USS 2015-2016 Initiatives
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If you add to an initiative, or co-sponser an initiative, kindly email uss@newschool.edu, and we'd be happy to add you to the list!
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Title of Initiave Description Sponsor Co-Sponsor Date Contact
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Examining Election Process What can we do now to ensure a clean, transparent, elction process? These will now be semesterly. Hire a third party? Serengeti Timungwa
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Welcome Back Pop-Up Pizza Parties Senators, by division, will be in the lobbies of their respective divison and will be handing out pizza and introducing themselves to constituents. MORE INFORMATION & DELEGATION IN THIS LINK: Nico GalvanWeek 2, before our meeting.
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Dinner with your Senators DramaFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement Victoria Pike
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Dinner with your Senators LangFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement Serengeti TimungwaWeek 4-5
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Dinner with your Senators JazzFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement
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Dinner with your Senators MannesFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement
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Dinner with your Senators NSPEFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement Simon Henschel
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Dinner with your Senators NSSRFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement Ingrid KvangravenJustin Petrillo
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Dinner with your Senators ParsonsFree food for students, and is a great way to inform constituents and foster engagement
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Publicity Committee
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New Position: Community LiasonThe Community Liason will actively seek engagement with all OSDA clubs and other non-school-approved student clubs. This member will foster an active coalition between these groups and the USS. This position may be up to two Senators. Nico Galvan
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Meeting w/ all student club leaders
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Joint Meetings with Student Gov'sSimon Henschel
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USS: Student Town HallOnce every semester and would include a summary of our previous acheivements and quick introduction to our pending/future initatives. Serengeti TimungwaJustin Petrillo
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Constitutionality of Student Trustees terms who will be extended To be discussed in person only because this is very theorteically confusing (-Nico)
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Comprehensive Jobs Descriptions for all USS positionsSerengeti Timungwa
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MetroFAIR Public Transit SubsidyPatrick Gallen / Petra JarrarMariko Siegert / Justin Petrillo
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Citywide Student UnionPatrick GallenPetra Jarrar
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Entrepreneurship @ TNSLogan ReidelSimon Henschel, Justin Petrillo
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Credit Discount for Unpaid InternshipsLogan ReidelMariko Siegert
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Dining DollarsPossibly advocating for an adjustment to the inefficient distribution of Dining Dollars.Serengeti Timungwa
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Meeting with Admission/Enrollment Services AdministratorsPatrick GallenPetra Jarrar
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Rate-My-Professor Wanja Ochwada
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Rexaiming the Sexual Assult Policies at The New School Anara AskarThe University Student Senate
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Academic Research FundThis initiative aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply for research funding. The current idea is to set up a panel of faculty and students to evaluate the research proposals, and allocated funding contributed by the new school divisions, the USS, and external funds. In order to figure out what students really want, the first step is to design a survey. Simon Henschel, Dafne Regenhardt, Ingrid Kvangraven, Justin Petrillo
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Social Justice Liaison 1. Attend as many student organization/social justice committee meetings as possible to have full understanding of their mission, work and projects on campus. Petra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Social Justice Liaison (con't) 2. Inform leaders and members of student organizations/social justice committee of the work the University Student Senate is pursuing on campus. (e.g., initiative list discussed in previous meeting to be made public - this will ensure students have complete access to everything the senate desires to pursue)Petra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Social Justice Liaison (con't) 3. Allocate time either during meetings, afterwards, or by appointment to receive critical feedback from student organization leaders and members on how the senate can improve their work in the social justice committee.Petra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Social Justice Liaison (con't) 3A. If in-person meetups pose as an inconvenience to student leaders and members due to time conflicts or other endeavors, they can email any thoughts they have to the USS and whoever is a social justice liaison at the time is responsible for replying to every inquiry. (Liaison email?)Petra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Social Justice Liaison (con't) 4. Discuss and provide advice to student organizations/social justice committee projects they desire to pursue either with the help of the USS or independently within their own organizations.Petra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Social Justice Liaison (con't) 5. Has the responsibility to add the social justice/organization leaders and members to the USS agenda if and when necessaryPetra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Social Justice Liaison (con't) 6. Has the responsibility of being the primary communicator between the USS and student organizations so that everyone both on the senate and within the university community is informed and aware of current conversations about social justice. (e.g., meeting minutes, summary of meeting, etc. anything to ensure all information is collected, stored and shared with everyone and that all concerns/questions are addressed)Petra Jarrar / Joseph Kushibab
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Lang Student Advisory CommitteeRegular monthly meetings with Stephanie Browner, Dean of Lang to ensure stable communications between Lang students and their administrators. This could be in the form of a town hall.Serengeti A. Timungwa
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