Normally, student body elections bring an influx of Pit-sitting, campus campaigning and flyers in every campus building and on every library table. But this year, campaigning and voting have turned virtual.
With election day rapidly approaching on Tuesday, Feb. 23, students will be able to make their pick for leadership. We talked with representatives from Student Government about how students can vote, and why they should make it a priority.
Why is UNC Student Government important?
The University’s Student Government exists for the student body to have peer advocates.
Student Body President Reeves Moseley, said student voices can enact systemic change; but he has heard that some students lack interest in Student Government because they believe their voices will be ignored.
“I think Student Government is the platform that students should be able to use their voices to make sure that the administration listens to,” Moseley said. “The voices of students matter.”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the student body’s voices are more important than ever, he said.
In response, the Student Government has played a role in recommending University wellness days, ideas on vaccine distribution and the single occupancy housing for the spring semester to the administration.
The Student Government also helped to push the administration to lift the 16-year moratorium on renaming on-campus buildings that were named after white supremacists, Moseley said.