UT elects first Latina, physically disabled student president

Click here to view this article on the Statesman – March 10, 2017

Fourth-year government and Mexican-American studies major Alejandrina Guzman made University of Texas history Thursday when she was elected to be the Austin campus’ first Latina, physically disabled student body president.

A campus-wide run-off election concluded with Guzman and running mate Micky Wolf capturing 54 percent of the vote and winning the election by an almost 800-vote margin Thursday evening.

As part of the “Alejandrina and Micky” campaign, Guzman said she ran for student body president because she realized how important it was for her to represent and advocate for underserved communities on campus.

The campaign ran on a platform with six points:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Accessibility for disabled students
  • Addressing sexual assault
  • Affordability of college
  • Service
  • Spirit and tradition.

The motto was, “Let’s RALLY” —Represent All Longhorns Like you.

On Facebook, the outgoing student body president, Kevin Helgren, said, “running for student body president and vice president at one of the largest universities in the world is no small task – it takes a tremendous amount of courage, vulnerability and sacrifice.”

Helgren congratulated Guzman and Wolf.

“I’m excited to see where leadership takes our passionate student body,” he said.

He also acknowledged the other two campaigns for their hard work.

It has been 17 years since the last African-American student body president, Daron Roberts.

Six years have passed since the last female student body president, Natalie Butler — until Alejandrina.


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