SGA continued conversations at its last meeting about increasing its recognition on campus and strengthening its relationship with the larger student body. 

With internal organizational efficiency and inclusivity at the heart of the discussion, several SGA members showed their support for diversity on campus.

Building off the heated race debate from the April 21 meeting, freshman class president Kenneth Brown brought to light the feelings of neglect felt by Asian-American and Pacific Islander students on campus, citing that the Asian Resource Room is the smallest one in the Moseley Center. 

A group of students will hold an event on May 6 called “We Love Big Spaces” to raise support and awareness about a minority that has been underrepresented, according to Brown.

Describing a story of a personal friend of Asian descent, Brown said his friend felt her race has been ignored on campus.

Sophomore Arielle Watkins continued the discussion by expressing her disappointment in the low senator turnout at events that disproportionately attract minority students. 

“This is why students of color feel neglected. ... No one shows up, " Watkins said.

Junior Executive President Kyle Porro agreed that more needs to be done on campus, and hopes to increase public relations efforts for the organization.

Porro said a Presidential Task Force report about social climate and out-of-class engagement is nearly complete and is expected to be made public after senior staff members meet with SGA next week.

Porro also mentioned ideas to increase efficiency within the organization by changing the layout of their weekly meetings by holding the first meeting as a town hall, the second and fourth meetings as business meetings and the third meeting of the month devoted to specific committee gatherings.

The executive staff plans to work into the summer to finalize goal formations and plans for the 2017-2018 academic year.


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