Date: April 1st, 2021
Time: 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Zoom Link: https://binghamton.zoom.
Date: April 5th – April 6th, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Hello, my name is Christopher Wright and I am pleased to be a candidate for President of the GSO. I believe that I can serve as a competent advocate for graduate students across campus primarily due to my applicable experiences working as a student leader, member, and collaborator on multiple university committees across the graduate and undergraduate levels. These include serving as the Student Association’s VP for Programming, as Vice President of Operations for the Graduate Management Association, and as an active member on the Student Philanthropy Committee, to name a few. As such, I am greatly familiar with advocating for students directly to the University administration, creating and overseeing enriching events, managing a large budget and dealing with the legal/safety considerations necessary to effectively run an organization. I am excited at the prospect of serving graduate students further.
Daniel BellMy name is Daniel Bell and I am running for GSO President. I have experience leading teams in times of crisis, fundraising for nonprofits, and serving as a voice for the voiceless.I am a first year student in the Masters of Social Work Program (MSW). The MSW program was designed to “to contribute proudly to the profession as leaders in our work for equity, justice and inclusion.” (Binghamton University, 2020). Throughout my studies in the MSW program I have learned that a leader must be transparent, professional and understand that their actions have consequences. A leader must be open to criticism and work to help all that they represent not just a few. As a Social Work student I believe I am in a unique position to lead the GSO by increasing accountability and transparency of the GSO, improve mental health services for student, and provide more access to educational as well as mental health resources to students hit hardest by the pandemic. I’ve lead teams after Hurricane Harvey help Houston rebuild and I believe as the GSO President I can help Binghamton University GSO rebuild through transparency and dependability.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
University Wide Transparency & Communication
Promoting and advocating for increasing transparency and communication across campus. This includes communication with university administration, GSO, and graduate organizations. Additionally, collaborating with student leaders across departments and with undergraduate organizations who may share similar concerns, interests, and goals to make Binghamton University a more equitable and safer campus for all.
Addressing Issues of Safety and Equity
Since 2018, we have witnessed an increase in accounts of racial, ethnic, and sexual violence reported on campus. I am driven to collaborate with existing groups, organizations, and committees to combat and help put an end to discrimination and increase accountability on behalf of Binghamton University. I plan to meet with groups including: Graduate Student Employee Student Union (GSEU), SUNY Graduate Workers Against Institutionalized Racism (GWAIR), Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Violence, Abuse and Rape Crisis Center (VARCC), and Take Back the Night, among others. Another important issue raised is the increase in police presence on campus and the lack of safety services despite increasing budgets for UPD. My goal in working with these committees is to gather data which would help us advocate and provide better access to physical and mental health, safety, and support services.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS CANDIDATE
Yingsi (Vincy) Fang
Dear BU graduate students, nice to meet you! My name is Yingsi (Vincy) Fang, and I am running for GSO Vice President for Multicultural Affairs 2021-2022 as a second-year pharmacy student. I’m originally from Guangdong, China where I lived until I was 15 years old when I then moved to Toronto, Canada. After high school I moved to Montreal, a bilingual city, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology from McGill University. In 2019, I came to the US to pursue my PharmD Degree at BU. As someone who has now lived in three countries, I’ve had the opportunity to overcome language barriers and experience many different cultures. I’ve gained much respect and appreciation for the diversity of ethnic, racial, gender, and cultural differences from various backgrounds. I love to dedicate myself to cultivating a multicultural atmosphere at our University where everyone can find a place to celebrate their own traditions with mutual respect. It would be my honor if I could be your VPMA for the next year. I am looking forward to providing continuous support to our graduate multicultural groups, allocating resources and services fairly, and promoting intercultural competence in our community with all of you.