Affordability, Grace Achepohl and Irán Roman
Over the course of the quarter, we were excited to see the food pantry continue to grow and serve hundreds of people. Along with efforts to work on food insecurity, dependent healthcare was a main focus for Co-Directors Iran Roman and Grace Achepohl. Joined by other activists, Roman met with VPGE, VPSA, and Vaden administrators to discuss the future of dependent healthcare. Undergraduate and graduate students shared their stories navigating this unaffordable health care plan. Because the administration did not provide a solution yet, the Dependent Healthcare Emergency Fund was created by student activists from all across campus. We are continuing to pursue projects to advocate for food insecurity and healthcare affordability on campus. If you have any suggestions or would like to work with us on these issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health and Wellness, Vianna Vo
Last quarter, I focused on increasing access to mental health resources as well as exploring ways in which support systems on campus can be improved. Along with a dedicated team, I have been advocating for a feedback system to be implemented in the graduate schools to support students in advisor-advisee relationships. This quarter, I am looking forward to planning a campus-wide summit on mental health and establishing routine community conversations to encourage communication between students and administration.
Disability Advocacy, Rachel Wallstrom
Disability Advocacy on campus has piloted many new projects this school year as well as kept up our advocacy for a Disability Community Center and increased Disability Studies curriculum. In Fall Quarter, ASSU co-sponsored the founding of a new student group called S-DOES (Stanford Disability Organization Empowering Students), which has already hosted events for the Stanford Disability Community and plans to continue supporting and empowering Stanford’s Disabled Students. In partnership with the Stanford Disability Initiative, we became the first university to launch a project to solicit accessibility reviews in courses. And finally, the Disability activists on campus have been preparing to apply for long-awaited community resources, such as a staffed community center.
Residential Living and Social Life, Jesus Cervantes
Last fall, I worked on the search committee for finding a new Assistant Vice Provost for ResEd. I'm excited to have Cheryl Brown, the current Meier RF and director of Frosh 101, taking up the role starting this quarter! I also worked on a ResX Committee to outline the new RA+/ETA+ roles where we outlined what these roles and responsibilities should look like and submitted recommendations to Stanford admin. These changes were announced over break and I'm looking forward to spending the rest of the year working on adjusting staff training to reflect these changes and better support student staff! I'm also looking forward to getting involved with the Stanford Social Project and finding ways to bolster social life on campus!
Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Kelsie Wysong and Ayoade Balogun
Last quarter, we were able to work with SSS and other campus partners such as the Haas Center and the TomKat Center to organise bus shuttles to the airport for both Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Combined, we were able to sell 600 shuttle tickets which saves a lot of money and carbon! We are looking forward to continue with these shuttles for future breaks! Additionally, we are happy to be partnering to help plan and grow Earthtones! Look out for more info soon!
Academic Freedom and Political Engagement, Megha Parwani and Andrew Dallakoti
During Autumn Quarter, the co-Directors of Academic Freedom and Political Engagement hosted a public screening of the November Democratic primary debates, featuring free meals and drinks as well as a post-debate debrief session. Andrew Dallakoti and Megha Parwani also worked closely with Stanford Votes to advance various initiatives including incorporating voter registration with Axess enrollment. Finally, they developed an ASSU committee on Political Engagement to collaborate with the ASSU Senate as well as other key stakeholders to jointly host deliberative dinners and political engagement events heading into the 2020 U.S. election cycles. They are excited to continue this work in Winter Quarter!
Community Responsibility, Lizzie Ford and Olivia Fu
In Fall we hosted an inaugural Worker’s Appreciation event, and supported campus workers throughout SEIU 2007’s contract negotiation with Stanford. We also advocated for Stanford to be accountable to our workers and the local community throughout their General Use Permit application. This quarter, we look forward to piloting a Marguerite extension for campus workers living in East Palo Alto, increasing workers’ accessibility to STAP funds, and continuing to build a stronger relationship between students and service workers on campus through teach-ins and worksite visits.