Political Science and Communications
Hi Everyone! My name is Maggie Kennedy and I am running for the office of President of the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Government Board. I am a junior Political Science and Communication Rhetoric major, with minors in French and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and I currently serve as the Chair of the SGB Wellness Committee.
During my time here at Pitt, I have seen firsthand the massive impact one decision can make. My first semester here, I auditioned and got into The Songburghs A Cappella Group. That one decision has given me some of my best friends and countless hours of music and happiness. Then, in the spring of my first year, I applied to be a Resident Assistant. Upon being hired and working as an RA in Holland Hall last year and Tower A this year, I have met so many incredible people on my floors, on my staffs, and in the ResLife department as a whole. I have gained wonderful friends and expanded my professional network and skills exponentially. From there, I got connected with the SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education) Office and became a Peer Educator, I got involved with the It’s On Us Campaign, and I joined the SGB Wellness Committee, which I now Chair.
As a sexual assault awareness and prevention education advocate through the SHARE Office and It’s On Us, I have had the privilege to engage with students across campus in important dialogues about sexual and relationship violence and abuse. This past fall I was grateful to speak at the Southwest PA Says NO MORE Campus Event, to host activist Heather Marlowe and her play about her own survivor experience, “The HAZE,” and to attend the Title IX at 45 Conference with renowned academic, Neena Chaudhry. I have always been passionate about these issues and my activism stems back to high school, but through the opportunities I’ve had at Pitt, I’ve gotten to add my voice to the campus, city, and state conversations.
If elected President, I would use the experience and knowledge I have gained to work with the Title IX Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of First Year Experience to revamp First-Year and New-Student Orientation to be more comprehensive and proactive, particularly regarding sexual and relationship violence and abuse. As an RA, I have attended Orientation programming three different times and I want to update these events and the information to be more engaging, inclusive, and effective.
Additionally, through my coursework in Political Science and GSWS, I have taken a variety of classes that have opened my eyes and changed my worldview on issues regarding race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and more. If elected, I would work with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to support the addition of a Diversity General Education Requirement to the Dietrich curriculum and to push for the same requirement in our other schools as well (Business, Engineering, Health and Rehab, Nursing, etc.) so that all Pitt students, regardless of academic field, have the opportunity to take such courses and expand their perspectives.
Lastly, I’d like to work with the Facilities, Transportation, and Technology committee and administration to improve the campus shuttle experience and the campus music practicing facilities to better match student needs. In order to best understand said needs, I would like to add a “Fix-It-Pitt” Tab on the main my.pitt.edu student portal so that all students can easily provide feedback.
Pitt has given me so much and I want to do everything I can to give back. If elected President, I would work hard to ensure that all Pitt students feel welcome and supported in their paths to success. I am so grateful and excited for this opportunity to potentially represent our student body and to leave a lasting impact. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and Hail to Pitt!