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     Micah Augusma   My name is Micah Augusma and I am double majoring in Medical Anthropology and Philosophy. I am originally from Haiti but moved here in 2006, and since have grown up in Grimes, Iowa. Passions of mine include books, movies, and playing the violin. I am also fluent in two languages, English and Kreyol. I came to Iowa for the great health sciences and public health curriculum. During my time here, I have been involved in UISG, IFC, Delta Chi, and the Hawkeye Optimist Chapter. I am passionate about improving the experience for underrepresented communities at Iowa, as well as addressing campus safety, in particular, sexual assault. By mobilizing and engaging the tight knit community at Iowa change will be seen on our campus.

Micah Augusma

My name is Micah Augusma and I am double majoring in Medical Anthropology and Philosophy. I am originally from Haiti but moved here in 2006, and since have grown up in Grimes, Iowa. Passions of mine include books, movies, and playing the violin. I am also fluent in two languages, English and Kreyol. I came to Iowa for the great health sciences and public health curriculum. During my time here, I have been involved in UISG, IFC, Delta Chi, and the Hawkeye Optimist Chapter. I am passionate about improving the experience for underrepresented communities at Iowa, as well as addressing campus safety, in particular, sexual assault. By mobilizing and engaging the tight knit community at Iowa change will be seen on our campus.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Alex Bare   My name is Alex and I'm a junior double majoring in Spanish and International Relations with a minor in Arabic. I grew up in the countryside a few miles outside Walcott, Iowa where I lived almost all my life. During my time at Iowa, I have had a blast as a Student Government Senator, Outreach Director of the oldest LGBTQ student organization in the country (Spectrum UI), and being a member of Walk It Out Multicultural Fashion show and the University Lecture Committee. When I manage to save up money from working at the Study Abroad Office, I enjoy hopping on flights to obscure corners of Latin America or the Middle East and sipping on guava nectar. I love Student Government because I believe in action. Coming to the University of Iowa changed my life by exposing me to the ways our society is riddled with injustices at all levels. I do not find a passive existence to be of any value in fighting for equity. As a student government senator, I plan to continue fighting for funding for the cultural and resource centers to ensure they remain pillars of our campus community.

Alex Bare

My name is Alex and I'm a junior double majoring in Spanish and International Relations with a minor in Arabic. I grew up in the countryside a few miles outside Walcott, Iowa where I lived almost all my life. During my time at Iowa, I have had a blast as a Student Government Senator, Outreach Director of the oldest LGBTQ student organization in the country (Spectrum UI), and being a member of Walk It Out Multicultural Fashion show and the University Lecture Committee. When I manage to save up money from working at the Study Abroad Office, I enjoy hopping on flights to obscure corners of Latin America or the Middle East and sipping on guava nectar. I love Student Government because I believe in action. Coming to the University of Iowa changed my life by exposing me to the ways our society is riddled with injustices at all levels. I do not find a passive existence to be of any value in fighting for equity. As a student government senator, I plan to continue fighting for funding for the cultural and resource centers to ensure they remain pillars of our campus community.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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        Avery Brennan    Hey, my name is Avery Brennan and I am a second-year student studying Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. I’m currently the Director of Public Relations for Hawkeye Caucus, I sit on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee in the Political Science Department, and I work for Student Outreach Services and Orientation. I am also in Phi Alpha Delta (a pre-law fraternity) and serve as a Senator in UISG. When I’m not doing all that, I love going to movies, working out, and listening to podcasts - Pod Save America and Comedy Bang Bang are two of my personal favorites. The primary reason I came to Iowa was because of its affordability. Iowa has all the resources of a Big 10 school but at a really affordable price. You can’t help but feel at home once you step onto campus. That’s one of the things I love about the University - how welcoming the University of Iowa and the Iowa City community are to people regardless of their identity. I think I would be a good student advocate because I have a strong work ethic that pushes me to make sure things get through. Whether that’s writing legislation or showing up to events, you can hold me accountable for getting things done. I’m really passionate about strengthening our relations with the state government and helping students advocate for change at a local and state level. After Hawkeye Caucus Day last spring, I was hooked advocating for fellow Hawkeyes and letting the state know just how important funding is for the University of Iowa.

