For Jaleah Taylor, running for 2024-2025 UNC student body president is more than just a title — it’s creating a Carolina that includes student voices and campus organizations throughout the process.
Taylor, a junior political science and media and journalism double major, currently serves as student body secretary. The beginning of her journey at UNC, however, had its challenges.
“Our first year, we were dealing with a mental health crisis, attacks on diversity, food insecurity, COVID-19 and several accessibility issues,” she said.
Taylor said knowing that all of these issues occur in a place that she and many others call home inspired her to make a difference by running for student body president.
Jakob Williams, a sophomore majoring in political science and dramatic art, is the executive manager of the office of the current Student Body President Christopher Everett. He currently works as the chief strategist for Taylor’s campaign.
Williams said there are four pillars to the campaign’s platform: accessibility; transparency; diversity, inclusion and belonging; and collaboration and community service.
“Not to sound cliche, but [we’re aiming to] create a better Carolina, a more of a home,” he said.
One of the main issues Taylor said she is hoping to combat is food insecurity on campus.
“There’s student-led programs like Carolina Cupboard that really do strive to make sure that every student has a meal,” Taylor said. “But, in my opinion, it should be something that’s on the University.”