SGA Announcement Archive

State of the College

The State of the College was held on December 2, 2016. The slides from the State of the College show what we have done the semester, and give a short overview of what all members of the cabinet have worked on and will continue to work on.

2020 Class Ambassadors!

Please give a warm welcome to the 2020 Class Ambassadors,  Carson Peters ’20 and Carlos Piedrasanta ’20! They’ll be representing the 2020 class and planning all-class year events!

Mental Health & Social Networks Survey

Student Government Association encourages you to take the Mental Health & Support Networks Survey. This survey is the first of hopefully many to come with broader focuses across our campus and hopefully across many of the ACM colleges and universities. The current pilot work is focused primarily on depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. We recognize that these are not the only mental health related concerns or issues our student body experiences, but they do represent the most common generally. We hope that this work will set the stage for ongoing research related to a variety of mental health concerns and issues, not just those covered in this pilot.

This college-run survey is the first step in documenting our mental health issues and awareness on campus so that the college has quantitative data on how students are surviving or thriving on this campus. Your answers are collected and analyzed in aggregate and your participation is entirely voluntary and anonymous.
When the survey is completed the results will be released in aggregate as both a report and a talk. We will update you with the details of this release in another all campus email once the survey has concluded.

The survey link is in an email to your Grinnell Email from [doc] and again from [Wilcoxka]! The subjects was: “Mental Health & Support Networks Survey”. You’ll get another reminder email with the link again if you can’t find it. Please take the time to take the survey!

Election Resolution

At Campus Council on November 9th, we passed the Resolution to Reaffirm Support for Impacted Students, Staff, and Faculty on Grinnell’s Campus.

The language can be seen below in the block quote. Many lines contain citations that are found within the PDF versions attached at the bottom, as well as the .docx version.

Resolution to Reaffirm Support for Impacted Students, Staff, and Faculty on Grinnell’s Campus

Sponsors: Student Government Association

WHEREAS, we recognize that Grinnell College is home to students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.[1]

WHEREAS, the platform of the President-elect of the United States is wholly incompatible with the College’s stated mission of social justice.[2]

WHEREAS, we recognize that the College is home to many students, faculty, and staff who have been oppressed by social and economic biases.

WHEREAS, the President-elect’s rhetoric and policy marginalize, silence, and imperil the identities of these students.

WHEREAS, the President-elect has flagrantly repudiated the human rights enumerated by the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[3],[4],[5],[6]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has demonstrated open hostility to the freedoms of speech and press vital to academic and social discourse.[7]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has undermined democratic values by insinuating widespread electoral fraud without evidence or merit.[8]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has weaponized the justice system by threatening a political opponent with legal action contrary with expert findings and testimony.[9]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has encouraged the disqualification of justices and officials on the basis of their presumed race.[10]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has de-legitimized the political voices of ethnic minorities by calling for vigilante election security efforts in minority communities.[11]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has incited racial animus against Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American citizens by categorizing them broadly as drug dealers, killers, and rapists.[12]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has mocked and defined citizens by their disabilities, rather than their accomplishments.[13]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has refused to disavow anti-Semitic sentiment and engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric.[14]

WHEREAS, the running mate of the President-elect has contributed to the erasure of LGBTQAI+ identity by promoting inhumane and abusive “conversion therapy.”[15]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has minimized the contribution of Muslim-Americans to our armed forces and refused to honor the sacrifices of their communities.[16]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has encouraged rhetoric to ban all Muslims from our country and encouraged a xenophobic atmosphere.[17]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has falsely categorized African-American culture as being mired in decay, amongst the inner cities and “hell.”[18],[19]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has not addressed the disenfranchisement of Native Americans or the current situation regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens the water-safety of Native lands of the Dakota people.[20]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has lied outright about President Obama’s election in an effort to delegitimize black and brown political power.[21]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has demonstrated a fundamental lack of respect for the sexual autonomy of women, and categorized violent and non-consensual rhetoric as harmless speech.[22]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has refused to honor the precedent for women’s bodily autonomy in issues of reproductive health and freedoms.[23]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has rejected the overwhelming scientific and humanitarian case for immediate action on climate change.[24],[25]

WHEREAS, the President-elect has threatened to revoke the tax-exempt status of private colleges across the United States and has specifically singled-out colleges such as Grinnell with large endowments, which directly threatens the longevity and financial stability of this institution.[26]

WHEREAS, we recognize students’ space to grieve and to take the time for self-care in this situation; to make the space to mourn and to be fearful; to take the time to rest before returning to the fight; and to react in one’s own individual way.

WHEREAS, the President-elect’s comments and behavior would be unacceptable for any job on the Grinnell College campus, let alone any government position.

WHEREAS, we respect all person’s right to vote for whom they choose, but must also respond to support the marginalized students, faculty, staff, and overall community, and recognize the current political climate’s impact on daily lives.

