Student Senate develops new committees to tackle student concerns

March 21, 2009

Student Senate has been tackling new issues since establishing three new committees this past month. The new committees are the diversity committee, the safety committee, and the technology committee. Each one was designed to fill a need that had previously gone unmet.

"Senate felt that we still had enough time and people to address some key issues around campus," Parker Short, the president of senate, said. "It's our hope that we'll be able to improve some of these key areas for students."

The diversity committee has been working on a number of initiatives, meeting with the leaders of culturally, politically, and religiously diverse organizations.

"Our goal is to include everybody on campus and to bring unity to Baylor students," said Will Fuller, the diversity committee chair. "The committee hopes to work on ways to bring student organizations together in new and unique ways."

Meanwhile, the safety committee has been looking for ways to improve off-campus safety and encouraging students to be aware of things they can do to make themselves safer.

"It's our hope that we can make students aware of some simple things they can do to make sure that their houses and cars can be safe off-campus," said Michael Wright, the chair of the safety committee.

The safety committee is currently working to inform students about steps that can be taken for those running the bear trail at night.

The technology committee was formed to look for ways to implement new forms of technology for students. According to the technology chair, Jessie Graf, the commitee has a lot of potential.

"There are a number of ways that existing technologies can be expanded upon to make them more accessible and useful to the student body," said Graf.

The committee hopes to expand the number of professors that use Blackboard and are also examining a number of other potential initiatives around campus.

These new committees hope to address their respective areas and make improvements for the student body. Student Senate meets Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Cashion 403.