MALIK, WILLIAMS WIN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

NICOLE HASEK, TRUMPET GUEST WRITER

After hours of waiting, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Yusra Malik, third-year neuroscience major, and Emma Williams, thirdyear graphic design and studio art double-major, were elected as student body president and vice president respectively for the 2020-21 academic year.

After hours of waiting, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Yusra Malik, third-year neuroscience major, and Emma Williams, thirdyear graphic design and studio art double-major, were elected as student body president and vice president respectively for the 2020-21 academic year.

For the past two years, Malik and Williams have worked together on the senate’s executive team and orientation staff. The success of that teamwork provided confidence in an ability to work well together.

In that time, Malik and Williams have led sexual assault prevention training. The pair plans to take this type of education further and add inclusivity training for disability services, LGBTQ members, politics, racism and religion.

“There are so many things that people can learn more about to be more tolerant and open to people who are different from them on our campus,” Williams said. Malik started as a student senate representative in February 2018, and was elected to executive representation of diversity a month later.

Williams started as a representative in fall of 2017 and has served as to public relations director for the past two years.

“I want to be that person who is a voice for the students and is able to take what student concerns are and bring them up to the administration and be able to have that conversation and be that bridge with Emma,” Malik said.
The main focus of their campaign was to make changes based on the needs of their peers, not just their own.

“There are so many ideas in my head and so many things I want to do and I just need to bring myself back to reality and remind myself what needs to be done and what can be done and what can’t be done,” Malik said. Malik and Williams see upcoming projects and solutions to problems as long-term and hope they will continue to make a difference even after they are no
longer leading.

“We’re proud of what we’ve done, and we’re excited to keep moving forward,” Williams said. For more information, email Malik at yusra.malik@wartburg.edu or Williams at emma. williams@wartburg.edu.

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