This past weekend, two senators and SGA president James Wells traveled to Indianapolis for a conference with other SGA chapters. The conference was held on the IUPUI campus with 3 other Indiana schools. Breanna Daugherty // DN File
SGA attends summit in Indianapolis
Ball State's Student Government Association is continuing its efforts to discuss and combat issues facing college campuses.
Sexual assault was at the top of the agenda discussion during a meeting in Indianapolis on Jan. 14 between Student Senators Zoe Taylor and Ryan Walstrom and SGA president James Wells.
The summit conference was held on the IUPUI campus and featured representatives from other Indiana schools including Indiana University Northwest, DePauw University and IUPUI.
Sexual assault prevention and awareness are very important to the Ball State delegation, Wells said in a president's report.
"While this is a difficult subject to talk about, I want to state that Ball State is well positioned with its educational resources, policies, leaders, and initiatives to be a model school for the rest of the state," Wells said.
After discussion, the schools in attendance agreed that the next major step "must be towards prevention while continuing our efforts to educate society and our constituents on what sexual assault is," according to the report.
"Our thinking is that by continuing to educate, members of society will be suited to understand what sexual assault is when reporting an incident," Wells said.
Other topics of the discussion addressed at the summit included improving communication and engagement with the student body, hate crimes and inclusive issues. Ball State continued to lead the way in its initiative, accepting to a press release.
SGA plans to continue relations with other schools in addition to continuing to fund educational and awareness efforts.