 Avery Brennan

Hey, my name is Avery Brennan and I am a second-year student studying Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. I’m currently the Director of Public Relations for Hawkeye Caucus, I sit on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee in the Political Science Department, and I work for Student Outreach Services and Orientation. I am also in Phi Alpha Delta (a pre-law fraternity) and serve as a Senator in UISG. When I’m not doing all that, I love going to movies, working out, and listening to podcasts - Pod Save America and Comedy Bang Bang are two of my personal favorites. The primary reason I came to Iowa was because of its affordability. Iowa has all the resources of a Big 10 school but at a really affordable price. You can’t help but feel at home once you step onto campus. That’s one of the things I love about the University - how welcoming the University of Iowa and the Iowa City community are to people regardless of their identity. I think I would be a good student advocate because I have a strong work ethic that pushes me to make sure things get through. Whether that’s writing legislation or showing up to events, you can hold me accountable for getting things done. I’m really passionate about strengthening our relations with the state government and helping students advocate for change at a local and state level. After Hawkeye Caucus Day last spring, I was hooked advocating for fellow Hawkeyes and letting the state know just how important funding is for the University of Iowa.


  Aastha Chandra   Hello! I'm Aastha, a first-year student from Cedar Falls, IA majoring in biomedical sciences. I'm really best described as an espresso: small and packed with energy! I also enjoy drinking sugary coffee, making terrible puns, and carefully choosing which 10 NYT articles to read each month. My interests include civic engagement, sexual assault prevention, and diversity and inclusion. I am currently a freshman senator in UISG and a senator in Associated Daum. I also volunteer at the hospital as well as participate in stem cell research. As a senator, I will help foster a campus culture that leads to no sexual violence or alcohol-related deaths by increasing access to educational programs and awareness of available resources.

Aastha Chandra

Hello! I'm Aastha, a first-year student from Cedar Falls, IA majoring in biomedical sciences. I'm really best described as an espresso: small and packed with energy! I also enjoy drinking sugary coffee, making terrible puns, and carefully choosing which 10 NYT articles to read each month. My interests include civic engagement, sexual assault prevention, and diversity and inclusion. I am currently a freshman senator in UISG and a senator in Associated Daum. I also volunteer at the hospital as well as participate in stem cell research. As a senator, I will help foster a campus culture that leads to no sexual violence or alcohol-related deaths by increasing access to educational programs and awareness of available resources.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Amber Crow   Hey! My name is Amber Crow and I’m a third-year double studying journalism and mass communications, as well as ethics and public policy, with a minor in criminology and a pre-law interest. I’m a resident assistant in Petersen, vice president of Active Minds, committee chair of Clothing Closet, a Global Buddies member for German students, and I currently am a part of UISG on the Justice & Equity and Academic Affairs committees. Outside of school and student orgs, I love going to the gym, watching football, and traveling - I’ve been to 17 countries now! When I was choosing which college to attend, for the first time in my life I went with my gut instead of what everyone else was telling me. For some reason, I just had a gut feeling and ended up choosing Iowa and fell in love with it. I graduated with 68 kids, so at first I was terrified that I would be overwhelmed and wouldn’t be able to get involved. I no longer think that – the university has helped me grow in every aspect of my life and has made it possible for me to continue to lead a life of leadership and involvement. Hearing my residents’ concerns and helping them work through their struggles has provided me insight on how necessary it is to have someone advocating for policies and legislation that will help bridge the gaps they face - from mental health issues to civic engagement. As a member of UISG, I would focus on mental health awareness and suicide prevention, affordability, and serving underprivileged students including first-generation and international students. It’s incredibly necessary to take these identities and struggles into consideration when creating policies and legislation as well as advocating for our students.

