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Timmy and Hayden
Candidates for President and Vice President
Timmy Sullivan is the incumbent President of the SGA, a student organizer on campus, and the Legislative Co-Chair of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, a statewide network dedicated to lowering the cost of public higher education. A current junior, he is majoring in Political Science and minoring in History, Spanish, and Arabic. Timmy got involved in student leadership on his first day at UMass, working as an Undersecretary of Sustainability for the Student Government Association. In this role he helped install the first five outdoor compost bins, later co-creating the first ever residential based composting project. That same year, he served as a Senator for the class of 2020 on the Outreach and Development Committee and the Academic Oversight Committee. As a Sophomore, Timmy was hired as a the Co-Campaign and Advocacy Coordinator at the Center for Education Policy & Advocacy (CEPA), dedicating his work in CEPA to the Affordable Higher Education campaign and later joining the Food Access Coalition to help combat campus food insecurity. That year, as a Sophomore, he was elected President of the SGA. In just one semester of prioritizing affordability and food security, Timmy helped create the first UMass-specific lobby day to bring students to the state house and build relationships with state legislators to advocate for increased state funding to UMass; met with the Chancellor and President Meehan to articulate the need for freezing tuition and fees; supported the reinstallation of the APO student-run food pantry; proudly supported a coalition of students putting forward demands for racial justice to the university; worked with administrators to create a new, cheaper meal plan option for students; is working with the University on a proposal for an institutional food pantry; and is continuing work to expand campus composting.
Timmy understands that the Student Government Association has institutional power to move campus policy forward in a way that works for all of our students. With his leadership, the SGA has built new and strategic partnerships with the Graduate Student Senate, undergraduate and graduate labor organizations (RA/PM Union and GEO), and Professor and professional staff unions (MSP, MTA, PSU). For the first time, the SGA is in a strong coalition of undergraduates, graduates, and workers. Through this collective work, he’s seen the strides the campus can make in advocating for more state funding, fighting food insecurity, standing against racism, and building a campus for every student. It’s been his absolute honor to serve and advocate for students in this role and he hopes to earn your vote once again from February 19-21.