Name: Sydney Evans
Residence: Summerville, S.C.
Serving as chair of the Council
of Student Leaders has given Sydney Evans a taste for advocacy.
The junior political science major from Summerville, S.C., understands the
importance of conveying student concerns to the administration. As she readies
to begin her second year as chair, she wants to be accessible to fellow students
to make referrals and to help them navigate through the university
The experience of participating in the College Town Action
Plan to improve ties between Winthrop and the Rock Hill community, providing
student feedback with the Quality
Enhancement Plan for accreditation and lending a student voice on the Board
of Trustees has provided leadership opportunities for Evans. Also active in Model
United Nations, she hopes to attend graduate school to study either public
policy or international relations.
One of Evans’ recent achievements
includes meeting with Norfolk Southern Railway officials to encourage
construction of a crossway over the railroad tracks by the Legion parking lot.
This would make a faster, safer path for commuters and others to travel on foot
to the heart of campus.
This next year, Evans wants to promote more
collaboration among student groups, such as a project encouraging students to
register to vote in the November election by working in partnership with College
Republicans and College Democrats.
Her biggest push is to change how
students are selected to the Council of Students Leaders. Now the 36-member
group is made up of the presidents of the largest clubs and organizations on
campus and several at-large members. Evans would like students to express their
direct voice by voting to elect the chair and vice chair.
opening of the new DiGiorgio Campus Center, the Council of Student
Leaders and other organizations will have new offices and plenty of meeting and
storage space. "I would like to see more conversations, and more students using
the new campus center as a living room," Evans said. "It's a place to come in,
sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee with friends, catch a movie, play games and
relax between classes."
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