“I had people who had other backgrounds, people who lived off of food stamps, people who had single parents, people who didn’t know where they were going to get their next meal from,” Marsh said.
Marsh said he wants to make it easier for students with similar backgrounds to find each other and open up spaces for student groups to meet within the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
Summers said he plans to incorporate advocacy efforts into student government to bring campus together.
“We propose a minority working group to address these issues — to find out what holds back individuals from low socioeconomic status, what holds back students from different colors, different creeds and different races,” Summers said.
“We need to make sure that these institutional barriers are torn down.”
Among other items, Summers said keeping UNC affordable is one of his main goals.
“That’s not just keeping tuition and costs down, that’s working with the town council to ensure that housing stays low,” Summers said. “That’s tearing down institutional barriers such as application fees and other things that limit individuals.”
Walker said student safety and improved sexual assault policies are her top priorities.
“It’s not just a Greek issue. This is a campus-wide issue,” Walker said. “This is something we need to fix for all students, not just the Greek students.”
Summers proposed introducing third-party monitors at social functions to look out for potential signs of sexual assault. He said the monitor would only aim to keep students safe and would not report to the administration.
Summers said the University could solve problems through innovation.
“We can’t be stuck in a box,” he said. “We really need to be sure that we are treating Carolina, and doing justice to those that came behind us, as best as we possibly can.”