Amber Crow

Hey! My name is Amber Crow and I’m a third-year double studying journalism and mass communications, as well as ethics and public policy, with a minor in criminology and a pre-law interest. I’m a resident assistant in Petersen, vice president of Active Minds, committee chair of Clothing Closet, a Global Buddies member for German students, and I currently am a part of UISG on the Justice & Equity and Academic Affairs committees. Outside of school and student orgs, I love going to the gym, watching football, and traveling - I’ve been to 17 countries now! When I was choosing which college to attend, for the first time in my life I went with my gut instead of what everyone else was telling me. For some reason, I just had a gut feeling and ended up choosing Iowa and fell in love with it. I graduated with 68 kids, so at first I was terrified that I would be overwhelmed and wouldn’t be able to get involved. I no longer think that – the university has helped me grow in every aspect of my life and has made it possible for me to continue to lead a life of leadership and involvement. Hearing my residents’ concerns and helping them work through their struggles has provided me insight on how necessary it is to have someone advocating for policies and legislation that will help bridge the gaps they face - from mental health issues to civic engagement. As a member of UISG, I would focus on mental health awareness and suicide prevention, affordability, and serving underprivileged students including first-generation and international students. It’s incredibly necessary to take these identities and struggles into consideration when creating policies and legislation as well as advocating for our students.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Anger Dok   I’m known for my smile. Every time someone greets me; a stranger on the street, a close friend, or a family member, you will see my shining teeth. My family and I moved to the US almost 18 years ago. During that time there was a civil war in our home country and my parents didn't want our futures to be affected due to the effects of a civil war. We live a middle class life in the United States, I go to one the top public universities in the nation. My involvement with Breakfast for Queens is one of the reasons I want to be a part of UISG. We took 10+ girls who had never met each other and we created magic. Throughout the event, they became friends, shared ideas, and inspired each other. I am also a part of the African Student Association, which is a melting pot of beauty and intellect of a continent. The spirit of community, wholesomeness, and unity is something I hope to carry to campus if elected to UISG. At this great university, I am safe from war, diseases, famine. I’m currently a Junior pursuing a major in Global Health with a minor in Arabic. In a different lifetime, I might not be able to say this. I could be a young mother, struggling to flee the country due to the current civil war. I could be a college student who had to drop out because my parents didn't have enough money for my school fees. I could be dead, a casualty of war. I'm known for my smile. 

Anger Dok

I’m known for my smile. Every time someone greets me; a stranger on the street, a close friend, or a family member, you will see my shining teeth. My family and I moved to the US almost 18 years ago. During that time there was a civil war in our home country and my parents didn't want our futures to be affected due to the effects of a civil war. We live a middle class life in the United States, I go to one the top public universities in the nation. My involvement with Breakfast for Queens is one of the reasons I want to be a part of UISG. We took 10+ girls who had never met each other and we created magic. Throughout the event, they became friends, shared ideas, and inspired each other. I am also a part of the African Student Association, which is a melting pot of beauty and intellect of a continent. The spirit of community, wholesomeness, and unity is something I hope to carry to campus if elected to UISG. At this great university, I am safe from war, diseases, famine. I’m currently a Junior pursuing a major in Global Health with a minor in Arabic. In a different lifetime, I might not be able to say this. I could be a young mother, struggling to flee the country due to the current civil war. I could be a college student who had to drop out because my parents didn't have enough money for my school fees. I could be dead, a casualty of war. I'm known for my smile. 


   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Bernardo Duarte   Hi! My name is Bernardo Duarte and I am a second-year studying psychology with a minor in French and a critical cultural competency certificate. I’ve been the Cultural Events Director for Campus Activities Board, I’m an RA in Stanley, and I do research for a stigma and motivation lab. When I’m not doing homework or student orgs, I love to play volleyball and tennis, watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, and connect with new people through social media. Since my parents didn’t go to college in the United States, everything I knew about college was from movies, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But when I visited Iowa, I immediately felt at home on campus and in Iowa City. Now that I’m here, I love the balance of the campus and the Iowa City community and how many involvement opportunities there are, along with how inclusive the school is. Through UISG, I want to create as inclusive of an environment as I can, because I want everyone to feel as included as I did. My main focuses are creating more accessibility for people with disabilities. For able-bodied people it is very easy to overlook things that don’t affect us, so we need to focus on that. I would love to be able to give back to the campus and give everyone a space to feel at home.

