UC Blue Ash College

Student Government Elections

With the fall semester right around the corner, now is the time to select the new members of the UC Blue Ash College Student Government. Review the student biographies below, and then vote for your representatives.

President

Da’jha Douglas

Major:  Pre-Health

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I have already been a part of the student government team. I enjoy getting to help other students feel more comfortable being away. I also want to take part in helping UCBA become a better college.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of President?

I would love to become Student Government president simply because I want to be the person who helps make the difference. This means I want to hear more about the student experience at college! I want to know what parts of college are annoying or frustrating. I would love to become the voice of these students that are afraid or uncomfortable with speaking up.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

The ideas I have for making UCBA better college is first making it comfortable for our new students and current students. First impression are everything making sure that every student that walks in our college feels welcomed. I want the students to know we care about their needs. I will make sure they have honest information about anything they may need.


Kiesha Pettway

Major:  Education Administration

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I want to be involved in Student Government because I enjoyed being a high school Student Government leader and a University of Cincinnati Government Hall leader! I also want to be involved in Student Government because as a national and international scholar and honor student, I have made a promise to uphold the ideals and further the aims of Alpha Sigma Lambda and Golden Key International Honour Society believing that by so doing I shall increase my value to my college and to my community.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of President?

I specifically want to run for Student Government President not only because I have made a promise as a scholar and honor student to increase my value to my college and community, but because I’m confident in taking on leadership roles. As an early childhood administrator, educator, community service volunteer, college mentor, and former student government leader, I have a specific level of experience with handling a variety of situations and bringing more students into leadership positions to maximize their professional leadership and development skills!

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

As a national and international scholar, I bring a great wealth of knowledge and ideas with me to the table. However, as a good leader, I’m open to new ideas that everyone brings to the table. Therefore, I’m open to hearing the thoughts and ideas of the students first so that we can work collaboratively to bring true innovations, equal rights, women empowerment, diversity, inclusion, harmony, love, peace and positive change to the UC Blue Ash college and community!


Vice President

Darian Woods

Major:  Pre-Engineering/ Biomedical Engineering

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I believe that Student Government has the ability to impact the campus positively in many ways. It has the ability to inspire change, promote excellence, and develop an unmatched culture that sets UCBA apart. Over the last two years of me being at UCBA, I can see how it has grown and changed in a positive way and that is due to the leaders in Student Government and I ultimately want to be a part of that.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Vice President?

A Vice President is a team player. It is a person that helps and provides a backbone and support for the President and everyone associated with the party. And as for me, I am just that, a team player. As Vice President, I will help lead, help guide, and help push UCBA into an even brighter direction, in hopes that every student feels heard, welcomed, and wanted while walking through the halls of UCBA.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

People always want to feel welcomed and wanted, especially students. As Vice President of Student Government, I will promote inclusion and equality for all students at UCBA. I want to establish a culture in which every student walking through the halls of Muntz or Walters feels heard, welcomed, and necessary. If we accomplish this task it will grant every student a better chance of succeeding and accomplishing their wildest dreams through UCBA. As far as events go, I dream of UCBA having open campus gatherings and events like bowling at Crossgate Lanes, dances and balls, and talent shows that showcase the talent on Campus. Also, more collaborative events like the cookout this past fall with the infinity groups on campus like Men of Color and Sister Circle. I believe things skyrocket in unison, therefore, whatever endeavor we set foot upon or process we plan to begin; I believe that through synergy anything is possible.


Secretary

Abigail Joseph

Major:  Medical Imaging

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

Being in student government is something I’ve enjoyed since high school. I know I could provide helpful skills to our campus and make improvements that the students would like the see.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Secretary?

Being a secretary in student government in high school, I always organized plans at an orderly manner. I enjoy writing out plans and cooperating with a team.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

For Blue Ash students, I’d like to incorporate activities to do between classes in down time. Something to look forward to for the day. If provided maybe set up a booth for snacks. Also, many students would like more quiet areas to study. That’s something we could make possible.


Treasurer

Dylan Guthrie

Major:  Business/Vet Tech

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I want to be involved in Student Government because I want to be engaged on the campus and help make a difference in the lives of the students at UC Blue Ash College. I’ll introduce new and exciting ways.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Treasurer?

