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Post-Election Statement

Fellow Students,

The executive leadership of the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University wishes to take time and assess post-inaugural conditions. Political polarization and personal uncertainty have increased both across the nation and within our University community. In light of these developments, we ask that everyone stand together as peers, reject marginalization, and sustain an environment that promotes equity and inclusion. A college education is transformative because it sparks engagement through ideological differences, fosters many facets of diversity, and cultivates productive discourse. These benefits are best achieved when we approach each conversation with an acknowledgement of respect for our fellow Penguins.

Let us all take time to put forth our best in providing continuous support for each other, and to pursue awareness of, and respect for, those who hold contrasting views. As set forth in its mission statement, this University strives to “foster understanding of diversity, sustainability, and global perspectives; and advances the intellectual cultural life of the city, region, and world.” We will therefore work to ensure that YSU is a campus which serves as a home for individuals of all walks of life and as a forum for all manifestations of personal expression.


Gabriella Gessler
Student Government Association President
Jacob Schriner-Briggs
Student Government Association Executive Vice-President