SGA Election Introduction and Instruction

Student Government Association Elections 2024

The Elections Committee hopes all the HAWKS are doing well and had a great semester and classes so far! These past few weeks have been a series of adjustments but we are keeping high spirits and will continue to provide support for the concerns and questions of the student body.

At this time, Student Government Elections will be electronic. With that said, thank you for your interest in running for a Student Government Association position. Elected Student Leader positions require a very serious commitment to the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In this document, you will find information regarding dates, times, and procedures for a successful election process.

As you complete the requirements online, please keep in mind that your application should be tailored to your desired position and include any information you feel will exhibit your attributes as the best candidate for the position that you seek. This will include creative presentations, a portfolio of work examples, detailed outcomes for specific goals, etc. Please answer all questions and essays to the best of your ability.

Please read through this email carefully and make sure you understand the policies and procedures. If at any time you have questions, feel free to contact any member of the 2023-2024 Election Committee.

Latoya Jenkins

Executive Director, Student Experience and Engagement

Let’s Get Started…

What Is The Student Government?

The Student Government Association (SGA) is comprised of elected student officers and advised by the Office of Student Engagement. This is the official student governing body of the campus.  It promotes the interests and welfare of the University community and encourages student participation in the solution of student life problems and issues.  The SGA cooperates with faculty in the regulation and promotion of student activity.

The Purpose of SGA:

· Provide an agency which promotes the interest and welfare of the students and the University.

· Encourage the student body to work together collectively in solving problems dealing with a student (s) or the University as a whole.

· Inform students of and changes to University policies or procedures.

· Manage funds received from student activity fees.

· Be the “voice” of the student and represent the student body at the appropriate administrative meetings.

· Act as an overseer of all committees formed by the Student Government Association.

· Formulate any committees deemed necessary to enhance the effectiveness of the SGA.

· Preserve customs and traditions for promoting school spirit.

Running for Office

The Student Government Association strives to give students the opportunity to be leaders, grow professionally, and represent the voice of their fellow HAWKS. Any interested student who meets eligibility requirements can pursue candidacy for elected student positions.

Benefits of Running for Office

  • Opportunity to represent and to be the “voice” of the student body
  • Ability to make change on campus
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Great resume building experience
  • Build leadership skills
  • Special University Invitations

Before you begin your Student Government Association application, we require you to review the following information and documents.

MR/MISS UMES Competition Categories (Talent, Oratory, Poise/Projection, Presentation/Image)

Student Election Review Committee (SERC)

Candidates Understanding and Eligibility

Snapshot of Positions and Responsibilities

Student Government Association Application

Meet the Candidates

Almazi Matthews – President 
Keith Ceruti ll – President 
Jada Wilkinson – Vice President 
Mya Joy Reeves- Vice President 
Dallis Carr – Executive Assistant
Victoria Casteel – Program Coordinator
James Jones – Business Manager 
Cameron Geddie – President
Jayla Carr- Vice President
Amya Braxton – Event Manager 
Aprecia Lane – Event Manager
Byron Day – Treasurer
Imperial Court 
Alexandria Camp – Miss UMES
Kristian Francis – Miss UMES
Oluwanifemi Mercy Faniyi – Miss UMES 
Caleb Clark – Mister UMES
David Martin – Mister 1886 
Mia Parsons – Miss 1886
Samaria Guel – Miss Maroon and Gray 
Royal Court
Leandra Allen Miller – Miss Senior 
Aris Henry – Miss Junior
Hasanatou Barry – Miss Junior 
Nathan Rolle – Mister Junior
Lamont Joynes – Mister Sophomore 
Brooke Chaney – Miss Sophomore

Class Boards

Kayla Winn – Junior class VP

Important Dates To Remembers

March 28 – April 7SGA/Class Officers/Imperial Court Filing Period
April 7Packets are due by 12 Noon
April 8Candidates will receive notification if they are qualified to run for office. Only qualified candidates can begin to campaign. Names will be posted online.
April 8The Office of Student Engagement will post all the candidates to the UMES website. Zoom Meeting- SGA Roles and Responsibility Meeting (Mandatory for all candidates!)
April 9 – 23Campaign Season (campaign videos, Flyers, Poster and etc.) – All flyers must be approved
April 15 – 19Speech & Debate Week (All Candidates)
April 15 – 19Debate Night (SGA Presidents and Vice Presidents only)  
Sunday, April 21stMister and Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore Pageant – Performing Arts Center (PAC) 7 PM
April 24 Election Day – 8am to 8pm

All applications must be submitted by 

April 8, 2024 at noon

Office of Student Experience,

Student Services Center– Suite 2104

If you have questions, please call

(410) 651-6434


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