Welcome to the President’s Corner, a biweekly update from inside College Government. This year’s Cabinet is committed to being accessible, present and goal-oriented. It is only through making ourselves consistently available through a variety of media that we can be sure we are accurately and conscientiously acting on and communicating student priorities. This column is a part of that effort.
This column also serves to promote accountability. Cabinet understands the importance of always communicating what we’re working on, which is particularly important since many Cabinet projects don’t necessarily come to Senate or The Wellesley News Senate Report. Using this space to lend additional insight into those projects and to update the community on our progress ensures that we are open and honest about what we have, or have not, accomplished.
With that, it’s been a busy few weeks! Cabinet arrived on campus in mid-August for Student Leadership training. We spent two weeks figuring how we work as a team and setting goals for the coming year, which is the subject of a separate Wellesley News article this week. In between training, we helped out with Orientation, where members of Cabinet helping new students move in, and contributing to the President’s Welcome, the Welcome Wagon, Let Me Speak and Res Hall programming. We met with the house presidents to talk about the changing role of senators and, following up on a campaign promise, I sent a reminder to faculty through the Provost’s Office about placing course materials on reserve in a timely manner.
Now that classes have started, we are even busier. Chief Justice Katherine Tran ’15 and myself were lucky enough to speak at Convocation, while the Schneider Board of Governors (SBOG) hosted a massive Remix and the Student Organizations and Appointments Committee (SOAC) a huge Org Fair. Last week, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Timothy Boatwright ’16 and I sat down with President H. Kim Bottomly and Dean of Students Debra DeMeis to talk about student representation on the gender advisory group announced via College Announcement on Sept. 5. We’re looking forward to working with President Bottomly to make sure that student representatives on this committee represent a variety of experiences and communities. We will communicate about the application process as soon as we receive information from the President’s Office about the final structure of the committee.
Coming up, President’s and Treasurer’s Training will take place through SOAC and SOFC this week. Most Res Halls will elect their senators on Tuesday, and Senator’s Training will also take place this week. The first Senate will be next Monday.
Lastly, my first set of open office hours will be this Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the College Government and Bursar’s Office. Feel free to drop by with anything that’s on your mind. I hope you read the next President’s Corner update, which will summarize the new-and-improved Senate, as well as the results of last year’s mental health survey. I’m looking forward to your feedback and all that is to come.