Big Cheese 2022
If you are interested in joining a committee, please check your email from Vice President Desiree Bagot for step-by-step instructions.
If interested in a committee spot, fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/25KYJd2cznCDXvTU7
Please also sign up for an interview slot with this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FKbaA38fredpn_sO6RuxymN0IUv5G2Farth0OK0GRdM/edit?usp=sharing
Big Cheese 2022: April 24th at 8pm in the Campus Center
The event will have a 30-45 minute panel where we will ask the senior staff in attendance the pre-submitted questions. The next 45 minutes will be small group discussions where students will have the opportunity to speak with senior staff one on one or in small groups. Each staff member will have a designated table/area and students are free to float around. The event will also have…. CHEESE and other snacks.
President Kim Cassidy
Undergraduate Dean Jennifer Walters
CFO Kari Fazio
Provost Timothy Harte
Title IX Coordinator Kimberly Taylor
Associate Director of Dining Services David Chase
Submit any questions to this google form: https://forms.gle/pUVfBF9CcaGci3Hd7
November 5th 2017
7pm Campus Center
Many members of the administration came and spoke about their roles as well as answering student questions. The notes from each individual section are included below.
Lil Burroughs (she/her)
BMC EMS service
Working on getting more students on board and active every weekend (especially weekends where we can expect parities)
Lil wishes that the EMS service was here all of the time because of the extensive training they have
Pem East-West party
Lil says that we can expect more campus safety officers to be available for the days that there are traditionally large parties like Halloween
Delia Landers ’19:
Are there any classroom spaces that can be open for quiet study?
Campus safety doesn’t know what would be available
Lil says they just lock the buildings that they are told to lock
How can we find out which classroom spaces could be available for student access?
Lil currently doesn’t have the information on how to find out which classroom spaces are available
Lil says that increasing the card access could give campus safety more time to do things other than watch buildings
Could we add antibacterial solutions to medical bags?
AED bags are changed regularly and Lil says that antibacterial solutions are usually nearby but adding them could easily happen
“If someone was seen breaking into a party is there a way to report that?
Lil says everything they get reported only goes to a handful of people and is relatively confidential
She suggests the Deans office (GAs) for reporting about parties if it’s a report after an event has happened
Can we report people who are from off campus so that we can prevent them from coming on campus? (non tri-co people)
Lil says we send emails about trespassers and if they come on campus we call the police
There must be a report about the circumstances for any action to occur
If it’s a safety issue (harassment/stalking) we will make a trespass letter
She is confused that servers don’t have to be 21
“What can we do to encourage people to stay sober at parties?”
She believes bouncing is almost not worth it because bouncers aren’t encouraged to stay sober other than for the reason that a bouncer is required for parties of certain sizes
Lil wants these type of bouncers but she says we need a strong group of students who want to be a strong sober presence and no group has established itself yet
Lil is open to help with bouncing at any party but she needs students to notify campus safety if this is an issue and she needs students who want to help
Do we have funds to encourage students to be bouncers?
Lil is willing to go to her boss to encourage students to be bouncers if it will help encourage students to be effective, sober bouncers
What do we do about trespassers on campus?
Olivia was wondering if we had pictures of people to keep off of campus
Lil says we don’t have the authority to prevent people from coming back on campus which is why the police are notified if a person who has given a student trouble comes back on campus
Lil says instances where someone who has been labeled as a trespasser has come back are rare
Lil says that we can’t just give someone a warning or a trespass letter because a student says so; the person has to do something.
Lil says they can’t tell people to leave without reason because “its an open campus but also it is private property” so student reports are important
There have been a few instances of estranged parents of students coming on campus and campus safety can help protect students by keeping images of these people and helping students as soon as they have suspicion of someone coming to campus
- Thomas Hall Name Change:
- started 2 years ago and people questioned the name of the building. Spring- group assigned to look into the name and history of the college and the building’s name. Over the summer, think about it because the situation didn’t really feel right.
- At the moment: have not changed the name of the building but created a space. College declared that the values that Thomas held are not our values today.
- At the moment: Temporary suspension of the name. KCass not urging any decision but is hearing from the working group and furthermore the board of trustees because it could have fiduciary issues. Need to work with board.
- at the moment: Trying to establish a process to get a name
- Alums are very mixed
- some are supportive; some also understand its complicated and will take time to
- some are angry
- some are confused
- time frame: should have name issues ready by mid semester next year. Depends on working group, if we need a couple of weeks then it’s important we take our time
- ultimate decision: up to board of trustees
- alums, trustees, students, faculty, staff (small group to move ahead faster)
- why not anatomy and physiology class?
- Don’t have biologist at the moment who is best fit to teach the course. Also a very specific field in biology
- why the Pensby center or multicultural center close to campus and not far away?
- planning to knock down health center to build new health and wellness center. want mental and physical care
- also space for overall student wellbeing & include possibly Pensby center in new building
- put controllers office and other offices far away
- reason they are there: donor wanted the spaces out there in that row
- will take 2 years to build
- raising money for it
- still trying to figure out what exactly is in the building— student suggestions should go to Dean Walters
- Park renovation project
- phase I: done by fall. atrium with smart boards, new comp science lab, physics classrooms, and make it navigable.
- crossroads area for building— Hub of the building.
- center and libraries renovated.
- more dramatic change
- Dining Services
- policy: not admitted without student IDs.
- KCass apologized for not knowing anything about this
- new faculty for biology and comp science departments
- raising money for new faculty position in sciences. Waiting for proposals from science departments. Have raised money for position added but faculty decided where the new position will be.
- Committee: Committee of academic priorities.
- only one new position can be added due to cost and we already have sufficient student to faculty ratio
- search for faculty next year
- raising money for new faculty position in sciences. Waiting for proposals from science departments. Have raised money for position added but faculty decided where the new position will be.
- policy: not admitted without student IDs.
- phase I: done by fall. atrium with smart boards, new comp science lab, physics classrooms, and make it navigable.
- planning to knock down health center to build new health and wellness center. want mental and physical care
Dean Walters (she/her, they/them)
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
College: Marquette University, Milwaukee
Major: Religion, Poli Sci minor
Question: How did you find Bryn Mawr?
Answer: “I’m not sure how I find Bryn Mawr. I knew I was plucked. The stork came…I was at Smith before. I was really excited at Bryn Mawr’s position at the graduate school.”
-Intrigued by “joy” in dean job description
Question: What’s your favorite cheesy food?
Answer: “I think the most delicious thing I’ve had is a cheese souffle. But, I also like cheese grits.”
Question: How has your work of building and sustaining community, through hosting weekly Open Space conversations been? Are students utilizing the Lantern Talks?
Answer: There’s no class from noon to one at Smith. Struggle to find open, reserved time and space for all students to congregate here at Bryn Mawr due to lack of universal meeting time where all students are free.
-Lantern talk on building an open space: discussions about ability vs. disability, spirituality/faith, what it means to be an international student, spaces at talks in DVR in New Dorm.
-Lantern talk about extremism: invited historian, political scientist, & sociologist to give different narratives/perspectives, 15 students attended, Walters thought it was a positive start
-Working on marketing the lantern talks more
Question 2: Can the dean’s office work to support SGA’s efforts to build the campaign, if money is needed to cover the cost of sturdy boxes and shipping costs?
Answer: SGA should email deans to figure out a way to assist with the campaign
Q3: Question in relation to history working groups
A3: working group started last semester to inform students about the history of the campus (undocumented history of those who’ve contributed and memorializing them; telling the stories of those that have gone unheard; black @ bryn mawr; plaque for dining hall worker who has contributed to).