I want to be Treasurer because I love budgets and working with money, I love being able to create a diverse plan for how the budget will be spent and how we will use every single cent to get the most out of it. For example, I invest in the stock market, I buy and sell stocks basically 24’7, I watch how the stock is going and create a plan on where I will enter at and where I will exit at. I also keep a accurate log of all of my purchases and selling in the stock market and in everyday life which I can use in this position by being able to track everything we do. I’m very detailed oriented when it comes to money which is why I believe I would be the best person for Treasurer. 

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

My ideas to improve UC Blue Ash College is to create a safe atmosphere and beneficial space for all students. I will try to introduce the idea of traffic lights on the streets by the entrances for effective traffic control for students coming or going. We should hold public forms to survey questions and ideas from the students at school, so we get ideas directly from the students themselves. Another thing, we could do is providing students with a peer counselor could do wonders for mental health at our school because it’s sometimes hard to talk to adults but someone you see as your peer may make you more comfortable to talk things out with. We also should bring more activities for students to do on campus in between classes to be entertained and bring more campus pride to our school!


Senators

Casey Harloe

Major:  English/History

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

During my time at UCBA, I have learned to value the foundation of democracy which is epitomized by Student Government representing the student body. I endeavor not only to help run and improve the campus during the term, but also for future Bearcats who will spend their time here at UCBA.

Primarily, the focus of any educational institution is the students. I would like to bolster the representation of the student body, and further the goals to create a better campus atmosphere. Community is one of the most cherished aspects about UCBA and is the reason why many students like me choose to study here. By being a student myself, I would like to join Student Government to be active in building this sense of belonging and connection with everyone.

Additionally, I deeply value the input of staff and faculty at UCBA just as much as I do of the students. While they are the key to student success, their interests in how the institution could be improved for both them and the students is eminent to ensure that each facet of the university is in its primmest state.

I hope to serve as a collective in unionizing the voices of everyone here at UCBA to form a resilient ambition to help this campus grow.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Senator?

As a Senator, I would exemplify the values and beliefs UCBA harbors to the overarching UC community. I find this position insightful; to learn of the strives fellow campuses are making to provide a welcoming and motivating environment for students and staff, as well as projecting the pride of how our own campus operates. The Senator position is an opportunity to collaborate with other leaders from the neighboring UC communities about different ways in which these separate branches can better communicate with each other as one group.

I want to run for Senator as I will manage to get further involved within campus life, by connecting with students and professors more directly. Generally, I deem this position as a civic duty to do my part in helping my school in the most active way possible. At the root of it all, I simply want to do good.

Personally, I believe a leadership role as a Senator will act as a motivational push to be more outgoing, and a chance to meet new people with interesting ideas. Honestly, this isn’t a position I would usually apply to; however, I developed a strong sense of admiration for my school as I near the end of my first year and realizing that the position as Senator will allow me to express it towards others.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

While student input is generally heard, I believe UCBA could improve with the outreach of promoting student involvement in student activities, such as Student Government, clubs, and other initiatives to interact with one another. A plethora of students are on some form of social media and is the best way to foster strong responses.

Raising more safety measures and protection programs would also better the experience for students. Throughout the year, several sexual assaults and impositions, burglaries, and other incidents occurred around campus. Upping the security, especially during the evening hours, as well as offering resources such as self-defense lessons may aid in preventing further occurrences in the future and protect the students.

Furthermore, I believe the lack of parking spaces closer to buildings such as Muntz and Walters is an inconvenience for many students, which results in them parking in the back lot. Numerical signage could be implemented in the back lot, as well as new paving upon all lots.


Kari Kiep

Major:  Early Childhood Education

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I want to promote a positive college experience for all students. By being involved in student government, I can truly listen to the issues affecting all students. I want to be the voice and advocate for all students seeking that positive, enriching college experience. This involvement will help me and others build invaluable relationships which will help shape the future of our lives and the future of UCBA.  I can be a catalyst to bring about these meaning changes for everyone.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Senator?

I want to run for senator because I want to represent the interest of all students at the Blue Ash campus. I want the students' interests at the Blue Ash campus to be one with the main campus. Together, we can find beneficial goals and interests we have in common to promote the diverse student body and university as one.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

I want to be a voice and promoter of a positive college experience for all students while they are attending UCBA. I can help students accomplish this by allowing them to freely express their concerns, opinions, and challenges. I want to assist and guide them to the right resources to accommodate their needs. I want the student body to know I will always be available to listen to them. By supporting other students at UCBA, we can unite together as one to bring about an even better UC.


