Executive Platform Progress

We were elected on a platform and it is important to us that we make meaningful progress on each of the items on our platform. Each item is cataloged below, any progress described, and the primary point of contact for more information on progress or partnerships. This page will be updated biweekly!
InitiativeProgressPoint of Contact
Academic
Trans-inclusive syllabi clause Information about the trans-inclusive syllabi clause was included in the Bulletin, a newsletter distributed to all faculty and staff. We met with the Chair of the Faculty Senate about building faculty awareness and support of these clauses.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Open syllabiWe met with the libraries, who are also interested in the success of this initiative. We met with a member of the Faculty Senate and discussed the feasibility of having course costs and syllabi clauses available to students prior to registration for classes. We met with Registration and Records about platforms for hosting this information.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Affordability
Publicizing free textbook availabilityWe met with the libraries regarding current available resources and worked on creating resources for distribution to incoming new students. Additionally, we served on a course cost-reduction intiatives committee with representatives of the Libraries and the Bookstore to keep addressing course affordability. Starting Fall 2019, NC State Bookstores in coordination with many on campus partners will be sending a welcome back message to each enrolled student. This email will include information and links to the library's freely available course materials repository.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Open source materials We met with the libraries, who are also interested in the success of this initiative. We met with Faculty Senate to discuss feasibility. Additionally, we served on a course cost-reduction initiatives committee with representatives of the Libraries and the Bookstore to keep addressing course affordability. We worked to build system wide support of this initiative through legislation at the Association of Student Governments.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Continued critical review of student feesNo fee increases were proposed this year. We ensured that there will be a smooth transition to next year's SG leadership so that there is a good baseline understanding of fees and the fee request process. Although separate from the fee review process, we also worked to keep tuition increase proposals low for next year. Tuition increase proposals sent to the Board of Governors for approval are: 0% for in-state undergraduates, 2% for in-state graduates, 3% for out-of-state undergraduates, and 4% for out-of-state-graduate students. According to the Provost, this amounts to the lowest percentage tuition increase proposal in the past 10 years. In preparation for future fee increase requests, SG partnered with the Division of Academic and Student Affairs to host a Student Fee Town Hall. Representatives for the five largest fees (University Transportation, Student Health, Student Center Operations, WellRec, and Education & Technology) were all present to describe how the fee money is used and to discuss future fee needs. We worked to establish this town hall as an annual event.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu and Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Diversity + Inclusion
Online diversity competency training for incoming studentsWe met with OIED to discuss the most impactful ways an online diversity competency training could be implemented at NC State. We then did research on similar programs at other institutions and compared it with our peer institutions. We identified funds in the SG budget and worked to secure approval to utilize them to purchase a pilot of an online cultural competency training. OIED and DASA are leading the selection of a module and implementation is expected in the next calendar year.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Campus accessibility We met with the Disability Resource Office, Facilities, and the Architect's Office to discuss the most impactful ways that SG can help further campus accessibility. Additionally, SG helped to host the inaugural NC State Accessibility Excursion to raise awareness about campus accessibility and to address accessibility barriers on campus. Using findings from this event and frequently reported concerns from various campus departments, we administered a survey to all students registered with the Disability Resource Office to select which improvement we should pursue. Based on this research throughout the year, SG has funded installation of exterior accessible pathway signage near Reynolds Coliseum and a door actuator on Bragaw Residence Hall, both of which will be installed this summer.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu and co-Directors of Diversity Outreach Sam Chan and Shelsey Hall, sgdiversity@ncsu.edu
New student outreach, particularly for international students and first generation college studentsWe attended the First in Family Luncheon to welcome new first gen students. We met with TRIO staff to determine how we can best support first generation students. They suggested that the most helpful thing would be creating a student organization to offer peer support to first generation students. This effort is underway by a student outside of Student Government, to whom we offered our support. We also participated in Spring Connections Wolf Ways and delivered the keynote speech at the Nav1gate summit for first generation students.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Beyond the Box This is a UNC system-wide policy, so advocacy must be at the state level, through the Association of Student Governments (ASG). Appropriate legislation was drafted and presented at the October 13th ASG meeting where it received unanimous support. We consulted with NC State campus partners on next steps for state level advocacy with other UNC System Schools. Because of the legislation proposed at ASG, advocating to legislators to support the Beyond the Box initiative will be included in the ASG advocacy day on April 9th.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Housing + Campus Life
