GSA Executive Board Elections

Special Election for GSA Public Relations Chair

Voting opens on Thursday, July 23rd at 5:45 pm and closes on Friday, July 31st at 5 pm. Results will be announced on Friday, July 31.

Meet Our Candidates

Candidate #1: Jaimie Cory
jkcory@uncg.edu
(She/Her/Hers)

Biography

Jaimie Cory, MEd, LCMHCA is a rising second year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Counseling and Counselor Education. After completing her BA in Sociology and The Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, she worked as a public-school teacher in the Houston area from 2014 to 2019. In addition to her work duties as assigned, Jaimie sponsored the unofficial campus Gay Straight Alliance and advocated for the rights of queer and transgender students. While working as a high school teacher, she also received her MEd in Counseling from the University of Houston, conferred May 2019. As part of her counseling program she worked as a clinical student intern at the Montrose Center where she helped individuals, couples, and groups address their various presenting mental health concerns. Since then, she has been able to provide counseling services as a doctoral intern at both UNCG’s Vacc Clinic and the Counseling Center at Guilford College. As a counselor, Jaimie specializes in working with LGBTQ-identified clients from narrative, relational-cultural, and emotionally focused modalities of treatment. Her research interests include decolonizing trauma-informed counseling practices and expanding counselors’ working definitions of family and relationality utilizing both autoethnographic and participatory action research methodologies. She is passionate about counselors as catalysts for social justice and creating intersectional frameworks of study in order to improve counselor multicultural competency. Outside of work, Jaimie is interested in food, travel, art, literature, activism, community organizing, and anything related to the art of drag. She can be reached at jkcory@uncg.edu.

Purpose Statement

My name is Jaimie Cory, and I am interested in the Public Relations/ Marketing Chair role for the GSA at UNCG. In this role, I hope to expand the reach of the GSA increasing accessibility for all graduate students of UNCG.

My experiences with student organizing began while I was an undergraduate student at Rice University, as secretary of Queers & Allies. There, we organized multiple fundraisers throughout the year to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students, advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusive policy change, and donate to local Houston organizations, such as HATCH Youth. As a teacher, I sponsored an unofficial student Gay Straight Alliance, where students were provided a safe space to explore their identities and find reprieve from ever-present homophobia and transphobia. I advocated for students and their ability to be recognized for who they are despite significant push-back from teachers, parents, and district administration personnel. I hope to continue this work through the Graduate Student Association at UNCG.

Having also been a graduate student for the past four years, I understand the vast number of reasons why graduate students may not feel inclined to engage with a graduate student association. While I was pursuing my masters’ degree at the University of Houston, I also worked full time as a public-school teacher. During the 2018-2019 school year, I was working full time, maintained a 20 hour a week counseling internship, and maintained a full course load. I wish I could say that I was the only person taking on such a load. I was not. At UNCG, I continue maintain multiple roles as I alternate between teacher, supervisor, student, researcher, and counselor, all the while trying to make ends meet through a university stipend and student loans.

We, as graduate students, are often over-extended and placed in precarious social and economic positions. It is clear to me why many are not excited to engage with yet another organization. As the Public Relations / Marketing Chair, my hope would be to increase student involvement through targeted efforts to address pressing student needs. As a graduate student, I am deeply appreciative of the work that the GSA has done over the past year to address the incredibly prescient issue of graduate student food insecurity. My hope is that I may be able to play a key role in continuing this movement toward addressing issues of concern among our student body. With a clear focus on issues of social justice and mutual aid, I believe that we can continue to work toward improving the lives of our students.

Candidate #2: Bradly Wallace
bmwallac@uncg.edu
(He/Him/His)

Biography:

My name is Bradley Wallace, and I am an MPA student in the Nonprofit Management concentration. Originally having grown up near Fayetteville, NC, I moved to Greensboro in 2011 to begin my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology and Political Science. Upon graduation in 2015, my experiences include working for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as volunteering with the New Leash in Life prison program in Forsyth County. As a first generation college student, I am very sensitive to the challenges that come with graduate school for all students. 

Purpose Statement: 

My intent for seeking this position is to help increase the visibility and representation of all graduate students at UNCG. During these unprecedented times with the Covid-19 crisis, we are in need of direction and ideas that put the best interest of the graduate students at UNCG at the forefront. 

Public Relations/Marketing Chairperson job description:

  1. Shall solicit the appointment of the GSA senators from the various Directors of Graduate Study
  2. Shall chair Student Engagement Committee
  3. Shall publicize all activities of the GSA
  4. Shall maintain the GSA website and social media mages (communications experience preferred)
  5. Shall maintain GSA records and office space
  6. Shall keep records of attendance and voting
  7. Shall take minutes of all Executive Board and general assembly meetings
  8. Shall meet with the Executive Board and general assembly meetings
  9. Shall assume other duties as it necessary

Election Timeline:

July 10-17: Nomination Period

Nomination candidates must submit biographies and purpose statements by July 17 @ 11:59 pm

Students wishing to nominate a colleague must email: gsavppgm@uncg.edu

July 21: Dissemination of Nominee Information

July 23: Emergency Meeting via Zoom @ 5:15 (link: https://uncg.zoom.us/j/99761351779)

Candidate presentations at GSA Meeting; Voting opens

NOTE: Nominated candidates MUST attend July 23 GSA Meeting

July 23-30: Voting Period

Voting opens on Spartan Connect

https://uncg.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/election/start/429806

Voting closes at 5:00pm on July 30th

July 31: New Executive Board Member Announcement and Welcome

Voting results announced via SpartanConnect, pending certification by GSA advisers

NOTE: Elected candidate MUST be able to attend August 6 E-Board retreat (9 am-4 pm)