Bernardo Duarte

Hi! My name is Bernardo Duarte and I am a second-year studying psychology with a minor in French and a critical cultural competency certificate. I’ve been the Cultural Events Director for Campus Activities Board, I’m an RA in Stanley, and I do research for a stigma and motivation lab. When I’m not doing homework or student orgs, I love to play volleyball and tennis, watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, and connect with new people through social media. Since my parents didn’t go to college in the United States, everything I knew about college was from movies, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But when I visited Iowa, I immediately felt at home on campus and in Iowa City. Now that I’m here, I love the balance of the campus and the Iowa City community and how many involvement opportunities there are, along with how inclusive the school is. Through UISG, I want to create as inclusive of an environment as I can, because I want everyone to feel as included as I did. My main focuses are creating more accessibility for people with disabilities. For able-bodied people it is very easy to overlook things that don’t affect us, so we need to focus on that. I would love to be able to give back to the campus and give everyone a space to feel at home.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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      Jack Feng   Hello! My name is Jack Feng and I am a junior originally from Lanzhou, China studying Biochemistry and Ethics & Public Policy on the Economics Track. Upon graduation, I hope to continue on to John Hopkins University to pursue a public degree in HIV/AIDS research with a focus on epidemiology. I have been involved in student organizations such as OnIowa, Dance Marathon, LGBT Advocates for Public Health Equity, Students for Human Rights, and Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity. Moreover, I am very passionate about the domestic and international student overlap to improve competency and understanding, combating sexual assault on campus, housing and tuition affordability. Outside of my academics and extra-curricular activities, I enjoy kayaking and jet skiing amongst other marine sports/hobbies.

 Jack Feng

Hello! My name is Jack Feng and I am a junior originally from Lanzhou, China studying Biochemistry and Ethics & Public Policy on the Economics Track. Upon graduation, I hope to continue on to John Hopkins University to pursue a public degree in HIV/AIDS research with a focus on epidemiology. I have been involved in student organizations such as OnIowa, Dance Marathon, LGBT Advocates for Public Health Equity, Students for Human Rights, and Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity. Moreover, I am very passionate about the domestic and international student overlap to improve competency and understanding, combating sexual assault on campus, housing and tuition affordability. Outside of my academics and extra-curricular activities, I enjoy kayaking and jet skiing amongst other marine sports/hobbies.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Abby Gainer   My name is Abby Gainer and I am a third-year student at the University, studying accounting with a minor in communication studies! I’m from Eldridge, Iowa, population 6000. I keep my schedule pretty busy, but I still find time to drink lots of coffee, hang out with my friends, watch This Is Us, and go to wrestling meets! I am very passionate about issues on campus concerning social justice and equitable practice. I do everything I can to protect the rights of those who are members of minority groups, whether that's through using my voice and privilege or uplifting those whose voices are necessary to be heard. I am involved in many different groups and circles on campus, including Women in Business, On Iowa!, the DVIP, as well as being a tour guide for the University, and a student manager at Active Endeavors! Having part in a variety groups on campus gives me a unique outlook on the wants and needs of a diverse range of people at our University. If I am selected as a UISG senator, I hope to advocate for students with disabilities and survivors of sexual violence.

Abby Gainer

My name is Abby Gainer and I am a third-year student at the University, studying accounting with a minor in communication studies! I’m from Eldridge, Iowa, population 6000. I keep my schedule pretty busy, but I still find time to drink lots of coffee, hang out with my friends, watch This Is Us, and go to wrestling meets! I am very passionate about issues on campus concerning social justice and equitable practice. I do everything I can to protect the rights of those who are members of minority groups, whether that's through using my voice and privilege or uplifting those whose voices are necessary to be heard. I am involved in many different groups and circles on campus, including Women in Business, On Iowa!, the DVIP, as well as being a tour guide for the University, and a student manager at Active Endeavors! Having part in a variety groups on campus gives me a unique outlook on the wants and needs of a diverse range of people at our University. If I am selected as a UISG senator, I hope to advocate for students with disabilities and survivors of sexual violence.