Gender inclusive housingThis is a UNC system-wide policy, so advocacy must be at the state level, through the Association of Student Governments (ASG). Appropriate legislation was drafted and presented at the October 13th ASG meeting where it received unanimous support. We consulted with NC State campus partners on next steps for state level advocacy with other UNC System Schools. Because of the legislation proposed at ASG, advocating to legislators to support the Gender Inclusive Housing will be included in the ASG advocacy day on April 9th.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Pride and Women of Color VillagesEach of our Diversity Outreach Co-Directors sat on one of the Village Task Forces as members to work on this throughout the year. We routinely reached out to the chairs of these task forces to see how we could be assisting.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Exceptions to the mandatory first year live on campus policyAn appeals process currently exists to request an exception to this policy. We met with campus leaders to assess how the process could be made clearer to those who may be seeking exceptions and have taken these suggestions to University Housing. Housing is currently working with campus leaders on this.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu and Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Maintenance of the Global VillageWe met with the Global Village Ambassadors to discuss concerns and action items. Additional meetings are being planned. Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
More dining options for those with dietary restrictionsAt Los Lobos, vegetables and beans can now be substituted for no additional charge on menu items that come standard with beef. Independent of SG, vegan chorizo is now offered at Los Lobos and in the dining halls. In response to our feedback on dining options, University Dining is working to form a vegetarian and vegan advisory group to continue to improve dining accessibility for all students. Dining has also created a "Plant Based Spotlight" newsletter feature to highlight vegan and vegetarian options on campus.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Student Health
Raising awareness of the Counseling Center's culturally competent servicesWe met with the Counseling Center and gathered information on their current protocols and offerings. We worked with them to develop a plan to disseminate this knowledge to the student body, and particularly those students that would be seeking these services.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Highlighting Question, Persuade, & Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention trainingsQPR training was highlighted in the Howl to raise awareness with the general student body. Opportunities were also marketed specifically to SG and the Graduate Student Association to encourage their members to participate and help spread the word. We communicated with key wide-reaching student organizations to let them know about QPR training opportunities, and encourage their leadership or full membership to participate. The response was positive, and the SG Director of Student Wellness worked to connect organizations to Prevention Services and the QPR training resource.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Bringing back student health standing committeeWe created the SG Wellness Department to fill the immediate need of interfacing with administrators regarding student health, and successfully passed legislation through Student Senate to make this department permanent. The university Student Health Committee has been formally dissolved; however, the Wellness Advisory Committee has been created and has senior leadership serving on the board from a variety of campus entities, including student health. Three Student Government members also served on this Committee: SBP Errico, SBVP Spence Beaulieu, Director of Wellness Moravec.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Student Government
Interfacing with college councilsAll executive board applications and other opportunities for involvement were sent to the College Councils. College Councils were invited to SORT meetings to express college specific concerns.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Ensuring smaller colleges are representedWe advertised open Senate seats for first year senate seats as well as open seats across all colleges in The Howl in an effort to increase representation.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
More transparency with administratorsMeeting notes and materials were continuously updated on the Office of the Student Body President's webpage. SG also created informational graphics, videos, and documents to help disseminate information.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Sustainability
Promotion of paperless productsNo SG executive branch events used paper materials as event advertisements.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Ethical sourcing of materials for SG GiveawaysAll SG giveaways were ethically sourced through Robert's Group, who is a member of the Fair Labor Association and follow their guidelines for sourcing products ethically.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Greater access to bike parkingIndependent of SG, bike parking was greatly increased on West Campus in particular.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Sustainable event certificationAll SG executive branch events were Sustainable Event Certified. In addition, we worked to have Student Government recognized as a sustainable student organization through the University Sustainability Office.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Publicizing the Sustainability FundBoth the fall fast-track Sustainability Fund and the spring Sustainability Fund were featured in the HOWL and on SG social media in an effort to raise awareness and increase publicity.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Transportation
Continued efforts of the Transportation Task ForceWe continuously communicated student concerns to Transportation. Both Transportation and SG wanted to see the creation of a formal university committee to facilitate this dialogue. A Transportation Advisory group is being formed in response to our advocacy.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Expansion of campus safety escort servicesWe have received information regarding costs of expanding these services and surveyed students to assess the level of demand for service expansion. Survey results did not indicate an overwhelming need for service expansion. Nevertheless, we shared the survey results with Campus Police and Environmental Health and Public Safety so that they could independently assess the survey results and potentially make changes to best serve students.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Additional Initiatives
