Aiding Student Organizations
Tufts has a vibrant scene of over 300 student organizations, but it poses a number of unnecessary burdens on students and student groups who work to make this campus the wonderful place that it can be. I'll work to ensure that both Senate and the administration do their part in ensuring that students and the groups they're a part of can throw events and host meetings which make Tufts the community it sells itself as.
Allow students to rent out spaces independent of student groups – while student groups should have priority for using on-campus spaces, students and unrecognized groups should be able to use spaces that aren't booked by registered groups. Think about how much more vivid Tufts social life would be if students could use the Remis Sculpture Court for art showcases, Hotung for concerts, and Tisch roof for community bonding events. I'll push to create a system by which students can rent out spaces and showcase their talents, and Tufts will be a better, more exciting place for it.
Reduce the costs of using spaces – tuition tops $70,000 annually, yet student groups are forced to pay Tufts to use spaces for practices, performances, and other events. These high costs eat up funds that could be better spent reducing personal contributions for clubs' trips, funding more events, and in countless other ways which will actually benefit students on campus.
Expand the student support fund – the student support fund is a wonderful thing: it allows students on grant-based financial aid to access funding to cover personal costs not already covered by Senate. But it currently caps out at $100 per year, meaning that students who belong to student groups with frequent or expensive trips can end up exceeding the limit. I'd push to increase the cap to $200 each year, so that one's financial situation doesn't restrict them from participating in their student orgs in the way that they want.
Appropriately fund SMFA student organizations – since Tufts' acquisition of the SMFA, it hasn't treated SMFA students fairly. The transition period was marked by uncertainty, and even now, SMFA students face rising costs and problems they simply did not have to grapple with just 3 years ago. Even now, as TCU Senate has begun to fund student groups at the SMFA, inequality remains, and funding for those groups makes up a far smaller percentage of funding than do SMFA students of the student body. I plan on working to ensure that we fund SMFA student groups fairly, so that all Tufts students can take advantage of the university's resources in pursuing their passions.
Publish a list of key administrators that student groups can use to get the help they need –the administration is not a monolith, and some administrators are decidedly more responsive to students than others. Senate should collect and publish a chart of key administrators in various departments, including contact information and examples of work they have done alongside students. Student groups can use this information to help them solve their unique problems, and student organizers can use it to better focus their organizing efforts to achieve change.
Eliminate unnecessary obstacles for religious and cultural groups to receive funding