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Leadership Highlight: Middle Tennessee State University’s SGA President Michai Mosby

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In an effort to highlight the people who are leading colleges and universities across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to Middle Tennessee State University and did an interview with Michai Mosby the 2023-2024 Student Government Association president.

The position of SGA president is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes in being elected by their peers to lead. Mosby, who is majoring in Public Relations, is from Memphis, TN. He is a proud Spring 2023 initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

We interviewed Michai Mosby, and talked to him about his position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in 2023-2024.

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Read the full interview below.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned as an SGA president so far?

As SGA president, the biggest lesson has been the responsibility of representing the student body with unwavering dedication and integrity. Every action and decision I make carries the weight of student voices, reinforcing the need to always prioritize their interests and concerns. Through this role, I’ve sharpened my ability to advocate effectively and ensure that every aspect of my leadership reflects the values and aspirations of the student community.

What made you decide to attend Middle Tennessee State University for undergrad?

I chose to attend MTSU for my undergraduate studies due to its reputation for offering endless opportunities for academic and personal growth. The supportive environment fostered by both students and faculty created a welcoming, family-like atmosphere that I knew would enhance my college experience.

How has Middle Tennessee State University molded you into the person you are today?

MTSU has played a pivotal role in shaping me into the person I am today by providing ample opportunities to develop my leadership skills and foster meaningful relationships. Through various initiatives and experiences, the school has equipped me with the tools and confidence needed to lead effectively and cultivate strong connections within diverse communities. These lessons extend far beyond the classroom, empowering me to navigate the complexities of the world with resilience.

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What specific initiatives have you headed up this year (or are planning) and how do you think they will improve the school and surrounding community?

This year, I’ve spearheaded several initiatives aimed at enhancing both the school and surrounding community. First, I’ve championed the creation of additional committees to amplify student voices in decision-making processes, ensuring that diverse perspectives are considered. Secondly, the establishment of the President’s Roundtable fosters increased communication among organization leaders, increasing collaboration and partnerships across campus groups. Lastly, the introduction of a new channel for student input has empowered individuals to share innovative event ideas, enriching the campus experience and fostering a sense of ownership and pride within the community. Together, these initiatives aim to create a more inclusive, vibrant, and engaged environment for all students.

How is your SGA administration/school currently working on attending to the mental health of students?

Our SGA administration and school are prioritizing student mental health by amplifying existing resources, such as free counseling services available to all students. We’re actively promoting these resources through various channels to ensure students are aware of the support available and encouraging utilization without stigma. Additionally, we’re collaborating with mental health professionals to implement innovative programs and initiatives aimed at addressing mental health issues and fostering a culture of wellness and support on campus.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership, to me, embodies the responsibility of guiding others towards a common goal while fostering an environment of mutual respect and collaboration. It’s about inspiring individuals to reach their full potential and empowering them to contribute meaningfully to the collective success. Moreover, leadership entails taking pride in one’s actions, leading by example, and always striving to uphold integrity, empathy, and inclusivity in every endeavor.

We now live in a digital world, what do you think schools need to do to represent themselves online in 2023/2024?

In 2023/2024, schools must prioritize a comprehensive online presence to effectively represent themselves in the digital landscape. This entails investing in user-friendly websites and engaging social media platforms to showcase the institution’s unique offerings and values. Additionally, schools should leverage emerging technologies such as virtual tours and interactive content to provide prospective students with immersive experiences that reflect the campus culture and academic excellence.

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Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black students and college culture?

Watch The Yard is crucial to Black students and college culture as it provides a digital platform for celebrating Black excellence, achievements, and cultural heritage. It serves as an international safe space, offering a sense of community and belonging for Black students worldwide while amplifying their voices and accomplishments. Through its diverse content and supportive network, Watch The Yard fosters empowerment, inspiration, and solidarity among Black college students, affirming their identities and contributions to academia and society.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to continue amplifying voices, potentially pursuing a career in politics to advocate for marginalized communities and effect systemic change. Additionally, I’m considering a position in higher education to mentor and guide young people in identifying their purpose, empowering them to realize their full potential and contribute positively to society.

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Michai Mosby for his work as the SGA president of Middle Tennessee State University.

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