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Student Body Vice President of Organizations candidate: Imran Hyder

Imran Hyder, a sophomore majoring in economics and philosophy, is running for Student Body Vice President of Organizations (SBVPO). Hyder has been part of CMU Debate for two years, and is the recruitment chair for Sigma Chi. The main theme of his candidacy is streamlining the bureaucratic procedures affecting campus organizations.

“What I offer is that there are a lot of people who could do the duties of the SBVPO, but my pitch to the Carnegie Mellon community is reimagining the position and reimagining the systems that are in place to reinvigorate the position and the organizations on campus,” Hyder said. “We can have a lot more organizations on campus. We can do a lot more by streamlining all of these processes.”

Hyder’s decision to run for SBVPO was born in part out of a high school hobby. “All through high school, I did this thing called ethics-bowl… In debate, you are assigned to a position which you are forced to argue, whereas in an ethics bowl competition, it’s more about what you believe and the quandaries, so it’s more about what you think is actually right,” Hyder said in an interview with the Tartan.

“It all started when I tried to start [an ethics bowl] at Carnegie Mellon. I realized that [starting a club] seems as though there is a pretty easy process, but I sent over three emails, two Facebook messages, followed someone on Instagram, and I couldn’t even get a response about starting a student body organization. After thinking about it for a long time I decided to pursue for myself the position [SBVPO] because I believe I have a lot of ideas as to how to improve the position and how it can be done better.”

Hyder’s ordeal trying to create an organization was partly caused by the procedures for forming an organization at Carnegie Mellon. Currently, you must reach out to a few people to start the process of making a constitution for an organization, and ensuring a timely response can be hard without a formal contact process.

“A lot of the SBVPOs have been trying to find ways to streamline the process of [recognition and] re-recognition of clubs, so I want to continue that trend”, Hyder said.

Hyder plans to change this system by making a dedicated SBVPO website, with an abundance of information on forming organizations, re-recognizing organizations, contacting the SBVPO, and on the various forms that must be filled out.

According to Hyder, the re-recognition process is problematic not because clubs are struggling to get re-recognized, but rather that the process simply takes too long for club leaders.

“Your priorities as a club leader should be your priorities in terms of ‘oh I want to schedule more debates,’ your priority shouldn’t be that you have to dedicate this amount of time towards re-recognition; it should take 15 to 20 minutes. There are forms, meetings, and maybe even an audit, so a lot of the process is internal and takes time. So one of my priorities would be streamlining it.”

Another issue Hyder has championed is a more guided constitution-drafting process. Currently, clubs have to meet with the SBVPO, who will explain the guidelines for drafting a constitution, and they are sent off to write it, after which it will either be accepted or rejected by the committee in charge of these matters. Hyder plans for one of these committees to be appointed to advise the writers of the constitution while they are drafting it, so that they are not submitting their constitution blindly.

Hyder wants to make sure that students who are organizing a club can do so easily and fruitfully.