Defy - Madeline Garcia and Arianna Hoye
IUSG policy areas traditionally already hit many areas of campus: from health and wellbeing to academic affairs, and all the way to government relations. We want to continue pushing these committees, but to also transition our mission to now push three distinct campus issues onto the table: Advocating for at-risk students, confronting racism at IU and calling for long-term sustainability measures. These areas impact all areas of student life on campus, yet focuses on amplifying the voices of the student population traditionally silenced.
We acknowledge the fact that, as students, it is near impossible to experience the adversity and struggles faced within every community at IU. Student organizations constantly educate their members, advocate for their own communities and give back through philanthropy, Defy wants to further these missions through coalition building and collaboration. To help us act as a liaison between the students we will represent and the administrative figures we will meet with, Defy wants and encourages students to join the conversation by writing their own policies that relate to their own communities to implement into the Defy agenda. This agenda includes advocating for HIPS Students, Confronting Discrimination and promoting sustainability.
We need to open up resources and access for students who are experiencing housing insecurity, food insecurity, financial instability, disability, work-studies on campus and much more. We refer to these issues as Hidden In Plain Sight (HIPS) issues. They include homelessness, resource insecurity, poverty, and safety. Students facing these issues are largely left out of conversations and are forgotten during campus policy changes. They are severely discriminated against by such changes like room and board cost increases, renovations to classroom seating spaces, working conditions and employment opportunity. Defy believes that students need access to administrators and policy decision-makers, and we hope to achieve this through advocating for budgeting transparency, hosting bi-weekly meetings between student organizations and IUSG, and assisting student organizations in meeting with campus administration.
Defy will take an intersectional look at diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). From white supremacy posters to bus drivers refusing to drive, Defy is going to call out racism on our campus. However, we know that discrimination extends far beyond race. We are prepared to face the issues of discrimination, bigotry, and a culture of exclusion on campus head on. To achieve this, we will implement mandatory DEI training for all employees on campus, ranging from faculty to auxiliary staff. This training may build staff respect for LGBTQ+, Veteran status, and neurodiverse students, and students from any racial, ethnic, religious, ability, linguistic, citizenship, or age status.
We commit to bring light to more aspects of DEI that encompasses all intersectionalities of students on campus, increase the access to resources for identity-based organizations and cultural centers, and create a land acknowledgement agreement that acknowledges the stolen and sacred land Indiana University has been built on at the beginning of commencement and induction ceremonies.
Sustainability is a responsibility we all share. However, the burden should not be placed on just students to save a warming planet. We will work to couple divestment of fossil fuels with reinvestment in solar energy, backed by state and energy corporation subsidies that we are ready to lobby for. Defy hopes to work in conjunction with both university-wide and individual efforts to make sustainable choices feasible for everyone at Indiana. When surveyed by the IUSG Data Collection Team, 80% of students reported a 4 or 5 response on a 5-point scale that sustainability was “very” or “extremely” important to them. To advocate for sustainability policy, we will continue to encourage the university to divest from the fossil fuel industry and discourage acceptance of hidden interest donations, reassess the university’s initiatives to the meet the goal of zero emissions by 2050, increase composting and recycling education, advocate for more vegetarian and vegan food options and holding Sustain IU more accountable.
President: Madeline Garica
Madeline Garcia is a sophomore studying Law and Public Policy in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is running as the Defy campaign’s Presidential candidate. She is passionate about advocating for equity and equal opportunity both on and off campus and runs under the philosophy of servant leadership.
“As Student Body President, I vow to defy the status quo of how IUSG runs,” Garcia said. “I will bring in diverse student perspectives to the decision-making tables and fight for reform that protects resources availability for all students. Most importantly, I will give back to this campus through increased student engagement, transparency, and advocacy for underrepresented students. By bringing underserved voices to the table and advocating for long-term sustainability and student engagement changes, I know I can serve IU students effectively and break barriers to student success.”
In 2018, Madeline was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award after volunteering over 600 hours over the last six years and securing over $15,000 in donations for non-profits in the last four years. To Madeline, leadership is about giving back to the community that raised you. Running for student government is no different.
Here at IU, Madeline is the President of Student United Way, a group that connects students with volunteer opportunities revolving around causes like poverty, food insecurity, health and education. Madeline is passionate about cultivating a sustainable campus by pushing for university-wide and individual level changes that can protect our campus and promote environmental stewardship for years to come. She is also excited to bring silenced voices to the forefront, advocating for the unique demands posed by students of different socio-economic, ethnic, ability, financial, and employment statuses.
“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. I am committed to make sure no student’s rights are forgotten. I am also ready to engage IUSG with our state and local governments to formalize long-standing changes to university policy,” Garcia said. “The government plays a role in everything from Title IX regulation to the funding formula that may lead to a spike in tuition. Through my experience lobbying and petitioning representatives, an interest to serve in an elected role in the future, and my experience in Model United Nations and other organizations off campus such as the Indiana Vote by Mail coalition, I am ready to facilitate a path to change with these legislators to make change happen.”
Vice President: Arianna Hoye
Arianna Hoye is a sophomore studying Law and Public Policy and Media Management and is the Defy campaign’s Vice-Presidential Candidate. Currently, she is a member on the Executive Board of the Black Student Union—an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Black students on campus through advocacy, inclusiveness and recognition. In her position as the Political Action Chair, Arianna is responsible for informing students on the climate of the political world and fights to increase protections for minority students on campus.
“I am a passionate about creating safe spaces on campus for all identity-based student organizations to be appreciated and honored,” Hoye said. “On campus I have actively engaged in marches, panels and other programs through initiatives involving the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity & Multicultural Affairs. I live by advocating and speaking for those who may not be able to do so themselves.”
Arianna has focused on education outreach while working in the P16 Office of Collaboration and Research and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the School of Education. She has strongly pushed for mandatory diversity training through the Office of the Provost to help prevent instances of discrimination in the classroom. Additionally, while working in the School of Education, Arianna has developed policy, researched student retention rates and implemented programs encouraging academia on campus. After instances of racial bias within the Kelley School of Business, Arianna is prepared to bring the intersectionality of academic affairs and equality into the classroom
“Pursuing and fighting against policies that create systemic adversity, I want to use our platform to raise the concerns of students who continuously have been forgotten on campus. Madeline and I are presenting ideals that encourage prosperity, require longevity and dedication that the Defy campaign radiates.”
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