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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 bureaucracy.

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.

With the 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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