-A group that needs more structure: more students, trustees (found an alum), staff, faculty
Challenge: to find people who will be okay with receiving an outcome that is not expected
Q4: How has your work on building a community been?
A4: Created Open Space so that there can be an opportunity (every Wed. noon to 1, open to everyone)
-undergrad and grad students attend though not in large numbers
Q5: grading policy and lack of 3.5 grade
A: no reasoning, seems weird to her
Student answer (Liv Phillips ‘18): grad schools take into account of bi-co grading system
Bob Miller (he/him)
- How do you choose what alum you reach out to?
Mass reachout mostly
when thinking about affinity groups for alumns, is there a way for those groups to directly donate to affinity groups on campus? B/c students can’t take undisclosed funds, but
The best way to advance the institution is to advance the institution as a whole and then having the affinity groups advocate for themselves within the institution—relying on outside donations is perhaps unsustainable, since they’re so often pretty small. (10, 50, etc).
I don’t choose what our fundraising priorities are, the CFO and Deans and Provosts do. 😕
There has been “talk” about doing specific fundraising for PoC – there’s an Alumnae of Color group (rather than Black Alumnae, Latinx Alumnae) and he thinks that having a fundraising mission behind it would be helpful.
The three leaders of the Alumnae of Color group are “really great folks and strong advocates”
Student response: it’s a struggle, esp. Since the ECC is trying to divest from he meal plan, but also … what happened to the Perry House- patterns of negligence over years and years.
The ECC is in a good physical position for support
“we could even do a small campaign so that anyone who gives from x date to x date could have a name on a plaque in the ECC, stuff like that”
Student response: okay but like… that money where would it go? Would it go to the student’s needs or?? I want to make sure that people don’t do senseless donating and that there’s transparency with where money goes—Bryn Mawr Campaign or anything.
A ‘programming fund’ within the ECC would help because it would have specific goals
Advocacy within the college is the most important thing to focus on from the student side, in his opinion
List of college’s priorities that’s more specific
The DefyExpectations campaign is by design fairly broad – funding the budget model for the college over the next 5 years : TriCo in the City initiative, paying for 360s, the digital humanities stuff, etc. As we raise more $$ we can fund more of it. 60 new scholarships, we funded LILAC with 15 million, endowed 4 faculty chairs (10 million).
Students – scholarships and internships
Facutly – research funds
Campus – park science and the new student life center
Bryn Mawr fund
What’s the exact process through which an alum could donate to specific program
If you want to designate your gift, you can do it, as LONG AS THERE IS A FUND THAT EXISTS – like the sociology department has a specific budget. The larger the $$ the more specific you can be. We don’t publish fund lists because that encourages people to pick and choose which goes against our policy of getting everything
If there is ever a thing you’d like to donate to, you can email development to find out if they have a fund
What’s the point of Give a Hoot Day?
That’s the day “tuition dollars stop paying for education here”, its about 80k for a full year and most students pay 30-60 k per year, so we’re constantly running at a deficit (loss).
Beyond that day we’re operating off of other funds.
Poorly marketed, if students think it’s the day we might be about to turn off the lights.
Reggie Jones (she/her)
Reggie: Thinks coming to big cheese is always a good opportunity to talk to students.
Milan: pursuing psych as a major.
Louis?: She just sat down here, but she is interested in asking about help for students struggling with academics.
Nanda: she wants to know more about how the health center will improve.
Aurora (they/them) is the newest counselor, how are they settling in? What do they bring to the health center?
Aurora started in september. Had a lot of experience working with people who have experienced trauma, is also fluent in Spanish. Also worked at the Attic (a drop in center for LGBT youth) and St. Christopher’s hospital and Congresso in north philadelphia. She is a staff counselor.
There used to be no-one at the counseling center worked there full time. Reggie was the first to be working there full time. The first full time counselor came in 2004 (it was Reggie). Second hire came in 2015, and the third in 2017. Now the center has 3 full time counselors and 3 part time counselors and 3 part time psychiatrists. The counselor to student ratio at BMC is the same as that in the rest of the country. Supplement extra demand with fellows and trainees.
At haverford they have students working as volunteer, why haven’t we done this?
It’s been talked about, but there are concerns about confidentiality. Haverford only has students in health centers. We could probably figure it out in our health centers.
Anne Tran: met Reggie at a concert, just wanted to stop by to talk to her.
Sarika: here to hear about the counseling center.
Cole: questions about dogs
Reggie’s fantasy is to have a dog in the counseling center. One of the challenges at BMC is that we do not have a policy where we can have animals in buildings. It’s really the institutions decision. Reggie brings her dog to work when we aren’t here.
The counseling and health centers are integrated, and HC’s opinion on the dog matters.
In the new building in 3-5 years, maybe we could have doggy day care.
Concerns: people being afraid of dogs. If there is an animal on campus, Deb Alder cannot be trusted to renew ESA permits. There are also concerns about allergens.
Reggie’s responses: Overwhelmingly students want the dogs, the ESA question is something she hasn’t thought about and will look into. Allergens are also a concern, especially since the health and counseling center will probably be in the same building for the next 5 years at least. This is a major reason why there will not be a dog in the health center any time soon.
Reggie: there are lots of things still undecided. This has been going on for 2 years now.
Why didn’t we send out a survey about the dog?
The conversation with the person who brought up the plenary proposal was very casual. Also BMC’s animal policy makes the question about the dog a moot point.
Are students able to express opinions on the building that will actually change things?
Yes, we have one student who has been consulted on desires for a new counseling center. It’s possible that more students will be allowed onto the committee if we keep pestering Reggie about it.
5 groups currently running devoted to connecting and relating, depression, anxiety, students impacted by natural disasters, healthy living group. How do we spread awareness?
Post in class groups
How is the turnout?
Good, especially for the connecting and relating group.
Why is there no group for loss?
There hasn’t been a request for one.
Stephanie Nixon (she/her)
Random fun questions Panel:
A: Stephanie Nixon, she/her, pensby center and part of deans office, VA beach hometown, U of VA, Bio major, UVA masters in higher ed
Q: How did you find Bryn Mawr
A: worked in res life at a few other places, uva, oregon, columbia, life reasons to be interested in philly, specifically at swat or bmc, it was my interview was with 10 students that affected my decision to want to accept the job offer
Scope of stuff for questions : big pic:
Bias incident response team
Q: can tell us how frequently the BIR form, existed for a little over two year sna at first it wasn’t used. And now people tell
About 8 to 10 reports. Some if how thats around how folx choose to report —- one of the
Me Dean Walt
One of us reach out with folx
This ranges from “I dont like language on this website “ and then more often than not its about students trying to negotiate things coming up in classroom.
It kinda depends on the idea of the response
We are careful not to run away with info cause many folx are still in the class.
Some options we might throw out “would you be interested to talk to faculty, what knid of support would you need, we sometimes reach out to Provost office to see how often people have been in the role. What will be most effective
I’ve met with a faculty member
We talk thru strategic ways how the student could use if they’d like
We didn’t have much traffic before this year so we don’t know long term effects
Q: is this specifically for a certain type of bias?
A: It’s anything. It’s about something happening in the dining hall. It wasn’t necessarily about bias, but an outlet
Q: what about reports about health center?
A:is it worth it for me to put this in the system as like official for the college? But currently there are none in the official system.
Q: I don’t know if reporting the trans-insensitive comments of the health center is even worth it on the bias incident responding form?
