SA E-Board Election results were certified at the 3/23/2021 Congress Meeting. The results are as follows:
President: David Hatami
Executive Vice President: Sakib Choudhury
Vice President for Finance: Tara Lerman
Vice President for Academic Affairs: Samantha Carroll
Vice President for Multicultural Affairs: Mary Hu
Vice President for Programming: Lucas Bianculli
Binghamton University Council Representative: Caroline Sandleitner (certified 4/27/2021)
At the same Congress meeting, a motion was made and approved to publicly post the .csv ballot data from B-Engaged to the SA website, with exception of the BU Council Rep data due to the ongoing certification process. Below, please find the .csv data file to meet that requirement from SA Congress:
My platform stands on four significant pillars: well-being, advocacy, complete transparency, and student resources. My goal is to be as straightforward as possible, and the truth is most important to me, so I am not going to make lists of promises that I know can’t get done. Well-being means that every student is happy and healthy while learning at Binghamton. I want there to be good nutritious food to eat and enjoyable physical activity that everyone can participate in. Well-being is also that students feel safe wherever they are, which means dealing with sexual assault head-on and actively standing up to racial and religious intolerance. I will be an advocate for ALL students, which will build on what I’ve done as VPAA. I won’t promise the world, but I will fight for any student that needs fighting for and work to fix problems that students are facing. I will strive to have full transparency in all decisions made, which includes actively engaging with campus partners and having an open-door policy to allow for easy student input. Lastly, I will continue to improve resources, making them better and more accessible to students, includingprinting, advising, counseling, and more.
Community Endorsements: CIW, Hinman, Newing, OC3, Susquehanna
Students demand action! My platform is to hold the administration and Sodexo accountable for their constant mistreatment of students during the past year. The Binghamton community has suffered immensely from the Covid-19 pandemic, and actions taken by the university have often made things worse (just ask those in quarantine). I want to stop tuition and fees from increasing. I want to vaccinate students as quickly as possible and then reopen campus. The money spent on the neverending construction and renovation projects would be better spent providing mental healthcare. The militarization of the U.P.D. is a cruel joke when perpetrators of assault go unpunished. I will work with Greek Life organizations, rebuild trust in the S.A., bring back U-Fest, and make Binghamton into a safe, fun place to live and learn. I want genuine victories for the student body, so that we can stop repeating the same agenda every year. Faith in the S.A., as well as voter turnout, have dropped because the biggest issues are always pushed off until the following year. “Pro-Student, Pro-You” is what I believe in, and because of that, I am offering long-lasting solutions so that we can focus on something different in the future.
Community Endorsements: Dickinson, Mountainview
Community Endorsements: CIW, Mountainview, Newing
As the Executive Vice President, my primary goals will be to restructure SA leadership conferences, ensure seamless transitions for newly elected E-Boards, and enhance accessibility and communication among students and organizations. Through partnerships with 20:1 and the MRC, restructured leadership conferences will provide student leaders with comprehensive training on matters including cultural awareness and sensitivity, sexual assault, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Furthermore, if allowed to return to fully in-person operations, organizations will receive training on how to make the transition back. I will also strive to make sure that clubs have seamless shifts from one E-Board to the next by creating and providing helpful resources to serve as references for new E-Boards, ensuring that the primary focus of the spring leadership conference is to begin the formal transition process, and by moving the space allocation process to earlier in the spring semester. Finally, to guarantee that the EVP office is accessible to all, I will frequently collaborate with Internal Affairs to better streamline the club chartering process, schedule staff such that someone will always be available in the EVP office at all times throughout the day, and regularly communicate and provide frequent updates to all organizations.
Community Endorsements: Dickinson, Hinman, OC3, Susquehanna
Community Endorsements: CIW, Dickinson, Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, Susquehanna
As the Vice President for Finance, my main goal will be to assist campus programs and organizations restarting their activities. Unfortunately, in the past year, many groups had to cancel their traditional yearly programs; I hope to encourage and assist in these events returning smoothly. I also plan to prioritize communication both through the advisor program and directly from the VPF Office to help groups put on the best events they can and ensure financial success. The advisor program has seen significant growth over the last few years, which I hope to continue. I will have advisors focus heavily on assisting groups with restarting traditional programming and assist groups with adjusting to new policies. I will also be continuing the streamlining of the Dashboard to consolidate VPF resources for easier use by student groups.
