Student Government Association for 2021-2022
Simply put, I am here to address the problems I've heard from you about with community members spearheading the work they care about. This is about empowering the student body and collaborating with existing movements to get things done. The table below is a quick platform overview. Check each of them out in greater detail by clicking the underlined links.
- Additional Academic Support for students broadly
- Advancement of the Decolonization of curriculum
- Advocate for additional financial aid for entrance exams and fees
- Centralization of information on a singular platform
- Implementation of Credit for Lab/Discussion Courses
- Increase identity representation between disciplines
- Increase Support Networks for First-Year students
- Re-Evaluating the Structure of First-Year Advising
- Streamlining process for leave of absence
- Advocate for staff/faculty retention and addition
- Advocate for wage continuity
- Conduct audit on how we approach judicial affairs
- Implement fund from Student Activity Fee to support student initiatives aimed at fostering community
- Work to stimulate the town of Middlebury economy
"Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion?"
- Additional support for JusTalks
- Appointing a diverse and innovative Cabinet
- Creating clearer guidelines on JusticeProjects and ensure campus partners can be involved in that process
- Increased student outreach
- Institutional support for underserved communities
- Re-imagining IDEI committee
- SGA Equity Fund (a fund of $50,000 a semester that is matched by our Admin to promote access to marginalized communities)
Student & Social Life
- Assessment of needs in planning of new Student Center
- Expansion of Grille menu to include more options
- Expansion of campus snack kiosk locations
- Explore Middlebury Fund (fund of $10,000 for new students to experience Middlebury)
- Increase of nightlife options (both dry and otherwise)
- Opt-In/Opt-Out Mail Delivery
- Opt-In/Opt-Out system for email communications
- Streamline process for organization registration
- Streamline Student Employment process
- Re-examining how we approach Community Standards
- Repurposing underused spaces on campus for students
- Advisory Council to the SGA Executive Board
- Advocate for BIPOC Representation to Trustee meetings
- Increased representation (BIPOC, International, & more) in SGA
- Increased access for marginalized voices to communicate with Admin
- Institutionalized Office Hours & Outreach
- Quick and centralized access to active SGA work
- SGA-Student Body Engagement Events
- Streamline process for creation of legislation
- Town-Hall sessions with all SGA members
- Transparency on the Student Activity Fee
Student Activism Support
- Communicate and collaborate with existing efforts
- Create process for student efforts to gain SGA Support
- Instituting support for student activism work
- Reduction of Institutional Barriers to Activist Work
- Revisiting prior movements (e.g. diverse counselors)
- Streamline process for future activist collaboration
Our college experience is largely influenced by our experiences in the classroom but can be furthered through many other educational experiences in and out of the classroom. There are several items that the SGA can contribute to making positive change in as it relates to academics.
Unfortunately, our college experiences have largely been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the future is bright in moving forward from this trying period, there is much to be done to ensure our campus community can recover and heal in all forms of the words.
"Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion"?
When we talk about diversity, equity and inclusion as a campus, we often make that the sole purpose of the conversation at hand. These tenants need to be integrated into all of the work we do, not just used as keywords to claim progressiveness.
Student & Social Life
Student life is what enables us to pursue our many interests and ensure a safe community environment. There are many ways in which we can see this happen and ways to simply improve the everyday life of our student body.
The SGA itself is in many ways inaccessible due to a variety of reasons (cohesiveness, overlaps in span of control, disconnect from student body, lack of representation, etc.). I have created a detailed proposal in how to address some of these important issues.
Student Activism Support
Student activism is one of the main grassroots methods by which people have been active participants in the Middlebury. While historically SGA has not always worked to empower student mobilization, there are tangible ways for SGA to provide resources and support to student efforts.
April 20th: Nominations are sent for Cabinet Director positions. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.
April 25th: Nominations are due for Cabinet Director positions.
April 31st: Interviews conclude for Cabinet Director positions.
May 2nd: Selected Cabinet members are announced to the incoming SGA Senate and Cabinet, and submitted to the current SGA Senate for confirmation.
May 9th: The newly appointed SGA will convene for our first meeting as a Senate and Cabinet. While not an official meeting, this will serve as a space to set norms, expectations, a standard meeting time, and our common agenda
May 16th: An all-student email is sent announcing new Cabinet directors and general statement setting a 2021-2022 common agenda as per the combined missions of all SGA participants. Individual goals will be highlighted over the summer as well as on the SGA website.