USG Profile: Kathleen Moorman

Name: Kathleen Moorman

Position you’re running for: Senator to the Honors College

Year and major: junior, political science

Hometown: Concord, OH

What makes you a representative of the student body?

My ability to listen. I do not pretend to know and identify with the struggles of every student, as my experiences are very unique to me. But I do know that I am someone who is good at listening and attempting to empathize to the best of my ability. I think that more so than anything, listening is key in a representative, and I pride myself on my ability to see beyond myself.

What will be your top priority if elected?

Improving the relationship between the Honors College and its students. I believe that, oftentimes, the Honors College is relegated to “additional advising and requirements,” when it is really so much more. The Honors College is a chance for students to pursue opportunities that often aren’t available to other students, and a chance to connect with students who share a passion for education and hard work.

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

I believe that transparency is a huge issue that USG must tackle. It needs to move beyond the foggy idea that students have of it and become a totally transparent and reliable organization. This means ensuring every student knows what USG does as soon as they walk away from DKS, allowing all votes to be open to the public, releasing a budget as soon as it is finalized and continuously keeping students updated on where their money goes.

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

USG has a great opportunity to be an advocate for diversity on campus and I personally believe that the biggest role that USG can take on is that of listener. I would like to see connections between USG and the multicultural organizations on Kent State’s campus, as well as an increased coordination between student representatives and marginalized students.