Full Platform

Points of Emphasis:

  • Stronger coordination with the Diversity Leadership Council
  • Revising and reevaluating the College’s Hazing Policy
  • Addressing wait lists and accessibility of the Counseling Center
  • Improving international student and domestic student of color retention
  • Increase faculty-Student Senate interaction
  • Promoting more service based learning in the curriculum
  • Greater transparency of Senate meetings
  • Stressing civil discourse on campus
  • Making the Senate finance process simpler
  • Reevaluate the use of the antiquated WebAdvisor system

 

Ethics:

  • Ensuring transparency of the Senate by having an active and aware ethics committee
    • Having an early workshop with Ethics committee members to ensure that they have a full understanding of their responsibilities and of the Constitution & By-Laws

 

Student and Academic Affairs:

  • Looking into having a college car(s)(Zipcar) available for use by students
  • Encourage faculty to add more service based learning to their courses
    • Work with the Community-Based Service & Learning Office
  • Work with DLC, other student organizations and the faculty to have more talks, discussions, and teach-ins
  • Make it a priority to revise and evaluate the college’s Hazing Policy
    • Ensuring a clear policy–one that both takes a zero-tolerance position on hazing and prevents senseless prosecution of students–that defines hazing and expectations on which all organizations can base their conduct.
  • Pushing for an outside water fountain in the arboretum near the Interpretive Center.
  • Work with facilities and other organizations to increase sustainability.
    • Pushing for composting bins in every dorm.

 

Health and Housing:

  • Widening the availability of the Counseling Center
    • Ensuring that students whose second language is English have options in the Counseling Center in order to effectively handle their situations
    • Increased multicultural counseling
    • Reducing list lengths for students to receive counseling
  • Better coffee in the cafeteria
  • Pushing Residential Life to allow International Students/students who cannot go home the ability to stay in their rooms during breaks.
  • Revisit the visitation hours policy to be more flexible
  • Push Lund to eliminate the no-headphones policy in the weightroom
  • Push for the Courtyard Cafe to be open Saturday and Sunday mornings

 

Technology:

  • Facebook Live streaming of meetings
  • Improving wifi in the dorms, library, and outside
  • Push the college to reevaluate the use of WebAdvisor

 

Diversity:

  • Much greater and closer collaboration with the Diversity Leadership Council, and the Diversity Center.
    • Co-hosting events, such as forums and conversations that foster greater inclusivity and cultural awareness while also covering topics such as implicit bias, privilege, and the oppression of our peers.
  • Reaching out to groups who feel alienated on campus–regardless of who they are
  • A stress on civil discourse and how, as Gusties, we can engage with each other and share–even if controversial–our opinions with each other.
  • Working with the Chaplain’s Office to expand interfaith dialogue and ensure that students of any faith tradition have an outlet for their faith practices.
  • Continue the implementation of all-gender bathrooms on campus; ensure that current bathrooms may be used by anyone who identifies as that gender

 

Public Relations:

  • Continued and expanded use of social media–Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
    • Posting of minutes
    • Facebook Live stream of meetings
    • Posting about Senate’s responsibilities
  • Continued tabling once a week outside the cafeteria.
  • Greater advertisement of Senate tabling and office hours.
  • More posters that detail the Senate’s achievements and/or events in the dorms/academic buildings
  • Making sure faculty understands what Senate is doing and making faculty feedback easier to submit

 

Finance:

  • Ensuring student funds are dispensed in a responsible way that benefits the community.
    • Continuing or reasonably expanding programs such as the Gus Bus.
  • Encouraging student organizations to be more comfortable with the finance process in order to promote more campus activities.
    • Make the finance process more accessible and clear
      • Work closely with student organizations and hear their complaints about the complexities/obstacles in the process.
      • Make a Finance Feedback box for organizations to make suggestions to improve the process.