The Student Congress Rules and Judiciary Committee confirmed the director of state and external affairs position Tuesday night, helping to fill the cabinet of Student Body President-elect Houston Summers.
Diana Dayal was appointed director of state and external affairs later than the rest of the cabinet because she was absent to lobby Congress for the third annual ACC student advocacy trip in Washington, D.C. last week.
Dayal’s responsibilities will include advocating for students at the town, state and national levels, she said.
“At UNC-Chapel Hill, we go and we represent the student body and we say, ‘Hey, these are things we want changed in the budget, these are policies we want implemented,’” Dayal said.
She said she wants to strengthen the relationship with the closest external body — the town of Chapel Hill.
She said she wants to ensure the executive branch has students sitting on town committees, engaging with issues that affect both students and the community.