Student leaders kicked off the first Student Alliance meeting of the winter semester this past Thursday with the approval of two allocation requests.
Student Alliance president Jose Garcia opened the meeting by welcoming any new members and introducing himself, as well as the other student leaders, to the group. Garcia moved on to remind everyone about the requirements for having a club, and then mainly focused on how a club can ask for funds and put an event together.
The meeting then turned its focus to the allocation requests for the day.
The first request was from StandOut, GRCC’s LGBTQ+ club. StandOut president Beau VanSolkema and vice president Chelsea Beckmann presented the $3,001.90 request for the club to attend MBLGTACC, or the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference. The conference starts with the opening ceremony at 5 pm on Feb. 17 and continues through Feb. 19 is in Chicago at Navy Pier. The advisors and students have found a van to rent for the 11 members who are planning to go and it is a cost they are covering themselves.The requested money will cover all costs necessary for the trip, including lodging and parking, gas, conference fees, and food.
The next allocation request was from the Black Africana Student Union, or BASU. BASU President TeVaugnh Hill presented the $1,950 request for the club to hold the second Annual Black History Month Celebration Program at GRCC. The event would happen Feb. 21 through 23, and be free to all GRCC students and staff. The requested cost will cover food, comedy, dance, music, and more cultural celebrations to further enhance the student experience at the celebration.
In other news, SA Operations Director Kyezie Bwanangela discussed the Student Alliance budget, which is at $27,785.37 for total winter revenue.The amount spent during the fall semester was $19,014.63 and $4,385.37 carried over into the winter semester. The winter allocation is $23,400.
Garcia then continued the meeting and thanked everyone for coming, and reminded the group that all of their hard work in school and outside of school is worth it. He brought up a few new ideas that may be discussed and put into action at future meetings, such as including general members more in decisions and also possibly creating advisory councils. He added that allocation requests should be used not only to benefit the specific club, but the entire GRCC student body, and that it would be discussed at a later date.
SA Advisor Lina Blair recapped Welcome Week, and also announced that all students now have access to OrgSync with their student logins. She reminded the group that club applications are due Feb. 15. She announced several events, including the end of year leadership banquet and award nominations for club advisors and student leaders. The banquet will take place on Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 pm. More details will be available at a later date.
Blair also announced two new staff members, new assistant director for the Office of Student Life and Conduct Thalia Guerra-Flores and new office member Chris Remley. Guerra-Flores was at the meeting, and thanked the GRCC faculty, staff, and students for being so welcoming during her first week on campus.