Duke Student Government elections are March 5 and 6, and the campaigns are in full swing. But who are the people behind them?
Juniors Tommy Hessel and Valeria Silombria are running for DSG president, and junior Kait Boncaro and sophomore Dina Qiryaqoz are competing for executive vice president. Each brings a distinct background and set of priorities to the race.
Check out the profiles below for in-depth information about each candidate. If you don't have time, try our quick guide to the candidates.
Hessel, currently vice president for campus life, wants to foster collaboration and democratize access to resources on campus as DSG president.
If elected as DSG president, the current vice president for Durham and regional affairs would aim to make Duke more affordable, promote connections to Durham and push Duke to develop a hate speech and hidden bias policy.
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Boncaro is the current vice president for services and sustainability, and she wants to improve access to important information about Duke as EVP.
Qiryaqoz, a senator on the academic affairs committee, hopes to redefine the EVP position while tackling a variety of projects.