Fostering Faculty & Student Relationships
Assisting/Expanding Academic Resources On Campus
Innovating Technology On Campus
–What is it? We had three sub points in this platform point: 1- Reallocate the printers to different floors of the library, 2- bring alpha testing charging stations to campus, and 3 extend the blue loop bus.
Organizing UPD Cadet Initiative
Initiating a 5-year art plan
Summary: We will create a 5-year plan in which each year, more art initiatives will be created on campus. Every year will contain a different project, some involving art department majors in order to utilize their talents and allow them to grow professionally. Beautification through the means of student artwork will foster a more positive environment for current and prospective students.
Points of Contact: Dr. Flatten, Greg Carbo, Katy Volikas
Establishing a central location for Diversity
Summary: As a slate, we have realized that it is difficult for students to filter through the layers of Ball State’s Website when looking for resources for diversity and inclusion on campus. We would create a resource home page where students would be able to find quick access and links to diversity resources already present on campus. This is part of our initiative where we would continue to use what the school has already put time and money into, yet make it more accessible and easy to navigate for the student body.
Who have we spoken to? We have spoken to a BennyLink Ambassador in the Office of Student Life. Additionally we started the conversation with Melissa G and Lauren Berger from the Office of Student Life. We have spoken to Bobby Stele, who is that the head of the Multicultural Center and Courtney Jarrett, who is the Associate Director of Disability Services. Both of these individuals are on the council for Diversity and Inclusion and they say that while new diversity resources have been recreated as a result of the Beneficence Dialogues, very few students have accessed them due to lack of awareness.
-Breaking Bias App (How to report Bias, what is “Bias” etc)
Promoting Mental health (Counseling Center)
Summary: We have reached out to the Counseling Center and asked them specifically what they would want from SGA in order to improve the mental health of students. Based on this conversation we know that the Counseling Center focuses on prevention versus treatment. With that being said we want to provide them with the promotional marketing tools that they would need to help bring students to their workshops and direct them to their resources.
Who we talked to:
Timothy Hess who is the Interim Director of the Counseling Center.
Providing incentives on multicultural org collaboration
Summary: We have reached out to these individuals who have states that the next step for continuing the celebration of diversity at Ball State University is by partnering multicultural organizations for programming and events and focusing on intersectionality. In order to accomplish this, we will connect multicultural organizations and allocate funds toward collaborative efforts toward that emphasize diversity, multiculturalism, and intersectionality.
Who we talked to: We have spoken to Bobby Stele, who is that the head of the Multicultural Center and Courtney Jarrett, who is the Associate Director of Disability Services.
–Our plan: Council for Diversity and Inclusion created sub committee for this direct purpose
Expand OER implementation on campus
What is it?
Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
Open Education “…is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.”
BSU Point of Contact: Every Tuesday from 5-6, SGA has created a task force of student representatives to work on the transition between backboard and canvas.
Cabinet Member supporting: Secretary of Academic Affairs: Sarah Pruitt (email@example.com)