Community Endorsements: CIW, Dickinson, Hinman, Newing, OC3, Susquehanna
- The hard work of the @shareyourstorybing account revealed a serious lack of support for survivors of sexual assault at Binghamton. At the recommendation of @shareyourstorybing and the Women’s Student Union, I wrote and defended through SA Congress a resolution advocating for the creation of a Violence, Abuse, and Rape Crisis Center. As VPAA, my office will work closely with the involved parties in the development of the VARCC and focus on advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
- I plan to focus VPAA resources on helping students recover and move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, both mentally and academically. It’s no secret that the pandemic had adverse effects on many academic plans, so I want to help students get back on track. Furthermore, the pandemic and the isolation that it entailed no doubt had some negative impacts on student mental health. I plan on dedicating VPAA resources to help students process and move forward from this rather upsetting year.
- The VPAA has a history of fostering mentorships between older and younger students. I want to expand upon the previous version of the program by connecting students with mentors within their major, so they may offer helpful insight specific to their field.
Community Endorsements: Mountainview
Student Health: For students to be able to achieve their highest degree of academic success, they must be in an environment in which the work of study feels like play. ALL students deserve an environment in which they feel safe socializing, learning, failing, and growing. Mental, physical, and community health are all important pieces of a student’s overall health, and they are all too deeply interconnected to discuss irrespective of each other. Policy focused on fixing the root cause of issues associated with an inherent detriment to student health will be my immediate priority.
Management Style: The implementation of the “Slight Edge” management style. This means that the VPAA office will be actively seeking ways to improve the student body’s chances for academic success, as well as actively seeking ways to become more effective in its duties. The idea of the slight edge is to make slight improvements, every day, as opposed to waiting around for big breakthroughs. Consistent progress at a slow rate will outperform inconsistent bursts of progress. I also seek to make policy as representative of the student body’s wants as realistically possible.
Community Endorsements: CIW, OC3, Susquehanna
Hi everyone! I’m a junior majoring in Integrative Neuroscience. My platform is upholding, promoting, and facilitating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and multicultural BU community and implementing more first-generation students, international students, and cultural inclusion events that have reduced since the pandemic hit. I want to stress the importance of multicultural club activities by promoting club activities to entice more student participation that I’ve seen take a hit due to Covid regulations. In the past, I’ve been the president of a multicultural club and been the VPMA of CIW Council. I been involved and interacted with last year’s VPMA Khaleel and this year’s VPMA David, thus I have experienced first-hand what both VPMAs have tried to implement and what worked successfully and what didn’t work. I’m hoping to build on top of my knowledge of their work and make a difference and change the multicultural aspect of Binghamton University that I see lacking in action this year. With diversity comes inclusion, with inclusion we want to embrace the differences that we have with our fellow students and learn and respect their cultural and religious differences so we can all come together in unity, as immensely proud students of Binghamton University.
Community Endorsements: Dickinson, Hinman, Mountainview, Newing
Community Endorsements: CIW, Dickinson, Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, Susquehanna
As Vice President for Programming, my focus will be on three key points: increasing outreach, emphasizing the transition from online to in-person, and spotlighting renowned international figures in existing programming. The Spring and Fall Surveys are two of the biggest ways for the student body to give feedback and connect with SAPB; I will work closely with community governments and clubs to spread these surveys to increase participation. By doing so, events will be more representative of and tailored for the student body. This will also spread awareness of the organization, which will increase engagement within SAPB, especially among underclassmen. I aspire to allow students to once again enjoy in-person programming. As one of my biggest priorities, and with the safety of everyone in consideration, I will work with administration and the Public Health Committee to begin the transition back to in-person programming. Lastly, I aspire to increase international exposure within SAPB by incorporating prominent international performers and speakers into existing committees and events. With this, I intend on collaborating with the Multicultural Resource Center, the Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, and multicultural clubs across campus in order to successfully reach a more diverse audience.
