Undergraduates elected sophomore Dina Qiryaqoz to be the 2020-2021 Duke Student Government executive vice president.
Qiryaqoz won with 54.2% of votes, besting junior Kait Boncaro with 45.8%, wrote sophomore John Markis, DSG attorney general and also a senior news reporter for The Chronicle. Out of a possible 6,879 votes, 1,719 total votes were cast for EVP.
Qiryaqoz, currently a senator on DSG’s academic affairs committee, aims to redefine what her new position means and advocate for all students on campus.
“I’ve always been involved in student government, but doing it at Duke was almost perfect for me because it [allowed] me to engage in many different communities and different issues on campus,” she said.
Qiryaqoz ran on a platform that included an emphasis on increasing efforts to prevent sexual harassment and assault, advocating for minority groups on campus, changing DSG internal policy and creating an alternative spring break program. Her platform is influenced by her experiences as a student of color born outside of the United States and as a first-generation, low-income student.
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