Tayler Everts might seem like the type to hide behind her small, gold wire-frame glasses and vintage floral maxi skirts, but the Tisch sophomore is more of a show-don’t-tell type — especially when she talks about her goals and achievements in NYU residential life. Currently, Everts serves as the co-Vice President of Advocacy for Inter-Residence Hall Council along with Tandon sophomore Shawn Kshatriya.
Before becoming a member of IRHC’s executive board, Everts was the president of Brittany Residence Hall’s council, known as Brittany Official Student Senate, and became entranced by the world of residential life after attending weekly IRHC meetings.
“After the first few meetings, I knew [IRHC] was something I wanted to become a part of,” Everts said. “I joined the Advocacy [cosponsored] committee where we worked firsthand with other clubs and people in IRHC itself, and we got to take on some great initiatives to benefit everyone in housing.”
Everts, along with Kshatriya, meets with professional staff within the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services along with other departments around NYU, including Dining Services and Public Safety. When Everts ran for the role of VP of Advocacy, she knew she actively wanted to advocate for the concerns of NYU students and readily tells people whenever she’s in conversation with her peers who express university-related issues.
“I’m everyone’s go-to when they have a question about res life,” Everts said. “Most people know I’m a part of IRHC, and come to me with any questions or concerns they have. I can either tell them why MFA [Multi-Factor Authentication] will never go away or who they can turn to for their specific concern. I truly want to help them be heard.”
For the past few months, Everts has been devoted to Consent Hearts, a project between IRHC, the Office of Equal Opportunity, the Wellness Exchange and S.P.A.C.E. (Sexual misconduct Prevention, Assistance, Counseling and Education). Together, the four organizations are advocating for sexual consent by handing out a variety of seven different pins — with phrases such as ‘Yes Means Yes’ and ‘Are U In?’ — along with events discussing matters around sexual consent.
“With all the media surrounding #MeToo movement, this project came at such an ideal time,” Everts said. “It’s something we’ve been working on for months, and to see a project you’ve been working so hard on finally come to fruition, it’s such a good feeling. Seeing everyone wearing the pins around campus is just an added bonus to that.”
Everts admits her life revolves around either residential life or immersing herself further into the world of theater — one of the main reasons she came to NYU.
“Res life is my life,” Everts said, proudly. “But outside [of IRHC] I try to spend as much time as I can afford in the city, especially engaging in performance. It really helps with my major, Dramatic Writing, to get out and see as much as possible. It tends to take up a bunch of my time, but I love it. So I’m not mad at it.”
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