SGA Hosts Multicultural Center DEI Training

They also nominated senators for Treasurer and Chief Administrator positions

<p>Graduate Assistant Amanda Nelson from the Multicultural Center gives her presentation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training. Meghan Braddy, DN</p>

Graduate Assistant Amanda Nelson from the Multicultural Center gives her presentation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training. Meghan Braddy, DN

The Student Government Association (SGA) began its Mar.13 meeting with a presentation from special guest Amanda Nelson, a graduate assistant from the Multicultural Center. Nelson provided the senators with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training. 

She informed them how to utilize the Multicultural Center spaces and how to contact them if anyone has questions or wants to schedule an event there. Nelson also encouraged the senators to collaborate with the Multicultural Center within their organizations. 

Nelson then dove into the specific topics concerning DEI. She asked the senators questions about diversity and why it’s essential to maintain in politics. She also correctly defined intersectionality, privilege, oppression, marginality, etc. 

To end her presentation, Nelson discussed how different identities affect each other, as “no person is a singular identity.” She provided guidelines to help assist the senators with DEI discussions.

“Everyone has different [types of] identities,” Nelson said. “You have race, education level, ethnicity, etc. Each and every one of those is going to affect the way that you view and interact with the world.”

Vice President Monet Lindstrand began special business orders with information on the eligibility requirements for the next school year's Treasurer and Chief Administrator positions. Afterward, she opened the floor for nominations. 

Senators Shaina Miller and Casey Rockel were nominated for Treasurer, and Hunter Casey was nominated for Chief Administrator. Elections will be held for these positions at next week’s meeting, Mar. 20. 

President Joseph Gassensmith was in attendance and gave his executive report.

“We've all seen the new bus stop shelter on McKinley Avenue. That was us. Other than that, we are just beginning to wrap up our administration where we begin to transition,” Gassensmith said. 

Lindstrand gave her executive report, which discussed wrapping up budget requests, legislation, etc. She also mentioned an upcoming film showing for sexual assault awareness month; more information about the viewing event will be sent out soon. 

Treasurer Isaac Ledford discussed budget updates in his executive report. He emphasized that there will only be four more opportunities for senators to get their budget requests in at meetings. 

Chief Administrator Taylor Perry asked senators to work on their accountability forms and President Pro Tempore Brenna Large reminded them of the Pro Tempore nominations at next week’s meeting. 

The meeting was adjourned with no new or unfinished business to vote on. 

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