On Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, Stockton’s Student Senate held its second public meeting for the Fall 2022 semester at the Atlantic City Fannie Lou Hamer Hall Event room. The public meeting which was well attended by thirty senators, the Assistant Vice President, Engagement and Community Development, and the Director of Student Development, Jeff Wakeman among others started at about 4:30 p.m. with a roll call to confirm attendees of the senators and the approval of the last meeting’s minutes.
Student Senate President Brianna Bracey welcomed everyone to the public meeting, particularly the new senators. She further stated that some senators represented the Student Senate at a student government conference at Drew University on October 22nd and that the E-board will be representing Stockton at a National Conference in Boston in the first week of November.
Vice President Benjamin Yandell gave his own remark after Bracey’s speech, announcing that the annual campus safety walk will be held on November 3rd and encouraging students to take part in it. After Yandell’s address, the chairs of the senate committees shared their reports on their respective activities.
For the Academic Affairs committee, the chair Monica Rodriguez-Escobar advised students to fill out a post-precepting google form that will be sent out courtesy of the public-relations committee. She also said that the repeat grade policy will be voted upon next month. The Governmental Affairs chair Irenonsen Eigbe noted that the committee had been actively involved in promoting the US midterm elections with Stockton Votes.
The Public relations chair, Brandon Wildman started his speech by welcoming every new senator and encouraged everyone to welcome the new senators with a round of applause. Wildman also highlighted his committee’s partnership with the student affairs committee to revive “Sweets for Suggestions,” which is a tabling effort to express opinions of a function on any of Stockton’s campuses. He also noted the committee’s success in planning the ‘I’m Not Homophobic’ queer allyship event and expressed his appreciation for those who attended.
Joshua Hunte, the Diversity and Inclusion committee’s chair declared that his committee is currently working with some Stockton offices to raise awareness of health disparities that people of color often face during the spring semester. His Student Affairs counterpart, Andrea Sandoval acknowledged her committee’s partnership with the PR committee to bring back ‘Sweets for Suggestions’ and noted that the Student Affairs committee will have their next meeting with Chartwells on November 7th at 9:00 a.m.
The Finance committee’s chair, Shalayby Parson was absent, so Alicia Jenkins, a member of the committee, read the committee’s report on his behalf. Jenkins talked about the All Starz Dance team that submitted a request of $16,656 to attend their National Competition in Florida, but only $9,000 was approved for them. The dance team’s representatives were invited to the podium to answer a few questions. All senators present voted, and the $9,000 was approved for them.
Afterward, Dr. Craig Stambaugh gave the closing remarks and invited the students to the 38th annual Student, Faculty & Staff dinner that will be held on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.