Charmaine Campbell’s platforms cater to groups USAC typically does not reach, and this board thinks she would bring much-needed diversity to the council.
Instead of focusing on programming events from her office, Campbell wants to help student groups put on their own events, which could help her interact with students not currently involved in USAC.
For instance, Campbell plans to hold a yearlong series of events under the theme “I am a Womyn with a Y” to empower women on campus, including those in the LGBT community.
Campbell recognizes the word “womyn” can be divisive and the first event of “I Am a Womyn with a Y” will be a forum to explain the word’s origins.
Because this word can be controversial, she may be best served by general female empowerment events to attract women interested in the broader topic.
Campbell also plans to work with student-athletes, a community that has an often forgotten history of activism on campus. Athletes helped found the Afrikan Student Union, led protests against the Vietnam War, and used to have a representative on USAC many years ago. If elected, Campbell should find out what changes athletes would like to see or what their concerns are, so she can find concrete ways to connect with them.
Campbell’s struggles as a student commuter have inspired her other platform, which includes expanding the Community Programs Office’s evening van service and holding a commuter fair. Because she has been involved in the USAC general representative office and in outside groups, we think Campbell will add a fresh perspective to the council.