SGA president signals support for UVA following Charlottesville protests

Fisherville sophomore Andi Dahmer, 20, will be sworn in on Tuesday May 2, 2017 at the SGA end of the year banquet as the new SGA President and officially starts in July. “I am so grateful to my team, overwhelmed. I am so excited to work with them in the future. There are three platforms: Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability, and Dependability” Dahmer states. “I hope by the time I graduate that the capital campaign is going towards truly what the students want them to be used for and all students have greater opportunities to the accessibilities of our campus.” 

Nicole Ziege

Andi Dahmer, Student Government Association president, demonstrated solidarity with the University of Virginia after the violent protests that took place this past weekend in Charlottesville.

Dahmer, a junior, is one of more than 120 college student government presidents who signed an open letter in support of the University of Virginia.

The goal of the letter is to “show solidarity and support with students at the University of Virginia,” according to the Huffington Post.

“We are united with the students of the University of Virginia, as what affects one of our campuses affects us all,” the letter reads. “College campuses are spaces that students should be able to call home, not places of violence, hate, and racism.”

Dahmer wrote on Facebook she was “proud to be one of the student body presidents who has signed this letter.”

“It is one of WKU SGA’s utmost goals to make sure that all students feel safe and welcome on our campus and no Hilltopper faces discrimination,” Dahmer wrote in the post.

In an interview, Dahmer said one of her goals for the semester was to develop “cultural competency training” throughout the university.

“Discrimination of any kind, whether that be based upon race, sex, gender identity, or otherwise cannot be tolerated,” Dahmer said.

Dahmer also said the letter was to demonstrate solidarity on college campuses across the nation and to stand up against racism and discrimination at WKU.

“That is truly the spirit of this letter, not only to show that Student Body Presidents around the US stand together against hate and against discrimination, but that we will not stand for actions of this kind on our campus,” she said.

Reporter Nicole Ziege can be reached at 270-745-6011 or [email protected].