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Leadership Highlight: University of Arkansas Pine Bluff’s SGA President Trent Wills

In an effort to highlight the people who are leading colleges and universities across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and did an interview with Trent Wills 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. Wills, who is majoring in Agriculture Business, is from Kankakee.

We interviewed Trent Wills, 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?

That students are not just individuals who walk the campus seeking to obtain a degree but remember they are customers, recruiters, and our future leaders!

What made you decide to attend the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff for undergrad?

The family atmosphere that the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff embodies.

How has the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff molded you into the person you are today?

They do an excellent job in enhancing the skills that you already have and develop skills that you didn’t know you had. In return, you are placed in a room sitting with key stakeholders on the state level and national level.

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?

It is our hope that we are approved for our “ Start Day One Initiative” and academic calendar project.

Start Day One – This project eliminates the hassle for students to find extra money to purchase books at the beginning of the year due to all materials being made available for them on the first day of school.

Academic Calendar- Begin school first week in August leave in November for Thanksgiving and don’t return to campus until January. Reducing the amount of times student are asked to go home.

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

Our biggest goal has been trying to put mental health issues right in the palm of our students hands. So finding different outlets to spread awareness of mental health and ensure that our resources are truly accessible.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is the ability to provide resources, a support system, and even being an advocate for others.

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

It keeps the viewers informed of the positive light shed on our perspective institutions.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Join the Clinton Schhool of Public Service.

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Trent Wills for his work as the SGA president of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

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