SESP Students Benison Choi, David Harris, Jo Lee Run for Associated Student Government Leadership

SESP Students Benison Choi, David Harris, Jo Lee Run for Associated Student Government Leadership

Learning and organizational change students Benison Choi, David Harris and Jo Lee are running for top leadership positions in Northwestern University's Associated Student Government (ASG). The ASG election will be held on Friday, April 19, with balloting online.

Juniors Harris and Lee are running as candidates for president and executive vice president, respectively. Choi, also a junior, is running as a candidate for president with sophomore Danny Kim of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for vice president.

David Harris and Jo Lee

David Harris and Jo Lee

Harris and Lee explain their reasons for running for office: "We're running because we've loved our Northwestern experiences so far and we believe it can be better — for us and for students to come," they say. "ASG can be a tremendous vehicle to drive change for students. We believe we're the right leaders for ASG to reach more of its potential. We care about mobilizing ASG members to proactively work for student interests and, in so doing, grow in personal leadership and love for Northwestern. Our experiences in SESP have affirmed and shaped our vision. Through our time in SESP, we've learned that organizations can grow and deliver results when their leaders value the people in the process as much as the success they seek." 

Harris and Lee’s website explains their ideas for change, emphasizing “values-based leadership and engagement.” This year Harris served as services vice president for ASG.

Benison Choi

Benison Choi 

Choi has similar reasons for running. He says, “ASG needs a facelift. It's doing an adequate job, but that's not enough. It is not reaching its potential. The last three years, ASG has promised change and campus unity, but where is that? It's time to truly bring ASG to the students and add them back into the equation. My whole campaign is built on students' eclectic passions and serves to bridge the gaps of communication, understanding and purpose among ASG, administrators and Northwestern students. I'm here to revolutionize the undergraduate experience by making ASG applicable, student-driven and fun.”

Choi’s website with Kim explains his platform for change, emphasizing ASG improvement, safety and transportation, sustainability, student engagement and diversity.  His experience with ASG has included being 1835 Hinman senator, a member of the public relations committee and a member of the student groups committee.

Other slates for president/vice president are Ani Ajith and Alex Van Atta, as well as Aaron Zelikovich and Henry Brooke. Presidential debates will be held on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the 
McCormick Tribune Center Forum and April 17 at 5 p.m. in 107 Swift Hall.

SESP students have a history of leadership of ASG. In 2010-11 Claire Lew (BS11) was president, in 2009-10 Neal Sales-Griffin (BS10) was president and in 2005-06 Patrick Keenan-Devlin (BS06) was president. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/16/13