On Sunday, March 4, Mi Gente’s Executive Board met with all of the DSG Presidential candidates and listened to their platforms. We believe every candidate possesses the experience and drive needed to excel as DSG President; however, we were particularly impressed by Kristina Smith’s previous achievements. We’re confident her experience and strong vision for what DSG can do for the undergraduate population will translate into effective change.

As VP of Services and Sustainability, Kristina has proven she can address issues and execute plans that have a positive effect on the Duke population at large. From her involvement in implementing the Daily Devil Deals, to banning the Languages Building as a meeting space due to lack of accessibility, and lowering the flex increments; Kristina has demonstrated how she has listened to the concerns of individuals and ensured those concerns did not go unheard. Her commitment to making Duke more accessible and affordable aligns well with Mi Gente’s goal of ensuring Duke is a welcoming environment where all students can thrive. Her commitment for broadening outreach and challenging campus culture also portrays Kristina’s dedication to ensuring Duke is a more inclusive campus for everyone in general. 

Additionally, Kristina’s involvement with different types of diverse groups on campus shows she is a dedicated individual who is actively seeking to form connections with her fellow students and listen to their concerns. Her strong commitment to user her platform as a student leader to promote change shows that, if elected president, she will produce results that will benefit the staff and student body. We are excited to endorse Kristina Smith for DSG President.

Mi Gente would like to extend a genuine appreciation to all the candidates who attended our meeting and informed us about their platform. We enjoyed hearing the ideas everyone has for addressing issues on campus, and we were impressed with the many ways everyone has worked towards bettering the experiences of Duke students.

Signed,

Mi Gente Council 2017-2018