Last weekend, student leaders from across SUNY converged on Buffalo for the monthly Student Assembly Executive Committee meeting, hosted by Buffalo State College. This meeting was attended by the Executive Board, representatives from SUNY’s various sectors, and the Executive Cabinet. At the meeting, chaired by Vice President Melissa Kathan from the University at Buffalo, the Executive Committee discussed and voted on numerous resolutions.
The first order of business was voting to approve the SA budget proposal, which received unanimous support from all voting delegates in attendance. The proposal includes new funding for Executive Committee members to travel to campuses that they represent, while maintaining previous funding levels for more constant costs, like security deposits for semiannual conferences. Afterwards, the Executive Committee voted on changes to the Bylaws, which were all approved and will be presented along with the budget at the Spring Conference in mid-April. Both the annual budget and any changes to the Bylaws must be approved by the full Assembly, which all campuses are invited to attend in Saratoga Springs.
Other resolutions discussed at the meeting included one on Emotional Support Animals in Residence Halls, presented by Burgandi Rakoska, the Student Assembly’s Equity and Inclusion Chair. The resolution, which passed with unanimous support, calls on campuses to make residential accommodations more inclusive for students who require service animals or emotional support animals. The Executive Committee showed unanimous support for an Anti-Racism Resolution that echoed the sentiments of the Chancellor’s diversity initiatives and further calls upon the administration to respond quickly and justly to all incidents of racism on SUNY campuses.