There has never been a greater need for leaders who are open, approachable, informed, and diligent. Leaders who can weather-the-storm for the uncertain months that lie ahead, communicating the information for you to make the right decisions. Leaders who will advocate for your needs as well as the whole of the student body’s until we can all meet once again. We are those leaders.
Over our 12 semester here together, we’ve spent 9 of them in Sa Government, 6 in Residential Life, and 6 in Wallis Hall with Admissions and Financial Aid. We have founded 2 successful student organizations, and are involved within the undergraduate and graduate population in countless more ways through our past executive board commitments and all the connections we’ve made along the way. Join us in our journey to make a meaningful impact on this campus community through out experience and never-ending devotion to serve you, the University of Rochester Community, a final year.
To Ever Better your days ahead, we are prepared to lead a wave of stability,equal representation,transparency,accountability,and fresh perspective to the SA presidency. We have been at the forefront and have seen the direction needed to be taken for the long-term success of future Yellow jackets to come. In light of multiple events spanning this past school year, the SA government has needed to evolve.Although as an organization,SA has grown,we,in particular,bring something new to the table.
Yes, we have policies on our platform that span core issues that have always been at the forefront of discussion. This includes topics such as the need for more accessibility on campus, the lack of ample Vegan/Vegetarian/Halal/Habad and nutritious dining options, the need to expand the Gold Line times to accommodate our student athletes as well as the Silver Line to ensure Southside residents don’t have to walk in the cold at the end of the day. And yes,this includes expanding the outreach of UCC and pushing for more mental health initiatives while also changing the internal reviewal processes for sexual assault/harrasment claims in the Title IX office.
However, if anything is to be accomplished, first and foremost, SA structure needs to evolve, otherwise, may the cycle continue of these “core issues” onto the platforms of future presidential candidates for class years to come.Formalized legislation implementation strategies, retro active student conflict working committees, designating more positions for minority representation, and more – we are ready.
Afterall, the campus is nothing without its community. If these past weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we learn from each other and rely on each other to improve our lives collectively. No matter where we’re from or what we do, our core beliefs are aligned with the spirit of being ever better with our merits, our work, our relationships, our present, and our future. Join us, and help us spread our mission of:
Ever Better Values. Ever Better Work. Ever Better Moments.
Justyna Gorka and Marc Haddad
SOCIAL MEDIA: @ianandizzy
Hey Yellowjackets! We are so excited to announce our candidacy for SA President and Vice President. Ever since we first stepped foot on campus, we have been fighting for new policies and initiatives that students want and need.Through our involvement in SA and other organizations, we have gained the necessary insight to hit the ground running on day one to improve our campus community. From implementing a new syllabus template to ensure the consistency of policies across courses, to creating recommendations for a University Climate Action Plan, we have already achieved success on important issues and can’t wait to keep the momentum going next year. We believe in a progressive vision for U of R and as President and Vice President we will utilize the power of the student body to affect positive change on campus. As part of that vision, we have identified four key pillars of our campaign.
Health & Wellness
●Establish a regular health & wellness dialogue, bringing together student organizations and campus resources to discuss how to better serve the needs of the UR community
●Commission a University-wide mental health report to endorse recommendations for expanding professional treatment services, increasing wellness educational programming, and making operational improvements
●Examine the capacity of the CARE Network and other support services to sustain increasing demand and explore options to address growing student needs
Equity & Inclusion
●Prioritize cultural competency and awareness by expanding implicit bias and microaggression training for all students, faculty, and staff
●Analyze the bias-related incident process, identifying improvement areas that will ensure we respond to these cases as seriously as we do to academic dishonesty and student conduct (i.e. drugs/alcohol) cases
●Work to implement the recommendations of the SA All-Gender Restroom report
●Assess opportunities to increase River Campus accessibility for students with disabilities
●Mandate LGBTQ Safe Zone Training for student organization e-boards and SA Government members
●Carry out the recommendations for the creation of a university-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP)
●Ensure that students and student organizations are actively involved in the creation and implementation of the CAP
●Push for greater funding of campus programs and initiatives dedicated to sustainability, including EcoReps,Facilities Team Green, and Dining Team Green
●Advocate for the creation of a university-wide sustainability office to unite efforts for a climate-aware,sustainable institution
●Partner with other area colleges to encourage student engagement and involvement with Monroe County and the City of Rochester
●Increase ease of access to regional transportation options and transit hubs
●Expand domestic student voter registration and absentee ballot request initiatives
●Evaluate the feasibility of free shuttles to polling sites on Election Day and the establishment of an early voting site on River Campus