The Associated Student Government vice president announced that she will not resign from her position, after students and the ASG Diversity and Inclusion Committee called for her to do so.
“I respectfully reject the action,” said Michaela Todd, ASG vice president and senior communications major, in a statement. “I took an oath to represent the students of Emporia State University and representation is not about perfection. It is about conversation, learning and coming together as a unified body.”
In her statement, Todd said that she remains committed to being a voice for the campus and to her duties as vice president.
“The professional actions I have made thus far have been done without personal ambition of influence and I will continue to put the will of the student body first,” Todd said.
The call for Todd’s resignation comes after she faced backlash from students after using the term “illegal alien” in a Facebook post.
The post, which endorsed Kris Kobach for governor, said that Kobach would “put Kansans first, not illegal aliens.” It was initially a public post, made on Todd’s personal Facebook account. Todd later deleted the post.
The Associated Press Stylebook discontinued the term “illegal alien” in 2013, and discourages all use of the word “illegal” except when referring to an action, according to ap.org.
In response to the post, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee released a statement calling for Todd to resign by Monday, Nov. 12.
Todd had the option to resign or the committee would begin the impeachment process at the next senate meeting, according to their statement.
Due to her rejection of the resignation, the committee will initiate the impeachment process during this Thursday’s senate meeting. The motion needs a 2/3 senate vote in support of impeachment in order for it to pass.
If the motion passes, there will be a final vote on Nov. 29 and if a 3/4 senate vote is reached, impeachment will occur, according to the committee.
A previous motion to begin the impeachment process failed at last week’s senate meeting. The motion failed with 11 senators in favor, seven against and three abstention from voting.
The next ASG meeting will be 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.