A: so this form was created so that students need to wander around campus trying to tell someone. If there are other ways the student chooses to contact or bring up the issue,
Anonymity is important part of the form. …
Talking to Dean Walters is a part of this form
Q:i’ve been thinking of racism coming from professors and how to deal with that, cause its hard
A: we didn’t only talk about racism in the last session, so we have a bias-incident response team. It’s not meant to solve everything. It’s meant to give students a place to go if you dont already have an avenue to report things —- but also recognizing that the students reporting may still be enrolled in the course
Anonymous reports are hard, but if someone does include their contact information
If people include that, we invite folx to come in to have a conversation. Does the student want support or other people to intervene, or do we want this discussed after the grades are posted. Sometimes we look at the Department Chair for guidance, depends on the chair’s involvement
Q: I was curious about the bust of M Carey Thomas
A: taking longer than planned, so there’s been a time gap cause we have ties to alums. It’s the history working group working on this mainly (notetaker didn’t catch full answer)
Q: going back to the Bias Incident Response the only way to deal with “isms” in the class? What about course evals?
A: so Course Evaluations matter, but it may not have an effect for professors who already have tenure. If they aren’t tenure-track, the evals matter much more.
Q: Is there any discussion of the college creating a new diversity program?
A: I wish that the programs new designs didn’t get lost over summer. We have a diversity leadership group that meets once a month with KCass. They help keep the plan in mind. But the challenge is figuring out the model that would make sense. On the one hand I want this to be a part of everyone’s experience, but practically I’m worried about the closedness of some people if they attend a “required” event. So I think we are at a place of finding balance in this within hiring staff and also how that can be effecting
SGA Meeting 10-29-2017
Campus Center 7pm
In this meeting Nanda talked about the current appointments round going on: apply and encourage others to as well! The Social Committee head, Mary, gave a recap of the Campus Center Halloween party. We discussed some potential questions to ask the administration at Big Cheese next week. Be sure to bring your questions for admin to the event next Sunday, November 5th at 7pm in the Campus Center!
Alisha Clark ‘18: Does anyone have any general announcements?
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: appointment rounds for fall have just opened; so there are a lot of positions, basically we have open positions for
Board of Trustees Rep
Conflict resolution Committee
Financial Aid Advisory Board
We need two Independent Major Reps
Two Seven sister Committee Reps
Institutional Memory Committee Members
So if you feel like you know anyone who would fit those roles invite them to the fb page and encourage them to apply. The applications will close the 5th at 12am and then interviews will follow. This is a huge round so please invite people to the fb event. Promote it to underclassman who might not know what it is. And upperclassman who you think would be good in the roles.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Most of these roles are really good on your resume so if you start early that looks even better for your resume. People will be impressed by the time that you spend in these roles.
So I ordered cookies tonight in the spirit of Halloween so I am waiting for them to come
Mary Cooper ’20: There were the Halloween parties yesterday this one went well, it was pretty small. Most of the food was eaten it was really fun and low-key. And there are three spots on social committee so be sure to apply for them!
Big Cheese Forum Discussion
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: It will be happening next weekend on November 5th it’s the normal time 7pm and so admin will stay late and answer all of our questions, open to anyone.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Next week we have big cheese, which is our biannual event where students can talk to admin in small groups. It looks like we are going to have 8people. Make sure that you all come because it is the same as a normal meeting in terms of attendance. There is probably going to be about 50-60 people here like including all of us. It may be a little tight. We am going to get cheese from Wegmans to get some nice cheese, get fancy. It is a time to have a direct contact with the admin and have the things that you want to get changed. They don’t see what we see and so it is nice to have that time to talk with them. Cuts out the middle-man, which is me, and have a direct way to talk instead. But the way to get what you want is to not be defensive or rude, be nice to them to get what you want. I am also going to send them some draft questions. I sent everyone an email with the list of cheeses this morning. Make sure that you all say that you are going on Facebook. So then your friends will see it too and that will build up conversations around Big Cheese.
Robert Dostal who just said today that he can’t come. Apparently Mary Osirum will be coming back in November.
I invited Denise from Housekeeping next, because she was the next highest voted.
Still waiting for some people to write back.
We are going to come up with some questions now? What are some things you have in mind? For KCass
Kylah Fanning ‘20: Renaming college hall, making sure that it gets done.
Alisha Clark ‘18: During my meeting with her on Wednesday KCass said she wouldn’t mind talking about that or about DACA.
Kylah Fanning ‘20: My question would be if there is going to be a committee and when that will be formed.
’20: Committee is meeting for the first time next week.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Cheryl does everything from financial aid to overall curriculums for classes. You can ask her many things. The questions can be really flexible but should be tailored to their jobs.
Chloe Liu ‘21: I don’t know if there is anyone on the list who could but I have had many freshmen that want someone to explain the breakdown of the gpa and grading scale at Bryn Mawr.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I am assuming that there are multiple people who could answer that question, I would ask Dean Walters
Chloe Liu ‘21: I had two people tell me that they were considering transferring because of the gap and so we told them to come to big cheese to talk to the people there.
Calla Carter ‘18: I think that for grading sharing stories would not be the best technique I think looking at a list of colleges who have our scale and a list who have another and show the differences. I think that data would be really helpful.
Alisha Clark ‘18: A lot of schools within our area, when we compare they don’t have the same grading system. So maybe bringing in something similar.
Calla Carter ‘18: I don’t want to diminish feelings but I just don’t think that it is that effective of an argument in this particular case.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: one more things. For groups and committees who have been trying to present things to the admin directly. This is the place where you would be able to do so, seeing their thoughts and asking for advice on next steps.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I will try and draft some questions and you can send me some
Una Giurgea ‘20: I had a friend who made a request for a Bryn Mawr radio station and she was approved for everything except for funding but she was denied because they would need a space for her.so I am trying to get her again
Also someone spoke to me about why we do not have a gender and sexuality department, and this semester we didn’t have any classes available that were not cross listed as something else.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I think that that would be Cheryl
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: I think that a lot of what you touched on was important. You can really bring out anything to talk about whether it be infrastructure, academic buildings, etc. I think that environmental studies is now becoming a major because it was presented in so many spaces. It may seem unimportant but if it is important for you then bring it up.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I think there should be a fund available to help our low-income students to pay for books and other expensive. I have been speaking to some alums who have been trying to create it, and its been denied because the only want alums to donate to the general fund.
Una Giurgea ‘20: I know bmc has a policy that you are not allowed to apply for financial aid after you have been here, so I just want to ask why that policy exists.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Just hype up big cheese, make sure that people know that we are going to have good cheese there and grape juice that we can pretend is wine
Q: What famous movie references the concepts of big cheese?
A: Halloween town
Point for 2019
SGA Meeting 10-8-17
Campus Center 7pm
This meeting we mainly began to talk about Big Cheese which is coming up on November 5th. People shared recommendations for which admin should be invited to the event. Alisha also began a general report back on the information shared at the Board of Trustees meeting.
Alisha Clark ’18: Time for general announcements
Mary Cooper ’20: As you know there is the dry Halloween party in the Campus center while Radnor is going on, and I am hosting it if you want to work or have ideas for the party please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Alisha Clark ‘18: Does anyone know what they want to be for Halloween yet?
(People answer with possible costumes)
Alisha Clark ‘18: I really don’t like Roberts rules at all, I think it is silencing to certain people. I think it is awful if there are more than 20 people during Roberts rules. I did it for last rep co and they loved it. I don’t think that I have asked you, but do you want to do Roberts rules for these weekly meetings?
Sierra Bradshaw Kreimer ‘20: I still don’t understand Robert’s rules and so I feel like it would be nice to still just talk like people
Annika Cole ‘18: Clarifying question, would we be using the structure or language?
Alisha Clark ’18: Both, like for plenary structure is there and the language is gone. We could implement it easily here. We could learn and grow together.
Carolyn Cannizzaro ‘19: if we wanted to make this a microcosm for plenary we could we implement the structure without the language.
