Isaac Dietrich is the Student Government Association (SGA) vice president of internal affairs elect for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Dietrich was born and raised in West Africa, before he moved to Chicago to start 8th grade. He then moved again to Montgomery, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from high school.
When it came time to pick a college, Dietrich chose SU for practical reasons. “I chose SU because I thought I would get a competitive education with elite schools for a much better cost,” Dietrich said.
Dietrich is an international studies major and minors in public administration.
In his new position, Dietrich said he will be responsible for internal oversight of the Executive Rules Committee (ERC) and SGA Senators. He said he will also “make sure that everyone is actively doing their job and is working to better the student union.”
“I’ll work side-by-side with our president to pursue SGA’s agenda, and although I will focus on maintaining a well-organized student government, I will also push for increased representation by the students for the students.”
When asked what he enjoys most about Shippensburg University, Dietrich praised the opportunities available at SU and the faculty.
“Every student has the opportunity to be involved and better themselves as leaders. I believe that all the professors here also truly care about their students and that’s always reassuring,” he said.
Dietrich was involved in student government in high school before coming to SU where he represented the Residence Hall Association (RHA) in the SGA.
Dietrich is also a resident assistant and the fundraising co-chair of the Wood Honors Student Organization.
Dietrich said he wants to see SGA act as a cohesive unit, where the organization’s members actively pursue the betterment of the student body.
“I want to see us all going above and beyond in fighting for the student voice,” he explained.
When asked what single accomplishment would allow him to feel satisfied as vice president of internal affairs, Dietrich said he will be proud but maybe never satisfied.
“I have a large role to play in setting the standard for this position in the future. I will probably never be satisfied with what I am doing in the role myself, but once I leave and the next person takes over, I will be proud to see them continuing the work of internal affairs and continuing to ask for more from our senators and ERC members.”
After finishing college, Dietrich says he hopes to join the Peace Corps and then work for either an intergovernmental organization or non-governmental organization.
“As long as we never give up on our efforts to continue to do better and be better, I will be proud…” said Dietrich.