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A look at SA presidential candidate Imani Ross

student government


George Washington University


A look at SA presidential candidate Imani Ross

Junior and Undergraduate At-Large Senator hopes to tackle accessibility, community, and transparency as SA President

Evan Bennett


Accessibility, Community, and Transparency. This is the platform that Junior Imani Ross hopes to implement as Student Association president.

A member of the Senate since the second semester of her freshman year, Imani Ross currently serves as undergraduate senator at-large. Many on campus might know her for her various accomplishments in the senate, including the recent Alpha Phi Bigotry Act, helping to increase representation in the SA, and helping to get the Grow Garden to supply fresh produce for GW students at the GW Store.

“There’s a lot of students whose experiences are really overlooked,” Ross said.

A lack of representation, Ross believes, has made it hard for some to have their opinions heard at GW. Ross hopes that her presidency will serve in making sure everyone’s voices are heard on campus.

“Students are pretty much looking for three things” Ross said. “Access to financial and academic and professional resources, a strong community that they can feel proud to be apart of, and also just transparency from the administration. So my platform is access, community, and transparency.”


Ross hopes to bring health and safety vending machines to the dorms on campus, especially on the Vern where Ross highlighted the lack of easy access to a 24/7 store like CVS. She hopes that vending machines can provide bandages and first aid materials, over-the-counter allergy medication, Plan-B, and other important health and safety resources.

Ross hopes to expand the Top Textbook Program, new this year under President Peak Sen Chua. The program was a good first step, according to Ross, but can be better. Ross also hopes to expand the GW internship academic credit program to include student organization participation, and has already discussed with administration officials about removing or changing transcript holds.


Ross’s platform focuses on community, as she seeks to help students feel more at home at GW.

“Past SA presidents have been talking about renovating this space since 2006”, Ross said, referencing the Marvin center terrace.

Ross hopes to help create new student spaces to foster community. She argues that already existing places like the Marvin Center terrace could be renovated to be more accessible and include seating to create a better environment for students to study and relax.

Ross also hopes to help incoming students with a comprehensive “resource guidebook” that would provide key tips and tricks. These could range from how to use the washing machine, to dining plans, to more serious stuff like what is a healthy and safe drink. Ross hopes to help students have a “successful four years at GW” with programs like the resource guidebook and more available student spaces.


Ross’s platform also focused on improving SA and administration transparency with the students, a goal sought after by many previous SA presidents. Ross hopes to add a GW State of the School address every semester for the SA and administration to highlight key accomplishments and goals, as well as add mandatory mental and behavioral health training for students. Ross highlighted the prevalence of mental health issues with young adults, and argued that providing training early would allow students to better seek out resources when needed.

Presenting an extensive platform, Ross hoped that she would be able to accomplish much due to her relationships with GW administrators and years of SA experience. When asked about the difficulty SA presidents face in implementing their platforms, Ross pointed that she already has relationships with student leaders and administrators, making it easier for her to work with them on the issues she finds important.

“Some things may not be able to happen in my term,” Ross said, “But I’m hoping to set a foundation for future leaders”.