The Senate Resources Committee is dedicated to developing and maintaining an efficient and effective Student Senate. The Senate Resources Committee shall enforce its established Student Senate rules and facilitate Senator development and maintain order amongst members of the General Assembly. The Senate Resources Committee handles attendance and misconduct, plans bonding events for Senators, and handle new appointments when the body is not full.
A large portion of SRC's focus this year is on recruitment and retainment. GVSU's Student Senate is still in the process of recovering from multiple academic years that were low in student engagement due to COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore, we are putting a great deal of effort into not only encouraging students to join the body, but to help them feel comfortable and valued once they are official members. On that note, the internal climate of Student Senate is always at the forefront of SRC's priorities. It is of the upmost importance that we are effectively communicating with one another, working through issues in a professional sense, as well as maintaining order in all Student Senate settings so that as a team we can put our best foot forward when working on behalf of the students, for the students.
The Allocations Committee will effectively administer the Student Life Fund to student organizations for the enhancement of campus life and individual student development at Grand Valley State University; evaluate all monetary expenditures and events ensuring Student Life Funds are being used for the enhancement of campus life. The Allocations Committee is made up of Senators from the other six standing committees.
The Allocations Committee, along with the Office of Student Life, is working on making the Student Life Fund more accessible to students. We are helping students step-by-step in order to help their student organizations get funding in a timely manner for events. We are looking forward to next year and planning on how to make the Student Life Fund work for a great number of students. As we continue to do this, our educational efforts persist, we continue to improve our Ignite events every time we host them, and we are connecting with more students than ever.
The Public Relations Committee shall be dedicated to informing the Student Senate of the public opinion and concerns of the student body, ensuring an accurate image of the Student Senate, and informing the student body of Student Senate activities and legislation. Furthermore, the Public Relations Committee shall foster student awareness of important campus issues. Public Relations maintains the Student Senate social media, bulletin board, and website. They also create promotional material, and focus on engaging with students across campus.
This year, the Public Relations Committee is excited to continue to heavily focus on outreach efforts, making meaningful connections with students, and opening the doors to conversations on campus issues from numerous students’ perspectives in order to help drive legislative efforts of the body. They are partnering with the Senate Resources Committee in different attempts to help address the issue of recruitment and retention. They are in the works of planning visits to classrooms and orientations, targeting areas we have not focused on as thoroughly in the past, and increasing students’ awareness of what the Student Senate accomplishes.
The Campus Affairs Committee shall monitor all campus-oriented issues, inform the Student Senate and administration of these issues and act as the voice of the students ensuring that their best interests are fulfilled. Campus Affairs interacts with University officials to ensure student goals are met, acts as a liaison with Laker Food Co. and student support services and more.
The Campus Affairs Committee is working this year to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills, and values for life and work in a global society. The committee, in collaboration with fellow committee’s, strives to advance the mission of the University as a comprehensive university committed to preparing students to be engaged and productive citizens. Current focuses include the annual leadership training event, Elect Her, student wage policies, university policy review, and the restoration of the Food Committee.
The Educational Affairs Committee will remain informed on the changing system of education at Grand Valley State University, maintain close contacts with University academic committees, and ensure a strong student voice in the shaping of academic policies. Educational Affairs works with the different colleges and with University Libraries and promotes the use of Open Access Resources across campus.
The Educational Affairs Committee is tackling academic-driven legislation this year, aiming to provide adequate student representation on academic issues, and ensuring they provide support to students during academic challenges. The committee is committed to working together to make Grand Valley’s education as equitable and affordable as possible. Senators are currently working on recommendations regarding the use of Open Educational Resources, No Credit/Credit decision deadlines, Higher Education Funding, and advanced academic technology in spaces on campus.
The Diversity Affairs Committee will consider and act upon policy, practices, and issues; make recommendations to the Student Senate and University administration; create an open dialogue between Student Senate and organizations that have a multicultural interest or focus; facilitate awareness and open communication; research and investigate various forms of discrimination against students related to, but not limited to, matters of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, disability, origin, and other matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity Affairs works with the different social justice centers on campus, as well as the Division of Inclusion and Equity.
This year, the Diversity Affairs Committee is mainly focused on legislative projects, including a resolution to address student wages, campus safety, gender inclusive bathrooms, and interfaith rooms. We were also focused on the programming and marketing of the Teach-In’s 10th Anniversary Event, and were very happy to see lots of student participation this year!
The External Relations Committee will be responsible for engaging people and groups beyond Grand Valley State University's campus. By working with community leaders and representatives from other universities, members of this committee will ensure that Grand Valley State University is well-connected and well-equipped to continue to serve both the student body and the community. External Relations communicates with the local governments of Allendale and Grand Rapids, other universities across the state, local organizations and schools, and University Relations.
This year, the External Relations is focused on conducting oversight of Parking Services to increase transparency with students, working to represent the student body to the Ottawa County Commissioners and the Grand Rapids City Commission, providing community service and holiday spirit through the annual event Adopt-A-Family, and attempting to make the Student Life Fund more accessible to RSO's.