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Student Representative: Jill Cartwright, C'2018

Jill CartwrightStudent Representative
President, Spelman Student Government Association (SSGA)
Women's Studies Major

Jill Chante’ Cartwright is a women's studies major with a concentration in women’s health at Spelman College. Born and raised in Milford, Delaware in a God-fearing home, she quickly learned the values of honesty, selflessness, and hard work. It is by these values that she has managed to lead a life of service to her community and dedication to scholarship.

Since her arrival at Spelman, Cartwright has consistently earned her spot on the College’s honor roll while actively participating in meaningful organizations such as the National Council of Negro Women, the Spelman College Glee Club, AUC Shut It Down, and the College Review Board. Because of her avid engagement on campus and in the classroom, Cartwright was inducted into the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, and she is a Living and Learning Biomedical Scholar, a Research Initiative for Scientific Engagement (RISE) Scholar, and a Social Justice Fellow. Her passion for community enrichment through housing and education reform led her to found the Committee for Atlanta and Surrounding Communities’ Advancement and Development Equality or CASCADE.

Cartwright's journey with the Spelman Student Government Association began in the spring of 2016 when she was chosen to serve as the first Director of Compliance and Safety for the 75th administration. During her term, she worked closely with administration on key issues in both the student body and the greater Atlanta area. Some of these initiatives included the establishment of the Westside Stand Up coalition against gentrification where she spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to combat House Bills 37 and 51 which were introduced in the Georgia Congress, participated in the historic Transgender Student Admissions Task Force, and coordinated the first annual Take Back the Night vigil and march to raise awareness of sexual assault during homecoming week.

As the College's 2017-2018 Student Government Association President, Cartwright will use her platform -- “Paving THE WAY” -- to increase inclusivity, student empowerment, and advocacy for a 21st century campus. Her ultimate goal is to leave a legacy of love and social change that will encourage future Spelmanites to become movers and shakers in their own right.