An interview with Brianna LaFontant
1. Throughout your campaign, what issues or opportunities do you think resonated most with your peers?
Students feel that expanding opportunities for mental health support is necessary. In addition, students were excited about expanding opportunities to connect with alumni, professors and students across schools and programs.
2. What was your favorite part of the campaign process?
My favorite part of campaigning, without a doubt, was meeting more of my peers. I deeply appreciate the students that found the time to share their experiences with me.
3. What inspired you to run for MSA president?
McCourt is a space where you are encouraged to learn just as much about policy as you are about yourself and how to value reflection and change. I want to ensure that all McCourt continues to strengthen its ability to do so for my and future cohorts.
4. What do you hope to accomplish for the McCourt student body by the end of your tenure?
One of my main goals is to ensure that students feel prepared, connected and supported during their time at McCourt and leading into their careers. I’m excited to work toward creating opportunities for mentorship with alumni.
5. Is there anything your peers might not know about you?
My peers may not know that prior to McCourt I was a middle school teacher in Miami and am still advocating for my students with the Miami Organizing Alliance (MOA). MOA is made up of former teachers, students and community members who recognize the crucial need for mental health services. This past year, we shared policy recommendations that led to the district’s decision to pilot universal mental health screening in Miami-Dade schools in the fall of 2022.
6. What do you think will be most important as you step into this new role?
Continuing student conversations and applying feedback will be necessary to foster a culture where students know their voices are heard and their concerns are taken seriously. To do that, we will need to create spaces for genuine connection and understanding amongst our student body.