Expansion of interfaith prayer/meditation spacesDue to significant demand for more interfaith spaces across campus, we partnered with the Muslim Students' Association (MSA) over the summer to create a standing room reservation for prayer in Talley's Cultural Hearth. Witherspoon 204 and DH Hill 2108 are also dedicated interfaith prayer and meditation spaces that are open throughout the day to all individuals.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Campus child care resources for studentsWe partnered with Meredith College to open up their new after school program, Wings After School, to NC State students. This low cost enrichment-based after school program is available from 3-6pm for children ages 5-12 for $175 per child per month. We worked on advertising this opportunity to relevant student populations. We also worked on assessing the exact needs (full-time vs. part-time vs. emergency care) and the demand for these services so that resources could possibly be expanded to better meet need. Additionally, we worked with the Women's Center to advocate for a parental resources webpage as a single site with information for parents and parents-to-be.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Voter engagementPackThePolls, a nonpartisan coalition of students, faculty, and staff, was re-created for the current session. This initiative was co-chaired by the SG Director of Government Affairs. SG worked alongside other campus entities to successfully advocate for Talley Student Union becoming an early one-stop voting location. These efforts allowed 14,491 people to cast their ballot at Talley Student Union during the one-stop voting period.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Access to feminine hygiene productsFollowing up on last year's efforts, feminine product machines were installed over the summer in all gender-neutral and female-identified restrooms in Talley. We continued to research ways to make menstrual products freely accessible at other locations on campus.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu
Campus food insecurityRecognizing the scope of food insecurity on campus, Student Government led the way in advocating for a student-to-student meal sharing program in partnership with University Dining. Through the donation of guest meals from student meal plans, a pool of meals was established for students who find themselves facing short-term food insecurity. These meals can be added to a student ID card to allow entry into Fountain, Clark, and Case (breakfast and lunch only) Dining Halls, the Oval, and the Wolves Den, creating easy and discrete access to meals at no cost. There will be guest meal donation periods at the end of each semester moving forward.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
#GoStrawlessInspired by the NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling's #GoStrawless initiative, we worked with NC State Dining to make 1887 Bistro an opt-in location. Straws are available upon request, but will not be automatically given with drinks, which helps reduce waste and improve sustainability.Alex Obiol, sgunivaffairs@ncsu.edu
Community ServiceStudent Government participated in Habitat for Humanity at NC State's annual event, Shack-a-thon. Shack-a-thon is a weeklong event where students build shacks and staff them 24/7 to raise money for Habitat for Humanity's efforts in Raleigh, NC.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
On Demand Receipt PrintingWe worked with NC State Dining to make receipts at feasible on campus dining locations print by request only. Common Grounds, Starbucks, Dining Halls, and the Atrium now print receipts upon request only. Jason's Deli, Red Sky, and Tuffys, which print order numbers on receipts to coordinate pick up, are the only locations printing receipts automatically, helping to reduce waste and improve sustainability.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Graduation Robe ClosetWith a generous donation of a few size runs of baccalaureate and masters regalia from the Bookstore, SG partnered with the Career Development Center to pilot a graduation robe closet. Starting with the fall 2018 semester, Pack Promise students were able to borrow caps and gowns at no charge to wear to their commencement ceremonies. Due to the success of the pilot semester, this program has expanded to non Pack Promise students. We also purchased additional size runs of undergraduate and masters regalia to increase access to this free extension of the Wolfpack Styled Professional Clothing Closet.Alex Obiol, sgunivaffairs@ncsu.edu
Title IX Action Group Recognizing the significant potential impact of the proposed changes to Title IX on students, we created the Title IX Action Group. The group was tasked with creating legislation for the UNC ASG, hosting an event to promote student feedback during the public comments period, and crafting a statement on the proposed changes, all of which were executed.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Campaign Assistance FundA campaign assistance fund was created to subsidize the out of pocket expenses incurred through campaigning for the Student Body Officer positions in the Student Government Election. We led the way in advocating for the creation of this fund to work towards a more accessible Student Government, collaborating with the Board of Elections and Senate.Jess Errico, sbp@ncsu.edu
Painted Pack FansAthletics and SG partnered for the 2018-2019 basketball season to launch the Painted Pack Fans program. SG painted 10-15 student fans during select home games to build spirit and instill NC State pride. Students could request to be painted using a form included in the ticket request email.Daniel Mock, sgathletics@ncsu.edu
Graduate Student Non-Conference Travel AwardAttending academic conferences and professional workshops are vital parts of most graduate school careers, but can present considerable out of pocket expenses. There are many opportunities to apply for travel awards for conferences where students will be presenting their work. However, there are very few opportunities to receive funding for workshop-based travel, where critical training is received but an individual’s research is not being presented. In partnership with The Graduate School, SG initiated and contributed funding to pilot a non-conference travel award to help alleviate this need.Meredith Spence Beaulieu, sbvpresident@ncsu.edu