SGA works toward transparency

by Shafaq Patel / Beacon Correspondent • April 13, 2017

The Student Government Association members brainstormed solutions for communication and transparency issues within the organization, like student outreach.

“It’s never too late to change things,” said Gabriela Kula, executive vice president. “I know there are a couple meetings left, but I don’t care. I want this to be as inclusive [a] space as it can be.”

Many members last Tuesday anonymously commented that SGA needs to communicate more with students and needs new participants. The SGA executive board decided this week to leave its doors open during their joint session meeting in the Multipurpose Room and have a poster board with the meeting’s agenda in the Piano Row lobby.

John Depa, executive treasurer, said they did this so SGA can have a more visible presence during joint sessions: meetings open to the public where SGA members gather to discuss the campus climate.

Spencer Wright, class of 2020 president, recommended making a rough joint session schedule available to the entire student body via Google Calendar so they know what will happen in each meeting.

The joint session agenda is released to members a day before the meeting, but some have suggested it be sent sooner so students who might be interested in a subject can be invited, said Dylan Walton, on-campus students commissioner. He said it is important to invite students to voice their opinions during the meetings.

Christopher Henderson-West, the public relations chair, said SGA should publish the weekly minutes on the website or social media again, so students can have access to what happens in the meetings. They have not published their minutes on their website this semester, but have in the past.  

Members also raised concerns about executive board transparency. Last week, some members wanted to know what the executive board talked about in their closed meetings on Monday. The executive board discusses the agenda and a range of items from joint session in the closed meetings. Emily Solomon, executive president, said the executive board could send out a report of what happened during the meeting.