Over a month after similar legislation was introduced, Marquette University Student Government Senate passed Amendment #1, the addition of a Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice by a vote of 28-2.
Amendment #1 creates a permanent cabinet-level position to advocate for diverse populations on campus and chair a committee comprised of representatives from MUSG Executive Board, Senate, Program Board, the Residence Hall Association and recognized student organizations. The Coordinator will also work with diversity officers in campus departments including the Office of Student Development, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Campus Ministry and the Office of Admissions.
A similar amendment narrowly failed over one month ago in Senate, but the Student Life committee re-introduced legislation with modifications made after conversations with student organizations and other MUSG senators. Student leaders from over 14 student organizations attended the Senate meeting on Oct. 27 to voice their support for the creation of the position, sharing personal stories and stressing that the Diversity Coordinator position is a proactive way to cultivate cultural understanding and diversity awareness on campus.
After the Diversity Coordinator amendment passed, Dr. William Welburn, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, presented on the upcoming university climate study and the campus plan for increasing diverse populations. Dr. Susannah Bartlow, Director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, presented on the center’s upcoming programming, research, education and community outreach.
Program Vice President Ryan Twaddle, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Unplugged Commissioner Chrystal Mattappillil, a junior in the College of Nursing, introduced Amendment #2, Removal of the Program Commissions. This amendment looks to restructure the Program Board and improve its efficiency. Senate will vote on Amendment #2 during its meeting next week.
Senate unanimously passed Resolution #5, a Reserve Fund Allocation for Avenues West Neighborhood Clean-up Day, introduced by Legislative Vice President Zack Wallace, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and President Pro Tempore Aliya Manjee, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Avenues West Neighborhood Clean-up Day is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and is open to all members of the Marquette community.
Applications are now open for MUSG’s 2015 Financial Vice President and 2014-15 Program Vice President. Interested students can find more information and applications at musg.mu.edu/getinvolved.