Letter to the editor: Letter from the SGA president

As students in a self-governing community we have an obligation to utilize our agency. As you may know, most college policies solicit students for input and some are even written by students. Student contributions to college policy are not just our privilege—it is our responsibility to seize each opportunity to give feedback.

One policy that received significant student input was the Hate Crimes and Bias Motivated Incident Protocol (HCBMI). Over the past year and a half, there have been multiple open forums and other opportunities for students to contribute to the HCBMI Protocol. This document is proof that opportunities abound for students to actively shape policy so that we do not feel blindsided when it becomes necessary to implement. In short, our duty is to advise policy so as to enable administrators to effectively apply it.

Accordingly, I am leading a group of students to develop a student statement of values. We had our preliminary meeting yesterday at 9 p.m. and will be meeting every Thursday at 9 p.m. in the SGA Offices (JRC 222). Anyone interested in having his, her or zirs input is welcome to come. After a draft is completed, it will be circulated to the entire student body for feedback. The final draft will be something which students will be proud to call their own. This is your opportunity to use your voice and opinion, as this statement will help provide a foundation for judgments when community values appear to be shattered by students.

Lastly, I want to be clear that am here to serve you. If you have comments, complaints or want to change things on campus, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Because of my position as SGA President, I have contacts and relationships throughout the administration and would love to talk with you, even if you just need information about which administrators to talk to for your project. I have donuts with Ben every Friday from 12-2 outside the Grill, office hours every Tuesday from 1-3, my e-mail is [sgaprez], which I check it continuously, and I am always free to give you a hug.