  Haley Gion   Hello there! My name is Haley Gion and I am a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering. I came to the University of Iowa because of its affordability for in-state students, and because we have amazing Biology and medicine programs here. I was surprised by how involved I got while at Iowa, since that was something I wasn’t expecting to do prior to getting here. Some of those involvements include Campus Activities Board, UISG, the Environmental Coalition, and research in the psychiatry department. Despite not having a specific career goal, my main goal in life is to be able to learn as much as possible and help people in whatever ways I possibly can. Through UISG I want to promote sustainability initiatives on campus and increased recycling at off-campus locations. I really like to educate myself on topics and issues that I am currently unaware of, and this applies to what goes on in our campus, which I can then work to improve. Outside of academics and involvements, I love Parks and Rec (although I can’t pick a favorite character), learning new things, rock climbing, and listening to podcasts. If you need podcast suggestions, check out Serial and Revisionist History!   

Haley Gion

Hello there! My name is Haley Gion and I am a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering. I came to the University of Iowa because of its affordability for in-state students, and because we have amazing Biology and medicine programs here. I was surprised by how involved I got while at Iowa, since that was something I wasn’t expecting to do prior to getting here. Some of those involvements include Campus Activities Board, UISG, the Environmental Coalition, and research in the psychiatry department. Despite not having a specific career goal, my main goal in life is to be able to learn as much as possible and help people in whatever ways I possibly can. Through UISG I want to promote sustainability initiatives on campus and increased recycling at off-campus locations. I really like to educate myself on topics and issues that I am currently unaware of, and this applies to what goes on in our campus, which I can then work to improve. Outside of academics and involvements, I love Parks and Rec (although I can’t pick a favorite character), learning new things, rock climbing, and listening to podcasts. If you need podcast suggestions, check out Serial and Revisionist History!

 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Yuejia Gu   My name is Yuejia Gu, and I’m a second-year student studying chemical engineering with minors in chemistry and music. I’m currently a member of UISG, on the SABAC and Sustainability committees, and I’m also involved in the UI Environmental Coalition. In my free time, I like to read or listen to books, watch TV or movies, and cook. I came to Iowa because it was the most affordable option while still having the same quality of education that other universities offered for more than double the price. I think the university in general tries to do the best for its students, faculty, and staff. It's the largest employer in the state of Iowa and definitely has a big impact on the state! However, just like every other institution, it has its ups and downs. I believe I can do a good job as a Senator because I'm willing to listen to my peers and fulfill their needs, rather than serving my own interests. I’m interested in improving the academic experience for undergrads here - UISG could be doing a lot better in terms of reaching out to students with more technical majors and specialized academic needs. I also want to work with professors and administrators on academic policies that improve learning and take mental health into consideration. In UISG, I would focus on distributing Student Activity Fee funds in a fair and efficient way and finding ways that the university can better serve its undergraduate students.

Yuejia Gu

My name is Yuejia Gu, and I’m a second-year student studying chemical engineering with minors in chemistry and music. I’m currently a member of UISG, on the SABAC and Sustainability committees, and I’m also involved in the UI Environmental Coalition. In my free time, I like to read or listen to books, watch TV or movies, and cook. I came to Iowa because it was the most affordable option while still having the same quality of education that other universities offered for more than double the price. I think the university in general tries to do the best for its students, faculty, and staff. It's the largest employer in the state of Iowa and definitely has a big impact on the state! However, just like every other institution, it has its ups and downs. I believe I can do a good job as a Senator because I'm willing to listen to my peers and fulfill their needs, rather than serving my own interests. I’m interested in improving the academic experience for undergrads here - UISG could be doing a lot better in terms of reaching out to students with more technical majors and specialized academic needs. I also want to work with professors and administrators on academic policies that improve learning and take mental health into consideration. In UISG, I would focus on distributing Student Activity Fee funds in a fair and efficient way and finding ways that the university can better serve its undergraduate students.

