SG President Taylor Dumpson released the following statement to the American University community on Friday, January 26, 2018.
To the American University Student Body,
I have proudly served as President of the American University Student Government after being sworn in on April 30, 2017, becoming the first Black woman to hold the position, and since that time have remained committed to upholding the oath of office.
It goes without question, this academic year has been a difficult one, for me, and for all of us. But, together, we have begun to create "A [Different] U."
This can be seen through the creation of the Hub for Organizing, Multiculturalism, and Equity (HOME), and successfully convincing University Leadership to present the Campus Climate Survey results to students for the first time in over a decade and to increase security measures such as locking of the Mary Graydon Center after hours.
However, creating a different "you" starts from within.
When I took office, I told you that, "I will not pretend to be a "perfect" leader, but I will always give this role my 100% effort each and every day." And without a doubt, I can confidently say, I have given my best effort to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the President of the American University Student Government.
It has been a pleasure to serve in this position, however, effective immediately I will be resigning from the presidency in order to focus on my health and education.
In the time that I have served, I have seen the American University community at some of its best and worst moments, and what inspires me most about being a member of this community is its resiliency, and its ability to bounce back during times of adversity.
Please, do not look at my resignation as a sign of weakness, but as a sign of strength. I am resigning knowing that I have done the best I can, with what I have, where I am.
Maya Angelou once said, "at the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel," and it is my hope that my presidency will be remembered as one that made each of you feel more valued, more welcomed, and more at home.
Thank you for your support and continue on the journey towards A [Different] U.
Yours in service,
American University Student Government, Former President