Candidates will only appear on the ballot if they can gather 1,250 student signatures between today and Feb. 7. The election will be Feb. 14
Adkins, a junior political science and journalism major, said she hopes to improve UNC by focusing on mental health awareness and reform, sexual assault reform and inclusion and diversity.
She said she decided to run despite the barriers to leadership roles women face.
“I’m a first-generation college student and I’m an Asian-American woman and, you know, I was worried that people wouldn’t be able to look past that and they wouldn’t be able to see past my identity because, you know, a minority woman is not the typical vision of leadership in America,” Adkins said.
Broadhurst, a junior geological sciences and physics major, said he decided to run for student body president because students worry how their lives at UNC will be impacted by what is going on in the world and on campus.
Broadhurst said another part of his platform is to increase student feedback. One way he is doing this is by providing a place on his website for students to comment on his platform.
“That way it is not my platform or my team’s platform, but a student body platform that dictates the actions of their student government,” he said.
Espada, a junior political science and women and gender studies major who has never served on student government, said she decided to run in November to make UNC and student government more inclusive to everyone. Espada said she feels marginalized on campus as a Latina.