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Student Government column: Senate Seeks Student Input at Senate Week: Branching Out

We on Student Senate are constantly looking for ways to be responsive to student needs and priorities so we can better serve them as your representatives. This semester, we’re branching out to reach new aspects of the student experience and communities across campus so we can grow as an organization and, in turn, help students flourish and make the most of the Carnegie Mellon experience.
To gain a better understanding of student needs, we are hosting Senate Week from Monday, Nov. 6 to Thursday, Nov. 9. Each day, we focus on branching out to a different aspect of the student experience to seek input and find ways to improve it.

On Monday, we are branching out to you, the student. Since the student experience is core to the purpose of Senate, we value the ongoing relationships we have with the rest of campus. As such, we will be tabling outside of Doherty (rain location: the Cohon Center) and providing a meeting point for students to meet their representatives and an outlet for them to voice concerns. We will also be bringing back Scotty dog sweatshirt sales, and keep an eye out for free swag and food!

On Tuesday, we are branching out to your voices and honing in on being a body that is reactive to your needs. To better understand and serve you, we will be hosting an informal meet and greet in the Cohon Center Wright room from 6 to 8 p.m., where members of Senate will be available to talk to you individually about any ideas or concerns you have. Topics may include diversity and inclusion, mental health and wellness resources, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) prevention, athletics, academic advising, student organization funding, and much more! We will also be launching Humans of CMU on this day, where we collect your stories and perspectives to create a mosaic of the Carnegie Mellon experience.

On Wednesday, we are branching out to your success and seeking to understand how best to provide you with the tools you need to flourish at Carnegie Mellon. We will be hosting a forum on academic affairs, as well as a series of finance workshops, in the Cohon Center Class of 1987 Room from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Throughout these events, we are seeking to provide you with an outlet to voice concerns and suggest changes to Carnegie Mellon’s academic policies that would allow you to succeed, as well as provide support and training on how to get funding through Senate and Carnegie Mellon for your organization so your organizations can succeed.

On Thursday, we are branching out to your communities to bring people together and better understand how we can support all areas of campus. We will be having an open conversation at our General Body Meeting in the Danforth Conference Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and we invite all members of campus to come listen to give input. We will be discussing what community-specific needs students have, and how to better support campus leaders.

Come to any of the events from Tuesday to Thursday for free laptop stickers, food, and a chance to win a Scotty dog sweatshirt!

More information can be found at tinyurl.com/senate-week-f17.