Student Senators Advocate for Student Representation on Board of Trustees

The NYU Administrative Management Council was part of the Feb. 8 University Senate meeting to discuss problems addressed by student senators.

Each month, members from the Student Senators Council, the Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Senators Council, the Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council, the Administrative Management Council and senior-level administrators convene for a two-hour University Senate meeting.

WSN sat in on their Feb. 8 meeting and will continue to cover University Senate meetings as long as its application to attend is accepted. Notes on the meeting are below:

Student Representation on Board

  • Student Senators continued to push for student representation on the NYU Board of Trustees.
  • Members of the Student Labor Action Movement have been the leading campus voice in the push for a student on the Board of Trustees.

Liberal Studies

  • Senators, particularly LS sophomore and senator Ghania Chaudry, voiced their desire to allocate the remaining Senate seat to another student from Liberal Studies, in addition to the one seat held by Chaudry.
  • Several Student Senators said they wanted LS to be recognized as its own school, apart from the College of Arts and Science.
  • Giving LS another seat would also give them more direct representation on the committee responsible for resource allocation.
  • All Student Senators reached a unanimous verbal consensus, agreeing that the remaining seat should be given to LS, but a final agreement was not documented on the written meeting minutes.

March for Science

  • The March for Science is a movement that advocates for science-based policy that confronts the empirical realities of climate change, resource depletion and the potential brain drain caused by the debate around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
  • Senators hope to make the march cheaper for students by streamlining resource allocation.
  • The SSC was receptive to the pitch and even discussed the idea of attempting to organize a March for Science in conjunction with the official New York City march on April 14.
  • Students Senators discussed providing free MetroCards for Tandon School of Engineering students looking to make the commute for the event.

Email Eli Kapsack at [email protected]

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