One of my primary goals when taking office this year was to help shift Senate from exclusively a place of information exchange to a place where students feel comfortable digging into issues. Two big pieces of this endeavor lie in creating opportunities for Senators to get to know one another and making sure to reach out to the community at large so that they see Senate as a forum available to them. This Monday, we moved Senate to the Library Lecture Room in order to facilitate small-group discussions about anonymity on campus. We can all think of instances where anonymity is useful or necessary, but are also concerned with creating a campus culture that prioritizes honest face-to-face conversation.
For those who missed Monday’s meeting and would like to try their hand at campus dialogue around things that matter (in this case campus culture and mental health), College Government President’s Council (CGPC) has organized a series of programs for the second week of March around the imposter syndrome and the myth of perfection. Keep an eye out for an interactive installation in Lulu leading up to tea discussions within the residential halls on Tuesday, March 10 and a keynote lecture on by Professor Norem in Psychology on Wednesday, March 11 on how the imposter syndrome insidiously manifests itself among high achievers.
This year’s Elections Committee will be meeting for the first time on February 25. If you are looking for the most up-to-date information, “like” Wellesley College Elections Committee on Facebook. We will be posting both information and materials there as we approach campaign season (which runs this year from April 1 to April 7, with voting on April 8). If you are interested in running for a Cabinet position, please do take the opportunity to reach out to the person currently holding the position or anyone else on Cabinet to get a sense of what it’s like. All Cabinet members not running for re-election are bound to impartiality and would love to speak about their experience in the position and lend whatever guidance they are able. These jobs are hard, but they are rewarding and an amazing opportunity to be a part of campus life, and if you’re even the least bit curious, you should set up a conversation. If you have a question about Elections Committee or want to give input into how elections can run more smoothly, please reach out to myself or CPLA Chair Beth Feldstein ‘15 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Two last housekeeping things: all forms from last semester are due to SOFC by February 28th. Additionally, my office hours this week will be Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. in the College Government/Bursar’s Office, but-—as always—please feel free to reach out via email or in person with any questions or concerns.