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Leadership Highlight: Edward Waters University’s SGA President Patricia Johnson

In an effort to highlight the people who are leading colleges and universities across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to Edward Waters University and did an interview with Patricia Johnson 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. Johnson, who is majoring in Communications Digital Media, is from Saint Petersburg, FL. She is a proud Spring 24 initiate of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

We interviewed Patricia Johnson, and talked to her about her position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in 2023-2024.

Read the full interview below.

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

The biggest thing I’ve learned while being SGA President , is that people truly don’t remember every little thing you do, but they always remember how you made them feel. Whether that means you made them feel heard, loved, appreciated or thought of…people never forget the impact you leave on them. This role has taught me how to be selfless while also becoming a powerful advocate. I’m grateful for the lesson.

What made you decide to attend Edward Waters University for undergrad?

I chose to attend Edward Waters University due to its rich history and my AME background. As a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, I sought ways to continue to uphold the legacy of this great denomination. Edward Waters was the perfect way for me to challenge myself academically while continuing to grow spiritually. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How has Edward Waters University molded you into the person you are today?

Edward Waters University has molded me into a passionate motivated leader. This institution has provided endless opportunities to refine , mold and grow me in ways that I thought were once unattainable. I’ve met people who have poured into me without a second thought, people who truly believe in me and my future. I’ve grown as a woman, a scholar and a leader.

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 academic year, one of our foremost priorities was to amend our Constitution to introduce two crucial positions on our SGA Executive Board: a Director of Diversity and Inclusion and a Graduate Student Representative. Acknowledging the diverse demographics of our student body, our commitment is to ensure that every individual is treated fairly and represented effectively. By establishing these roles, we’ve taken strides towards fostering a more inclusive and equitable campus community, where every student’s voice is not only heard but also valued.

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

Our SGA currently has a monthly program called “Chat and Chews” which gives all students a space to come and talk to SGA about anything in a less formal setting. Additionally, our Office of Student Wellness and Inclusion offers programs and hosts events year-long which caters to the mental health of our EWU community.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me is about putting yourself on the front line to make the space around you greater. Leadership isn’t about telling people what to do , or boastfully demanding change. It’s an avenue for you to work with others to get the greatest results you can. It demands sacrifice, time and resources. Leadership isn’t always a straight walk, you run into obstacles, roadblocks and hurdles. Yet if you can manage to learn how to overcome all that, leadership will open doors for you that once never existed.

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

In today’s digital world, having a solid marketing team is crucial for colleges. They need experts who can make the school shine on social media. Whenever there’s something happening on campus, it’s crucial to snap lots of pics and record videos. By sharing these moments online, everyone can see what’s going on and feel connected, whether they’re on campus or not. It’s all about keeping everyone in the loop and showing off the great things happening on your campus. Plus, it’s a great way to build a strong reputation within the community, attract more supporters, and ultimately, get more students excited about joining the college community.

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

Watch The Yard holds a special significance for Black students and college culture because it portrays us positively and showcases our successes. It’s a source of pride and inspiration, providing a space where we can connect with other Black students and share our experiences. Witnessing fellow Black students excel on Watch The Yard is not only motivating but also instills a sense of confidence and belief in our own abilities. It’s like having a supportive virtual community that uplifts us throughout our college journey, reminding us of our gifts and potential.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Obtain a job in the sports industry and work towards earning a joint J.D / LLM degree in Music, Entertainment and Sports.

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Patricia Johnson for her work as the SGA president of Edward Waters University.

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