Community Endorsements: CIW, Dickinson, Newing, OC3
Accessibility: The key to being an effective representative is being accessible and in tune with the needs and issues of those you represent. I will emulate this by implementing office hours each week so any student can speak directly with me. Additionally, I will do targeted outreach to the students that have a stake in any upcoming topics of discussion to be as best informed as possible.
Advocacy: As the sole student on the council, it is important that I continually advocate for students. I plan to focus on sexual assault, racism on campus, and our return to normal, while also making sure to stay updated on new issues. Creation of a VARCC is a step in the right direction in supporting survivors, but there has been little done to address the underlying issues behind sexual assault, and next to nothing even in reference to racial injustice- even after multiple incidents this semester.
Accountability: While student advocacy is an important first step in creating change, it is imperative that administration follows through in addressing the issues. As part of the body that oversees the administration, I will ensure that we are holding administrators accountable for their actions, or lack thereof.
Community Endorsements: Mountainview, Susquehanna
Addressing Inequities on Campus: I want to prioritize amending policy through student conduct to combat discrimination on campus. In the past year, students have seen an uptick in racial discrimination, yet there have been few substantial responses by the University. Similarly, I want to focus on sexual assault awareness, which will be even more essential if transitioning back to in-person classes. These issues, left unsolved, are deeply divisive to our campus culture and need to be remedied as soon as possible.
Coordinated Advocacy: I plan to coordinate more closely with the SA and GSO, which would unify and strengthen student opinions on campus and at the state level. Also, I want to include more diverse opinions, outside of student government, and regularly meet with student union leaders throughout the school year. Student leaders at all levels need to listen to each other, and I will facilitate that action.
Community Endorsements: Hinman
BU Council Education: What’s the point of representing the student community if they don’t know what the council is? I want to empower students so they know they have a big voice within the decisions that impact us all. This will include encouraging Council participation in student events.
Open Communication: I want to have an open line of communication. Students and organizations should have easy access to the BU Rep and they will. I’m excited to use a bookable calendar, zoom, and coffee chats so we can discuss issues. Let’s work together to find solutions for pressing issues.
Increase Diversity & Inclusion Efforts: It’s evident to myself and the cultural community, Binghamton is not the most diverse campus. I want to focus on multicultural organizations and make sure they’re getting the help/recognition they deserve. I will use my communication skills to listen to both students and administration so we can come up with solutions, together. Enough of just saying it – let’s create change.
Focus on Environmental Protections: I will focus on environmental protections. The council oversees grounds/building improvements and I want every decision made to weigh the impacts we make on the environment. This will be done by voicing our impacts and possible renewable alternatives anytime the Council makes a major decision.
An amendment to Article III.A.4. of the Student Association Constitution has been proposed and must be voted on by the student body for final approval or rejection.
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While the above items are the only proposed changes, the full constitution with proposed amendments may also be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iePHcnp2OEOQAjXQb05y90an38ug1n_g4y5bq91pEAE/edit?usp=sharing
If approved, the new version of the constitution will govern the Student Association beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. If rejected, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will retain their original title and scope of responsibilities.
2021 – 2022 Election Timeline:
- February 15: Election Advertising Begins
- February 16: Letter of Intent period begins
- February 25: Letters of Intent period closes
- March 4: Petition Period Ends
- March 5: Candidates meeting
- March 6: Campaigning begins
- March 9: Confirm ballot names at Congress
- March 17: Candidate platforms due
- March 18: Candidate debate
- March 19: Removal from ballot deadline
- March 22: Election (via B-Engaged)
- March 23: Confirm election results at Congress
Position Descriptions and Requirements:
In order to run for any position on the SA E-Board, you must have spent at least 75 semester class days (roughly one semester) as at least one of the following:
- A voting SA Congress member
- A voting SA E-Board Officer
- A justice on the SA Judicial Board
- An official E-Board member of any SA-chartered student group, including community councils
- Someone who performs continual services that entitle them to compensation in Student Association funds (such as an SA business employee or stipended E-Board office assistant)
In addition, certain positions have additional prerequisites:
- Vice President for Finance
- You must have at least 75 semester class days of experience in one of the following:
- A paid assistant to the Vice President for Finance
- A member of the SA Congress Finance Committee (FinCo)
- A position in which you have authority to access a Student Association financial account (a student organization’s President or Treasurer who has passed the Treasurer’s exam).
