Jon Cockerham, 20
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Job: Student Organization Resource Team for ECU's Student Activities & Organizations
Major, (if in school): Communications (Concentration in Public Relations) & Political Science, and a minor in French
A paragraph about what you do in the community: For the community I have taken part in many voter drives. I've managed a city council campaign here in Greenville, registered voters, helped organize protests for certain bills such as HB2, and have been an active member within ECU's student body. I have been president of the GLBT Student Union (LGBT group on campus) where we increased membership 150% and doubled our bank account. I have also been a volunteer for the LGBT Resource Office since my first semester in college, and I earned the ECU LGBTQ+ Samantha Hamilton Leadership Excellence Award my sophomore year here. I have been a part of the NC Civility Summit Committee for the past 2 years where we have brought civil conversations to ECU in the form of speakers and sessions that promote civil dialogues with diverse subjects and perspectives. I also served as the student representative for the LGBT Resource Office for the Pledge Purple Committee (ECU's initiative to stomp out sexual assault & bullying on campus.) I have also been Vice-President of College Democrats at ECU, Press Secretary for College Democrats of North Carolina, and I am currently Deputy Press Secretary for College Democrats of America. I am currently Secretary of French Club and was just voted in as Student Government Association representative for the College of Fine Arts and Communications and the Director for Equity and Intercultural Engagement. My most recent position is President of Pi Lambda Phi, a new fraternity that just recolonized here at ECU. Our philanthropy work is the Elimination of Prejudice and we look forward to bringing that work here to Greenville.
Why you think what you do is impactful/important: I believe what I do is impactful because I enjoy seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they realize they can truly be their best selves no matter what sort of minority group they belong to. One of my happiest moments was in SGA when we passed the Banner-Self service update which granted a preferred name section into ECU's systems to allow Transgender students the option to modify they name before their first day of class. I wish for everyone to feel like a pirate; gay, straight, democrat, republican, or any other creed, gender, sexuality, etc. You are a pirate and an american first, our goal should be to make you feel at home here.