Calvin Runnels

Biochemistry

What has been your favorite thing you've been involved with on campus and why?
I have really loved being involved in SGA. Not only has it given me a platform to reach more students with my ideas and initiatives and to gain the attention and assistance of administration, but it has also been the vehicle through which I have met some of student leader role models and best friends on campus.

What have you done to advance/increase inclusion on campus?
Through President Peterson's LGBTQIA Action Team for which I was co-chair, I helped to draft dozens of recommendations aimed at improving the quality of life for queer students at Georgia Tech. Through my position as co-chair of SGA's Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee, I have helped to organize various events and resources related to diversity, such as the Brown Bag Diversity Speaker Series and the Inclusive Leadership Conference. Through the House of Representatives in SGA, I have advocated for cultural organizations, written resolutions in support of minority communities, and advocated for more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, what would you like others to know about you?
Fighting for the rights, needs, and dignity of minority groups and oppressed people is something I don't think I will ever stop doing, no matter where I end up in my life and career. I owe so much - literally my life - to the activists who have come before me, and I have every intention of paying that forward.

What is your favorite quote related to leadership and/or inclusion?
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou