While choosing from so many well-qualified and committed candidates was a difficult decision, the Duke Disability Alliance is excited to endorse Kristina Smith and Jake Hoberg for DSG President and EVP!

Kristina has a strong track record of advocating for campus accessibility and inclusivity. Her work to ban the Languages Building as a student group meeting space and to promote accessible renovations is respectable. Her vision of increasing professorial awareness of and training for learning accommodations and diverse identities, and her commitment to advancing the voices of students with disabilities within DSG is laudable and important. Because of her ardent advocacy, eclectic and extensive experience, and inclusive vision, we believe Kristina Smith will make an effective DSG President.

Jake has long pushed Duke administration to consider the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and groups on campus. He has helped make Duke Parking and Transportation’s Uber policies more accessible and promoted greater funding towards dorm accessibility projects. Moving forward, he intends to fight for accessible buildings on and off campus, expand mental health resources by removing the CAPS 6 visit limit, and promote disability and mental health awareness and education through campus campaigns. We firmly believe Jake Hoberg will foster inclusion and community as the DSG EVP.

Thank you to all candidates for coming to speak with us at DDA. Our deliberations were truly difficult, and we hope to work with each candidate to build on their ideas!