Meet Your Special Interest Senators!

Name: Juan Jose Garcia

Senator: Hispanic American Senator

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): JR

Expected Graduation: May 2013

Major(s): Political Science, Philosophy, Spanish

Minors(s): [None listed]

Activities/Organizations: CHAS, LULAC

Honor society/leadership/Greek: Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) VP of Recruitment; VP of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Sigma Lambda Beta Intl. Fraternity, Inc.

What do you enjoy about being a senator?

“The ability to create a positive change and be involved with important issues that affect the SMU student body.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?

“I hope to effectively represent the interests and concerns of the Hispanic-American student body by increasing communication and developing close relationships with my respective constituents. Making sure I stay in constant communication with my constituents will allow me to lead effectively, create positive change, and fulfill my duties as Hispanic-American Senator.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?

“Boulevarding!”

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Name: Hanna Kim

Senator: Asian-American Senator

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Jr.

Expected Graduation: May 2013

Major(s): political science and marketing

Minors(s): [No response]

Activities/Organizations: Advertising Representative for the Daily Campus, Asian Council, Finance Committee

Honor society/leadership/Greek: Pre-Law Scholar; Rotunda Scholar; University Scholar

What do you enjoy about being a senator?

“I enjoy communicating the concerns and needs of the students I represent. It is great to work closely with fellow students and reach goals together.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?

“My main goal was to help KSA get fully chartered this year, which by October the organization will be fully chartered! I hope to pass legislation that will help the Asian-American community, and student body as a whole.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?

“I love the opportunities we had here. Every week there is a great speaker or lecture that students can attend, I appreciate all of the great events SMU holds for the students!”

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Name: JingJing Yang

Senator: International Senator

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): SO

Expected Graduation: MAY 2014

Major(s): Business

Minor(s): none

Activities/Organizations: Ascend; LEAD

Honor society/leadership/Greek: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; President of Ascend

What do you enjoy about being a Senator?

“I like it that I represent my constituents and that I am a part of positive changes.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?

“I want to see to it that the International Students’ concerns being addressed, so that they will have an enjoyable time at SMU.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?

“The Boulevard, for sure. SMU has the most beautiful campus I have ever seen.”

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Name: Shanitah Young

Senator: African American Senator

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): JR

Expected Graduation: May 2013

Major(s): Spanish and African American Studies

Minor(s): [None]

Activities/Organizations: Sisters Supporting Sisters- Community Service Chair

Student Senate Scholarship Committee Member

What do you enjoy about being a senator?

“Helps me stay connected to the campus ongoings.”

What do you hope to achieve as a Senator?

“I hope to represent my constituents to the best of my ability and see to it that the changes they wish to see implemented are, at the very least, brought to the attention of the other senators and the rest of the student body.”

What is your favorite thing about SMU?

“Outside of our amazing student body, the fountain in front of Dallas Hall always brings an unexpected joy to my day. Whether it be at night, when it’s all lit up, somedays shining blue, other days red. OR when I walk by it on a hot day and the wind carries a light mist my way.”

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