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Shubhi Saxena

What relevant experience would you each bring to the positions you are seeking?

Having served on the SGA previously as both a Senator and Assistant Speaker of the Senate I believe I have developed a good sense of how SGA is structured and how things run. From witnessing the management of previous leaders in SGA I feel I have learned a lot about what constitutes a good leader, and how to work cohesively with the other branches of SGA. In addition to this, one of my strongest skills are my time management and organization skills, which I feel will be very beneficial in this position in order to organize the student government to be as productive and accommodating to everyone’s schedule as possible.

How do you intend on fulfilling your roles while working alongside other members of SGA? What strategies do you use to address conflict?

I believe what is equally as beneficial as sharing one’s own ideas is to be a good listener to others’ ideas. Therefore, when addressing conflicts I think it is important to take into account both perspectives, and put yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand where they are coming from. Similarly, when approaching conflict, always take the stance that the other person means no harm and hear them out before making any assumptions about what their intentions are. I generally think that people have good intentions and most conflict comes from the absence of clear communication.

How do your approaches to leadership complement each other? How do you navigate disagreements between the two of you?

Shubhi and I work well together for a number of reasons, but the most important being because we both are good communicators, are realistic in our goal-setting abilities, and are organized. We both hold each other to a high regard and have a lot of respect for one another, which is so important in any relationship. When there are times we disagree, which has happened in the past when we worked together as the Speaker of Senate and Assistant Speaker of Senate, we both remained level-headed and patient in order to listen to the other person’s perspective and work towards a compromise. We understand that we are both human, and make mistakes, but are also able to be humble and accept responsibility for a mistake made. Furthermore, working together has allowed us to develop comfortable ground for us to be able to point out the other person’s weaknesses for the purpose of personal-growth without anyone becoming defensive or hurt.

What is your vision for UMBC and the UMBC student body? How do you intend to strive toward this vision?

There is so much power and potential within each of the branches of SGA to create an environment that is FOR THE STUDENTS at UMBC (yes, that was meant to be all caps). I say this because being a part of Senate for a year, I have learned about many issues around campus that the students really do have the power to change. It is not simply about making peace with something that you are unhappy with, but making UMBC feel like your campus, and, more importantly making the most of your undergraduate experience. Having had most of my college experience online, I am really hoping to motivate the branches of SGA to be as productive as they can within the next year to see positive changes around the campus. In addition to this, celebrating the diversity of UMBC by honoring the various kinds of students, organizations, and vision of inclusivity.

What relevant experience would you each bring to the positions you are seeking?

Sruthi and Kayla both have been able to serve in multiple roles in SGA. Sruthi has acted as Finance Board Chair and currently holds the position of Executive Vice President. As Finance Board Chair, Sruthi worked closely with members of executive and legislative branches which continued as she transitioned into her role as EVP. Now, she works closely with the current president and leads Executive Operations. Kayla has been in SGA since 2019, starting as a First Year Ambassador, then acting as Coordinator of Programming on the Student Organization Support Team, and now currently as the Associate Director of First-Year Development. Together, Sruthi and Kayla lead the FYA program to prepare first year students and transfers for their future in leadership. Through the experiences they have gained, Kayla and Sruthi feel they can best lead the members of SGA and the student body in the role of President and EVP.

How do you intend on fulfilling your roles while working alongside other members of SGA? What strategies do you use to address conflict?

We hope to continue using the connections we have made with students and staff on campus to represent the student body to the best of our ability. The SGA roles we have held in the past and in the present have been heavily reliant on efficient and effective communication at all times. If elected as President and EVP, we hope to continue being available and communicative with all members and students alike. Addressing conflict is something that is unavoidable, especially while having to lead an organization of the scale of SGA. With a lot of moving parts, initiatives, ideas, and motivation, conflict can arise frequently, and to address it, we hope to understand the perspectives of the individuals and provide our objective guidance while also emphasizing the importance of communicating together to reach a solution.

How do your approaches to leadership complement each other? How do you navigate disagreements between the two of you?

Kayla and I have a very similar approach to success in leadership: leadership focused on collaboration. We tend to discuss different ideas between us, typically balancing every outcome to every idea we propose. We ask those around us for input of their opinions as well before making decisions on their behalf. We also are very organized individuals which makes it easier to follow each other’s train of thought and helps us understand each other better. While we have yet to have any serious disagreements between us, when we do happen to disagree on an idea or approach, we weigh the pros and cons of what the other is saying and come to an agreement. We also greatly believe in working on understanding each other’s perspectives and how our own unique experiences in SGA and other leadership roles might have led to the opinions we hold.

What is your vision for UMBC and the UMBC student body? How do you intend to strive toward this vision?

After being in a virtual setting for a year and half, many organizations found it difficult to reconnect with the student body. Having gone through the difficulties of virtual learning in college while holding leadership positions, we feel as though we are properly equipped to represent students overcoming the same hardships we have faced. We hope to make our SGA continually more inclusive: including students of all different backgrounds, majors, classes, socioeconomic status, and more. We also hope to improve the campus thought many initiatives while continually keeping the student’s voice in mind. We want to work together so that every student feels equally involved and comfortable at UMBC while providing support in all the ways we can.

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