Happy Halloween from the Student Government Association (SGA). Things may be getting spooky around campus, but the only thing scary for SGA is how quickly this semester is moving. Since our new members have been sworn in, they have been working super hard to serve our student body.
We highly encourage you to visit your senators in CUB 201 during their office hours, which can be found on the SGA Campus Groups website, to voice your concerns and suggestions.
Currently, we are establishing our committees and appointing chairpersons for this academic year. Committees always welcome walk-in members. As a reminder, Budget and Finance meets on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in CUB 238 and External Affairs, focused on media and outreach, will begin meeting Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. in CUB 201. Thanks to everyone who answered our committee interest form. Keep an eye out for even more committee meeting dates on our social media too, @shipsga on Instagram.
The Constitutional Reform Ad-Hoc Committee had its first meeting and is focusing on outreach to students. The original SGA Constitution was written in the 1960s and since then, many small amendments have been tacked on, but a full revision has never occurred.
Around campus early next week, the committee will be implementing drop boxes to anonymously submit your written thoughts. Members of the committee will also be conducting causal interviews with individual students as well as at student groups’ meetings. It is essential for us to build our new framework around actionable ways to support students. The drop boxes can be found in Reisner Dining Hall, the CUB, DHC’s Fishbowl Lounge and the lobbies of all residence halls.
Additionally, I would like to shout out a few of our members’ accomplishments here on campus and beyond. Vice President of Internal Affairs Kennedy Holt and Senator Philicia McArthur presented to the SU President’s cabinet their experiences as students of color at a predominantly white institution on Oct. 23. It has been amazing to see the work they and their peers at the Frederick Douglass Institute have accomplished. Our Class of 2025 Senator, Malu Takahashi, worked over the Fall Break job shadowing at Commonwealth Strategic Partners, a government relations consultancy in Washington, D.C. We are so proud of the strides our members have made serving our community here and abroad.
Finally, join us this week at our public meeting on Nov. 2. That’s right; two public meetings back-to-back. We will be hearing from another guest speaker and hope to learn more about students’ thoughts and concerns during the open gallery.