Calla Carter ‘18: I feel like Roberts rules is better for big groups than small groups because I feel like when we are a small group we are able to just talk.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Other comments or feelings or do you like the way things are now?
Yabundu Conteh ‘20: what exactly is Roberts rules?
Alisha Clark ‘18: It is a set of rules like tabling,
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Things like be it resolved, whereas, stuff that would confuse people if they have not be exposed to it in general. We have shown the student support. If you have concerns you can email us.
Lizzy Muhammed ‘18: maybe we could try one with and one without because I feel like we do not know enough to make that decision right now.
Alisha Clark ‘18: it is with structure and voting. One thing we are talking about is big cheese one thing we can practice is trying to use big cheese
(look at notes for this section about big cheese)
Alisha Clark ‘18: big cheese is another place to get things done, as well as plenary and just talking to me, because I have a lot of connections. Big cheese will be held November 5th at 7pm in the campus center, so we are going to have admin come. So if you have people you want to see, let us know. KCass is already coming. Does anyone have any names right now?
Jada Caesar ‘18: Who are we inviting, admin?
Alisha Clark ‘18: Yes admin
Jada Caesar ‘18: Dean Walters
Sierra Bradshaw-Kreimer ‘20: Reggie or whoever runs the health center
Sasha Rogelberg ‘19: Vanessa Christman
Jada Caesar ‘18: Stephanie Nixon
Alisha Clark ‘18: new Chief Enrollment Officer, Cheryl Horsney
Is there anyone on this campus who you see and you think, who is that person what do they actually do. Or anyone that you think that what they do is
Isabel Rose ‘18: Provost Osirium
Alisha Clark ’18: She is on sabbatical
Robbery Daustin is the interim provost
Lizzy Muhammad ‘18: Deb Alder
Natalie Kawam ‘19: Megan Pongratz
Alisha Clark ‘18: someone from the cpd maybe
Jada Caesar ‘18: chuck heyduck
Sierra Bradshaw Kreimer ‘20: Lillian burroughs
Alisha Clark ‘18: Denise from housekeeping
Jada Caesar ‘18: people from LITS, because we don’t really think about them or really interact with them.
Sasha Rogelberg ‘19: Christiana from Special Collections
Jada Caesar ‘18: Joanna Pintequeo, new geology prof
Phoebe Dopolus ’19: Angie sheets, cause I really like her
Alisha Clark ‘18: I really like her too
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: whoever is in charge of park renovations
Liv Phillips ‘19: can we also have Vianna if we also have Angie
Anna: Jennifer Prudencizo
Alisha Clark ‘18: If you think of someone please email that to me
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: we will also be creating a Facebook event so you can say there
Board of Trustees
Alisha Clark ‘18: the meeting went really well. They are having discussions about the diversity of the board and they are really trying to focus on showing up for themselves. Especially around fundraising. The Bryn Mawr fund is going really well. Next meeting I will give you the exact number, it is a lot of money. They want to stress donating, no amount is too small. She wants us to imagine the money as a pyramid. Our foundation is what tends to make up the entire pyramid. Our small donations really add up. If you have 5 dollars to spare give it to Bryn Mawr. Maybe we could invite someone from that there
Phoebe Dopulos ’19: Shannon Gotesman
Alisha Clark ‘18: this is money that we may not see but it is for future generations of bryn mawr
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: people who donate actually look at the senior gift participation to decide if they want to donate, which if they are not it is totally fair, but just keep this in mind
Alisha Clark ‘18: although Bryn Mawr is not perfect. I find my encounters with you all as worth it, this is one thing that I will always remember, I love learning something new from the student body. You teach me so much beyond what others could teach me,
Bringing it Home
Alisha Clark ‘18: it will end by Wednesday, we will be sending the things on Thursday, I am working on making this an official campaign that is sustainable and run though sga. There is no official transition when you are coming into this role.
After spring break I am going to launch a pay it forward campaign. I think we have community but I think it will be good to do little acts of kindness for one another. It will be something small but hopefully the whole campus can be a part
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Applications for all committees are opening this Thursday and will be open all through fall break. I will be crating a Facebook group for the current members of committees. I will be meeting with committees individually after break to really be solidifying roles. So look out for the doodle poll for that. It wont be much, only one meal with me.
Q: What is Bryn Mawr’s flower?
A; The Daisy
Trivia point goes to 2019
SGA Meeting 10-1-17
Campus Center 7pm
The beginning of the meeting was spent going over some basic news of events on campus. We broke up into small groups to discuss feelings and provide suggestions for Plenary. We were able to hear check-ins from a few positions on Rep-co. Then the Migrant Right’s Coalition lead an open forum on DACA where students were able to ask and answer questions pertaining to the recent policy changes.
Annika Lutzenhiser ’19: Story core is re-launching and so we are going to have a bunch of conversations with affinity groups on campus
Ill put something out in the daily digest
Alisha Clark ‘18: any other general announcements, birthdays, weddings?
Someone raises their hand to say it’s their birthday
Calla Carter ’18: sudo hoot has a logo challenge out and so if youre interested in graphic design or art or something submit them by nov 26th we have great prizes such as apple watches
Alisha Clark ‘18: We are going into the plenary discussion.. We are modeling it the same as last time. So we will break up into 5 smaller groups and discuss.
Everyone breaks up and talks for 10 minutes
So I have heard everyone, even in the nastiest emails. I addressed the concerns and feelings in my conversation with KCass. And plenary itself was not the best thing for me, of course not. I have worked on it since summer but of course the first time is not going to be picture perfect. After plenary I am not sure how I felt about the app. Admin loved it because it was fast and because they are able to see the actual numbers. I am still on the fence about doing it again because there was about 25 people who were unable to vote. How would people feel about possibly having Plenary in the gym.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: please make sure that when you are giving criticisms that you are thinking about the feelings of the people who you are criticizing. Alisha is a fellow student who has other things to think of.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: We are going to have a complete check in of committee roles and restructure them.
Michelle ’18 and Courtney ‘18: We are res co heads. The liaison people between res life and the dorm presidents, so we meet every week and talk about what is going on in the dorms. We also meet with Angie sheets regularly. Every Tuesday morning I meet with the heads of a lot of facilities and so if you have any concerns with those groups you can being them to me and I will bring them up in those meetings.
Sophie Goldstein ‘20: Elections head with Milan we deal with elections cycles during the year. We just had one very recently this past weekend. You guys get a lot of emails rom me throughout the year so please read them and nominate and vote.
DACA Open Forum
Alisha Clark ‘18: We are going to move into our DACA open forum. About a week before Plenary someone brought concerns to the meeting about SGA and DACA and so we decided to hold this open forum with the Migrant Rights Coalition. We have a brief video.
Alisha Clark ‘18: today for this event we are going to open up the floor to students. We are corunning this with the Migrant Right’s Coalition
Daniela Lopez Lopez ’19: we are all on the e board of the coalition
We want to emphasize that this is something that is effecting people here at BMC there are undocumented students at Bryn Mawr this is not just some abstract concept.
Kyla Fanning ’20: I have seen stuff about KCass signing on to things to protect their students, can they do that legally and how can we support as a student body.
Daniela Lopez Lopez ‘19: Her reasoning for not saying that we are a sanctuary campus was that she didn’t want to make Bryn Mawr a target that could put students in danger because ICE could come here. Something they are doing is not complying with ICE unless they have a warrant. The admin also does not keep tabs on who is and who is not undocumented here. Even if they asked we have no information to give. Working on programs to make sure that undocumented students do not feel any different than other students
Alisha Clark ‘18: even with my meeting they were saying that they really do not keep tabs on anyone. The college would ask questions back before proceeding with the warrant.
