USG Profile: Keri Richmond

Name: Keri Richmond

Position you’re running for: Director of Governmental Affairs

Year and major: junior, public relations

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

What makes you a representative of the student body?

Holding several leadership positions during my three years here at Kent State, I believe that leadership is about serving, listening and advocating for our student body. I am a dedicated and committed advocate for others and will be a relentless advocate, regardless of the role I am in.

What will be your top priority if elected?

Students are my top priority. We are elected to serve the student body and I think it’s vital that student stories and voices are heard on campus. These include both state and national issues such including student debt and the price of tuition.

What do you think can be improved on with USG and the campus in general?

USG needs to improve its transparency and strengthen its relationship with the student body. We are here to serve the student body and students deserve to know what we are doing as elected leaders. Students should feel comfortable coming to representatives and voicing their concerns, but also be confident that these concerns will be acted on.

How will USG handle the growing prominence of diversity-related issues on campus?

USG should continue to work closely with new university initiatives like the climate study. This new study will allow students to voice their opinion about diversity-related issues on campus. This is a step forward that will allow us to learn, grow and make changes to ensure we are aware and actively seeking to put an end to improve these issues.