For the first time, two females are elected, as student representatives, to the University Executive Council
Gabriela Montoya, a Finance, Government and International Relations student, and María Camila Ricaurte, Social Communication - Journalism student, were elected as the two principal student representatives of the highest governing body of the Externado of Colombia University.
Furthermore, it is the first time student representation came from academic units other than Law, which traditionally has had greater representation, for its antiquity, among other factors.
Also, as a result of the elections held March 27-28, 2019, Felipe Castrillón and Cristian Serna, Law students, were elected as alternates.
The Externado de Colombia has an old tradition regarding student representation in the highest executive body. Indeed, the 1923 regulation contains a provision establishing student participation (as well as professors) in decisions relating to the University management.
Out of a total 5,473 eligible students, 1,762 voted, representing 32.2 percent. The votes were as follows:
Candidate #1 Felipe Castrillón Gutiérrez – 683 votes Candidate #2 Yank Ramirez – 167 votes Candidate #3 Manuel José García Castaño – 576 votes Candidate #4 Gabriela Montoya – 1,109 votes Candidate #5 Cristian Serna – 657 votes Candidate #6 Valentina Molano Paredes – 489 votes Candidate #7 Alex González – 489 votes Candidate #8 José Fernando González – 538 votes
Candidate #9 María Camila Ricaurte – 736 votes
Candidate #10 Pablo Vivas – 450 votes
Null – 9 votes