Daniela Lopez Lopez ‘19: quick plug. We actually created a support group through our club so if you are undocumented or protected under DACA there is a support group that we have just to talk about what you are feeling so if you want to email me I can give you more information about that email@example.com. I will tell you when and where this is meeting.
Rebeca Salas ‘19: Mine is not really just a plug for ways that we can act, but in the topic of immigration in general immigration is based on capitalism and we are a country based in capitalism. I want to hand out these pamphlets that we made to show ways to help. One of the biggest ones is boycotting stores that support the private prison complex, there are so many companies that are a part of this like victorias secret, starbucks, etc. We are going to go to a senators office with DACA recipients to help and change their mind.
Alisha Clark ‘18: in case some people are thinking what does a DACA student look like. Which is a horrible thought to think of. They are highly educated, they generally don’t have a criminal record, they are fairly young. The point is that they are all like us. You can’t use stereotypes or listen to Donald trump. They all pay taxes unlike someone else.
Daniela Lopez Lopez ‘19: when you ask who they are, they’re Americans. They were given this temporary deferment from deportation and then you can renew it again up and until it is in place. These are people who grew up here. Your neighbor could be on DACA.
Azalia Sprecher Hidalgo ’18: they can look like anyone, not all DACA recipients are Latinx. I think we should push back on the aspect of contributing to the economy. They are human beings, not just dollar signs. It is all just xenophobia. Fearing people because they are the stranger because they look different or are from somewhere different.
Rebeca Salas ’19: on my capitalistic rant, when they are being deported and held in detention centers that money is going to the shareholders, these large companies. We cant make it all about money, these are people.
Alisha Clark ‘18: we are gong to pause for a minute and show this video:
I want to stress the open forum so that people can learn form each other, I don’t want people saying something ignorant because people are hurting right now. If you are not upset, you are not listening.
Daniela Lopez Lopez ’19: does the community have any more questions, concerns
Lizzy Muhammad ‘18: I think it was Rebecca who was talking about incarceration as it relates to DACA.
Rebeca Salas ‘18: I am not an expert. I just kind of generalized it in terms of all migration.
Daniela: when ice arrests people they put them in detention centers and can hold them for weeks. There was a story about a DACA recipient who was held for 6 weeks because they did not have the proper documentation at the moment. In Philly in the last month ICE arrested 107 people.
Alisha Clark ‘18: If you want to talk more about private prisons America has a long history of imprisoning African Americans
Azalia Sprecher Hidalgo ‘18: so the way that these prisons and the government operate is that they hire private corporations and so they are getting paid. The soap. Food, blankets are all from outside companies and in turn they sponsor some political campaigns. To see how this is part of the private prison industry.
Kayla Patton ‘18: yeah everything is super connected I just wanted to add on that even if it is not privately run it still brings in over a million dollars of profit for berks county. So people may be inclined to have a detention center there, they rent out office space to ICA officers and that is how the profit is made.
So ICE arrived at the beginning of this week as part of an operation called “safe cities”. Philadelphia had the highest level of arrests. And it was an operation to arrest folks who were undocumented, who were committing crimes. They are targeting sanctuary cities. Way of masking the xenophobic ways that they have been operating. The crimes are things like loitering or smoking in front of buildings. They will continue as long as they have money for it.
Rebeca Salas ‘19: in the detention centers these people are being treated really inhumanely
Just to piggyback a lot of the crimes that they are committing are survival crimes.
Also pushing back on the idea of the ideal dreamer who maybe would not go to college route or who did not do that well in school, they may have different interests, they may not be just like us. Also a lot of the culpability is put on the parents and that is something that we need to reevaluate as well.
Daniela Lopez Lopez ‘19: here is even some pushback against being called dreamers because that criminalized the parents. So young people are being asked to not be called dreamers because their parents are the actual dreamers.
Leticia Robledo ’20: I just want to add. One thing we can do is to aid DACA and undocumented folks who were effected by the natural disasters and they are unable to access FEMA funds and so continue donating to the brining it home campaign.
Rebeca Salas ‘19: we made a venmo that you can donate to if you can not donate physical things.
Leticia Robledo ‘20: this is not just for Houston. It’s for Puerto Rico. Mexico, other Caribbean islands. Especially PR right not because they are not getting any governmental funds.
Alisha Clark ’18: so this was originally something that I began as a response to what happened in Houston, south Africa, and South Asia. It was anonymous and people we able to get a package of things that they would need. It is bringing it home because it is focused on Bryn Mawr. Because our community is diverse there is no disaster that is not hitting home. When people say bringing it home it is all about coming together.
Annika: when is the next meeting of the migrant right’s coalition
Rebeca Salas ’19: we do not have a date yet it will be the week before fall break. We will have a dinner and it will be more a community centered dinner to talk.
Kyla Fanning ’20: I wanted to say thank you for opening up the venom and where the money will be distributed, I am assuming it will be going to Bryn Mawr students but I wanted to make sure.
Alisha Clark ‘18: if people need things right now they are able to pick up some more things. But the items right now will be shipped
Kayla Patton ‘18: when you send money to folks in PR its not the most helpful because there is a limited amount of stores to shop from. We will be shipping things to a church or organization
We have another organization we are shipping with to Mexico and looking for a place to ship to in the us virgin islands.
We hope the venmo will be able to just cover the shipping costs and we can use to buy more supplies.,
Maria: to close you can follow us on Facebook., we will be having events throughout the year.
Plenary was held at 7pm on September 24th. There were two new aspects of Plenary added this year. We began the event with student performances show casing some of the amazing groups that are run through our SGA. We also used a new system of voting called voxvote that allowed us to vote online and therefore make the voting time much more efficient. The first five resolutions passed, including changing the SGA mission statement, making the SAAC position co-held, eliminating Robert’s rules of order, creating a new e-board position, and making the appointed committee heads part of the representative council. One resolution, regarding animals in the health center, was tabled. And one resolution ended being resolved independent of SGA.
Quorum was reached around 7:20
Alisha Clark ‘18: Wow can we just give one more applause for all of the performers. Wow I think we are on schedule for being the fastest plenary. Did you guys get a chance to download Voxvote. This is going to be a very casual plenary. It is in lieu of our regular SGA meeting. If you have been to one of my meetings you know that I like too keep things informal so that things are able to keep moving. We want to get out of here fast so if you have a question about grammar or punctuation please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and cc the resolution writer about it. Do not use the mics for these questions.
*Opening the app and instructing others to do so *
The code is 12600. Do not share this with anyone outside of Plenary, please follow the honor code with this.
If you do not have the physical copy of the packet please use the one online this year we are trying to go green and not have as many packets. So we will be reading it but you can follow along with us.
Nanda will be presenting this resolution with me. This one has to do with SGA’s Mission.
Rewording the Mission of SGA | Presented by: SGA E-Board
Summary: The Constitution of Bryn Mawr’s Self Government Association is a living document that works to serve the needs of the Bryn Mawr undergraduate community. However at this time in order for the Self Government Association to serve this purpose and represent the community in its entirety, the mission of the Association as well as the many structural facets of representation and leadership must be updated.
Whereas Article I, Section I, Subsection A the mission of Bryn Mawr’s Self Government Association reads “The purpose of SGA shall be the governance of the undergraduate student body.”
Whereas the student body is not being currently represented wholly by the constitution or the association as it is now written.
Whereas the previous mission statement only encapsulated the most basic of function and did not consider inclusivity and continuous change
Whereas the voices of marginalized communities on campus have been historically and are currently silenced.
