The 2018-2019 academic year as truly been one for the books for the Student Government Association. As the year has come to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of what we have accomplished throughout this year and acknowledge our areas of growth and improvement.
With the recent events that have occurred on Emerson’s campus concerning Title IX and the college’s handling of violations with the sexual misconduct policy, we, as the SGA Executive Board, wanted to take an opportunity to update you on some of the work that we have been doing this semester.
Last week on April 3 & 4, SGA held elections to elect officers for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. There were also a number of constitutional amendments put on the ballot for a vote as well as voting for each class for Voice Your Choice - Student Access.
Below are the remarks that the 2018-2019 Student Representative to the Board of Trustees gave to the Board on February 28, 2019. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to talk about anything included in these remarks!
We are exploring a temporary non-recognized appeal request process as an interim funding opportunity for organizations whose plans were altered. Non-recognized organizations should keep in mind that all regular appeal request stipulations apply. This request is not a budget, and should be limited to covering the costs of one event, trip, or project.
The improvements made to the College serve the mission of the College “to advance scholarship and creative work that brings innovation, [and] depth” but fall short of promoting diversity and making the College an accessible institution. Kirstin Valdez Quade, in her essay Youth From Every Quarter, argues that “it’s a worthy, essential claim to seek “youth from every quarter.” Institutions and individuals have a responsibility to work against centuries of structural inequality.”
There is little reason to be proud of any high ranking program offered by the College when that program is walled off from those who do not have the means to pay its hefty price.
Following the release of the editorial “Don’t ask students to fund scholarships,” I wanted to provide some clarifying information that we were not given the opportunity to prior to its publication. The most central point is that this scholarship is intended to give back unspent money to students through a scholarship.
This past Tuesday, students of Emerson College walked out of class to demonstrate their dissatisfaction and anger with the handling of diversity on campus and the failure to address concerns raised two and a half years ago at a similar protest. The fact that so little has been done demonstrates an institutional problem that will not be easy to solve. However, despite this difficulty, this work needs to be done.
Below is a copy of the letter the SGA sent to President Pelton, voicing our support for the College to support undocumented and DACAmented students in a way that is concrete, rather than just symbolic.
A semester at Emerson is always a whirlwind, and it’s nearly always stressful, but Fall 2016 in particular seemed to have us by the throat at every turn. From the election, to American Vanguard posters, to everything else—it was relentless.