Three students launch campaigns for DSG Chairman and Executive Vice President positions


Candidates for the upcoming Duke Student Government elections announced their campaigns on Monday. Juniors Drew Flanagan and Lana Gesinksy are running for DSG president, while junior Devan Desai is running uncontested for executive vice president.

Flanagan, who is majoring in statistical science, is currently serving his second term as chair of the student organization’s finance committee. He also serves on the Freshman Advisory Council, the Cultural Engagement Fund of the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and the Duke University Union Council of the University Union.

In an email to The Chronicle, Flanagan wrote that he hoped to foster a better sense of community at Duke, epitomized by his campaign motto, “Better Belonging.” He highlighted his past experience planning programming and managing $2 million in funds with OCGC. .

Flanagan’s campaign consists of five main pillars: academic experience; social culture; campus resources; Duke, Durham and DKU; and DSG reform. His hope as president would be to “prioritize projects and initiatives that bring people together.”

Key elements of his platform that he highlighted in The Chronicle include “making campus a place where people can engage more socially through more liberal liquor policies.” [and] more funding for social events with groups of friends; better support Duke’s cultural and identity groups; and ensuring QuadEx’s success for the Class of 2025.”

The official Instagram account for the campaign is @drewforduke.

Gesinsky is currently DSG’s Vice President for Campus Life. She majored in political science, minored in psychology and obtained a certificate in ethics and society. Gesinsky is also a Baldwin Fellow and the Duke’s Presidential Ambassador, while also working with the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Gesinsky wrote in an email to The Chronicle that she believes she is the person “best positioned to usher in a cultural reset” in DSG, which she has already started this semester by “driving radical DSG reform”. .

“DSG’s purpose is to serve and defend students, but its poor communication and lack of transparency have failed time and time again,” Gesinsky wrote.

Its platform is built around three pillars: community, which focuses on “revitalizing campus traditions and promoting a more vibrant student life post-COVID;” clarity, which includes measures such as launching larger DSG recruitment efforts, ensuring physical spaces for student groups, and availability on campus to engage with students; and communication, which involves creating “new, clear communication channels” for DSG and giving student groups a more direct voice through Cabinet posts.

Gesinsky’s Instagram campaign is @lana4dsg.

Desai majors in public policy and pursues minors in chemistry and biology. He is currently president pro tempore of DSG, president of the Honorary Council and a Margolis scholar. The Durham native is also involved with the Student Collaborative on Health Policy, Duke Sangeet, Duke Raas and Campus Tour Guides. Desai’s campaign Instagram handle is @devan4evp.

Desai wrote that he wanted “to make DSG a student government that listens to the student body and makes deep improvements in our community” in an email to the Chronicle.

Its platform revolves around four pillars: making the DSG more accessible to new members, which it worked on this year by creating the DSG Review Task Force; improve community ties both on and off campus; increase access to student services and resources; and streamlining communication, which includes highlighting student research and art, as well as improving DSG’s outreach to student groups for recruitment and support.

“It’s hard to define my dreams for this four-pillar role, but I want to stress that I really want to make DSG a student government that listens to the student body and makes profound improvements in our community,” Desai wrote.

The election period will run from Thursday, March 3 at noon to Friday, March 4 at noon.

Anisha Reddy

Anisha Reddy is a sophomore at Trinity and associate editor of the 117th volume of The Chronicle.


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