In an effort to highlight the people who are leading graduate universities across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to Cheyney University and did an interview with Tyah Fuller the Student Government Association president.
The position of SGA president of a is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. Fuller, who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, is a current senior.
We interviewed Fuller, and talked to her about her position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in 2020.
Read the full interview below.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned as an SGA president so far?
The biggest thing I learned as SGA President is to always have good communication. SGA is all about working as a team and it’s important everyone has their voice heard. If communication is open on the board it makes everything easier.
What made you decide to attend Cheyney University for undergrad?
I decided to attend Cheyney Univeristy because it’s the first HBCU. I was excited to be apart of a family and Cheyney was that family aspect.
How has Cheyney University molded you into the person you are today?
Cheyney has molded me into the person I am today because they gave me so many opportunities. At Cheyney it’s very easy to thrive an get involved. My first year I was given so many internships. They constantly helped me improve public speaking and professionalism. Every opportunity I had Cheyney has helped and encouraged me to do.
What specific initiatives have you headed up this year and how do you think they will improve the school and surrounding community?
This year as SGA president I made it apparent to bring back the Cheyney Culture. Cheyney has been through a lot these past few years. With everything the Univeristy has been through the culture has slipped away. This year SGA has put together many different ways to help bring the culture back to Cheyney.
How is your school currently responding to the coronavirus and what is your SGA administration doing to help students?
Cheyney is currently responding great to the Coronavirus. Students are allowed to live on campus as long as social distancing continues. Also as SGA we are bringing many concerns students have to administration. They have worked with us to give quick response. Another great thing Cheyney is doing during the Coronavirus is putting on virtual programming still. This gives students opportunities to still connect and take their mind off of everything.
How is the coronavirus affecting SGA elections for next year?
This year Cheyney Univeristy SGA elections will take place online April 15th.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership means a lot to me. I think with being a good leader you need to also know how to follow. Sometimes someone else may have a better way of doing something and it’s alright to follow. Also when it comes to leadership it’s important to lead by example. Don’t be afraid to help out your team and help them get the work done.
We now live in a digital world, what do you think schools need to do to represent themselves online in 2020?
Schools need to make sure their online presence is known. This can be done by enhancing the school website and social media’s. It’s important schools start figuring out how to make sure virtual classes are effective and that virtual programming works.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black students and college culture?
Watch the yard is important to black students and college culture because it highlights HBCUs. Overall HBCUs rarely get highlighted or appreciated. Also Watch the Yard also is great because it understands the culture of HBCUs which makes them relatable.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
After graduation I plan to teach for a couple years. Get my master degree and become a principal.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Tyah Fuller for her work as the SGA president of Cheyney University.