HUMANS OF THE U: CONNOR MORGAN

“Being student body president is a big responsibility that I intend to respect. It’s a really unique opportunity that very few people get to have, and I intend to make the most of it.

This year with my two VPs, Xandra Pryor and Maggie Gardner, we want the Associated Students of the University of Utah to do more for our 32,000 students. We don’t want to just host events. We ran on a platform dedicated to lifting up the student voice, promoting campus safety and pursuing more collaboration with on-campus partners.

The most important thing we want to do is promote more student advocacy across campus. We want to focus more on the U’s non-traditional students.

ASUU has several overarching initiatives this year. We want to create a culture of advocacy through thinking deeply about what it actually means to advocate for students. Then voicing those opinions to university administration and to all levels of government.

We want to improve campus safety by providing bystander intervention and diversity education trainings to student organizations to try to prevent acts of violence and discrimination from happening in the first place, rather than just reacting to them.

With the help of student fees, we want to increase mental health services. With these funds, the Counseling Center could stay open longer and hire more counselors.

We want to promote family and child care by increasing services, such as lactation pods, family-sized restrooms and access to more affordable child care.

And finally, we want ASUU to be a collaborative hub for student involvement to expand our collective reach and to make an impact.

I love our campus and want to do my absolute best, along with ASUU, to advocate for our students.”

— Connor Morgan, Class of 2019 student body president

We’ll be featuring Humans of the U and sharing their stories throughout the year with the university community. If you know someone with a compelling story, let us know at ThisWeek@utah.edu.