The January 29th meeting opened with a visit from Natasha Gates, the Student Insurance Advocate at Penn State. Gates works with students in order to help reduce barriers to healthcare and help them access a variety of services. She works hard to help students find insurance programs that fit their needs.
In Executive Officer Reports, President Claire Kelling stated that the housing and food insecurity task force will soon be named. She also mentioned that the legislation is updated on the website and encouraged delegates to share it with administrators and their constituencies. Vice President Charles Tierney mentioned a number of speakers who will be presenting at upcoming assemblies this semester. Faculty Senator Star Sharp mentioned the recently published report concerning the lack of diversity among faculty at Penn State.
In New Business, Bill 69-18 regarding group fitness classes was passed with unanimous consent. Fitness classes will begin February 4th and will serve as a way for graduate and professional students to work out together and build community. Bill 69-19 regarding the bike safety event was also passed with unanimous consent. Furthermore, Bill 69-20 in support of the CERS co-sponsorship program was passed.
In Reports, the Professional Development committee gave updates on upcoming events such as the free professional headshot event and writing boot camp. The Programming committee also stated that they are looking to host more events this semester.
The report from Judiciary revealed that elections are coming up, and that anyone interested in running should fill out the intent to run form at their earliest convenience when it is made available on February 25th.