Student Leaders Present Fall 2014 Delegates’ Agenda

| October 2, 2014
Delegates' Agenda

Webster students research and propose solutions to campus and programming priorities at each term’s Delegates’ Agenda.

Webster student leaders formally presented their ideas and priorities this week concerning improvements to the administration, students and other Webster community members at the Fall 2014 Delegates’ Agenda.

Five new topics were selected by leaders from student organizations, following a survey of all students at the Webster Groves campus.

After an introduction from Gaby Deimeke, president of the Student Government Association and moderator of the event, President Beth Stroble welcomed an audience that filled Sunnen Lounge in the University Center. Stroble noted that the presence of an exceptional number of employees at the session was a sign of the strength of the topics the students selected.

Spring 2014 Recap

Per tradition, the student presenters led off with a brief recap of the spring Delegates’ Agenda, providing progress updates or completions on last spring’s proposals regarding

  • SGA funding
  • tuition assistance for Webster’s third-party contractors
  • an increase in the student activity fee
  • introduction of a car-share program
  • expanding student budget jobs
Fall 2014 Proposals

After topics for presentation are selected, students conduct further research on the issue to inform their presentation at Delegates’ Agenda. The topics presented for Fall 2014 were:

  • The creation of a department of Africana Studies
  • Increasing programs for raising awareness, education and training about sexual assault
  • Broadening class time slot options and advising to help students develop degree plans
  • Building more capacity for study abroad support and resources at international campuses
  • The creation of a LGBTQ Studies minor

Having received the proposals, the administration will research and prepare formal responses to present on Oct. 16.

Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer, closed the afternoon by thanking the students and applauding them for their work, and by encouraging the kind of University-wide teamwork that can find solutions for the students’ priorities.

“We can debate the solutions for these topics, but no one can debate their importance,” Schuster said. “These initiatives are important to all of us – not just students, not just administration, but all of us in this community. Because none of these initiatives can work without all of us working together to implement them. This is exactly how we as a University should work together. There is not a single body, single department, single person who can do it alone. We find an issue that needs addressing, and do it together. That is what makes a university great.”

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