Akshat Nema

Akshat Nema
  • SRC: At Large 2-year

  • Campaign: United UO

  • Area of Study: Business Administration (Finance concentration), Economics

  • Hometown: Portland, OR, USA

  • Pronouns: He, Him, His

What is the purpose of Student Government at the University of Oregon?

The purpose of Student Government at the University of Oregon is to serve university students. This is the primary method by which students can advocate for change on issues they believe are important for the university to be aware of and take action on. Through the ASUO, students are given a voice on policies that the University of Oregon implements or is planning to implement, and are encouraged to organize campaigns representing the diversity of interests on campus.

Why are you running for office?

I want to provide students with an opportunity to voice their opinions on the Student Recreation Center's decisions to invest or fund different amenities. It's important that the SRC caters to the interests of those who are regularly utilize the facilities. Furthermore, I would like to push for more school-wide events hosted at the center, which will consequently increase student involvement and engagement in the UO community.

What relevant experience, qualifications, passions, and/or skills do you have?

I was involved heavily with Speech and Debate and MUN in high school. For two of the years that I participated in my school's debate program, I was team leader for the specific Impromptu and Extemporaneous speaking events. As team leader, I would coach and advise students on their speaking skills. Additionally, I would lead team meeting and collaborate with members on ideas on how to improve the team meetings and experience for the rest of the students. As a committee chair for MUN, I was responsible for creating an environment where delegates from the different mock countries would present their ideas and create bills in a team effort to be presented to the general assembly. As a leader, I made sure to incorporate ideas from all constituents and ensure that the process was streamlined.

If you are elected, how will you leverage your position to advance the needs of students?

I want to ensure that students feel comfortable coming to me for questions or suggestions, to never feel intimidated or unsure of their concerns. I will be sure to advocate for ideas I feel will benefit various aspects of the SRC, and be sure to convey the ideas and concerns students approach me with to the rest of the board.

Is there any other information you want voters to know about you or your candidacy?

As someone who uses the facilities at the Student Recreation Center myself, I will take all concerns into consideration. I want the Recreation Center to be a community where students feel like their activities being represented fully.