Student Body President Taliajah "Teddy" Vann doesn’t measure the success of her term by how many changes she’s made or boxes she can check off.
“It is impossible for us to accomplish everything," Vann said. "It's impossible for us in one year to fix every single issue. So we've got an obligation, in my view, to do everything that we can for our students.”
Instead, Vann kept in mind that, although she may not have accomplished everything in her platform, she’s proud of what she was able to do — especially the initiatives she didn’t initially have on her radar.
Throughout her presidency, Vann helped lead a Redirect the Rage rally for women's healthcare after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, attended the first annual UNC Student Voting Day and helped organize the dedication of the James Lewis Cates Jr. Memorial.
Success through a support system
Jailyn Neville, executive manager of the office of the student body president, said she didn’t want a role in student government until she helped Vann with her campaign.
Neville said Vann’s ability to uplift others' voices is the perfect example of why someone should be student body president.
“I just feel like we're going to leave this space being able to add on to work we've already done, but feel relieved that we took the position seriously and that we made the most of it and supported students first and foremost,” Neville said.
Neil Sharma, co-director of the Vann administration's department of academic affairs and professional development, said working with Vann was especially comforting as a junior transfer student.