The Legion of Black Collegians voted in four new senators during its second Senate meeting Sept. 18.
Those voted into the organization were freshman Naomi Collier, freshman Mackenzie Jones, sophomore Breyanna Taylor and junior Jennifer Pagan.
Each candidate received full majority votes in favor of its election with no objections.
During the meeting, LBC President Marnae Chavers asked each applicant to introduce himself to the LBC senate and state why he or she wanted to get involved with LBC.
As a member of the Activities Committee, Collier said that she hopes to work with her committee to present new ideas to the executive board for this year and years to come.
“I am a strong believer in human innovation, doing things we didn’t know we were capable of doing until we do it,” she said. “... With that, I think LBC will be able to present not only the black community, but the entire MU community, with opportunities to experience new intercultural sensations that they haven’t had before.”
Jones said that she began her involvement with LBC the second week of school and loved everything about it. She said she hopes that with her new position, as a member of the Freshman Action Team Committee, she can get other students involved.
“I love the family vibe everyone gives off and the feeling of doing something bigger than yourself,” Jones said.
Jones said she knew immediately that she wanted to become more involved with LBC and she felt becoming a senator would be a great starting point.
“Since I am the president of the freshman action team, I want to do the best I can and plan many fun things,” Jones said. “I want more people to be involved (with LBC) like I am.”
As a new member of the Finance Committee and a member of MU’s chapter for the National Association of Black Accountants, Taylor said she hopes to help LBC build even stronger connections with the MU’s other black organizations.
“I would like to bring what we think needs to be implemented from our organization throughout campus to (LBC) and see how we can implement that into our yearly planning,” Taylor said.
Pagan joined the Political Committee.
The newly-elected senators said they will continue to work toward LBC’s mission of on-campus inclusivity and a heightened cultural consciousness of students.
Collier said that she has loved the sense of production within the committee and the constant activism.
“There is always a forefront issue and other things that are in the works,” Collier said.
Collier looks forward to LBC’s collaboration with other campus organizations pushing for a more inclusive MU.
“I think the only way to make (MU) more inclusive is to collaborate with other ethnic group organizations because each of us have great minds, creative minds,” Collier said. “So a willingness to set whatever biases or differences (aside) will be the first step. Then from there, those collaborations can’t do anything but flourish, thus a more inclusive Mizzou.”