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Leadership Highlight: Morehouse College’s SGA President Mekhi Perrin

In an effort to highlight the people who are leading colleges and universities across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to Morehouse College and did an interview with Mekhi Perrin 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. Perrin, who is majoring in Philosophy, is from Queens, NY. He is a proud Spring 2023 initiate of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

We interviewed Mekhi Perrin, and talked to him about his 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?

Being the SGA President has been a profound learning experience, highlighting the importance of effective delegation. The role demands balancing administrative responsibilities with active student responsibilities, which is much easier said than done. Realizing that I can’t do it all alone has been crucial. Delegating tasks has not only lightened my load but also empowered others to contribute their skills and ideas, fostering a more inclusive and successful administration. Having good relationships is also necessary as these are either people you will be representing or working with.

What made you decide to attend Morehouse College for undergrad?

Growing up in Queens, NY, I knew I wanted to attend an HBCU. When the time came to apply, I only considered two schools, one of them being Morehouse, and I knew it was an environment that could not be replicated. The atmosphere and true mission of Morehouse were unlike anything I had experienced elsewhere. Morehouse’s commitment to the success and empowerment of black men is unparalleled, creating an environment that fosters personal and academic growth in a way that is truly one-of-a-kind.

How has Morehouse College molded you into the person you are today?

My life has been completely transformed by Morehouse College. It molded me into the person I am today the moment I stepped foot on campus. I have gained an abundance of confidence from Morehouse, as it has enhanced my leadership abilities in ways I never would have thought possible. The Morehouse atmosphere and rich legacy have given me the resources and opportunities that improved my academic career and equipped me for success after graduation. This experience instills in you values of importance and the ability to go out, as a black man, and be a much needed change agent in this world.

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 the Revolutionary Administration has worked to ensure students felt connected to the SGA and that their voices were heard. This was done by engaging in consistent communication with students on the front end and having many discussions with administration surrounding what students want and need on the back end. This administration has worked to build relationships with students and truly represent them through the friendships formed. We revitalized a student leadership space on campus and made it much more engaging and student centered as campus awaits design plans for the future. We also worked towards strengthening diversity within the SGA in a way that has prepared students to continue their leadership into the next administration.

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

Ensuring the well-being of students’ mental health requires ongoing dedication and attention. The 92nd SGA administration recognizes this and are working on a Tiny Desk Event and a Jazz Festival to provide students with a much-needed opportunity to unwind and destress. These events offer a space for students to relax, enjoy music, and express themselves through poetry and music, creating a supportive and therapeutic environment on campus. During the first semester the SGA organized one of our annual events which is our car smash therapy during finals week and counseling services has been working to make themselves more accessible as well as create more consistent programming.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership, to me, embodies the ability to navigate both the highs and lows with determination. True leaders have duality, managing multiple engagements and challenges while inspiring others in transformative ways. When others witness your leadership, whether in big or small actions, it should ignite a spark within them to strive for excellence and imitate your dedication. Effective leadership sets a standard, showing others the true essence and potential of a role, motivating them to achieve similar levels of excellence.

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

Institutions need to modify their online presence in the digital era of 2023–2024 in order to properly represent themselves in a way that is inclusive and engaging. As it relates to HBCUs, things that make the experience and encapsulate the HBCU lifestyle should absolutely be included i.e. sports, sga, greek life etc. This means keeping up with and showcasing events on campus, clubs, and all programming. There should also be access to what every day life looks like as a student and details about programs, admissions, campus life, and support services. All social media should be utilized and the website should build community as well as encourage people to attend.

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

Watch The Yard is a necessary platform, spotlighting the positive aspects of HBCU campuses. It not only keeps alumni engaged by showcasing current events but also provides prospective students with a glimpse into campus life. For those featured on the site, it serves as a validation of their efforts, encouraging them to continue the impactful work. Ultimately, Watch The Yard plays a crucial role in celebrating and promoting the excellence and achievements within the HBCU community.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

My goals post graduating are to attend The University of Chicago to obtain a Master of Social Sciences degree. Having a special interest in areas like psychiatry or education, I am extremely passionate about working in fields that have the potential to change people’s lives. My commitment is to positively impacting people’s lives, whether it is through advocacy in education or mental health. I am going to increase my expertise and skills through graduate study, which will ultimately enable me to make a more meaningful contribution to society.

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Mekhi Perrin for his work as the SGA president of Morehouse College.

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