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, Valerie Calvo, 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.



Emily Lewis, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Rachel Moskowitz, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.”


Sam Gee, Senator

Senior | English and Public Policy
Joined: February 26, 2018

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”

– Baruch Spinoza

Maggie Pollard, President Emeritus

Senior | Political Science and Public Policy
Joined: April 9, 2018

Valerie Calvo, Di President

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

Mo Van de Sompel, Joint Senate President

Senior | Economics and Political Science
Joined: October 29th, 2018

“It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy. Let’s go exploring!

– Bill Watterson

AJ Moore, Senator

Junior | 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, Critic

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

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

-Richard Feynman

KC Kurz, Senator

Senior | Economics and Public Relations
Joined: March 25th, 2019

“In Limbo, if you set the bar high, you’re setting the bar low and if you set the bar low, you’re setting the bar high”

-KC Kurz

Marie Leighton McCall, Senator

Junior | 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

Joe Henry Williams, Senator

Senior | Statistics, Philosophy, and Mathematics
Joined: September 16, 2019

“While you and i have lips and voices which
are for kissing and to sing with
who cares if some oneeyed son of a bitch
invents an instrument to measure Spring with?”

-E.E. Cummings

Jacob Woody, Senator

Junior | 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 

Junior | 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, Sergeant At Arms  

Junior | 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 

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

“You’re my everything, Evans” 

– Senator Lïndbêgērkër

Joy Aikens, Clerk

Junior | 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

Julia Long, Senator 

Senior | Health Policy and Management, Geography, and French
Joined: August 4th, 2020

Senator Johnson

Thomas Johnson, Senator 

Senior | Public Policy and Political Science
Joined: September 12th, 2020

Reynaldo Reyes-Arroyo, Senator 

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

Senator Barta

Jessica Barta, Senator 

Sophomore | 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