- You must have at least 75 semester class days of experience in one of the following:
- Vice President for Programming
- You must have at least 75 semester class days of experience as a member of the Student Association Programming Board (SAPB).
Expectations and Position Descriptions:
Each officer is expected to spend an average of at least 25 hours per week on their job while classes are in session and spend reduced hours while classes are out of session. There is also a 3.0 GPA requirement. The following is a list of the constitutional responsibilities of each E-Board position, in order of rank.
- President, email@example.com
- Coordinates, oversees, and chairs the Executive Board.
- Is the primary representative and spokesperson of the Student Association.
- Executive Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coordinates, facilitates, and promotes the establishment or accession of new subsidiary organizations.
- Coordinates, supports, and works with subsidiary organizations.
- Vice President for Finance, email@example.com
- Trains, assists, and coordinates all who deal with the Student Association’s finances.
- Implements the financial procedures and recommends necessary changes in the financial policies to Congress.
- Vice President for Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coordinates and oversees Advocates, which counsels and represents any student requesting such representation when accused of violating Binghamton University policy.
- Coordinates and oversees the Student Association’s advocacy relating to academic matters.
- Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, email@example.com
- Coordinates, oversees, and chairs the Intercultural Awareness Committee.
- Promotes and facilitates a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and multicultural University community.
- Vice President for Programming, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coordinates and assists the programming efforts of Student Association entities as appropriate.
- Coordinates, oversees, and chairs the Programming Board which produces and facilitates large-scale programming.
BU Council Representative
Furthermore, although it is not a position on the SA E-Board, the student representative to the Binghamton University Council will be elected using the same timeline as above. However, since the BU Council Representative represents both graduate and undergraduate students and is not a member of the SA E-Board, there are a number of differences:
- 300 signatures required, but may be any combination of undergraduate and graduate students.
- There are no prerequisites (i.e. 75 semester class days of experience doing…)
- There is no GPA requirement
The following is a short description of the BU Council Representative position (email@example.com):
The BU Council Representative is a full voting member of the Binghamton University Council in accordance with Article 8 §356 of the NY Education Law and is accountable to both the Student Association (SA) and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO).
For more details about the specific responsibilities of each position and rules about campaigning, please read the SA’s Management Policies. Further questions can be directed to the respective office holder.
All candidates should be familiar with the Student Association’s Constitution and Management Policies, which are located under “Governing Documents” here: https://www.binghamtonsa.org/resources/
For the election, all candidates should be sure to read and abide by the requirements set forth in Section IV of the Management Policies.
Letters of Intent Packet:
- Candidate Affiliation Disclosure Form
- Letter of Intent
- Cover letter informing committee of your name, contact information, election cycle in which you’re running, and position you intend to run for. E-mail this information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate Signature/Petition Form:
- SA E-Board Requirement:
250100* unique signatures
- BU Council Rep Requirement:
300150* unique signatures required
- Individuals may only sign for one candidate in a given race.
- Historically, signors for multiple candidates in the same race would have their signatures on all sheets in question invalidated, potentially reducing the total signature count below the threshold needed to be on the ballot for one or more candidates. With the shift to an online petition form, candidates are still only allowed to sign for one candidate but they may change their selection at any point during the petition period. Due to the possibility of shifting signatures, we still encourage all candidates to obtain a number of signatures greater than the requirement for their position. Candidates are given the ability to monitor their signature count throughout the petition period in order to ensure they obtain enough signatures to reach and remain above the threshold.
*The signature threshold required to be placed on the ballot was temporarily changed (for this election cycle only) at an emergency SA Congress session on 2/28 to discuss concerns over candidates’ difficulties in safely obtaining signatures due to the pandemic and the current moratorium on in-person activity and dining around campus. That legislation can be viewed here.