Desiree Smith for BSA President

Just this morning I was informed that a new candidate had entered the race for BSA President, 4th Year Desiree Smith. Below his her plan and vision for her Presidency. I think Ms. Smith is the kind of influence and change we need to have within the BSA and I personally support her goals.

The elections will be held in Robertson 142 also known as the Comm School at 2:30pm. Approximately 15 minutes from now! Elections have been held but the results have not been released.

I have a lot of ideas and even more passion and I figure that the best way I can end my UVa career is to give back 4 years of UVa experience and leadership to the Black community through BSA.

1. TO FIRST RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE NOT ONE, MONOLITHIC COMMUNITY.
From there it will be much easier to embrace our differences, learn what various black people want and achieve as many dreams as possible.

2. DETERMINE AND ARTICULATE OUR COMMUNITY’S ISSUES SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN TO MOBILIZE PEOPLE AROUND ISSUES AND NOT JUST OUR COMMON SKIN COLOR.
As UVa’s black population becomes increasingly diverse, it becomes increasingly difficult to rally people around events and activities just because we are all black. By determining what our various issues are, we can do a better job of rallying people because they have a better feel for what they are working towards.

3. EMBRACE CONTINUOUS FEEDBACK.
For all the great ideas and completed projects, they will mean nothing if we never know how people are responding to our work and what topics we are still failing to address. I want people to feel that BSA is always ready to respond to their concerns and ideas.

4. ALWAYS BE WORKING ON A MEANINGFUL LEGACY.
Black Alumni fought it out at UVa so that we could have a much easier path. Although they want us to just enjoy being normal students, I also think it is our duty to make sure we are always making the path easier for the generations to come after us. If we become complacent and content with focusing on individual achievement, we have failed them and ultimately ourselves.

Thanks so much,
Desiree

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