The Collegian
Friday, August 12, 2022

Newly appointed RCSGA senators sworn in, examine diversity issues

Recently elected Richmond College Student Government Association President Matthew Whittaker swore in newly appointed senators and class chairs during the senate's weekly meeting on Wednesday night in the Whitehurst Living Room.

"We have a lot of new people, and I think they will all be pretty great," Whittaker said.

He hopes that the newly elected members will bring in an outside perspective, he said.

President Edward Ayers' Chief of Staff Lori Schuyler talked about Ayer's strategic plan and its purpose to identify collective items that the university should work toward. The plan encompasses five principles: taking advantage of the configuration of the university's five schools, increasing diversity and inclusion, increasing affordability, and reevaluating civic engagement and student life.

A student from the Office of Common Ground talked about an incident in the Cousins Studio Theater -- in which a black doll was found hanging by a noose -- and what the group will do to support the university's commitment to address diversity. Black and white ribbons and free t-shirts will be available at the Student Activities desk in Tyler Haynes Common this week for students to wear to promote an inclusive campus.

A closed meeting was then held and RCSGA senators filled the new executive board, includes positions for student advocacy, administration, finance and programming.

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