Isaiah Chavous is CU Boulder student president. Here is his story

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When I was a child, Isaiah Chavous (Isaiah Chavous) hid under her mother’s table while attending college at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, playing with the green soldiers, cutting snacks, and her history degree exceeded his. head.

Chavous's mother Michelle Johnson said of her eldest son: "He was born to a young mother, so I think he has an interesting growing up experience." "He witnessed the importance of education.... This story shapes It helped him and made him resilient. Starting from those really sad starting points, watching them get the help of education, courage and perseverance to get you out of the situation where people think you are trapped-I am proud of him.

Chavous is 21 years old and is the head of the university system. He used to walk around in secret.

The Colorado native is the chairperson of the CU Boulder student body and the chairperson of the Intercampus student forum, and represents the voice of all students on the CU campus.

Chavous is the third black president of the CU Boulder student government in more than a century. The burden of responsibility is weighing heavily on him, but this is the pressure he bears as he prepares for a vibrant future.

Chavers said: "I fell in love with Boulder and CU." "I am very committed to maintaining its high quality and innovating in areas that need improvement. CU left an impression on me, but I plan to do it before I leave. Leave a bigger impression on CU."

Last year, Chavous was a business student majoring in political science. When he ran for president, he didn't know that his mission was to put student issues first.

Consequences only from the COVID-19 pandemic

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When students need more attention than ever before, Chavous finds himself responsible.

Chavous has established contact with campus student groups and hopes to share his findings with CU Regents and system administrators via Zoom calls. He brainstormed how to better advocate

. He met with the legislative delegation of the state.

Chavous estimates that in a difficult pandemic year, in addition to completing courses, he will spend 50 hours a week on student government affairs.

Chavous is used to being busy.

Johnson said that in elementary school, Chavous opened and sold a company that produced tape products-wallets and ties. In middle school, he started a dying sock with a tie, ruining every pot of his mother along the way.

Johnson said: "He would look at me and say,'Mom, you are investing in my future." "He always said,'Are you willing to invest?" What that kid would say to my entrepreneurial son."

Now Johnson begs Chavous to fall asleep and take care of himself.

When asked when he would go to bed, Chavous burst out laughing.

"I don't," he said. "But that's okay."

In 2020, young blacks are trying Chavous.


His eyes lit up, he knew that racial justice needed to be solved on his own turf.

Chavos said that as a mixed race, he even considered his experience as a person of color more privileged than others. He knew directly that CU needed to make students of color do better, so he started working.

Chavos said: "Being a color student in a predominantly white school can sometimes feel isolated." "The BIPOC community of CU has been neglected in many areas. I have seen it with my own eyes. Ultimately it depends on my influence. Representatives of the power position must not only pay attention to their own identities, but also sacrifice what they might feel in greater interest."

When there is a national dialogue around law enforcement,

Chavous said he was boiled over on the CU Boulder campus. He spent hundreds of hours talking with the local Boulder and campus police department throughout the summer to discuss a plan to reorganize police training, hiring practices and agreements.

These dialogues, represented by other student leaders on campus, promoted the work of the campus police supervision committee. Chavous said that once implemented, this will be the first of its kind.

Chavous also participated in

Chavous participated in a working group chaired by Todd Saliman, chief financial officer of China Unicom, and discussed the issue this summer. After listening to the administrative staff, reviewing the financial statements and listening to the prisoner’s letter, Chavos said that the working group urged the university to agree to consider other furniture suppliers instead of having an exclusive relationship with Colorado Correctional Industries.

"He is very happy to work with him," Saliman said. "This does not mean that we always agree, but we always exchange opinions. Isaiah definitely helps to promote the dialogue. He is engaged. He agrees with the students' point of view. He clarifies the students' needs and is pragmatic. Recognize the reality we must face."

The reality of driving change within the university bureaucracy can sometimes be challenging, but Chavous says that overcoming these obstacles will only make him successful.

Chavos said: "The bureaucracy is an interesting space that I found." "I want to make sure...I have tried my best to gather information...and listen to my tasks on behalf of the community, so I don't misunderstand the decisions made. There will always be disagreements, as long as I know that I have done my absolute duty in understanding complexity, depth and emotional pressure, I can accept it."

Chavous has some pioneers in the field of CU student government stars, and they continue to advocate for voters after graduation.

U.S. Representative Joe Neguse-

-Used to be the position of Chavous and the chairman of the student union of CU Boulder.

State Representative Leslie Herod (Leslie Herod)

-In the early 2000s, he served as Chairman of the Boulder Legislative Committee of China United League Herod said that she also focused on opposition to policy changes, including racial justice and LGBTQ issues.

Herod said: "I think what people don't realize is the exact weight of all this." He pointed out that the student government of CU Boulder is the most autonomous institution in the United States, responsible for allocating tens of millions of dollars in tuition. "I can't underestimate the impact of that experience on me and my colleagues who are now elected officials by continuing their work on change, policy making and social leadership."

She suggested that Chavos continue to fight for his beliefs, let him grow and develop, and of course graduate.

Chavous continued his student government work in the spring semester, but he was already thinking about it.

Law school is coming soon. Maybe it's an international business or political career.

"I want to be a history book," Chavos said. "Not for indulging yourself, but for selflessness. Setting a precedent from the beginning is one of the biggest motivating factors. Every door that opens or the door I am forced to open, there will be a doorstop there, waiting for the next one to be like me There is a little hope for such a student."

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