Community government elections for UNC residence halls began this week. But, with the switch to remote learning a few weeks ago and the de-densification of on-campus housing, elections for these roles look different this year.
Kira Griffith, a senior majoring in neuroscience, is the president of the Residence Hall Association at UNC. She said governors campaigned in the community they live in while on campus, and they were elected remotely using a ranking system.
Sophomore biology major Esther Eikins was recently elected Morrison community governor. She said social media played a significant role in her campaign efforts this semester.
“It was all about social media engagement,” Eikins said. “I blasted my Instagram page, my Snapchat, texted my friends, sent messages into community GroupMes. It was pretty much the same without the added benefit of being able to go suite to the suite and knocking on doors.”
Despite the remote nature of the semester, the RHA was still able to meet similar numbers this year for prospective governors, Griffith said.
"I believe we had about 50 people across campus who expressed interest in running," she said.
Community governor roles are also going to look different this semester.
Despite this, Eikins said she has lots of plans for the Morrison community this semester, including hosting virtual events like trivia games and cooking sessions on Instagram live.
“It’s about trying to keep up engagement, but doing so virtually,” she said. “We’re trying to keep the Residence Hall Association’s values from a remote platform.”