Student Body President and Vice President candidates: Jeffrey Ko and Carrie Haney

Jeffrey Ko, one of the candidates on the slate for Student Body President, along with his running mate Carrie Haney, is running with the slogan “Proven Leadership. Compassionate. Determined.” Ko, a junior studying International Relations and Politics and Hispanic Studies, with a minor in Cybersecurity, lists as his credentials his two consecutive years in the Student Senate, from first being elected in the Fall of 2017 to serving as the Chair of the Senate’s Committee on Advocacy the following year.

Haney, who is running alongside Ko for the Student Body Vice President position, is a junior double majoring in International Relations & Politics and Statistics & Data Science, with a minor in Chinese Studies. She is the former New Member Educator for the Carnegie Mellon branch of Alpha Phi, and is on the executive board for the political debate club the Roosevelt Institute. Haney has also served two years on the Student Senate, and has worked on the Communication Committee. Her goal is to “make the office of the student body president accessible and transparent to the student body,” and building a productive relationship between the Senate and the Student body.

Ko’s platform was inspired by conversations he has had with members of the campus community, as well as his time on the Committee on Advocacy, where he pushed to for increased diversity on campus, improved awareness of sexual assault, and “challenged the proposed changes to the Title IX guidelines proposed by the Department of Education.” Additionally, he wrote and passed an initiative requiring candidates for tenure-track positions to declare their “commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive space in academia.” Ko’s policy positions include increased student wages, collaborative art spaces “similar in
function to The Fence,” and increased transparency and communication between the Senate and student body.

For his policies, he sees his role as laying the vital groundwork for the future and building a lasting effort that can be sustained throughout multiple administrations. As an extension of his work on diversity and inclusion at the university, Ko plans to “set aside funding so that Student Ambassadors visit historically underserved regions and groups of people to attract the talent and minds for a more representative community.” He plans to further promote diversity by enacting a “mandatory written submission for tenure-track candidates that highlights their understanding of the barriers that underserved groups experience and their dedication in addressing these barriers in all capacities.”

As for voters, Ko encourages everyone to check out the policy positions available, and to “actively engage throughout this deliberation policy and really understand what the policies are of each candidate.” “If I were a voter, I would posit that everyone really takes the tie to see what these policies are that everyone is putting forth, and really hold people accountable.”