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44th SGA Inauguration Introduces New Officers, Senators


By Hayden Bergman

On May 25, a group of socially conscious, high-achieving students assumed their roles as officers in UHD’s Student Government Association (SGA). 

Eugene Bernard, Director of Student Life, provided the opening remarks at the inauguration—the 44th here at UHD—while Lynette Cook-Francis, Interim Vice President of Student Success and Student Life (3SL), charged each of the incoming administration members with three tasks: to decide their agenda, execute on that agenda, and to listen to their constituents. She closed with a poignant question, asking each of the newly inducted representatives to “think about the kind of leader” they would like to be known as, and to work toward being that person. 

The officers and senators were then sworn in by 3SL Assistant Dean Branston Harris, during which time they took an oath to “faithfully serve” UHD, and to “strive to achieve the high expectations” that inevitably come with representing their fellow graduate and undergraduate students. Jesus Nieto, the 43rd (and outgoing) SGA President at UHD, was also in attendance, and he offered some words of encouragement to the newly elected officials, telling them to “foster unity” within the SGA cabinet administration. 

Near the end of the evening, Jestina August, a Political Science major and incoming SGA President, gave the inaugural address, as she laid out her vision for the 44th SGA as an organization “dedicated to the growth and well-being" of all UHD students, as well as “an advocate for mental health and safety” for everyone on campus. She closed by reaffirming SGA’s commitment to creating an environment that is more caring and understanding. Please join us in congratulating the 44th Student Government Association here at UHD. Huzzah!  

  • Jestina August
    SGA President 
  • Veronica Costilla
    SGA Vice President 
  • Nahimana Pascaziya
  • Jordy Lopez
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences Senator (Undergraduate) 
  • Maximilliano Perez
    College of Sciences and Technology Senator (Undergraduate) 
  • Gregory Ige
    College of Sciences and Technology Senator (Graduate)
  • Yasmine Garcia
    Senator (Undergraduate) 
    Marilyn Davies College of Business 
  • Bobby Stokes
    Senator (Graduate) 
    Marilyn Davies College of Business 
  • Pooja Dhiman
    Senator (Undergraduate)
    College of Public Service
About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.