Meet the Candidates: Dana Smith and Caleb Pirtle

by Kenny Nguyen | Managing Editor


Student Body President Candidate
Junior from Livonia, Michigan
Major: Applied Mathematics, Minors: French; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Resident Assistant in Windsor Hall
Founding President of the Purdue American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Director of Diversity and Inclusion in Purdue Student Government

Vice Presidential Candidate
Junior from Merrillville, Indiana
Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Minor: Psychological Sciences
Resident Assistant at Owen Hall
President of Lafayette Mission
Pledge Trainer for Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Mentor for Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN).

1.  Why are you interested in running for President and Vice President of Purdue Student Government?

We running for Purdue Student Government because we want to see a Power Shift on campus. We want to bring attention to issues that haven’t been addressed, and see students use their power to create the change they want to see and the environments they want to live in. We want to see students speaking up injustices and working to improve Purdue’s campus.


2.  What are your dreams for Purdue Student Government and Purdue University?

Broadly, we want to see Purdue Student Government taking an active role in social justice issues on campus. This entails creating a Rape Crisis Center, establishing a Police Advisory Board, advocating for Tenants’ Rights, supporting LGBTQ efforts, modifying outdated academic policies, and changing the structure of PSG itself. These are real issues that students deal with on a daily basis, and so student government needs to be transformed in order to effectively represent students. By combating issues of sexual violence, racism, tenants’ rights, campus climate, and structural difficulties we seek to increase the relevance of PSG in everyday student affairs.


Elections take place on April 6-8.  Vote on BoilerLink.


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