Whereas SGA is not being properly used to address the concerns and demands of students
Whereas SGA has the potential to be a representative voice for all students on campus in every of aspect of college life and this platform needs to be utilized fully in order to enact the change that students deem necessary
Be it resolved that Article I, Section I, Subsection A read “The purpose of SGA is to center the needs of the students and to uplift the voices of marginalized communities.”
Alisha Clark ’18: This is going to be the first time voting, get your apps open go to the link.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Opening it up for discussion, we will wait one minute to see if anyone has comments and then we will open up the voting. Make sure that when you come up to the mic that you say your name and class year. We will have a minute for people to come up to the mics before we move to voting.
We are starting, you all have a minute to vote. The question should present on your screens.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: If it is not working on the app you need to close out and reopen it. Or you can go to the link.
Just a quick question as to weather we are having a test vote at all?
Nanda Bhushan ’19: No
Okay not enough people votes only 395 so we are going to do the vote again. We understand that everyone is getting the hang of it.
If you have questions please come up to the mic.
Ann ‘18: I just want to let you all know that most of the trouble that we are having with the app is because of the Wi-Fi not because we are technologically inept.
Una Girgua ‘20: We are all trying to get it to open on the app. You should all use the link, even on your phone it works better. Go to voxvote.com and use it from there.
Alisha Clark ‘18: It is registering that 645 users are connected. I need everyone to focus on voting if you I can make the time for each resolution is for 2 minutes and not for 1 minute. Just give me a second to fix that.
Hannah Zamore ’19: Historically we have been able to make sure that everyone is able to vote if they so choose, how can we do that with this app and with the 1 minute window?
Alisha Clark ‘18: Social Honor Code is run though this app. If you aren’t able to vote right now we are way over quorum and so it should enable enough people to vote. As long as we have 446 I am moving on. We have well over, we are doing great right now.
Those who are having app trouble please use the link.
‘20: Can you get rid of the timer is that a thing we can do?
Alisha Clark ‘18: No it would take to long so we are stopping at 2, 2 minutes that’s it
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Basically the app restricts us from having no time at all, voting usually takes place within 2 minutes. Also to answer Hannah’s question we can refresh a question at any time. To ensure that people can vote.
Kate Hawthorne ’19: If you are having issues raise your hands so that the people in your section can come and help you.
‘19: Can you guys announce a 30 second left window.
Rachel Bruce ‘18: A few of my people got a message that it was the end of the event.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: that was just to make the changes it will come back.
Alisha Clark ‘18: It is the same number 12600 and I am going to start it now. You guys ready? Its starting, you guys have 2 minutes.
Nanda Bhushan ’19: Once again if the question is not appearing close the app or use the link.
Hannah Symonds ’19: for a lot of people the question is not coming up.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Exit out of the app and restart, or use the link.
First resolution passes 87.8%
Nanda Bhushan ’19: Sorry to those for whom the app is not working I am sure it will get better as we trouble shoot this, continue to tell the volunteers in your section.
Swat and Nanda Changing of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Restructuring Meeting & Voting Procedure: Robert’s Rules of Order (Article IV, Section 3, Subsection 3) by: SGA E-Board
Summary: The nature of Robert’s Rules of Order does not allow for the student body to fully understand the amendments being proposed or the issues being discussed. The rhetoric of Robert’s Rules of Order is inaccessible and does not allow for fluid discourse and productive decision-making. This resolution allows room for each E-Board to decide on a procedure that works best for the student body.
Whereas Section 2 reads “The Assembly may adopt as its parliamentary authority the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised”.
Whereas the rhetoric of Robert’s Rules of Order is inaccessible and does not allow for fluid discourse and productive decision making
Whereas the nature of Robert’s Rules of Order does not allow for the student body to fully understand the amendments being proposed or the issues being discussed
Whereas the terminology used during Plenary and other SGA meetings is antiquated
Whereas Section IV, Section 3 Subsection D states “at the beginning of each semester the rep-co shall vote on an established meeting procedure to be followed for the duration of the executive board” creates a precedent for the meeting structure to be reviewed alongside the structure of Plenary
Be it resolved that Article II, Section 2 now read “The Assembly may adopt as its parliamentary authority the Social Honor Code”.
Alisha Clark ‘18: we are now opening it up for discussion
Swati Shastry ‘18: We have one-minute discussion.
Katie Billings ’19: I have a question what does it mean when you say you will use the social honor code. Because the social honor code is not a parliamentary code?
Swati Shastry ’18: Basically we are getting rid of Robert’s Rules of Order because people don’t know Roberts rules of order, so it makes it really difficult for people to understand what is going on in the meetings and other SGA events. So what we mean is that it is the things that come with the social honor code such as respect, listening, and communication are the basis. Replacing with respect for your peers. It isn’t a formal parliamentary order.
Katie: I just don’t understand how that translates to saying your name and other things like that, like timing and things. I just don’t understand.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: its confusing because even Roberts rules is so confusing like saying your name and class year that isn’t a part of it that is just something that we do at Bryn Mawr at social events. It is more formal wording such as saying whereas, decorum, motions or phrases like that. Juniors and seniors don’t have to be using this way of speaking that were used to, we can just speak normally. It will help this be a space with more of an open dialogue.
Carolyn Cannizarro ‘19: because the primary problem part seems to be the archaic language, is there a reason that we don’t just change the language while keeping the structure?
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: That is pretty much what we are doing. We are still having some of Roberts rules were not dismantling it completely but just doing away with some parts of it. You can still use it if you want for the resolutions or in other ways, but we are not enforcing it.
Katie Billings: If it is still an option why isn’t it in the Plenary packet this year?
Alisha Clark ’19: It is in the pdf format. It is a hyperlink.
Liv ’19: I am just wondering why we aren’t using it right now if the resolution had not been passed yet.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: I mean again, we did not think there was a necessity. We just wanted to make it more accessible.
Liv ’19: I just don’t know why the E-Board decided on it?
Alisha Clark ’18: The representative council decided on it.
Nanda Bhushan ’19:If you want to do a vote on using it right now we can, raise your hands if you are okay with not using Robert’s rules of order.
Hannah Symonds ‘19; My understanding is that it also has some things in it about time and how to extend time. If we are using the social honor code which says nothing about that structure for this how are we going to decide.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: that is a good question. We are going to keep certain times. Basically we can follow it but we don’t have to. If you want to extend time it will be up to the student body to decide the ways.
Caitlin Haskett ‘20: If we are still sticking with the time limits and basic structure why does it not say that in the packet, because I feel that this is vital information.
Nanda Bhushan ’19: We are going to be able to work on the ways that the resolutions will be implemented, so you can contact us and work on that editing, resolutions always change a little bit after they have been passed.
Charis Nandor ‘19: I am a little bit concerned about the way that this was being run, because as someone for whom the app did not work you directly said that you don’t care about the students for whom the app is not working that our votes don’t matter as long as there are enough people that vote. And I do not think that is really acceptable for the president of the self government association.
Alisha Clark ’18: So of course everyone’s voice here matters, but what I really need is a third of the student body to actually vote. I want all of you guys to come to the weekly meetings. Since I have been president I have been asking for that, I have been inviting people to the meetings every week. Whenever you guys send emails I answer them but what I am saying is for this to be productive and efficient time wise, I would like to keep to the schedule. And I want all of the resolutions to be passed, last plenary it didn’t work. And I care for all of the resolutions to be heard at least. You don’t have to say yes to them, you can say no.
Charis Nandor ’19: But we should have the ability to say no.
Alisha Clark ’18: Yeah you should.
Charis Nandor ’19: You did not as people if they were okay with using this rechnology.
Alisha Clark ’18: I actually did, I sent out emails and also at the SGA meetings we talked about it and voted on it. So I am sorry that you missed it but I actually did.
