Dear Drafting Committee,
The current and newly elected President and Vice President of St. Olaf Student Government Association (SGA) have carefully reviewed the demands featured on The Collective for Change on the Hill website. Our response to these demands is twofold. First, our acceptance and implementations of the demands involving SGA are not contingent on the President’s signature of the Terms of Engagement. Second, we fully support the entirety of the demands published May 1, 2017.
We recognize that SGA is a part of institutional racism and respect and support this movement coming from students. Therefore, when invited to, we will engage with the Drafting Committee of the Collective for Change on the Hill. We welcome the Drafting Committee’s ongoing input and suggestions.
As stated in the demands, next year, all members of Senate and members of the Executive Committee of SGA will participate in Sustained Dialogue facilitator training sessions. The following is SGA’s immediate timeline of action:
Within the next week, both the current and future SGA President and Vice President teams will engage with appropriate parties in order to implement the mandatory Sustained Dialogue requirements in training processes next year.
The schedule of these trainings will be finalized no later than May 20th, 2017.
SGA will be mandating all members of the SGA Executive Committee and all members of Senate to be a part of Sustained Dialogue facilitator training as a required component of Fall 2017 SGA training and Fall 2017 Senate training. This will continue to be incorporated with all future SGA training.
Members of the SGA Executive Committee along with members of Senate will also be also be taking part in Sustained Dialogue program over the year 2017-2018. We will continue incorporate this into future SGA responsibilities as elected and appointed student representatives.
We will continue to look into additional training for all members of SGA, including the Executive Committee, Senate members, and SGA branch members.
At many points throughout SGA’s history, SGA has failed in our responsibility to represent marginalized students, and we are committed to seeking out ways in which we can change the structure and programming of SGA to better serve marginalized students on this campus. This comes with the understanding that this is not a one time promise, but an iterative commitment.