Class of 2021, I am more than excited to welcome you to Elon University. While I am certainly not nearly the first to do so, I wish to add to the chorus of voices that are glad you are on campus and hoping you will have the most amazing time over the next four years here as part of our community.

I also wish to extend a hand as a member of Elon’s SGA. We, the voices of the students, colleges and organizations on campus, are an open resource for you in our offices, located in Moseley 213. Furthermore, you can find us in our weekly meetings in Moseley 215 on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. sharp. All of our meetings are open to students and have time devoted in each to hearing your voices on various issues.

Specifically, one of the best times to speak with SGA is during our monthly town halls held on the first Thursday of every month, same time and location. At these town halls, we focus on one issue particular to campus in a free and open conversation that centers on student-to-student dialogue. Some previous topics include fraternity and sorority life, sexual and gender-based harassment and speech on campus among others. Some planned topics for this year include mental health and a conversation on diversity.

At our other meetings, we focus on legislation, special allocations to organizations for various activities, event planning and internal committee deliberations. Guiding us this year throughout these activities and discussions are three principles: inclusivity, school spirit and civic engagement. Using these principles, we hope to increase each on campus and would be glad to have you join us.

Should any of the aforementioned topics interest you, or should you simply have a curiosity to join SGA, please consider running for one of the various first-year offices, ranging from class president to one of the three class senators. You may find out more information about how to run and how to become a candidate by visiting Phoenix Connect and finding the election form, which will be available starting Monday, August 28 at 5 p.m. In the form, you will find more information about a candidate’s meeting as well as election guidelines.

The elections will be held online beginning Monday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our Elections Committee co-chairs, Arielle Watkins (awatkins10@elon.edu) and Katherine Clark (kclark29@elon.edu). Once again, you may also find myself or any of the other executive officers in our SGA office in Moseley 213 if you have any other questions or simply wish to chat.

As stated, SGA is your resource. We work for you and hope we will be able to serve you over the course of your college career. Welcome once again, and we hope to see you one Thursday night. Long live Elon!


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