Hey Class of 2023, let's make Middlebury a place where all students feel safe, respected, and celebrated no matter their identities! Endorse me at go/aubrianna/
My name is Aubrianna Wilson, pursuing a neuroscience major on a pre-medical track who happens to end up in a lot of theatre performances on-campus from Los Angeles, California. I identify as a first generation, mixed Asian-American, physically disabled, lower-middle class activist. Vermont is home to where I built my first snowman and saw my first icle. On campus, my favorite study spot is the GreenHouse in Bihall. I fund my love for Otter Creek Bakery’s olive twists through my Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant job. I find joy not only helping her peers learn, but also serving as an advocate for them.
I fund my love for Otter Creek Bakery’s olive twists through my Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant job. I find joy not only helping her peers learn, but also serving as an advocate for them. On campus, I
Support sexual assault survivors
I am a proud MiddSafe Advocate
I am the current Director of the Student Government Association’s Relationship and Sexual Respect Committee.
Focuses on accessibility and anti-racism projects; I actively work to dismantle the systematic oppressions within Middlebury’s institution.
I am the Treasurer of Concerned Students of Middlebury
I am a Director on the Student Government Association’s Presidential Cabinet
The SGA can feel exclusive and unproductive at times and I believe part of this is due to the complexity of how to make a real impact through these roles. After spending two years in various SGA positions, I feel confident in my ability to make change and see improvements in my time as Junior Senator.
SGA First Year Committee Being an Event Coordinator, I planned social events to promote connection and joy for our class. Working on this team, I recognize the importance of creating much needed legislative and policy driven change while also creating fun opportunities and social events to bolster our community. While our time on campus our first year was short, on the Committee, I:
Planned and successfully executed our J-term Blue Party
Assisted in the Coordinator of the First-Year Senator Pizza Talks
Served as a voice for BIPOC, first-generation, and students with disabilities
Director of the SGA Relationship and Sexual Respect Committee As a Director of the SGA RSR Committee this year, I have learned so much that I will take with me into my senator position next year if elected. Attending the General Assembly meetings, I have seen what works in the SGA and have gained valuable experience of how to make a tangible change to benefit the student body. As the member of the SGA Presidential Cabinet and Director of the SGA RSR Committee, I:
Cultivate conversations and initiatives that promote positive relationships, sexual health, consent, sex positivity, and bystander intervention
Support students in cases of SMDVS and Anti-Harassment/Discrimination (AHD).
Lead the Committee: delegate tasks, advise the Committee Liaisons, and discuss initiatives with the SGA
Outline operating procedures, foster collaboration amongst relevant student groups, and serve as the primary contact for relevant College officials.
I will build upon the connections I have made with administrators to best communicate the students perspective. I want to continue the work I have done this year to see these improvements to the finish line. Further, having already led an SGA committee, I want to continue to create a space for students to collaborate passionately to create positive change for our class. I loved being a Director of this committee yet I have so many passions for improving Middlebury in many ways. I believe as Junior Senator I can do more to voice the needs of all students.
MiddSafe Advocate I am passionate about supporting Sexual Assault survivors; on campus I am a MiddSafe Advocate and the Director of the SGA RSR. I am drawn towards both activism and advocacy, essentially I want to prevent violence, and then help those once harm has already been caused. Through this work, I am able to be there for someone in a time most vulnerable, which propels me to bring awareness and dismantle the rape culture on our campus. Through a selective interview process, I was chosen to be a MiddSafe and I have
Operate and been on-call for a 24/7 hotline that provides a safe and confidential resource for my peers in need of support and information around Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking (SMDVS).
Engaged in 120 hours of training and now attend weekly meetings
Disability Rights Advocate I am known on-campus for being the Disability Rights Advocate and want to continue to make Middlebury a place where all students feel not only accepted, but also celebrated. When Middlebury was designed, a disability rights voice was absent. As the only person to live in three buildings their first year, I have experienced the painful consequences of this absence firsthand. Speaking in meetings for our new Student Center and Freshman Housing plans, I advocate for accessibility so that in ten years a freshman girl who cannot walk up the stairs will not have to move from building to building to find somewhere "kinda" accessible. So far, I have:
Given input to multiple architectural design groups, essentially becoming my administration's go to "Building Design Girl."
Over this summer, I worked to develop student housing for Middlebury’s campus in Monterey, CA. Changes that were seemingly obvious to me wasn't even a consideration for the building designers. My lived wisdom brought accessibility to the forefront of many conversations and I am so grateful that my voice is making Middlebury more accessible for future students.
Treasurer and Board Member of the Concerned Students of Middlebury As the Treasurer of Concerned Students of Middlebury, I focus on advocating for anti-racism and anti-ableism projects through implementing policies, meeting with the Senior Leadership Group, and advising building design construction. Through my leadership experiences, I have learned not only how to be a team player and collaborate with others, but also how to independently spearhead my own initiatives. I have also grown confident communicating with administrators and my peers on ways to work towards our shared goals. I believe this junior senator position will give me a platform for more meaningful anti-racist and accessibility change. So far, I have
spoken with President Laurie Patton, Chief Diversity Officer Miguel Fernández, Dean of Students Derek Doucet, and Director of Education for Equity and Inclusion Renee Wells many times about pressing issues students are experiencing that need to be addressed.
