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Rodriguez & Gibbard Launch UPUA Executive Campaign

As Penn State’s spring semester heats up, student government elections are creeping closer, too.

On Monday, Najee Rodriguez and Sydney Gibbard jointly launched their campaign to become the next president and vice president of Penn State’s University Park Undergraduate Association. Currently, they serve as UPUA’s vice president and speaker of the assembly.

So far, Rodriguez and Gibbard appear to be the only formally introduced executive ticket for the upcoming election. Last spring, Rodriguez and UPUA President Erin Boas ran unopposed, too, before securing a bid to lead UPUA’s 16th Assembly. 2018 and 2019’s UPUA elections featured unopposed executive tickets as well.

On their website, Rodriguez and Gibbard offered a brief overview of their campaign before election season truly heats up.

“We have three values: empathy, equity, and empowerment. We plan to execute these values across ten different pillars,” their site reads. “As a student at Penn State, you have the ability to help us customize the projects we work on by providing feedback or pointing us in a new direction.”

Rodriguez and Gibbard listed a handful of preliminary initiatives on their campaign site, too. Highlights include eliminating student poverty, encouraging environmentally sustainable practices, addressing sexual violence and misconduct on campus, and increasing student government accessibility.

As it stands, Penn State students will elect their next student government leaders on Thursday, March 31.

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