  Adam Harris   Hello there! My name is Adam Harris, I am a fourth-year student studying Economics and Business with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. I came to The University of Iowa because in my American culture class in Malaysia, I saw a book where the author was a professor here. I didn’t know much about the university at first but I have really come to like it, especially after getting involved.  Some of the student organizations I am currently involved in are Alpha Phi Omega, Badminton Club, International Student Outdoor Recreation Association and I used to be in American Marketing Association.  One of my favorite things about University of Iowa is how accepting and open-minded people are, but a problem I see is how difficult it is for international students to adapt to this new environment. When I got here from Malaysia I had a hard time adapting because I didn’t have my parents anymore, I didn’t have any friends here, and it was a whole new environment. Through UISG I hope to better represent the voices of international students in order to make our transition into the university more smooth and stress-free. I also hope to increase funding for cultural groups and organizations on campus to give students who identify with those groups more of a voice.   

Adam Harris

Hello there! My name is Adam Harris, I am a fourth-year student studying Economics and Business with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. I came to The University of Iowa because in my American culture class in Malaysia, I saw a book where the author was a professor here. I didn’t know much about the university at first but I have really come to like it, especially after getting involved.  Some of the student organizations I am currently involved in are Alpha Phi Omega, Badminton Club, International Student Outdoor Recreation Association and I used to be in American Marketing Association.

One of my favorite things about University of Iowa is how accepting and open-minded people are, but a problem I see is how difficult it is for international students to adapt to this new environment. When I got here from Malaysia I had a hard time adapting because I didn’t have my parents anymore, I didn’t have any friends here, and it was a whole new environment. Through UISG I hope to better represent the voices of international students in order to make our transition into the university more smooth and stress-free. I also hope to increase funding for cultural groups and organizations on campus to give students who identify with those groups more of a voice.

 


   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Jacob Heid   Hello! My name is Jacob Heid and I am a Statistics major with aspirations to apply to the College of Public Health. I am a proud Iowa City native and decided to study at the university because of the diverse community and great opportunities to simply interact with people. I am involved in UISG as a LGBTQ Constituency Senator, an executive board member for Mirage, VP of Delta Lambda Phi, a Hawkeye Guide, and also work at the Medical Research Center as a Student Lab Assistant. Off campus you’ll find me hiking, reading, or attending musical events. As a senator, I wish to continue advocating for queer activism on campus. I also wish to see more sustainability initiatives implemented at the university. Fun fact: The artist Cupcakke follows me on twitter.

Jacob Heid

Hello! My name is Jacob Heid and I am a Statistics major with aspirations to apply to the College of Public Health. I am a proud Iowa City native and decided to study at the university because of the diverse community and great opportunities to simply interact with people. I am involved in UISG as a LGBTQ Constituency Senator, an executive board member for Mirage, VP of Delta Lambda Phi, a Hawkeye Guide, and also work at the Medical Research Center as a Student Lab Assistant. Off campus you’ll find me hiking, reading, or attending musical events. As a senator, I wish to continue advocating for queer activism on campus. I also wish to see more sustainability initiatives implemented at the university. Fun fact: The artist Cupcakke follows me on twitter.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Sarah Henry   I am Sarah Henry, a sophomore from Johnston, Iowa studying Sociology and Ethics and Public Policy. I am also pursuing minors in Political Science and Spanish. The University of Iowa was a top choice of mine for being a top public institution, as well as being a school that has been progressive on many issues. I am currently an Resident Assistant at Stanley and am excited to continue the same role at Catlett next year. Additionally, I am currently serving as a Senator for UISG and am a member of VegUI. I am passionate about getting young people involved in activism. The University of Iowa is a fantastic community that is successful in bringing about the change it wishes to see. My goal is to see a more active student body ready to speak about the change they desire. Off campus you’ll find me painting in my free time and listening to Beyonce. 

