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Q&A with uncontested executive vice president candidate Olivia Frazier

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Photo courtesy of the SGA

Olivia Frazier is a junior majoring in criminology and political science who currently serves as executive secretary. 

Q: What made you want to run for this position?  

“I have been involved in SGA since my freshman year on the health and wellness committee, and I knew — I immediately knew I wanted to run for Senate. Once I was elected as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, I was then elected as the secretary of the Senate, which prompted me to be interested in the executive secretary role that I am in now. Because that is more of an internal engagement managerial position, I was attracted to the role of executive vice president because it plays a similar role within the SGA.” 

Q: How do you plan on improving collaboration with First Year Council?  

“I have a couple of ideas for the First Year Council, one of the main ones being creating committees within the First Year Council that mirror the Senate. Right now, the committees are not directly coherent with the Senate. Once we create these FYC committees mirroring the Senate, they could meet and discuss legislation and initiatives while also allowing the FYC to learn more about the legislative process and Senate decorum.” 

Q: What is the biggest problem you see on campus, and how would you use your position to confront it?  

“I think one of the biggest problems I see on campus is a disconnect between communication and transparency with the SGA. Because of this in the past, there has been a lack of trust. Over the past year, I believe that our relationship with our campus community has grown to be a positive thing, and it is one of my goals to keep expanding upon that. I have had the opportunity within the executive secretary role to be able to bridge several communication gaps. One of the things that I loved doing this year was including other campus organizations in the SGA newsletter to give them a platform to get their voice out there too. Improving communication and transparency has been my biggest goal since day one of my being in SGA.” 

Q: What are your thoughts on your election being uncontested?  

“I know it is a little bit unconventional to be the only one running for a position. However, I do think it is important to focus on the positive aspects of my campaign. I have a lot of different goals, such as community involvement, internal engagement, improving the scholastic experience and improving campus safety. I think focusing on those things and looking into the future about how I can implement those things as executive vice president is a great thing to focus on this year.” 

Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of from your time as executive secretary?  

“Being able to include those other campus organizations in our SGA newsletter has been such a fun thing for me, as I have been able to learn more about what they are doing and grow stronger relationships with them. Another thing that I am super proud of is improving ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] compliance on the SGA website, ensuring that all our documents and proceedings are super accessible to every student on campus — or not on campus. It has been something super important to me this past year.” 

Q: What is one last thing you want voters to know about you?  

“I would love voters to know how passionate I am about the motto ‘Students serving students.’ It is something that I carry close with me and influences how I choose to lead. I hope voters remember to favor Frazier on Feb. 27.” 

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