Students Elect New Leaders for 2017-18

Peak Sen Chua was named the next executive vice president after receiving 51.9 percent of the vote.

April 10, 2017

Peak Sen Chua

Peak Sen Chua, a sophomore majoring in public health and political science, was elected executive vice president last week after two days of voting. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Le)

By Kristen Mitchell

More than 2,700 George Washington University students voted to elect a new generation of student body leaders last week. Sophomore Peak Sen Chua was named the next executive vice president, the first international student to be elected for the position.

Mr. Chua, a sophomore majoring in public health and political science, said he’s been overwhelmed by support from his campaign team and constituents. He was elected with 51.9 percent of the vote.

“I am so humbled and overjoyed about the opportunity I have earned from my peers to become the first international student to become EVP,” he said. “I think that I will have a unique opportunity to bring people from all walks of life together.”

Mr. Chua plans to advocate for the university to allow freshmen and sophomore students to take one class per semester pass/fail, increase support for international students by creating a list of country representatives they can contact upon arrival in Washington, D.C., and cut missed appointment fees at the Colonial Health Center.

Students voted in the election on Wednesday and Thursday for Student Association executive vice president and senators, Program Board chair and vice chair, and Class Council representatives. The election for SA president will be held in the fall.

Junior Keslie Easton, majoring in business administration, was elected chair of the Program Board and junior Reed Waxham, majoring in political communication, was elected vice chair.

“Coming into this next year, I'm really excited to only build off the success we had this past year,” Ms. Easton said. “We had some really great events, and I can't wait to only become more innovative and relevant in our programming for the GW community.”

​Students also approved three proposed referendums. The first referendum was to correct spelling and grammar errors in the SA constitution. The second referendum was to add two new SA vice presidential positions—vice president for campus operations and the vice president for diversity and inclusion.

The third referendum amended the powers and responsibilities of the vice president for community affairs and vice president for student activities.