As we approach the end of the school year in the wake of the racist email that was recently sent to members of the college community, the Colorado College Student Government Association is looking ahead to next year and how they can improve. The student body elected new members for the executive council positions—a new student body president, vice president of finance, vice president of inclusion, and student trustee.
Zac Schulman ’19 will assume the position of student body president, Eyner Roman-Lopez ’19 will be the new student trustee, Sam Toulmin ’19 will be vice president of finance, and Cameron Mongoven ’21 will be vice president of inclusion. They replace outgoing President Dorsa Djalilzadeh ’18, Vice President of Finance Ariel Filion ’19, Vice President of Inclusion Sam Fesshaie ’19, and Student Trustee Ben Kieklak ’18.
CCSGA is an association of members democratically elected by the CC student body. It serves as a funder of student organizations and events, a space for student advocacy, and a way for students to voice their concerns to the college’s administration more effectively.
As the current executive council members prepare to finish their terms in the CCSGA, they hope that the new members will be able to keep the ball rolling and continue the momentum of the initiatives that they worked on as council members. Filion noted that “it’s a harder job than it seems and at times a little stressful.” However, she added, “I hope that next year’s full council is able to reach out to student clubs and groups and collaborate with them on campus initiatives.”
“CCSGA is most effective when in partnerships with students and student groups that possess greater expertise and passion in whatever domain,” said Schulman, the student body president elect. Roman-Lopez echoed that statement in proposing that as student trustee, he is interested in “collecting other students’ perspectives periodically to inform my contributions at the Board meetings—[and by] meeting with leaders of on-campus student groups every two blocks.” This seems to be a shared sentiment across the board, as Mongoven added that he would like to “work with student groups…and be involved in the planning process of some of the events that they put on in the year,” and Toulmin noted, “I hope to improve communication between the Finance Committee and student groups.”
With regards to the racist email recently sent to members of the campus community, the new elects are looking ahead to how they can address the email and themes brought up in the message in a more productive and long-lasting way while effectively promoting inclusion. “I hope that as our campus reflects on the repulsive email sent across the student body, there will be a stronger initiative from our student groups to make their events more inclusive and bring the change that many said they wanted to see,” Mongoven said. And as Schulman explained, the “cyclical activism spurred by moments like the horrendous email many of us received last week is an inadequate way to approach issues of great magnitude and real importance,” as this approach ultimately leads to indifference he said.
Although the newly elected council members hope to adequately address student concerns and needs, they also recognize that they can only do so much. Some level of initiative and engagement have to come from the students and student groups themselves. “We as a student body cannot afford to give in to this cycle [of indifference]” said Schulman. Mongoven added that “inclusion on campus is something that is going to take time and effort from everyone.”
The executive council members are ready to take on the challenges they will face in their new positions and hope to get as much input as possible into discussions on campus and CCSGA decisions.