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Meet Nina

Nina Dakoriya (she/her/hers),

Nina Dakoriya serves as the Director of State and External Affairs on the Executive Board of the Richards Administration.

Nina is a senior from Greensboro, NC double majoring in Business Administration and Political Science. On campus, she previously served as the Director of Chapel Hill Town and Community Relations within State and External Affairs, as the Executive Social Justice Director of the Residence Hall Association, and as the Advocacy Chair of Partners-in-Health-Engage.

Nina’s goals for the year include increasing diversity within Student Government, developing strong platforms to amplify student voices at the political level, and spearheading projects that improve accessibility for all students. Moreover, she looks forward to expanding upon SEA’s policy and data initiatives in order to proactively meet student needs in a more efficient and effective manner. She is especially interested working at the intersection of the public and private sectors to generate a meaningful impact and is passionate about civic engagement, economic empowerment, and social advocacy.

Office Goals for the Richards Administration

State and External Affairs will focus on how external changes at the local, state, federal, and international level impact all UNC students through policy analysis and project management. Even though individual students are at Carolina temporarily, the presence of our student body is a permanent fixture that can contribute positively to the broader Chapel Hill community. The Richards Administration will fight to ensure that students are equipped to connect with public officials and will develop relationships with prominent representatives to effectively lobby for student needs.

Establish a Student Community Relations Council (SCRC)

In order to effectively represent student needs and increase transparency at the local level, the Richards Administration will continue the work on the Moseley Administration in developing a diverse student-run council with representatives from the Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Town Council, and Orange County.

Develop Resources for Affordable Housing in Chapel Hill

As many UNC students live off campus, it is important to promote safety and financial wellbeing for students, especially when there are limited options for affordable housing. The Richards Administration will work with local Chapel Hill organizations to develop financial aid resources for off-campus students in need of affordable housing.

Advocate for Student Rights at the State/Federal Level

The Richards Administration intends to champion student voices through strategic advocacy campaigns with state and federal officials. There many legislation and bills impacting student life, and SEA will spearhead relationship building and lobbying efforts on behalf of the university to voice these pressing student needs.

Spearhead Policy Initiatives at the International Level

The Richards Administration will conduct data analysis and policy research initiatives to better understand the needs of international students, and we will develop strong partnerships with international universities to expand potential opportunities for students. Moreover, the Visa process can be very daunting for many international students, so SEA will distribute resources to educate international students on the process.