Sarah Henry

I am Sarah Henry, a sophomore from Johnston, Iowa studying Sociology and Ethics and Public Policy. I am also pursuing minors in Political Science and Spanish. The University of Iowa was a top choice of mine for being a top public institution, as well as being a school that has been progressive on many issues. I am currently an Resident Assistant at Stanley and am excited to continue the same role at Catlett next year. Additionally, I am currently serving as a Senator for UISG and am a member of VegUI. I am passionate about getting young people involved in activism. The University of Iowa is a fantastic community that is successful in bringing about the change it wishes to see. My goal is to see a more active student body ready to speak about the change they desire. Off campus you’ll find me painting in my free time and listening to Beyonce. 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Adhel Jok   My name is Adhel Jok, a senior, graduating next fall. I am a transfer student from the Des Moines Area Community College, majoring in Journalism with a certificate in Human Rights. I am the President of the African Student Association and a writer for the National Association of Black Journalists. I am currently interning for Scholars at Risk, a human rights advocacy organization in New York and recently presented my case finding in Washington D.C. My passions include journalism, social rights issues, and being a voice for people of color on campus. I came to the University of Iowa because of the resources that have helped me get a foot into the door with the journalism industry. I am an avid reader about social justice issues and the feminist movement, and am obsessed with TED Talks. I am currently building a website, uploading Youtube videos and my personal work, as well as writing a book about being a child of immigrants who is pursuing her American dream.

Adhel Jok

My name is Adhel Jok, a senior, graduating next fall. I am a transfer student from the Des Moines Area Community College, majoring in Journalism with a certificate in Human Rights. I am the President of the African Student Association and a writer for the National Association of Black Journalists. I am currently interning for Scholars at Risk, a human rights advocacy organization in New York and recently presented my case finding in Washington D.C. My passions include journalism, social rights issues, and being a voice for people of color on campus. I came to the University of Iowa because of the resources that have helped me get a foot into the door with the journalism industry. I am an avid reader about social justice issues and the feminist movement, and am obsessed with TED Talks. I am currently building a website, uploading Youtube videos and my personal work, as well as writing a book about being a child of immigrants who is pursuing her American dream.


   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Charlotte Lenkaitis   Hey there! My name is Charlotte Lenkaitis and I am a first-year studying Global Health with a minor in Spanish. Currently I serve as the president for Petersen Residence Hall and love volunteering at the Food Pantry at Iowa and at Table to Table. Recently, I joined the executive team for the Clothing Closet on campus and am excited to be a part of an organization that is in its beginning stages. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I especially like to run, roller-blade and play sand volleyball. I am extremely passionate about bringing people together and sharing genuine human interactions.  I expected the transition to college to be super easy, but finding a new support system at a new place can be really difficult. However, it hasn’t taken very long to feel like I know people on campus. That’s something I love about Iowa - the interconnectedness is so cool. While campus feels so big, it can feel small at the same time. The community here is so vibrant as well. There’s always a lot going on, and I like how the Iowa City community is integrated into campus.  Big picture-wise, I hope to change people’s minds and individual behaviors in a way so that people see the world as a shared place, and they need to take their part in taking care of it. Through UISG, I would like to work towards that goal by trying to increase compost on campus, decrease food waste in the dining halls, and work towards implementing a sustainability director into each student organization. When I’m really passionate about an issue, I go full force and put all my heart into something to make sure it really happens, and I definitely think that would apply to anything I’d do in UISG.

Charlotte Lenkaitis

Hey there! My name is Charlotte Lenkaitis and I am a first-year studying Global Health with a minor in Spanish. Currently I serve as the president for Petersen Residence Hall and love volunteering at the Food Pantry at Iowa and at Table to Table. Recently, I joined the executive team for the Clothing Closet on campus and am excited to be a part of an organization that is in its beginning stages. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I especially like to run, roller-blade and play sand volleyball. I am extremely passionate about bringing people together and sharing genuine human interactions.

I expected the transition to college to be super easy, but finding a new support system at a new place can be really difficult. However, it hasn’t taken very long to feel like I know people on campus. That’s something I love about Iowa - the interconnectedness is so cool. While campus feels so big, it can feel small at the same time. The community here is so vibrant as well. There’s always a lot going on, and I like how the Iowa City community is integrated into campus.

Big picture-wise, I hope to change people’s minds and individual behaviors in a way so that people see the world as a shared place, and they need to take their part in taking care of it. Through UISG, I would like to work towards that goal by trying to increase compost on campus, decrease food waste in the dining halls, and work towards implementing a sustainability director into each student organization. When I’m really passionate about an issue, I go full force and put all my heart into something to make sure it really happens, and I definitely think that would apply to anything I’d do in UISG.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Megan Lenss   Hey hey my name is Megan Lenss and I am an 18-year-old tree hugger from Cedar Rapids, IA. I love anything outside, long runs, piano jam sessions, and spoken word poetry. My dog’s name is Otis and my favorite phase of the moon is waning crescent. My newest passion is rock climbing and in my dreams, I want to become a professional sail boater. Other than that, my backup plan is to start a conservation company aimed at privatizing the national monuments at risk of losing funding. My absolute environmental idols are: John Muir; Yvon Chouinard; and Kris Thompkins. On campus, I serve as the general meeting coordinator for the team of veggie monsters known as the UI Gardeners. I am also active in the Environmental Coalition and the president of my resident hall for Associated Resident Halls. Off campus, I volunteer with Rotary Youth Exchange, mentoring high school exchange students as they prepare for a year abroad. Sustainability on campus is what keeps me up at night, I want to see the University of Iowa reduce its waste production and better utilize resources to ensure that future Hawkeye generations get to experience campus in the same way we do now.

Megan Lenss

Hey hey my name is Megan Lenss and I am an 18-year-old tree hugger from Cedar Rapids, IA. I love anything outside, long runs, piano jam sessions, and spoken word poetry. My dog’s name is Otis and my favorite phase of the moon is waning crescent. My newest passion is rock climbing and in my dreams, I want to become a professional sail boater. Other than that, my backup plan is to start a conservation company aimed at privatizing the national monuments at risk of losing funding. My absolute environmental idols are: John Muir; Yvon Chouinard; and Kris Thompkins. On campus, I serve as the general meeting coordinator for the team of veggie monsters known as the UI Gardeners. I am also active in the Environmental Coalition and the president of my resident hall for Associated Resident Halls. Off campus, I volunteer with Rotary Youth Exchange, mentoring high school exchange students as they prepare for a year abroad. Sustainability on campus is what keeps me up at night, I want to see the University of Iowa reduce its waste production and better utilize resources to ensure that future Hawkeye generations get to experience campus in the same way we do now.

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Elli Lenz   Hi everyone! My name is Elli Lenz, I am a 2nd-year student majoring in Political Science, Ethics and Public Policy, and Philosophy. I am a member of the sorority Chi Omega which has given me the opportunity to get to know different people and fundraising for our philathropy. As a member of Chi Omega, I have loved having the opportunity to get to know different people and fundraising for our philanthropy. My experiences within FSL led to my involvement with the development of the Hungry Hawks program, as we began to provide pizza in the Downtown District in order to reduce the negative impacts of alcohol usage. Throughout my involvement within the UI Honors Program, I have observed the epidemic of stress and anxiety facing college students. This inspired our “Mochas for Mental Health” program, which initiates conversations about mental health by providing coffee and pamphlets with information about University Counseling services and locations during midterms and finals weeks, in hopes of de-stigmatizing mental illness. Moving forward, I want to ensure that textbooks are more accessible and affordable, we host more therapy dog events on campus, and provide emergency housing for students in between leases. After graduating from the University of Iowa, I plan on living in Chicago for a few years, then attending law school. I would like to specialize in healthcare law so I can continue to pursue issues that are important to me, and later run for office. I’d also like to get a dog.