Student body president candidate Taliajah "Teddy" Vann described herself as a pragmatic and diplomatic leader.
She said she is the best candidate for the role because of her experience and motivation. And her time as president of the Black Student Movement has proven her ability to take action on issues that are important to her.
“Our student body deserves a leader who is more than talk, and I have accomplished a great deal in my time here,” Vann said in an email. “I led the BSM in our fight to receive tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones and won that fight because the contributions of Black women deserve to be valued properly at UNC.”
Vann, a junior majoring in political science and film studies, said service was a key aspect of her upbringing. A Carolina Covenant scholar and first-generation college student, Vann said service remains a core personal value of hers.
“This campaign is centered around making sure that the office of student body president and the Undergraduate Student Government really becomes the hub of service,” Jailyn Neville, Vann’s campaign manager, said.
Vann's platform has four different phases — critical assessment, forward-facing accountability, systemic issues in North Carolina and campus culture and climate research.
In phase one, which Vann plans to implement before the Fall 2022 semester, she laid out steps for campus-wide mental health reform, a sexual assault resource hub, improved financial inclusivity and more.
Vann said part of her plan to address mental health on campus is to create a channel between UNC Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of the Dean of Students and Accessibility Resources & Service.
Vann’s plan for addressing sexual assault on campus is to provide a centralized hub of resources and support since there is no current central location students can go to. She also wants to implement an anonymous reporting tool under the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and advocate for mandatory training for Greek organizations.