The Kalamazoo College student body elected 28 Student Representatives to form the 2016-2017 Student Government this Tuesday, September 27th.
Voter participation in this year’s election consisted of over 300 students and included all classes. According to Associate Dean of Students Brian Dietz, this rate is “at or above what many other colleges and universities see for student government elections,” but remains similar to past K College elections.
The role of Student Representatives will be to offer a student perspective at faculty, college, and trustee committees with regard to a range of topics. Through this position, they “help communicate what is happening, related to the work of the College and these committees, to the broader student body,” said Dietz.
“Our strength is that we bring so many unique individuals together to collaborate on our decisions,” remarked Student Representative Emma Eisenbeis K’19. “I believe that through cooperation and collaboration with my fellow representatives, we can come together to accurately represent our diverse student body on most issues.”
The governing body attended a retreat together this past weekend, during which they discussed and topics such as collective goals, adequate representation of the student body, and methods to ensure transparency moving forward.
“All [members] completely agreed that communication between the student body and Student Government is absolutely essential for this year and years to come,” shared sophomore representative Jessica Penny.
To achieve this communication, Student Government “will aim to have weekly coverage of their meeting proceedings in The Index and publish minutes of their meetings on their website,” explained Dietz.
Student Government’s first meeting of the academic year will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00PM in the Hicks Student Center. All students are welcome and encouraged to join. All future meeting dates, times, and locations will be available for students on the Hornet Hive.
“Student Government aims to reconstruct in a way that is agreeable to the wishes of the student body,” Eisenbeis shared, reflecting on the goals of this year’s governing body. “We would like to reintegrate ourselves into the system at K and get back to being a conduit for the voices of our peers.”