All students are eligible to apply for any of these committees (with the exception of CMP – see below). We are hoping to appoint a wide range of students from different classes to ensure that the student body is well represented in these committees and all voices are heard.
If you are interested in serving on the Curriculum Committee, you must participate in an application process. From the application pool, finalists will be asked to interview. The application is in your email and is due on April 7th in the SGA Office by 4 PM. We will notify candidates of their status by April 10th. For those applicants offered an interview, the interview will take place the week of April 15th. Each interview will take 10 to 15 minutes.
If you are interested in serving on any other one of the committees, you must participate only in an interview process. Each interview will only take 10 to 15 minutes, you need not prepare anything specific, but we ask that all candidates bring a copy of their current resume. Sign-ups for interviews begin Monday, April 1st and end on Friday, April 12th. Sign-up forms can be found on the door of the SGA office (CC 206). Interviews will take place April 15th- May 2nd.
If you are currently studying abroad, you can still interview for a position.
To sign up for appointments please email Greta Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject like: “SGA Appointments from Abroad:[insert committee here].” Interviews will be conducted via Skype.
If you have any questions, please email Greta Stacy at email@example.com.
Advisory Board to the Resource Center for Gender and Sexuality
The resource center provides a space for many different communities at Smith to come together. This board is looking for students who would like help the space foster more queer community as well as more activism at Smith. The board is very interested in supporting the queer organizations on campus as well as forwarding and expanding Smith discussions on diversity.
Bookstore Advisory Committee
The Bookstore Advisory Committee is a newly formed committee that deals with issues regarding the Smith College bookstore. Student representatives will engage in conversation with the bookstore management team along with other members of the administration and faculty. Through this committee, students will learn more about the bookstore industry and its constituent roles and responsibilities. The committee meets two times per a semester.
College Council on Community Policy
The Smith College Council on Community Policy is a broadly representative, deliberative group that meets to consider issues of common concern to the campus community. Its mission involves promoting the well being of the community—its capacity for collegiality and the pursuit of its general welfare while providing an excellent education to women. The committee is made up of a broad range of faculty and staff members. The committee meets once a month.
Committee on Missions and Priorities
The Committee on Mission and Priorities is made up of two student representatives and members of the faculty and administration who advise the president on strategic, financial, human and physical resource planning for the college’s next decade. The committee solicits, generates and reviews proposals for major projects and initiatives; assesses progress in achieving the goals of current initiatives; and recommends priorities for the allocation and reallocation of resources. The committee meets regularly with the Committee on Academic Priorities, the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation and the appropriate committees of the board of trustees to both inform the work of those committees and to be informed by them. Periodically the CMP reports its findings and recommendations to the Smith community at large. Meetings are generally held once a month on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. Two students (a junior and a senior) serve on the committee, each with staggered terms of two years. Time commitment: two years. Only rising juniors are eligible to apply.
The Committee is responsible for keeping the student senate and the campus at large informed of curriculum concerns and changes. The committee assists the administration with the college’s mandatory faculty teaching evaluations and holds forums to discuss timely educational policy issues. The Curriculum Committee serves as a resource for academic representatives, department liaisons, and the student body at large, traditional and non-traditional aged students alike.
Library Advisory Committee
The Committee shall review the Library operating budget, capital budget requests, space, staffing, long-range planning, and other Library matters. The Committee may make recommendations on these matters to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. It shall consider the way in which the Library’s policies and practices can best meet the curricular and scholarly needs of its users. The faculty members of the Committee shall have the responsibility of conveying to the Committee as a whole the faculty’s concerns.
Organization Resources Committee
The Organization Resources Committee’s (ORC) main initiative is to serve as a source of support for all chartered organizations. ORC provides these organizations with their annual budgets, distributed in the fall of each year; allocates monies from the Discretionary Fund throughout the year as appropriate; assists organizations in the planning and execution of events; guides new organizations through the SGA chartering process; and works on long-term projects that address the concerns and interests of organizations.
The ORC shall provide SGA support for all student organizations, extending resources and advice as well as approving monetary allocations.
The ORC shall work within the auspices of the priorities of the Student Government Association. These priorities include a commitment to diversity, social and leadership opportunities, student participation in the campus community, and student representation to the college administration and the board of trustees.
