The Dialectic Senate proudly carries on the tradition of Society-father James Mebane, who presided over the first student organization at the University of North Carolina and the second student organization at any American university. The Dialectic Society has always stood as UNC’s symbol of student extracurricular achievement. The ideals of virtus and scientia and the current Dialectic President, Justin Hall, guide the Society as it continually strives to better itself and the university. Below is a list of active Dialectic Senators. The Dialectic Constitution may be viewed here.



Valerie Calvo, Senator

Junior | Physics and English
Joined: October 15th, 2018

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway

AJ Moore, Senator

Senior | Spanish Literature and Culture
Joined: December 3rd, 2018 

“But the main thing he sees is that the whole system of the world is built on a lie. And although it’s as plain as the shining sun—the don’t-knows have lived with that lie so long they just can’t see it.”

– Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Anna Fiore, Joint Senate President

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense and Philosophy
Joined: March 18th, 2019

“Who do you think you are? I am!”

-Pete Weber

Marie Leighton McCall, Senator

Senior | Asian Studies
Joined: April 1st, 2019

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Jacob Woody, Senator

Senior | Economics 
Joined: November 4, 2019

“We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.”

-Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Holly Michelle Atkinson, Senator 

Senior | Advertising, Psychology, and Studio Art
Joined: November 11, 2019

“Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in a good society holds exactly the same opinions. ” 

– Oscar Wilde

Andrew Richards, President Pro Tempore  

Senior | Computer Science and Philosophy
Joined: November 18, 2019

“I am ready to burn Generation Z down with a flamethrower from atop a bus. If you’re under 23 I have no use for you.”

– Unnamed Democratic Operative

Evans Orcel, Senator 

Senior | Information Science and Computer Science
Joined: February 3rd, 2020

“You’re my everything, Evans” 

– Senator Lïndbêgērkër

Joy Aikens, Senator

Senior | Computer Science, Public Policy and Classical Humanities
Joined: February 17th, 2020

“Sweet is it, sweet is it to sleep in the coolness of snug unawareness.”

– Gwendolyn Brooks

Reynaldo Reyes-Arroyo, Senator 

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense and History
Joined: October 6th, 2020

Senator Barta

Jessica Barta, Treasurer 

Junior| Psychology
Joined: October 15th, 2020

“How did I get here?”

– Desmond the Moon Bear

Catherine Williamson, Senator 

Junior | Peace, War, and Defense and Japanese
Joined: November 15th, 2020

“When the old paths are choked with the debris of failure, look for newer and fresher paths. Art is such a path. Art is distilled from suffering.”

– Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts

Sam Robinson, Senator 

Sophomore | Philosophy and Political Science
Joined: April 20, 2021

Justin Hall, Di President 

Senior| Political Science
Joined: April 20, 2021


“Conkling was elected in January 1867 a U.S. Senator from New York, and re-elected in 1873 and 1879, served from March 4, 1867 to May 16, 1881.”

– Wikipedia Article on Roscoe Conkling

Deniz Erdal, Senator 

Freshman| Contemporary European Studies and Information Science
Joined: September 27, 2021


“Ed Markey’s desk was thrown out into the hall by the statehouse bosses… Markey’s bill is now the law.”

– Ed Markey for Congress Campaign Ad

Lillian Manning, Senator 

Sophomore| Computer Science and Studio Art
Joined: October 4, 2021


“I love this. You will love this.”

– Joseph Cornell

Jasmine Werry, Senator 

Freshman| []
Joined: October 18, 2021

Logan Grodsky, Senator 

Freshman| Public Policy
Joined: October 18, 2021

“My fellow countrymen have put me in situations where I have found I could not refrain from speaking.”

– President Calvin J. Coolidge