office and make GW more financially accessible for students of different economic backgrounds. Drew wants to “reclaim our values” and make “bold changes” for the university’s 200th anniversary. One of his goals is to expand gender-inclusive housing and bathrooms for the LGBTQ+ community. He is pro-divestment and would work with officials to make sure future buildings are built to LEED-sustainable certification standards. Read about the rest of the platform here: https://drewamstutz.wixsite.com/drewamstutz

 

Georgie Britcher is the president of Students for Indigenous and Native American Rights and the SA’s former director for diversity and inclusion. The foundation for her platform is affordability, accountability, and accessibility. If elected, Georgie would create a position within the SA to act as a liaison between students and financial aid officials, to be known as the Vice President for Financial Advocacy. To facilitate a better student organization experience, she plans to create a Multicultural Student Org Council that will represent each multicultural student org and allow them to coordinate with the SA on diversity and inclusion events and issues. The rest of her platform can be found here: https://gbforgw.wixsite.com/georgieforpresident

 

George Glass is a two-time Student Association senator who wants to build a GW we can all be “proud and spirited about.” George would foster school spirit on campus by re-installing a spirit week to kick off the basketball season. He is also planning to increase the SA’s involvement in community service through week-long events centered around mental health awareness and worker appreciation. One of his goals is to keep the student body up to date on everything happening in the SA, which he intends to do by video blogging bi-weekly to improve student engagement. If elected, he will also amplify the voices of graduate students at GW by personally recruiting them for the SA. The rest of his platform can be found here: https://www.georgeforgw.com/

 

Howard Brookins III is the current Undergraduate Senator At-Large, pledging to address racial issues on campus, financial aid assistance, and food accessibility on campus. Howard is advocating to update the Student Code of Conduct, the Faculty Code, and the Employee Handbook to add disciplinary measures that can be taken to prevent racially insensitive events. He would like to establish a student-run food co-operative along F Street and expand sustainable meal choices for students on the Mount Vernon campus. The rest of his platform can be found here: https://howie2020.wixsite.com/vote/platform

 

Executive Vice President:

Andy Liaupsin is a member of Sunrise GW and the Progressive Student Union on campus, planning to address flaws within the university’s strategic plan and revamp the security systems. Andy will oppose the enrollment cut, in favor of a larger and more diverse student body. He wants the university to include sustainability as a pillar of their strategic plan, and to divest their holdings away from the fossil fuel industry. Andy would also like to see an increase in the wages and benefits of GW workers, especially those who commute to work from far away. 

 

Brandon Hill is a Student Association senator looking to increase the student experience on the Mount Vernon campus, and create a Director of Student Accessibility position within the SA to ensure the campus meets national standards. He would like to reinstate a program that allows Vern residents to have priority registration for classes hosted there. Brandon would like to allocate more office space to smaller student organizations, using the fourth floor of the Marvin Center, and add cubicle spaces in unoccupied conference rooms to accommodate more organizations. His full platform can be found here: https://brandonforgw.weebly.com/

 

Be sure to vote online on April 8th and 9th!