Kiara Kabbara, Ethan Jones elected student body president and vice president, Steven Ding, Suseth Muñoz for UT Senate

Sheryl Lawrence

Legislative student organizations, which include Student Government, UT Senate of College Council and the Graduate Student Assembly, announced their representatives for the 2021-2022 academic year Thursday and Friday. 

The Kiara Kabbara and Ethan Jones executive alliance won the race for 2021-2022 student body president and vice president through the campuswide election. Steven Ding and Suseth Muñoz were elected the 2021-2022 Senate president and vice president through a vote of each college council. 

Students cast a total of 3,191 votes in campuswide elections. This was the first time the election was held completely virtually. 

The vote to amend the SG constitution to establish an international student representative passed with an overwhelming majority.

Government junior Kabbara and Jones, a business honors and public relations junior, said they want to work toward unity on campus.

“The biggest issue facing UT is the lack of a peacemaking mindset,” Jones said. “This is a really divided community, and a portion of our platform is to build a bridge between these communities and have this peacemaking conversation as a whole.”

The executive alliance said they already have people supporting them in their initiatives.

“In order … to make something happen, you have to have people on board with you that believe in your vision just as much as you,” Kabbara said. “Me and Ethan have been blessed to be in so many spaces (and) so many communities that we have connections everywhere.”

Ding, a management information systems and urban studies junior, and Muñoz, an English, government, and youth and community studies junior, both originally ran as presidential candidates. Muñoz was given the opportunity to run for vice president after a council vote established Ding as president. Muñoz then ran against government sophomore Leland Murphy for vice president. Muñoz won through tiebreak from current Senate president Alcess Nonot, a human development and family science and biology senior, after neither candidate received a majority.

Ding emphasized that the next academic year is a tuition-setting year, when the University will establish tuition for the following two years. 

“As president, it's incredibly important that we begin this process early with other councils and admin, so (we avoid) what happened two years ago where tuition increased on us without any of our input,” Ding said.

Muñoz emphasized that she wants to provide student organizers who are already uplifting the voices of marginalized groups a place to talk with administrators to make a change at the University. 

“I see the struggles of marginalized students on campus,” Muñoz said. “I do not intend to be a person that is like, ‘(I) know what students go through,’ but instead, I want to be that platform that alleviates the lived experiences of students on campus.”

Additional Positions:

Graduate Student Assembly president and vice president: Trip Davis and Alex Sexton

Universitywide representatives: Amanda Garcia, Inbur Turjeman, Braxdon Cannon, Caroline Seyer, Jeremiah Baldwin, Patrick Wang, Harsh Kumar and Robert Trevino

University Unions board of directors: Haley Justiz and John Austin Gerling

Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Texan: Sanika Nayak

Texas Student Media at-large board member: Amy Zhang

University Co-op board of directors: Collin McCabe and Michael Hansen 

Campus Events + Entertainment president: Joshua Torres-Whitmer

School of Architecture representative: Jennifer Lee

McCombs School of Business representatives: Benjamin Farias, Zachary Denn and Nilay Gandhi

At-large Graduate representative: Mike Nguyen 

Moody College of Communication representatives: Albert Perez and Danilo Castillo-Hernandez

College of Education representative: Natalie Ward 

Cockrell School of Engineering representatives: Kenneth Meyer, A.J. Brown and Talia Delambre 

Graduate School representatives: Eric Goldfarb and Alex de Saint Germain

Jackson School of Geosciences representative: Marlowe Story 

School of Law representative: Kamryn McPike 

College of Liberal Arts representatives: Oscar Lopez, Cole Curlee-Young, Jerold Holman, Kevin Roberts and Raghav Aggarwal

College of Natural Sciences representatives: Jonathan Wilson, Matthew Vinson, Caroline Thomas, Robert Salkin, Lorren Cantu, Avery Sinnathamby and Rohit Anumula 

School of Nursing representative: Marrissa Rawls 

College of Pharmacy representative: Jessi Jordan

LBJ School of Public Affairs representative: Walker Adams

Steve Hicks School of Social Work representative: Jennifer Sanchez

Transfer student representative: Ariana Morales and Jose Puente

School of Undergraduate Studies representative: Eva Kahn

Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled a source's name. The Texan regrets this error.