On the record with Trevor and Omika: They’ve got lots of plans
Vox spoke to Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15), a GUSA presidential candidate, and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), vice presidential candidate, about their campaign and Jikaria’s lack of love for Wisey’s (though she’s a vegetarian, so that’s slightly more understandable).
What are the issues you hope to address while in office and what are some immediate changes you would like to make?
While our platform is comprehensive and covers all bases, important themes for us include: student rights, free speech, and engaging underrepresented students and student groups. In terms of student rights, we’d like to push for Code of Conduct changes in how sexual assault cases are handled, expunging freshman year alcohol violations, and off-campus social life policies.
Second, we will aim to extend free speech policies to allow for more open and honest dialogue on campus. We will negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dr. Olson that extends a campus-wide free speech zone and then reevaluate Access to Benefits policies.
Finally, we seek to proactively address multicultural diversity issues that have not been adequately prioritized in GUSA. This includes the lack of formalized ethnic studies majors, institutional recognition of cultural holidays and months and minority faculty representation, among others.
Immediately, we will look to implement our Multicultural Council to begin amplifying the voice of cultural groups on some of these important diversity issues. We will pursue an aggressive MOU that truly reflects Georgetown’s commitment to open dialogue. We will also begin hosting office hours weekly to promote the transparency of and accessibility to this new GUSA Exec.
Why do you think students should vote for your ticket over the others?
We present a strong mix between experience within GUSA and within other groups that also contribute in meaningful ways to student life on campus. We are focused on connecting students to existing resources on campus and facilitating the great work already being done by student groups. We are also looking to connect students to the university administration’s decision-making by concentrating our platform on policies that affect day-to-day life, including the Code of Conduct, the Speech & Expression Policy and others that affect student life. We’re the most informed, the most energetic, and the most ready to shake things up.
What campus groups have you been involved with on campus?
Trevor- GUSA Executive: Historian and Deputy Chief of Staff, College Democrats: Chair, Campus Life Working Group: Student Member, Sexaual Assault Working Group: Student Member, Student Group Union: Political Representative
Omika- International Relations Club: Executive Director, 41st National Collegiate Security Conference, Women’s Center: Women Advancing Gender Equality Fellow, Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP): Coordinator on the Board of Directors, Rangila: Choreographer, New Student Orientation: Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation Advisor
If you could describe your campaign in 4 words what would they be?
Connective, Inclusive, Accountable, Action-oriented
What is your favorite Wisey’s sandwich?
Trevor: The 116. It’s not written on the menu, but they’ll know what you mean. It’s basically a Hot Chick with BBQ sauce.
Omika: Wisey’s and vegetarians don’t get along too well but the grilled cheese is just right.
Trevor: Goldilocks over here.
Omika: Well, what the heck is a 116?
What is your favorite campus publication? (Feel free to not be entirely honest here.)
Is this a trick question?!
Vox thinks they shouldn’t have avoided the answer. But she can just pretend they were really thinking Vox.
Photo courtesy of Trevor and Omika