October 11, 2018
Tepper Students Leading Student Government
Carnegie Mellon University Student Government leaders represent about 14,000 students in the university’s undergraduate and graduate student populations. This academic year, three positions of the executive branch are held by Tepper School of Business students.
Senior economics student Roshni Mehta is serving as the new Student Body President. Mehta previously served as the chair of the Student Senate Advocacy Committee, where she helped create the Social Justice Coalition and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
“I’m incredibly grateful to my fellow students for trusting me to lead them in this position,” Mehta said. “This role is an important connection to university administration. I want to use this opportunity to lobby for student interests and represent every student’s voice.”
The student government is broken down into an executive branch and a legislative branch. The executive branch consists of the President, Vice President, Vice President for Finance, and Vice President for Organizations, while the legislative branch is made up of the Graduate Student Assembly and Undergraduate Student Senate.
At Mehta’s side is Student Body Vice President Tyler Davis, a senior in business administration. While at Carnegie Mellon, Davis founded the Black Latino Business Association and currently serves as its president. He is also part of Alpha Kappa Psi and Spirit.
“It is a great honor and responsibility, and I appreciate that my fellow students have faith in my ability to help address their concerns and needs. I love this community and will do my absolute best to serve as their eyes and ears,” Davis said.
During the student government election last spring, Mehta and Davis ran on a platform calling for diversity and inclusion on campus.
“Our focus is to improve the CMU experience from the time students arrive on campus until they graduate and hopefully become very satisfied alumni. I will be focusing on initiatives that relate to professionalism and diversity inclusion, such as creating more opportunities for professional development and recruiting diverse students and faculty,” Davis said.
Sophomore business administration student Amy Liu serves as the Student Body Vice President for Organizations.
During her first year at Carnegie Mellon last year, Liu joined the Undergraduate Marketing Organization and the Treblemakers a cappella group. She was interested in running for Vice President for Organizations because she wanted to voice the concerns of her peers.
“I’m really excited to represent the student body because I want to meet the leaders of the various organizations on campus and find out why they’re passionate about what they do,” Liu said.
“My goals this upcoming year are to increase graduate participation in organizations, to improve communication between the student body and the executive board, to increase voter turnout for future years, and to decrease the barriers for forming a new campus organization.”