Q&A with Demarcus Joiner, vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion candidate

Jessa Reid Bolling, Assistant News Editor

Q: Year, major, hometown:

A: Sophomore, civil engineering with a concentration in pre-law, Roanoke, Alabama

Q: How did you originally get involved with SGA? Or if you’re not currently involved, what made you want to get involved?

A: Well this year, I was involved in Senate through SGA, so this isn’t my first rodeo, so to speak. Back in high school, I was the SGA president, treasurer, vice president, everything you can think of, I was involved in. I knew when I got to UA that I just couldn’t let my dream die, so once I saw the opportunity for me to run for senator, that’s what I did.

Q: What made you want to run for this position?

A: So I chose this position because I know that I can affect it closer than I could with any other position.

Q: What makes you the best choice for the office?

A: For me, I don’t run for anything for myself. I run for the students, for the people at the University that I’ll be able to help.

Q: What’s the biggest problem you see on campus?

A: The biggest problem that I see would probably be mental illness and not only mental illness, but people that don’t know they have a mental illness so they try to cope with it on their own, which may turn to drugs or alcohol. That’s the biggest problem to me.

Q: What do you hope to change?

A: Given that this position is new and that the current vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has laid a very good groundwork for the people that are coming behind him, there’s not much that I would change. However, there are some things that I would like to implement and grow on.

Q: What’s one last thing you want the voters to know about you?

A: I would just like for everyone to know that this position is more than me, it’s more than anyone who will ever have this position. This position is for the students, and I just want them to know that I am dedicated and I will be available for them 24/7 to hear their needs and concerns and I’m an advocate for them at the end of the day and not just for myself.