Katiushca Moya

Major:  Exploratory

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I want to be involved in student government, because I feel like it is a good opportunity to be more knowledgeable with the things that are happening in UCBA. I want to be able to be a part of a community that is close knit and able to make a difference in UCBA. I also feel like it’s a good way to get some experience with working with leadership skills and working with other people as well. I want to be a part of a group that helps me, and my community improve in any way possible.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Senator?

I would like to run for senator because I feel like I will do a good job at helping to represent UCBA. I like the idea of being able to help UCBA improve in any way possible, and in doing so I can improve myself by learning new things. Being in college is hard at times, and I want to be able to "build" a place where everyone is comfortable. Students and staff should be able to have a great time in college, and not always feels stressed. And this is why I want to be a part of student government. To make sure that everyone is comfortable.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

I feel like we should find a way to add more sitting areas in the hallways, or outside, so students have more places where they can study, do homework, or just relax. There are sometimes not a lot of places where someone can go and sit with a friend and work on some homework, because all the tables are taken. I have this friend that many times had to go to her car because she couldn't find any empty seats. And I want everyone to be able to work comfortably.


Umuhani Abdullahi

Major:  Biology

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

I have recently moved into an apartment close to UC Blue Ash. I have left my family and everyone I knew to start my life as a college student. To do right by my dreams and opportunities. So, this is my new home now and I need to try to make a difference.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Senator?

I am from Kenya. I came to America with my dad and my older sister. For the longest time I have been in America all I wanted was to fit in and interact with others. Sometimes it frustrated me, and I felt people were not welcoming. So, to get out of my comfort zone and be the starter of conversations and reach out is what made me make a whole new home in this far from home country.

As a public relations person it will allow me to put forward my ability to connect with communities and understand their needs.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

Make everyone feel they matter. That they’re success matter and their problems matter

To make their university life not harder than it has to be. Ease their fears and unite them with the things that matters the most.


Public Relations

Della Scott

Major: Human Resources

Why do you want to be involved in student government?

Student Government, I believe is designed for all students to excel in all of what they enrolled in school to complete accomplishments and made to feel they belong. The governing is led by constructional bylaws of the school.

There are so many different rules that are used on college campus, most students are unaware of. Student government help every student along the way to ensure that feeling like you belong as a student will help with the proper guidance. I believe working with the student government will also help me as a good student to excel by using the same government structures and challenges, rolls for my academic pursuit.

I do know that student government is organized by several officials to appoint the perfect candidate. This ensures that those who are appointed, or elected help organize with specific task to shape students’ experiences on campus.

I believe that I will love the different roles and responsibilities that come along with job. I manage my time well. when it comes to expressing myself, I know that there know that I am confident.

When it comes to other students expressing their ideas, it is important to become a listener.

Change is always good, when ideas are shared.

Why do you specifically want to run for the position of Public Relations?

The reason I would like to run for the position above. I finally feel confident to peruse my dream.  The position requires leadership. I have always thought of myself as a leader not a follower, would like to remain a leader felt like the leader of my home, Family, Friendships and most of all my Job.

Over the years I have learn to find balance in my personal life, social life, and combine it with professionalism. My academic pursuits from the past have become stronger by being around most mangers on my job and life mistakes in the past. I know this has made me a leader.

What ideas do you have to make UC Blue Ash better for students?

When I made the choice to become a student. I cannot count the times I stopped inside to question concerns. Each student needs to be appointed a previous student for guidance along the way.

The team chosen should be responsible for showing each new student what each organization is there for, this will make this much easier for the staff. All students never learn the same. With that being said so no student feels like giving up. Help schedule important student events. I think because I work for transportation, I can get many contacts on new events firsthand, review over new thoughts and ideas with the group. I have many ideas to, review such as, new hair styles, new haircuts, new trends that we all need after this epidemic. New ideas on throwback days. Holiday activities. and most of all the greatest announcement for the day. 

Resources

Contact Information

Chris Dziekan | Program Manager for Orientation and Leadership Development
Muntz Hall | Room 123
Phone: 513-745-5691
Email: dziekacr@uc.edu

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Phone: 513-745-5773
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