Nanda Bhushan ’19: If your device isn’t working we are really sorry and please tell the volunteers so that we are able to help you. But also your voice is important, please come to the meetings. We started voxvote there and it is much more efficient.
Azalia Sprecher Hidalgo ‘18: I support this resolution because, I am going to be honest throughout my entire time here I have never really understood the resolutions. Coming in freshman year I had no idea what whereas or motion to extend meant. I come from a low-income background, child of immigrants and I don’t know what Robert’s rules are. I do not understand it. For people like me I am the first person in my family to go to college maybe if someone had explained it before coming to Bryn Mawr, That would have been fine, but no one ever told me. I really want to be able to understand the resolutions or to write a resolution to know what SGA is actually doing. I wish I could go to more SGA meetings, I am not here to trash talk or amend, if this is making it more accessible than I am for this resolution.
Maureen McGrath ‘20: It seems like if we were to have this passed a lot of the decisions about procedure would be made kind of arbitrary. Like if people want to extend time for different amounts for things like that, if we don’t have something formal set up it can make some resolutions less fair than others.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: We try to present any change to the meetings and we will send out an email and so if you see our email and have an issue reach out. We want to have a time to talk about procedure and decide on it later, so that students are really able to give their input.
Haley Varnum ’19: First of all, awesome go you guys I think this is an awesome improvement. One of the good things about Roberts riles of order is that we can look up the exact rules. Can you guys have an updated section on the SGA website with these rules and update them as they change.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Yes that is an awesome idea. We are actually creating a new more accessible website that also be a platform for student voice and that should be up for next semester and so and so we can include that in the new site.
Alisha Clark ‘18: are you guys ready to vote, it should work now that everyone knows how to do it. Make sure to ask your section counters if it does not.
Resolution passes 84.8%
Alisha Clark ‘18: Before the next presenters come up, you guys are doing great but I cannot really not condone snapping and clapping unless it is to be really upbeat about certain things. Plenary is a time just like SGA meetings for you to disagree and to agree and for us to work together but if you are doing it in an ugly way that can tear down people. And a lot of people have anxiety, I have anxiety, okay. We are here to support our peers to support SGA, we are here to lift eachother up, not to tear down.
Resolution to Amend Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative Position as a Co-Held Position | Presented by: Stephanie Montalvan & Kara Breeden
Summary: Due to conflicts with athletics, extracurricular activities and other obligations may prevent the SAAC Representative from attending SGA meetings. Considering these conflicts, it may be more beneficial to make this representative position co-held.
Whereas, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (here in after referred to as SAAC) Representative serves as a member of the Representative Council.
Whereas, the SAAC Representative position currently may only be held by one individual.
Whereas conflicts with athletics, extracurricular activities and other obligations may prevent the SAAC Representative from attending SGA meetings.
Be it resolved, that the SAAC Representative position be co-held by two members of the SAAC Executive Board.
Resolution Passes 90.7%
Delia and Nanda: Appointments Head(s) on Rep-Co presented by SGA E-Board
Summary: Each committee appointed by the Appointments Committee has a head that has not always been held accountable for the role of their respective committee. They are an extremely important part of SGA and the committees are an important part of the community. This resolution will allow more committee involvement in each SGA meeting by appointing at least one member from each committee as head and a part of the Representative Council.
Whereas currently all representative council members are chosen by election.
Whereas each committee appointed by the Appointments Committee has a head that has not been held accountable for the role of their respective committee.
Whereas incorporating these heads into Rep-Co will allow for more dedication action of representing the multifaceted nature of the student body
Whereas there needs to be more transparency with the committees so that students can use them as resources and understand the purpose of each committee.
Whereas the involvement in SGA does not encompass a large number of standpoints that come from the many committees that facilitate student involvement
Whereas the Appointments Committee is comprised of elected members who are entrusted with appointing the most qualified candidates.
Be it resolved that Article II, Section 1, Subsections T-FF reads:
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: This is for the head of each committee to be on rep council.
Delia Landers ‘19: We did this resolution because we were both on the appointments committee and they are extremely important to SGA, and represent all facets of this campus. Having representation on actual rep co that makes these decisions would help increase transparency in these matters.
Nanda Bhushan ’18: Any questions please come up to the mics.
Ellen Wright ’19: This is just a request to enunciate and speak up because not everyone in the balcony can hear.
Delia Landers ’19: If anyone needs anything specifically clarified let me know.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I pulled up the long f y’all need me to focus on something let me know I pulled up the link.
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: There are some non-essential committees such as Film Series so can we have a meeting to see if some of these committees can be excluded from this resolution.
Delia Landers ‘19: Kind of the purpose of this is that none of these committees are unessential, they host events all the time and receive funding from SGA. We want every committee and therefore aspect of the community to be represented at meetings.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Appointments round is coming up we have something called committee review where I will sit down with each committee to see what events they are planning what their mission is and how they want to use their funding.
Nikki, Sam, Ryan: Speaking for me, I agree that this resolution is important because we go through the process of choosing people and knowing that these people will be held responsible is good because we expect that people will go to meetings and be in the loop
Nikitha ’19: Committees get updated yearly and it’s good that we can increase this by coming to SGA meetings.
Alisha Clark ‘18: This is a really long resolution so it’s okay if y’all didn’t have time to read it, it’s
Julia Castner ‘18: I’m wondering for committees that are figured up like a board situation how does that work? Can we have more of a rotating schedule.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: Yes also one thing the e-board was discussing was rotating people from each affinity groups. Any member of the e-board can come to sga meetings on a rotating schedule. So we will already have that system set up.
Resloution Passes 83.7%
Chair of Social Justice and Equity
New E-Board Position: Chair of Social Justice & Equity (Article II, Subsection B, Section F) by: SGA E-Board
Summary: There is no specific position for ensuring all students are being represented and all voices, specifically those of color, are being heard. The Alliance of Multicultural Organizations has not been incorporated into the governing operations. This creates a demand for a new role centered on being a liaison between the Pensby Center and Representative Council.
Whereas there are currently only five Executive Board positions, and there is no specific position for ensuring all students are being represented and all voices, specifically those of color, are being heard.
Whereas many communities have not been represented on this campus
Whereas the Alliance of Multicultural Organizations has not been incorporated into the governing operations
Whereas issues of equality and social justice have not been consistently considered in the SGA procedure
Whereas SGA as a historically white institution needs a fixed position that works with the rest of the E-Board to correct the inter-generational formation of ignorance
Be it resolved that Article IV, Section 3, Subsection 3, read
- Chair of the Social Justice and Equity.
- The Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee shall be held by only one person at any one time.
- The Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee should serve as a liaison between the Pensby Center and the Representative Council.
- One of the primary functions of the Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee is to vote in the Representative Council meetings and to participate in achieving Representative Council’s long and short-term goals.
- In order to accurately represent the Pensby Center, the representative must spend at least one hour every two weeks in conversation with the full time and/or student staff of the Pensby Center.
- In addition to this, the representative acts as a liaison between the Diversity and Leadership Group and the assembly
- The Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee is responsible for guiding the Executive Board and the Representative Council towards wider goals of diversity and inclusion.
- Every semester the Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee will briefly present on the various talks, panels, and discussion groups that they convened including topic, number of participants, and ideas on how to build on this work in the years to come.
Shrive ’19: Question about the position , can they also meet with at least once a semester with all of the AMO groups.
Alisha Clark ‘18: There is an AMO coordinator. So we didn’t want to overstep boundaries there. I really want this person to be a part of SGA.
Madhu ’21 I have a question with one person being appointed to represent issues of equality and social justice as pertaining to communities of color on this campus, there are so many different communities of color on the campus, how could one person represent all of the different needs and opinions.
