SGA director supports election, voter education
Samantha Hubbard, the Student Government Association director of diversity outreach, is collaborating with the SGA and members of the administration to not only increase voter registration, but to also educate potential voters about the marriage equality referendum and Maryland DREAM act.
Hubbard’s initiative is separate from initiatives SGA and University Residence Government are developing in that it supports specific causes, rather than just voter participation.
“I am primarily working on two things,” Hubbard said in an email. “One is getting Towson students registered to vote. The second is getting awareness about the fact that marriage equality is on referendum in our state of Maryland.”
Senior Adrienne Tolson said education is important for college voters, because a lot of them are unaware of major issues going on during election season.
“If you educate people about what the issue actually is, and what’s actually going on, it will give them a better understanding,” she said.
Hubbard is also advocating for the Maryland DREAM Act to pass, which would qualify immigrant students, regardless of their citizenship status, for in-state tuition and public two-year and four-year institutions.
Hubbard said she will be hosting an event called “Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic,” which will consist of a voter registration drive and education about the DREAM act.
Freshman Nick Fruit said events like Hubbard’s will help educate potential voters.
“It’s amazing how uninformed some students are,” he said. “They [students] definitely need to be informed because if they are voting they need to know what they’re voting on.”
For students to be eligible for the DREAM Act, the student or their parents must have filed taxes from the time they are in high school through the time they graduate college, the student cannot be convicted of a felony and the student must have attended a Maryland high school or be attending a Maryland university.
Although Hubbard’s initiative is separate from the SGA and URG initiative, SGA is sponsoring several of Hubbard’s programs.
“The executive board supports my initiatives, and are sponsoring most of them,” she said. “These are SGA initiatives, and something I believe in with all my heart.”
Hubbard will also be co-hosting an event to promote the marriage equality referendum with the SGA and the student group In the Life, which supports lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender students of color.