Senators focus on student synergy
Cullen College of Engineering Student Government Association senators said they want to work on increasing communication with engineering students as well as promoting their college and its graduate programs.
Sen. Kevin Rodriguez and Sen. Christina Dang said their experiences with different engineering organizations will help them reach out to students.
‘I wanted to run because I saw a lack of interaction between the senators and the engineering students for the last four years,’ Rodriguez said.
Dang and Rodriguez plan to use student groups to introduce themselves to the student body and increase student involvement with SGA.
Rodriguez said he plans to promote himself as SGA senator by attending classes and speaking to students.
He said he will promote town hall meetings by providing free food so students will be more inclined to attend.
For Rodriguez bringing open dialogue between faculty and students is at the top of his priority list.
‘I want to see more unity with engineering students,’ he said. ‘There doesn’t seem to be much interaction between faculty and students.’
Promoting the Cullen College of Engineering and its graduate programs is also on Rodriguez’s agenda. He said he wants to attract international students to UH with programs such as Engineers without Borders.
He also believes more students should know about and get involved in SGA.
Dang said she joined SGA to leave a legacy and to be proactive about the problems students face everyday.
Dang’s agenda includes getting better representation for international students. she said international students have a hard time at UH because, most of the time, they don’t know where to go for help with scholarships, signing up for classes and making their way around campus.
Dang, also wants to get engineering students more involved from programs abroad.
She said she wants students to feel they can come to their senators with problems.
‘I want to make SGA more approachable, more relatable,’ she said.
Both senators said they are ready to begin work for SGA, get to know how things work and seeing the changes they can achieve.