The Community, Amplify, Represent, Empower (CARE) slate won Student Government’s executive slate elections, triumphing over the rival Reform slate by 1,801 to 906. Jahne Brown will be the first female Student Government president, as well as the first Black female SG president.
L to R: Kosi Achife, Jahne Brown, and Brittney Dorton. Photograph by Jeremy Lindenfeld.
The CARE slate—Kosi Achife, Jahne Brown, and Brittney Dorton—all third years, will head student council in 2019–20. President-elect Brown is a double major in History's research track and in Near East Languages and Civilizations. This is not a political first for Jahne: she founded the Black Student Union at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY, and served as its first president. Since arriving at Chicago, Jahne has also been involved with the university's Organization of Black Students and the university chapter of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other.
The slate campaigned and outlined specific plans to increase student input in administrative decisions, including a vow to field student questions prior to each meeting with school administration and a promise to release detailed briefings of the contents of those meetings. Also central to their campaign was University of Chicago Police Department reform, which they hope to facilitate through "know your rights" training for students and community members and a push for greater transparency within the UCPD itself. CARE promised to aid students of color, sexual-assault survivors, and LGBTQ+ students by fighting for campus cultural centers, prioritizing resources like the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Committee, and pledging to create a fund that supports at-risk LGBTQ+ students.
Edited version of an article that first appeared in the Chicago Maroon, May 8, 2019.