Technology Steering Committee
The Technology Steering Committee (TSC) is the senior governance group for technology issues at the college. The committee guides and advises Information Technology Services and senior management on strategic information technology matters. In collaboration with the CIO, the committee recommends IT priorities, policies and strategies. Throughout the year the committee will: evaluate, review, and recommend changes to IT policies; recommend annual technology investment priorities; provide guidance on the balance of central and departmental responsibilities for technology; monitor ITS plans to sustain the necessary capacity, security, and recoverability of the college’s technology infrastructure; and review and make recommendations on new opportunities for 5-college technology collaborations. The TSC is co-chaired by the Provost and the Vice-President for Finance and Administration, and is staffed by the CIO.
Vendor Code of Conduct Advisory Committee
Full compliance with the Vendor Code of Conduct is a goal to be worked toward by all parties in good faith. As a matter of practical necessity, the college recognizes the complexities of the request and the need to allow vendors sufficient time and flexibility to implement compliance plans, which may require still further negotiation and changes in contractual obligations by the vendor with subcontractors, suppliers, and other parties. The college is committed to granting such flexibility so long as vendors are making reasonable progress toward substantial compliance by a firm approved deadline. All specific arrangements will be authorized by the purchasing manager, who, in turn, will consult with the Vendor Code of Conduct Advisory Committee. Plans must contain specific benchmarks and dates for review of satisfactory progress.
Are you wondering why everybody seems to have forgotten the turmoil of last semester? Or are you a first-year who wishes someone would just tell you what happened? Join us to hear about the history of power and resistance at Smith, and to converse with other students about moving forward from last semester.
Refreshments will be served. Hosted by the SGA Diversity Committee.
As you think about your next semester and the rest of your years at Smith, keep in mind the diffrent sources of funding that you can access.
At the Class Dean’s Website, you can find information on funds from the following offices: Ada Comstock Scholars, Religious and Spiritual Life, Class Deans’, Dean of the College, Institutional Diversity and Equity, International Students, International Study, Multicultural Affairs, President’s Office and Students’ Aid Society.
There is a variety of purposes for the above funds so make sure to click through and read the descriptions.
This link will take you to the Center for Work and Life’s page. They have compiled a list of funding from the following departments:American Studies, Art,Clark Science Center, Economics, French Studies, Government, Center for Women in Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and Theater.
Specific Funds, Scholarships, Opportunities:
The Student Government Association, through ORC and the SGA Cabinet, have several funds which students can apply for. All four funds use the Universal Funding Application.
-ORC Discretionary Fund: Available to chartered organizations.
-ORC Equipment Fund: Available to chartered organizations. Items bought through this fund must last the organization at least 5 years.
Please review ORC Funding Policy before submitting applications.
-SGA Conference Fund: Available to any Smith student, can be used to cover costs of attending an off-campus conference.
Please Review SGA Reimbursement Policy before submitting an application.
-SGA Sawyer Fund: Any student or organization may apply for support through the Sawyer Fund to hold free, on-campus events.
»Do you know of any other sources of funding that are not listed here? Send a message to the SGA Tumblr or to Odette De Jesus Marti and we’ll be sure to include it. Or if you have any questions!«
And we’ll be meeting with them for the first time this week. What would you say to the Board of Trustees?
My mom’s friend Janet just had to save her copy of Newsweek to show me when we went over to her house for dinner. This is the ranking of the top most liberal colleges in the nation. And then she told me that she approved. 6th, not bad.
Smith College: 6th most liberal country in the US, according to NewsWeek. And shout out to our friends at Hampshire!
SGA Senate Agenda
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Call to order 7:00
Roll Call 7:02
Speaker: David DeSwert, Associate VP Financial Planning 7:15
Vote on Business Women of Smith College Charter 7:50
Presentation by PRISM 8:00
Presentation of Diversity Committee Bylaw Amendments 8:10
Presentation of Smith College UNICEF Club Charter 8:20
SGA Debate Questions 8:30
Open Forum 8:40 - SGA Candidate presentations (60 seconds max. each)
*if you are running for an SGA position, you may introduce yourself to Senate during open forum*
As many of you know, there have been several incidents of racism, classism, and homophobia on this campus in the past few weeks. A group of students under the name ‘Respect Existence or Expect Resistance’ has come together to show their support for students targeted by attacks, and to call the Smith community and administration to action.
We are glad that there is a serious investigation under way, but the underlying problem is that there is a culture of racism, classism, and homophobia on this campus that cannot be tolerated, and must be fought.This week, there will be several events that we hope to have your support at. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.