Student Housing seeks input from Wellesley students
This year’s housing lottery system was changed to have the highest, not average, lottery number determine students’ blocking placement. Issues such as cross-class blocking have left many students unhoused. Student Housing is holding a talkback for the Wellesley community on Friday, May 1 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Pendleton Atrium. This discussion will give Student Housing a better idea of any changes that should be made to next year’s housing process. All are welcome to attend and give their input on the issue.
Student Leadership Stipend to be only initiative considered in Fall Budget
Partly because of extra funds that were allocated to student health insurance, the College was unable to approve the Ballot Initiative this spring, meaning that all 2015-2016 student leaders besides Academic Peer Tutors will continue to be unpaid. However, the Student Leadership Stipend will be considered in the fall as the only student initiative on the table. Any decision to compensate student leaders in the future will be conveyed to the student body before applications for 2016-2017 Student Leadership Positions are released. Any necessary changes to the job descriptions of student leaders will also be made in a timely manner.
Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity (CREE) presents at Senate
Saraphin Dhanani ’16 and Cassandra Flores-Montano ’16, the appointed student members on CREE, gave a brief presentation in Senate on the commission’s goals and actions. In the short term, they are working to include a unionized staff member on CREE. The meaning of equity is currently under discussion within the committee and will be further elaborated as meetings progress. CREE intends to work with the Multicultural Presidents’ Council and various cultural organizations to achieve positive change on campus in the areas of race, ethnicity and equity. CREE has analyzed the history of racial, ethnic and equity movements at Wellesley and is figuring out which goals Wellesley should continue to strive toward. The Commission will exist for three years, and appointments for the two succeeding student representatives will take place next spring. Criteria surrounding who will be eligible to apply and how long their terms will be for are currently under discussion.