Student Government column
This past week, Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to attend forums that allowed us to gain more insight in the search for Carnegie Mellon’s next president. Students were allowed to share their opinions on what they believe the next president should focus on. Many were able to pinpoint issues on stress culture, lack of student involvement on the presidential search committee, a decrease in diversity and inclusion amongst the undergraduate and graduate populations, and a need for leadership development and entrepreneurial opportunities for students. Although the search committee does not have a student representative, student government is attempting to resolve these issues by increasing inclusion and making students aware of the resources that can further develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Kameron Bradley, the Diversity Chair on the Student Body Government Cabinet, has been working closely with the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion acts as a hub of resources related to race, gender, and other identifying factors for students. When speaking about the importance of diversity, Bradley says, “creating a safe space for students, generally minority students, to talk to each other and share their experiences, as well as issues and how Carnegie Mellon deals with the mental health and awareness in regard to students who aren’t in the majority” should be one of CMU’s main priorities. To accomplish this goal, Bradley plans to help organize events where multicultural student organizations can showcase their talents and demonstrate to the student population the contribution that they bring to campus.
Greg Volynsky, the freshman representative on the Student Body Government Cabinet, has been working hard to increase awareness of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, a system of programs for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students can learn from successful entrepreneurs, receive support for an idea they may have, and work in a space where their passions can come to fruition. Volynsky believes that the “entrepreneurial culture where students are eager to try something of their own, question the status quo, and take things into their own hands is critical for any institution.” To accomplish this goal of making students aware of these opportunities, Volynsky, along with the Collaboration Chair Christie Chang, will be reaching out to student organizations and present on the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.
Student government will continue to advocate for changes that will benefit our community. Apart from these initiatives, students at Carnegie Mellon still have the opportunity to have their voices heard throughout the presidential search. If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns about the process, please submit a comment for the committee to read at: https://www.cmu.edu/presidential-search/comment-form/index.html.