Timmy Sullivan & 

Hayden Latimer-Ireland

for

President and Vice President

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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.


Hayden Latimer-Ireland is an SGA Senator on the Outreach and Development Committee. She is also a member of the Center for Education Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) and serves as an Undersecretary of University Policy and External Affairs. She is a freshman at UMass, majoring in Political Science and Psychology and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 
Since arriving on campus this past fall, Hayden has been working with the Debt Free Future campaign within CEPA; participating in the fall UMass-specific lobby day and continuously speaking with state legislators about college affordability. She has also been collaborating with PHENOM and the MSP to build relationships with the UMass Board of Trustees and to ask for their support of legislation to increase funding for public higher education. She has also spent a large amount of her time on campus focusing on the issue of sexual harassment and assault on campus, holding a forum on a new campus policy regarding the issue within her first month and a half on campus. She has been working to build connections with many groups organizing around the issue, including students from athletics and greek life, the Center for Women and Community, and the SGA Attorney General’s office.
 
Hayden hopes to continue working to prioritize the needs of all students at UMass and to ensure that this campus is a safe community for everyone. She also wants students to feel comfortable bringing their issues to the Student Government Association and to be secure in the knowledge that prompt action will be taken on items brought to our attention. She understands the importance of collaborating with other members of the SGA, and hopes to continue building connections with those who feel that the SGA isn’t representative of them or their beliefs. 
The role of the UMass Student Government Association is to work for the student body and to represent the interests of the broader campus community. This is something that Hayden has always strived to do and she believes wholeheartedly that the SGA can continue to affect positive change at UMass Amherst that will last for years to come. She hopes that you will vote Timmy and Hayden on Campus Pulse, from February 19th to 21st, to build student power together.

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"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 ... 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..."

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