To the Xavier University of Louisiana student Body:
I write you from the third floor study room of St. Martin De Porres Residence Hall, with a bowl of pistachios to the left of my laptop and PowerAde at my lips. I am elated. Thank you for supporting my candidacy as Student Government Association President 2017- 2018. I hope this letter assures the expectations you have for me.
My experience in social justice began my junior year in high school. I served as an AmeriCorps Service member at the nonprofit BRIDGES, Inc. I was honored to facilitate a curriculum that focused on diversity inclusion, racial justice, student involvement, team building, and critical thinking to students of various backgrounds across the Greater Memphis area. My primary responsibility, though, was to survey students in the Shelby County Schools (SCS) system, using Participatory Action Research methodologies, on the issues they wanted to see addressed in their schools. I have been trained in and applied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Steps to Nonviolent Social Change to devise, write, campaign for, and pass a policy through the county’s school board that connected students in the SCS system to decision makers: school board members. I hope to utilize such experience to create positive change at our beloved University.
The leading principle of our campaign was, colloquially, Btransparent, or “be transparent”. I am confident, with your collaboration, that this is an excellent starting point for progress at Xavier. My goal is to make clearer the decision making, institution shaping processes on our campus. Expect this mechanism in the fall. Furthermore, as your liaison to the President and representative on the Board of Trustees, I will ensure you are connected and your voice is heard, with an especially tuned ear to those that are not the loudest.
Over the last three years I have been involved in a variety of University activities. They span cultural, recreational, academic, and spiritual boundaries. I have dapped, cried, hugged, laughed, and shaken hands with Xavierites on student and administrative levels. There is a tremendous amount of love in the hearts of a diverse body of people for Xavier University of Louisiana. To Sierra, the shoes you left me are spacious! In them, though, I step on solid ground. Thank you for establishing such a foundation for me, functioning as my mentor as I enter Presidency, and showing me what it truly means to love XU.
I love Xavier too and I am grateful to be your ambassador. Thank you.
With Peace and Gratitude,
Bryan Vincent Redmond
SGA President Elect, 2017-2018
Junior, Psychology Pre-Medical