NESCAC Student Government Conference, November 9-10, 2013

The WSA hosted the Fall 2013 NESCAC Student Government Conference with great success! The conference was created two years ago by Arya Alizadeh ‘13 with the help of representatives from several other colleges, and it seeks to create a transparent network between the NESCAC’s schools.

Student government representatives from Tufts, Conn, Middlebury, Bates, and Hamilton met with Wesleyan reps in Middletown to discuss issues affecting all of our campuses, everything from financial aid and affordability to residential life policies to career center and post-college opportunities.

The next conference will be held in the spring at Bates College, so stay tuned for more updates!

The NESCAC Student Government Conference, November 9-10, 2013
The NESCAC Student Government Conference, hosted by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, kicks off today at Wes! Representatives from Middlebury, Connecticut College, Tufts, Bates, and Hamilton will be joining us for discussions on all things campus policy.

The NESCAC Student Government Conference, November 9-10, 2013

The NESCAC Student Government Conference, hosted by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, kicks off today at Wes! Representatives from Middlebury, Connecticut College, Tufts, Bates, and Hamilton will be joining us for discussions on all things campus policy.

The WSA Around Campus, October 26, 2013

The WSA helped sponsor the 6th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference, a yearly effort to promote campus-wide discussions about social justice issues. This year’s sessions included a keynote from Lucas Codognolla, lead coordinator for CT Student for a DREAM, a presentation on U.S. drug policy, a discussion on accessibility at Wesleyan, research on leadership development for students of color on college campuses, and a talk on faith. The conference closed with a movement and social justice workshop.

The WSA Around Campus, October 24, 2013
The WSA is helping sponsor the 6th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference that is taking place this Saturday, October 26th. It’s a day filled with incredible speakers and thought-provoking sessions from students, faculty, administrators, and community members alike.

The WSA Around Campus, October 24, 2013

The WSA is helping sponsor the 6th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference that is taking place this Saturday, October 26th. It’s a day filled with incredible speakers and thought-provoking sessions from students, faculty, administrators, and community members alike.

Queer Task Force Update
By WSA Representative Chris Caines ‘16
Ted Shabecoff ’16 and I (Chris Caines) are working hard to get the Queer Task force off the ground during the 2013-14 school year. For the fall semester, Ted and I have two goals we would like to accomplish:
1. We hope to create an approximately 10 person committee composed of the QRC Intern, Open House HM, and members from groups commonly excluded from the discussion of queer issues at Wesleyan such as frosh, trans* individuals, athletes, and members of Greek Life. It is imperative to have the entire committee in place as soon as possible so we can get to work representing all of the Wesleyan queer community.
2. We hope to convince Wesleyan to join the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals (CHERP). Membership in the CHERP would solidify Wesleyan’s place at the forefront of collegiate LGBT awareness.  It would help with the recruitment of queer high school students and provide mentoring and internship opportunities for LGBT students at Wesleyan.
Click HERE to read about how you can get involved with the Queer Task Force’s efforts!
Cover image from Wesleyan Queer Task Force homepage.

Queer Task Force Update

By WSA Representative Chris Caines ‘16

Ted Shabecoff ’16 and I (Chris Caines) are working hard to get the Queer Task force off the ground during the 2013-14 school year. For the fall semester, Ted and I have two goals we would like to accomplish:

1. We hope to create an approximately 10 person committee composed of the QRC Intern, Open House HM, and members from groups commonly excluded from the discussion of queer issues at Wesleyan such as frosh, trans* individuals, athletes, and members of Greek Life. It is imperative to have the entire committee in place as soon as possible so we can get to work representing all of the Wesleyan queer community.

2. We hope to convince Wesleyan to join the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals (CHERP). Membership in the CHERP would solidify Wesleyan’s place at the forefront of collegiate LGBT awareness.  It would help with the recruitment of queer high school students and provide mentoring and internship opportunities for LGBT students at Wesleyan.

Click HERE to read about how you can get involved with the Queer Task Force’s efforts!

Cover image from Wesleyan Queer Task Force homepage.

Meet the WSA Academic Affairs Committee, October 16, 2013

Part I

Wondering who brought you Wesleyan’s first Winter Session, better peer advising, and so much more? Meet the WSA Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), consisting of Grant Tanenbaum ‘15 (Chair), Nicole Brenner ‘15 (Vice-Chair), Rebecca Hutman ‘17, Ben Marvin-Vanderryn ‘17, and Jason Shatz ‘14 (not pictured).

It’s obvious from the title that their work has to do with academics at Wesleyan, but AAC’s job goes a lot deeper than that, allowing them to facilitate great change on campus.

Here’s a basic question: What does AAC do?

Grant Tanenbaum: The WSA Academic Affairs Committee is a body of students that studies academic regulations and academic life at Wesleyan. It looks for ways to improve regulations by studying other schools and reviewing policy. We also have a voice on the Educational Policy Committee and are keyed in on other faculty affairs, which does give us influence.

And how does AAC make sure it’s serving the students?

Grant Tanenbaum: I’d say a large part of our goals come from what we get from student surveys and what we hear from talking to other students. When we find an area of that’s weak or that needs improvement to further benefit students, we jump in to help.

Nicole Brenner: These are areas of academic life that [students] feel strongly about, and our job is about talking to the administration and faculty to see how policies can be made more beneficial to students.

Grant Tanenbaum: And it works the other way as well. The administration will come to us looking for feedback on a proposal, and if that proposal negatively affects students, it’s our job to voice that concern.

Want to hear about all of the amazing projects AAC is taking on this year and a little history of what they’ve accomplished in the past? Stay tuned for Part II!