On January 18, 2018, two resolutions were passed by the GPSA Assembly, in addition to two co-sponsorship bills.
Resolution 67-04, “Support of Undocumented Penn State Students,” passed by unanimous consent. This resolution expressed the assembly’s support for a legislative solution from Congress to address the status of individuals who were able to remain in the United States legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We urge students who share the Assembly’s view to contact their legislators and voice their opinion. The Assembly commends President Barron’s statement expressing his desire to ensure permanent residency to childhood arrivals to the United States, and also called upon Penn State to help students who may be removed from the country to finish their degrees, whether that be online or through other means.
Resolution 67-05, “2018 GPSA Elections,” passed, which ensures that all new Assemblies will be guaranteed two Assembly meetings after the elections at the end of the spring semester. This will ensure proper time to transition assemblies. The resolution also established this year’s timeline for the intent to run, campaign, and election periods. The 2018 GPSA Elections will be held on March 28th and 29th.
Bill 67-26, “CERS 2018 Co-sponsorship,” helps to fund the 15th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS). CERS features research papers, posters and oral presentations by undergraduate and graduate students in several engineering and science disciplines.
Bill 67-27, “Fossil Free Future,” supports an event on January 31st hosted by Eco Action and Graduates in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The event is designed to educate the public on the importance of mitigating climate change and build social connections between current and future civic leaders.