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Student body President and Vice Presidential Candidates: Art Hernandez and Aaron Martinez

Art Hernandez

Classification:

Junior

 

Hometown:

Georgetown, Texas

 

Major:

Kinesiology

 

Involvement:

Tarleton Ambassador

Congressperson for the College of Education

Tarleton Transition Mentor

Aaron Martinez:

Classification:

Junior

 

Hometown:

Belton, Texas

 

Major:

Kinesiology

Involvement:

Sigma Chi

SGA

Texan Rep

Tarleton Transition Mentor

Platform:

First & foremost we would want to further enhance the student body’s voice for Tarleton State University. Our campus is continuously evolving, expectations for what students can achieve are expanding. SGA is an organization that been brought back into the spotlight among the student experience with tremendous strides in participation across all facets of the campus. I, Aaron, have been a TTM, am a current Texan Rep and Vice President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. I, Art, am a current third year TTM (student director 2016-2017), current Tarleton Ambassador, current congressperson for the college of education, and fortunate enough to receive 2017-2018 Homecoming King. The both of us believe we have garnered enough experience outside of SGA to be able to lead it during the current changes and advances Tarleton is currently enduring.

Our first point of action is to make sure that faculty & administration are continuing to listen to the student voice and placing the opinion of the student body in the light it deserves. During these growing phases, Tarleton State has lost some of the connection it once had with its students. It’s time to revert back to that connection that was once highly prominent. Taking the initiatives to attend organizational meetings, as well as weekly to monthly updates on where our administration stands on current student dilemmas will help bring the Tarleton community closer than ever before. Furthermore, the accountability needs to be held among our university leaders to follow through with plans & actions proclaimed to the student body. If elected, Aaron & I look forward to discussing with these leaders to find real solutions that our campus deserves to see.

The second point of our agenda is to make SGA truly relevant to the common student in terms of accessibility and connection to those who speak on behalf of them such as our congress within SGA. A strong population of Tarleton’s students don’t know or don’t care for their student government enough to realize that this organization was built upon serving & giving back to the students.The both of us believe that we have the power and knowledge as to how to get the ball rolling to achieve this goal. If it takes steps such as going into our colleges on campus and making it aware to students who represents them. Or engaging in hall meetings among residential dorm to inform public about their unknown voice they have in SGA, and of course hearing feedback from upper class man and those individuals who have been a Tarleton Texan long enough to know there needs to be a positive change on this campus.

Lastly, it is vital for Tarleton Texans to remember that change is something that does not have to wait until you are in a position of power to achieve it. This begins with how we treat one another & realizing that the time is now for our students to push for the change they wish to see at TSU. To simply put it, it doesn’t matter if you’re a first year student trying to survive college life or you’re taking a victory lap before you cross the stage, we want to challenge every student on campus to use their voice.

Why are we fit for these positions:

Art Hernandez

I have been fortunate enough here to have met and spoken to a variety of different people with backgrounds from all walks of life here at Tarleton State University. Hearing student perspectives & ideas through the different organizations ive been a part of is something that I hold to the highest standard. Some of these Leaderships roles include being a member the Tarleton Transition Mentor Program (TTM), Tarleton Ambassadors, and SGA. As well as student serving on student councils & advisory meetings to discuss what students truly seek to change on campus. SGA has been brought back into the spotlight recently, with student engagement slowly but surely seeing growth as the semester has gone on. But with this being said, there needs to be a strong push for appeal & accessibility towards getting the word out to students who want their voice to be heard. Additionally, as continuous changes are being made at Tarleton State everyday, it is time to go “Back to the Basics” with students being the core focus across all parts of the university. This comes with having open communication & transparency between the administration and students. I believe with ‘fresh blood’ like Aaron & I we can positively change the status quo and the bring out the passion people are looking for in a premier student organization.

Aaron Martinez:

I believe that I can represent and interpret the student voice and help accomplish the change the student body wants to see happen and I believe that I can help make SGA matter more than it is now to the average student. I’d like to help reinvent and rebrand SGA to make it relevant and worth the attention it definitely deserves through out the vast changes Tarleton is undergoing both physically and academically.

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