Duke University Honor Council is pleased to endorse Kristina Smith for President of Duke Student Government. Honor Council members appreciated all candidates’ devotion to improving the campus culture, whether in terms of academics or community, but Kristina stood out with her broad and open-minded consideration of honor and integrity on campus.

Kristina’s greatest strength is her ability to not only listen but instigate meaningful change based on what she learns through her discussions. Whether that be combating sexual assault, helping students eat on a budget, or making clubs more cognizant of wheelchair accessible meeting spots around campus, Kristina displays a keen sense of active leadership through engaged communication. Honor Council firmly believes that she can make strides towards building a more genuine community here on campus. 

Council members found Kristina’s transparency to be refreshing; she expressed interest in past honor council projects and was passionate about collaboration in the future. Honor Council hopes to bring honor and integrity into discussion in relation to identity and community, and Kristina’s emphasis on expanding the reach of integrity beyond the classroom is promising in elevating overall campus culture. We are proud to support Kristina Smith as a candidate who will tackle bold objectives that directly reflect the ideas of students on campus.

Honor Council would like to thank all candidates for engaging in discussion about their platforms and the importance of honor on campus. Council appreciates Sean’s focus on academic integrity, Yemi’s understanding of the moral conflicts students may face as they navigate Duke, Sabriyya’s emphasis on the importance of healthy living communities on student wellness, and Jamal’s enthusiasm for inclusivity. 

Sydney McAuliffe (T’18), Kushal Kadakia (T’19), Murotiwamambo Mudziviri (T’19), Brittany Amano (T’20), Camille Ampey (T’20), Nick Santangelo (T’20), and Megan Zhao (T’21) recused themselves from the endorsement process.