Manjot Singh has been elected as the next Undergraduate Student Government (USG) president.
The results of the election were announced on USG’s Instagram a few hours after polls closed on SBEngaged on April 4. Singh, a junior civil engineering major and political science minor, is currently a USG senator representing the Residence Hall Association. He was elected with 86.86% of the vote and ran unopposed.
“I am honored to be elected as the President of the Undergraduate Government,” Singh wrote in an email to The Statesman. “Not only will I have the opportunity to represent over 17,000 well-achieving undergraduate students, but I have the opportunity to work with an excellent executive board to accomplish some great initiatives.”
Singh’s main initiatives include increasing the accessibility of mental health resources for students, informing students about Title IX and making the club and organization process more efficient.
“As we are climbing back into a sense of normalcy, it is necessary that student life is enhanced and that USG can provide some great experiences to the student body,” he added. “The precedent of advocacy has been set by performer Presidents, Shaheer Khan and Huntley Spencer, and I hope I can continue to advocate for all students on campus.”
The other students who were elected to the USG Executive Council are Victoria Sarita, a junior psychology major and women’s study minor, as the executive vice president; Pujan Patel, a junior applied mathematics and statistics and business management double major, as treasurer; Sowad Karim, a sophomore biology and political science double major, as vice president of communications; Christopher Jean, a sophomore biology major, as vice president of student life; Thaliyah Fraser, a junior marine vertebrate biology major, as vice president of clubs and organizations; and Willie Bedoya, a mechanical engineering major and philosophy minor, as vice president of academic affairs.
All but Patel ran opposed. Read more about the newly elected executive council and their initiatives here.
Members of the A.C.E. party, who ran for six executive council seats excluding the president, won all of their elections. The party ran 21 candidates for senate, 20 of which were elected. Among the ACE party’s initiatives is prioritizing student’s mental health programs and increasing USG’s outreach to the student community.
Two amendments to the constitution, one of which allows USG to incorporate as a company and the other which imposes stricter academic requirements for students on the senate and executive council, both passed with over 90% of the vote.