As the spring 2022 semester begins, it is important for all of us to look back on the year and reflect on our accomplishments. This past semester, Student Government Association (SGA) along with many others can agree that transitioning from virtual to in-person learning was a bigger feat than expected. With uncertainty and stress at a high, the achievements of the student body are nothing to be overlooked.
Many of our Senators excelled in their positions and advocated for students. On-Campus Housing Senator, Andrew Sharp, held an open forum on Oct. 13 for students to address their concerns and have a space where they could be heard. Community Service Senator, Evan Brooks, hosted weekly adopt-a-blocks engaging SGA to help restore the community. University Libraries Senator, Jasmine Stewart, was creating a Student Library Advisory Board, and the College of Business and Public Management Senator, Angelo Saporito, was in the process of launching a roundtable for the college.
In October, SGA hosted a Town Hall featuring members from the University President, Christopher Fiorentino’s, administrative cabinet. At this biannual event, students had the opportunity to submit questions to be answered live. This event was held over Zoom Webinar and open to all students. A recording of the live stream was distributed to students via email. The next Town Hall will take place on Feb. 22.
As a Senate, SGA grew and was able to fill some of our senate positions to help bridge the gap between students and campus departments. We elected 11 new senators this semester and elected the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Senator positions which have been vacant for several years. If you are interested in joining the Senate, please reach out to our Secretary Jacqueline Griffith at JG913242@wcupa.edu.
The Senate approved 11 new organizations this semester ranging from Oceanography Club to Planned Parenthood Generation Action and West Chester Running Club. Parliamentarian Brenna McGowan worked in the Bylaw Review Committee to help these organizations through the process.
The executive board hosted several Council of Organization meetings for university clubs and organizations to receive updates and education. Members from the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement gave presentations on RamConnect to help students succeed. Guest speakers from IS&T, New Student Programs and even student leaders assisted in leading discussions and sharing their knowledge.
About the Student Government Association
Student Government Association is an inclusive student organization looking to project student concerns and bridge the gap between students and administrations. SGA is hard at work revising our bylaws and holding themselves accountable for abiding by them.
The goal of SGA is to provide a unified and responsible government that will promote the welfare and growth of students and for students. The SGA will work to ensure that all rights and privileges are shared by all. The SGA will make certain that the concerns of students will be heard and acted upon.
Catherine Young is a third-year Marketing major with minors in Nutrition, Digital Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. CY926331@wcupa.edu