Been a voice in CSM board meetings and meetings with the Senior Leadership Group to make sure all actions are accessible
Vision and Platform
Increase Accessibility to Resources and Opportunities
Work with faculty and administrators to improve academic and physical access for all students, especially those with disabilities throughreimagining accommodations and emphasizing that though we are students, we are people with complex lives that don't end when we step in the classroom door
Clear and constant communication with the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) to guide our junior class as we begin navigating our futures
Advocate for a more accessible campus experience:
Normalize closed captions, access scripts, extended time on exams, extensions, physical accessibility, and dismantling barriers to students accessing
Accessible transportation for students throughout campus and off
Tackle financial accessibility through highlighting the resources and support available to students
Make students aware of available resources while studying abroad to support them in their international journey
Improve Mental Health and Physical Health
Highlight the necessity for more counselors:
particularly those who understand systems of oppression
the necessity for longer appointments with the option of scheduling ahead
Address concerns with technical issues and the lack of counselors on TimelyMD
Continue current work to get Safe Sex Supply Vending Machines available on campus so that students have free, anonymous safe sex supplies accessible 24/7
Dismantle Systems of Oppression
Uplift BIPOC, LGBTQA+, students with disabilities, low-income students, international students, and first generation students:
Voice the needs and perspectives of all students by representing underrepresented voices
Anti-racism: I have established a productive relationship with Chief Diversity Officer Miguel Fernández and Director of Education for Equity and Inclusion Renee Wells in the Office for DEI and I plan on continuing our conversations around implementing and improving the 5-Year Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I plan to hold Middlebury accountable to the promises they have made in these efforts.
Anti-ableism: I will work on improving the experience for students with disabilities and advocate for more awareness around the harmful ableist biases that plague our community.
Anti-sexism: I will continue working with the wonderful people in the Health and Wellness Education and Title IX Offices to increase campus wide education surrounding consent, sexual education, healthy relationships, and sexual assault support, while reducing the stigma surrounding these areas. These people includeAssociate Executive Director for the Center for Health and Wellness Barbara McCall, Assistant Director of the Center of Health and Wellness Education Emily Wagner, and Civil Rights & Title IX Coordinator Marti McCaleb.
Address Sexual Assault through Preventative and Reactionary Support
Promote resources and support available to students experiencing issues related to sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking.
Make an online resource that gives students the knowledge and autonomy they deserve to make informed decisions about what meets their needs.
Improve awareness of sexual assault and rape culture on our campus while prioritizing survivors well-being through increasing consent education and amplifying the work of peer educators such as SPECS, MPHE, and MiddSafe.
Increase GreenDot Training’s outreach through collaborating with the Violence Prevent Specialist, Emily Wagner.
Encourage transparency around the Title IX Office through publishing frequently asked questions and answers while also creating opportunities to get to know the lovely people working there.
Invite speakers and plan events around healthy relationships and boundary setting.
Smooth Transition into a Post-Covid Campus
Advocate for clear, compassionate communication as we transition into a post-covid campus experience. I want to work to optimize what is left of our Middlebury experience and reduce the stress that comes with change.
Continue to represent students' concerns with transparency surrounding covid violations and policies to the Senior Leadership Group, consisting of upper-level administrators such as LP, Executive Vice President and Provost, Dean of Admissions, Dean of Students, etc.
Plans for Junior Committee As a former First-Year committee member, I saw what worked and what didn’t. I am enthusiastic to implement new ways of working that will hopefully optimize efficiency and change while addressing students' needs. I plan to:
Pick a diverse group of juniors to best represent our classes needs
Hold weekly drop-in meetings to talk with peers and figure out how the student government can best address their needs
Concerned Students of Middlebury Board
"Aubrianna's commitment to sexual assault advocacy and dismantling the racist and ableist systems of oppression during her time as a Middlebury student makes her more than qualified to be our class Senator. She is 100% committed to everything she does and will work hard to make our campus a better place for everyone, no matter their income, race, gender, or ability level." -Citlali Aguilera-Rico '23
"Aubrianna is certainly the most thoughtful and passionate student I’ve met. Seeing her grow into the leadership roles she’s assumed has been a real treat, and the SGA would be lucky to have her!" - Andrés Oyaga '23
"Aubrianna is one of the most thoughtful and driven people that I have ever met. Working on MiddSafe alongside her has underscored the incredible passion and positive energy that we have on this campus. She is incredibly organized and effective in making positive change on our campus. Her leadership in SGA has already resulted in progress, and it is evident she would make a positive impact as the SGA Junior Senator. It’s hard to imagine anyone whose personality and energy better suits them for this office." - Jack Summersby '23
"Every time I interact with Aubrianna, I become more sure that I trust her. She's full of such joy and care, and she clearly wants to improves the lives of marginalized, struggling people. I'm endlessly impressed by her knowledge of disability studies. I want a representative who understands the social model of disability and cares about survivors and listens to people she doesn't know. Aubrianna exceeds all my expectations in a candidate. " - Francis Shiner '23
"Aubrey is not only a kind and helpful individual, but she has an open mindset with exciting ideas to help improve campus life and the well-being of students, particularly those with disabilities." - Sophia Romani '23.5
"Aubrianna is one of the most caring, compassionate, and considerate people I have met here at Middlebury. As her suitemate and study buddy, I have seen just how hard she works for what she believes in both in front of others and behind closed doors. She is meticulously organized, plans for every possible contingency, and refuses to give up, especially when she knows that her actions will help the Middlebury community." -Anika Jessup '23