Alisha Clark ‘18: There is not a perfect answer to that, I encourage you to write another resolution or something in the future. I am working to make sure that SGA shows up, this is only the beginning.
Alexis ‘20: I think that one way to address this is that they could have a committee of people that come from different communities of color.
Alisha Clark ‘18: there could be a way to check on all different people, in a committee session. Because that is something that I do, I check in with the different people on my committee, other members of the E-Board check in with their respective committees as well. So we can incorporate that.
Caitlin Haskett ‘20: I completely agree with this resolution. It is very essential. I am also aware that the AMO includes multiple organizations who are not people of color. Is this specifically for only affinity groups of students of color or all affinity groups.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Of course it includes all AMO groups but we are wording this specifically because historically it has been the people of color who are being excluded in SGA. So we are showing Bryn Mawr that we are not afraid to use language like that. If your group is registered under AMO that falls under this role.
Resolution Passes 93.4%
Alisha Clark ‘18: I am reading my email so please send me emails.
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Getting Student Support for Emotional Support Animals (Dogs) in Counseling Center Session | Presented by: Sophia Bokhari
Summary: This Resolution serves to gain student support for the Bryn Mawr College Counseling Center to provide access to emotional support animals, specifically dogs, during counseling sessions.
Whereas, it is important that the college prioritizes mental health of students.
Whereas, many students do not utilize counseling services on account of lack of perceived effectiveness.
Whereas, emotional support animals are found to make therapy processes more enjoyable and helpful.
Whereas, the head of counseling services is working to bring in therapy dogs because she believes it will be helpful.
Be it resolved, counseling services may provide a dog during counseling sessions in the counseling center.
Reggie Jones is the director of the Counseling Center and has been trying to get emotional support dogs during therapy sessions. I’m trying to show student support for it so that we can show it to the executives of the school to show that this is something we are trying to implement. This might set a precedent for dogs around campus.
Please line up for questions, pro, and cons.
E ‘18: Would this dog be there all of the time because there are students who are afraid of dogs and I wonder if dogs are being locked up in an office all day?
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I hypothesize that people would talk with her personal clients and see if they are comfortable with dogs. Reggie might leave her dog at home if they are uncomfortable with dogs. It wouldn’t be running around the entire health center I’m also kind of afraid of dogs. It’s possible that they could be in a different session. I think Reggie as a dog owner would know how much time her dog could stay inside.
ET ’18 So it would be need-based request?
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Oh yeah.
Marget ’20: I am personally not a dog person, but I am someone who finds therapy animals highly useful. Would there be an opportunity for other forms of animals such as an or a cat or a rabbit? Dog isn’t necessarily the best option but the benefit is definitely there
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I’m definitely more of a cat person. But this resolution would show student support for having some kind of animal present in the counseling session. Then it could move forward to including other animals. There was a survey asking if people were comfortable with having an animal.
Kate Crotty ’19: I don’t really expect you to respond to this – access services is already an incredibly inaccessible place on campus and students have a lot of difficulty communicating their needs on campus especially regarding ESAs
My fear is that they won’t let people get their prescription for an ESA if there are dogs available in the counseling center.
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: That’s fair, I am access services coordination and we are meeting with Deb Alder at Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 and we will definitely bring this up, because that would be really unfair.
Anne Shrek ’18: I’m for this resolution but I’m concerned of allergies because some people are deadly allergic to some breeds of dogs or cats or whatnot. What steps are we taking to ensure safety for people who like dogs in their heart but don’t want them near their physical body.
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Reggies dog is hypoallergenic. I don’t know a lot about allergies. I would probably email Reggie and if I could get people who use the CC and have allergies that would conflict with dogs. Maybe that room specifically could not be used by people who cant be in the same room as the dog.
Rachel Elderson’19: How will we make sure that people who have dog phobias will still have access to the CC? How will be make sure that the space is still safe for people with these phobias. Phobias are very different from fears. But someone who has a phobia should still be able to access the center.
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I would say email Reggie and bring these concerns to her. If you have a concern you should probably talk to her.
Sophia Brown ’19: This is more of a commentary on how the counseling center is working. Dogs are actually standard at most schools now and they have a procedure for how to work with students who have allergies of phobias so they do not come into contact with the dogs. We are in process of restructuring the health center – there is a student wellness center in the works. If this passes – that is something that’s going to be in consideration when they start building that space.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I can confirm that that is true I will send an email out after my Board of Trustees meeting to let you know when I will be presenting about this at the SGA meeting– you’re right.
Elizabeth Tramontana ’18: This is all going to be on a volunteer basis. It’s important that the CC stay affordable and I hope this doesn’t change the cost of going to a counseling session.
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: Reggie is brining in her own dog – so there won’t be any price increase.
Alisha Clark ‘18: Pro mic
Lauren ’21: I really like dogs and animals and I’m someone who is a huge advocate for mental health issues. I know personally that animals calm me down, and studies have shown that that emotional support that help lower your heart rate and calm you down. This has been beneficial for people dealing with mental health issues. It would make me feel more open to me going to the health center and looking for hope because there will be something comforting there.
Alisha Clark ’18: We are already down to one minute left in the discussion time, so if you could keep your comments short.
Tobi ’18: I have a con. This would be Reggie’s dog that she would be bringing. it This would be an added burden on the full time staff. Should there be a time that she would not want to do this anymore especially. This would be unfair for Reggie and for students who have some to rely on that surface
Sophia Bokhari ‘20: I think Reggie should think about that on her own. She is the one who asked me to present this resolution.
‘20: I just feel like we are not being given enough information as answers to our questions. I just don’t know how appropriate it is to vote on a resolution that we are not being given enough information about.
Alisha Clark ‘18: I appreciate that comment, if you ever feel like you do not have enough info you can abstain if you don’t like it you can say no.
Sam Moran ‘19: I personally have allergies and with the current set up that place is an onus on students who do. I would move to have this vote put off until we have more information or until the health center gives more info on the changes.
Motion to table
Phoebe Dopulos ‘19: seconded
Alisha Clark ‘18: we are voting to table it. We are going to do it via the old method of voting because we do not have enough of the vox votes set up to do a table vote and then an actual vote if we need to. And I need a photo anyway.
The votes are yes, no, and abstain
The resolution has been tabled.
Plenary is over.
Hannah Smallwood ‘20: As some of you may know my resolution as to change the 6 single person bathrooms that still had non gender neutral language in the dorms.. As part of this I was in communication with Angie sheets and she ended up being in communication with facilities. The reason it is not coming to a vote is because she said that it is only about making it consistent with the other gender neutral bathroom signage and so we do not need to put it to a vote. It is being changed regardless!
Alisha Clark ‘18: wanted to thank everyone for coming and asking questions
Kayla Patton ‘18: We are part of the E-Board of the Migrant Right’s Coalition. Formed after the Migration and Borderlands 360 last semester, to continue the work and conversation about migrant rights. These issues are really close to our community hearts. Meeting Dalton 2 Wednesday at 9pm. Email kpatton or rsalas about joining.
Daniela Lopez Lopez ‘19: We will be hosting an open forum next Sunday at 7 in the campus center. We want to be aware that as we talk about DACA we want to recognize the way that it effects our community as well. We will be hosting a confidential safe space for students to come in if they are daca recipients or are undocumented. You can send me a direct email at email@example.com and that will be completely confidential. I will tell you directly where and when this meeting is happening.
Nanda Bhushan ‘19: we know that the admin shows this as the only place for change but we want to let you know that this is not if you want to change something please come to us
Alisha Clark ‘18: send it to me and I will be able to bring it up with different administration or at the SGA meetings firstname.lastname@example.org