Karyzma Torres, President
Political Science, Senior
A Dallas native, Karyzma couldn’t be more proud to be at the the only public, accredited 4-year university in the City of Dallas. This is Karyzma’s third year at UNT Dallas and has lived on campus for all three years and projects to graduate in Spring of 2021. Karyzma majoring in Political Science, and plan to attend law school after receiving her Bachelors Degree. The Student Government Association plays a strong part in her life as she learns and prepares to take on the field of legal field. Karyzma’s goal in this association is to successfully tend to students' needs and contribute to the surrounding community, while building bonds within the organization, university, and community! She credits her interest in civic engagement and leadership to her greatest public role model, Michelle Obama.
Cindy Beltran, Speaker of the Senate
Political Science, Junior
I am a 1st generation college student and I've put myself through school since graduating high school. It isn’t easy to both work full time and go to school full time, but I've had to manage and make it work. The previous year was tough trying to balance it all, but I am excited to have more time to dedicate to school this semester. I aspire to attend law school when I graduate because I would like to become an immigration lawyer and eventually move into politics in order to effect positive change. In the last few years joining student organizations wasn’t possible for me due to my job, but in high school I served as chapter president for the student organization DECA for 2 years and represented my school’s business pathway and club on the student leadership team for the school district.
Desmond Burton, Vice President
Desmond is a retired noncommissioned officer from the United States Army. He is currently studying to be a psychologist, in hopes of being able to reach back to the Veteran community and be the Psychologist they deserve. In his spare time, Desmond enjoys playing with his dog, being on campus, playing video games, etc. His projected graduation date is 2021 and his future plan is to attend graduate school for psychology. If he had the opportunity to change the city one thing he would do is get multiple large plots of land and build fully functioning tiny houses for the homeless. He would have picket fencing with someone at the entrance logging who comes and goes, with the hopes of showing that they are trying to improve their situation. “Vets would have first dibs.”
Alexandra Renteria-Maldonado, Parliamentarian
Political Science, Junior
As a first- generation college student, Alexandra finds her passion connecting to other students facing the same setbacks as herself in their academic careers and personal lives. Having previously served on the SGA board at her previous community college, Alexandra hopes to continue her involvement within the SGA organization to increase the open dialogue between the student body and the senate by voicing student concerns and initiatives. Outside of UNT Dallas, Alexandra loves to spend time with her two dogs and loved ones. She aspires to attend law school after completing her bachelor’s Arts in Political Science at UNT Dallas in 2021.
Jessica Armstead, Records Officer
General Business and Child Development and Family Studies - Junior
As a first-generation transfer student, Jessica is enjoying her first year at UNT Dallas. Student Government Association plays a huge role in Jessica’s academic life. She utilizes SGA to make connections on campus. She enjoys being a voice for her classmates while being able to help make campus as comfortable as possible. She is a full-time student, works part time in Student Affairs, and a proud member of the McNair Scholars Program. During her “free time” she enjoys playing with her dogs and escaping to her she shed. One of her go to quotes includes, “I dream it, I work hard, I grind ‘til I own it,” - Beyonce
Mariana Gonzalez-Avila, Public Relations Officer
My name is Marina Gonzalez, I am 23 years old and I was born and raised in Dallas,TX. As of the spring of 2020, I have been a student of UNT Dallas. Being the eldest in a family of 6 has really helped me in gaining responsibility and prioritizing skills to help take care of my younger siblings as well as work and go to school full time. I am currently working at an elementary school for Duncanville ISD as a bilingual paraprofessional. I can take pride in the fact that I am a fast learner. It comes from learning things at home, in the jobs, and experiences I have had throughout my life thus far. With my job I work closely with the assistant principal and I am in charge of the paraprofessionals and aides in the school. I assign jobs when needed, help create documents for the school, and recently work on spreadsheets to keep track of our students progress throughout virtual learning. Since being at UNT Dallas, my goals for my education and career have been more clear. One of my current goals is to graduate with honors and be done with my classes by the end of next summer. Afterwards I plan to attend Texas Woman's University and get my MS in Human Development, Family Studies, and Counseling, in Marriage & Family Therapy. I aspire to be a great leader and role model for my siblings and for those who are around me.
Jewel Jackson, Finance Officer
Being a leader is far from easy it pushes you to go beyond yourself in every aspect. It requires you to have drive, ambition, and most importantly a dream to make a difference. I, Jewel Jackson have a dream to become a physician researcher. I want to acquire my M.D/ Ph.D and study in the field of Oncology. Making steps toward reaching this dream has been a long and exciting journey thus far, full of hard work, and endurance. Firstly, academics has been very important to me. Beginning my undergraduate education at the illustrious Prairie View A&M University, I have strived for excellence every semester in every class that I have taken at the university. I have been awarded Honors and Dean’s honors status for academic achievement. I have been so blessed to be awarded many scholarship opportunities to which I am extremely grateful. I have been awarded the L.C Anderson Scholarship, The Prairie View A&M Opportunity Merit scholarship, and the Chidimmah Christine Amagwala Academic Scholarship just to name a few. I have also, been awarded the International Education Scholarship from the university to aid in my study abroad trip to China in Spring of 2019. As a leader I also felt that it is very important for me to get involved with the community and organizations on campus. I am also a member of many campus organizations such as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, The Minority Organization of Pre- Medical Students, The Society of Leadership and Achievement, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Preconception Peer Educators Club, Panthers Promoting Healthy Decisions, The Undergraduate Medical Academy, Student National Medical Association. OFF Ministry, and finally The Sounds of Faith University Choir. I have also served as the Treasurer of The Sounds of Faith University Choir for the 2019 Spring semester at prairie view A&M University.