Elections 2012: Abby Bergren

Executive vice president candidate

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Political science
  • Hometown: Georgetown, Ohio

Platform: Transparency of student fees, expanding student space and graduate student advocacy

Clubs/Activities: Vice president of College Democrats, treasurer of GW Band Program, Colonial Brass and University Honors Program

Previous SA Experience: None

Favorite @FakeStevenKnapp tweet: “Moving all Norokids to The Vern so it can finally be the leper colony it was made to be #gwu”

As executive vice president of the Student Association, Abby Bergren said she would adopt an “all hands on deck approach” to motivate her team.

Bergren, the only female candidate for top two SA posts, said she would “bridge the gap” between the executive and the SA Senate by getting all members to work together through issue-based commissions.

“I would make sure everyone has a greater role in committees and I would keep the committees on their toes,” Bergren, who is vice president of the College Democrats, said.

A new leadership style that increases communication across the organization would help members identify opportunities to collaborate on legislation or lobbying, she said.

Bergen’s platform also focuses on continuing SA projects such as the fee commission – which aims to lower student costs – and campaigning for expanded access to student space.

“SA lobbying is a slow process and we need to continue [these issues] from administration to administration,” she said.

Bergren will also prioritize graduate student involvement, a population that in the past has felt spurned by the undergraduate-focused SA, by involving them more in programming efforts or creating a committee exclusively charged with soliciting feedback from these students.

“Throughout my three years here, I have all these ideas floating around, and I definitely don’t want to leave without trying to work on those,” she said.

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