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The senators unanimously approved Sen. SA Ian Ching, ESIA-U, to chair the finance committee, after the resignation of the former president.
The Student Union Senate unanimously passed a resolution allocating more than $29,000 to the executive’s budget at its meeting on Monday.
Faheem Ahmad, the SA Treasurer, sponsored the Executive Operating Budget Act, which allocates $29,450 to the executive branch for university-wide events, resources for student organizations and operating costs. The resolution allocates $15,000 for the Student Organization Resource Center, $5,000 for SA office assistant salaries, $4,950 for food and beverages at various student outreach and community-building events. community, $4,000 for program development activities, and $500 for SA-related subscriptions.
The resolution allocates $4,000 to President’s Day Weekend Palooza, which former executive vice president Kate Carpenter launched last year, with funding split evenly between money for venue fees and money for food. and drinks. It also allocates $15,000 to the Student Organization Resource Center, which provides free printouts, art supplies, and “hard goods” like coffee makers for student organizations, in accordance with SA bylaws.
Ahmad said that this year the SA faces a “constrained” pool of funds due to inflation, which is currently measured at around 8.3%. He said the SA hopes to “make the most of” tight funds and begin planning programming for the academic year.
“We fully intend to use our budget responsibly and for the ultimate benefit of the student body, delivering programs that foster community and belonging for all students at this university,” he said. declared.
The Senate unanimously approved the Senate Seat Conversion Act, which converts two seats of graduates from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, one seat of graduates from the Milken School of Public Health, and three seats of School of Business graduates into graduate seats. . The act also converts an undergraduate seat in the College of Professional Studies to an undergraduate seat at large.
The Senate confirmed five new graduate senators.
Samuel Avila, Imani Featherson and Gloria Macrae will represent graduate students from the School of Public Health. Pavan Reddy will represent SEAS graduate students and Nicole Blackstone will fill the G-at wide seat established at the last Senate meeting following a lack of candidates from the School of Nursing.
SA President Christian Zidouemba said in his report that he was working with his cabinet and other SA members to continue research into providing Plan B machines on campus.
Executive Vice President Yan Xu said the SA is working with GW Transportation and Logistics Services to collaborate with Lyft to provide discounted electric scooters to students at the Mount Vernon campus.
“Currently it’s $1 to rent a scooter and an additional 44 cents per minute to ride,” he said. “And I will go and offer students discounts to explore DC to their fullest potential while being able to return to campus safely.”
Xu said he will update the student body as GW continues to negotiate with Lyft.
Director and Title IX Coordinator Asha Reynolds and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Kiera Bloore presented the Title IX office’s prevention trainings and response policies to senators. They said last July the office convened a Title IX task force, made up of students, faculty and staff from about 21 departments, to address updates proposed by the department. of Education federal guidelines.
Senators unanimously endorsed SA Senator Ian Ching, ESIA-U, to chair the finance committee after the resignation of former chairman Daniel Sandoval. Ching said he plans to largely maintain last year’s stipend process and provide stipend information to student organizations to “ensure stability.”
“Every time you have a change in the system, people get confused about what the new system is,” Ching said. “It was changed last year, I’m not going to change it again.”
The next Senate meeting will be September 19 at 8:30 p.m. in the Elliott School State Hall.