The Student Services Committee, in coordinating with a number of student-led groups and university administration, created the Tobacco-Free Initiative. The Initiative’s first actions included the painting of smoke-free boundary dots and the placement of new tobacco-free signage outside Weinstein Residence Hall and Elmer Holmes Bobst Library.
Working alongside the Inter-Residence Hall Council and the Student Technology and Research Committee, the Student Senators Council added IT print stations to all residence halls.
The Student Services Committee, supporting student-led efforts to increase the university’s sustainability programs, spearheaded the installation of water fountain refilling stations in the Kimmel Center and in upcoming building renovations.
Senators at-Large Ryan Thomas and CAS Senator Amanda Ezechi proposed a resolution to the Student Senators Council calling on government offices to reduce or subsidize the costs for MetroCards. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Student Senate.
As part of continued efforts to increase communication to and from the student body, the Public Relations Committee has revamped its blog and created a monthly newsletter sent to the student body.
The Conference Funding Committee has increased its available funds from $30,000 in Academic Year 2014 to $60,000 in Academic Year 2016. The committee has funded more than 160 grants for students attending conferences around the world.
As part of our work to increase transparency and accountability, the Student Senators Council, for the first time in its thirty-year history, as published its budget for the current fiscal year and has opened meetings to guests.
Senator Ezechi proposed a resolution urging representatives of the Student Senators Council to increase communication with students representing marginalized communities. The resolution was passed by the Student Senate.
The Black and Brown Coalition, Senator McLeod, and Senator Thomas proposed an increased number of scholarships to students from Title I and Title VII schools to support the retention of students from financially disadvantaged and Native American communities.
The Black and Brown Coalition, Senator McLeod, and Senator Thomas also proposed a resolution to support the creation of an Indigenous People's Day and Global Indigenous Studies Major and Minor. The resolution was passed by the Student Senate.
In order to create a sustainable global government, Senator Kho successfully proposed a resolution urging the Student Senators Council to actively engage with the Abu Dhabi and Shanghai Student Councils in their restructure proposals.