WHEREAS, we cannot theorize regarding systems of oppression without directly confronting the reality of the current national political climate and its effect on all American citizens and people residing in the United States.

RESOLVED by this Campus Council here assembled to strongly condemn the new President-elect of the United States’ behavior and to support our students at risk of violence and hate.

RESOLVED by this Campus Council here assembled to strongly encourage professors to make the space for students to partake in discussion or abstain and process however students’ choose – whether in the classroom or externally.

RESOLVED by this Campus Council here assembled to support all community members attacked by the vitriolic language and behavior welcomed into the new American political narrative.

RESOLVED by this Campus Council here assembled to notify the student body, President Kington, the Board of Trustees, and the Chief Diversity Officer of our intent to continue to protest, to rise and act as a socially progressive college, to contact representatives and to get involved in the political process when possible, and to go out of our way to acknowledge problems in the United States and on our campus to support people of all identities and backgrounds on this campus.

[1]Grinnell College Diversity Page

[2]Grinnell College Social Justice

[3]The New York Times Jimmy Carter Accuses Trump of Violating Basic Human Rights

[4]The Washington Post US Constitution Must Be Protected Against President Trump

[5]Universal Declaration of Human Rights

[6]United States Constitution

[7]A Donald Trump Presidency Presents A Grave Threat To The Press

[8]Trump threatens to jail Clinton if he wins election

[9]On Election Day, Trump still signaling he may not accept results

[10]Trump Says Judge’s Mexican Heritage Presents ‘Absolute Conflict’

[11]Donald Trump’s Call to Monitor Polls Raises Fears of Intimidation

[12]Washington Post Donald Trump’s False Comments Connecting Mexican Immigrants and Crime

[13]Donald Trump’s Worst Offense? Mocking Disabled Reporter, Poll Finds

[14]Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody.

[15]Time Mike Pence Support of Conversion Therapy for LGBT+ Youth

[16]Donald Trump’s Confrontation With Muslim Soldier’s Parents Emerges as Unexpected Flash Point

[17]Donald Trump is expanding his Muslim ban, not rolling it back

[18]Washington Post Donald Trump Kicks Black Supporter Out, Calls Him “Thug”

[19]The Atlantic Trump Wrongly Conflates Black People and Inner Cities

[20]Trump victory a new challenge for Dakota pipeline protesters

[21]Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic

[22]Donald Trump sexism tracker: Every offensive comment in one place

[23]Here’s where Trump stands on abortion and other women’s health issues

[24]Donald Trump’s Victory Could Mean Disaster for the Planet

[25]How President-Elect Trump Views Science

[26]Trump Targets Colleges With Large Endowments

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LED Lights!

The Green Fund Committee is proud to announce a project to replace the CFL lightbulbs in Burling with LED lightbulbs that’ll improve energy efficiency and make Burling more accessible to all students. In order to ensure that we are achieving this goal, we want feedback from the people who use the Burling study spaces, which means YOU.

This week on the first floor of Burling, if you find yourself studying at the west-side tables or at the cubbies in the eastern jungle gym, please take the time to fill out the feedback form we have left at these study spaces. We want to know how you like the new lightbulbs. When providing feedback, things you might consider include: if they give you a migraine, if they are too bright, if they put you to sleep, if you even notice a difference, etc.

Thanks all, have a wonderful week!


Women of Color Hair Care

We want to encourage you to please take this survey from OICA if you identify as a woman of color and are looking for hair care!

Occupy 8th : Black + Brown Bodies Take Space

Hello Grinnellians,
Please consider attending this weeks events revolving around the misuse and abuse of power; such as police brutality, and institutional forms of racism. Our community has stayed silent about these issues, so we have taken it upon ourselves to scrutinize the lack of response given to the maltreatment of black and brown bodies.  We call upon our people to wake up and remember our history of being marginalized and mistreated. Recognize, that by not having a space to talk or heal in our current community we are being silenced. Our bodies being at the center of this assemblage, is meant to bring intellectual consciousness to our peers, and to remind ourselves that we deserve a space for healing.

In our efforts to create this space for healing:  we will (1) extend the memory of those who aren’t alive through a vigil. We (2) put into perspective these issues that affect not only our national community but our global community through Campus Council discussion and a panel discussion.

Please join us on:

  • October 31st in front of the JRC at 5:30 for a Vigil, followed by our Rally
  • November 2nd for Campus Council Discussion in JRC 209 from 8pm-9:30pm
  • November 3rd for our Panel Discussion at JRC 101, 6:00-7:30pm, Dinner provided.

For any questions or concerns please email [batrezch17], [carletond17], and/or [garnierm].

Hello, Class of 2020!

Have you seen 2019ers walking around with their class shirts? How about a member of 2017 with their drawstring bags? Did you stop and talk to the 2018 ambassadors as they gathered information about job interests on campus?
Are you interested in hosting events to encourage your class to access resources at Grinnell or to promote class bonding? Passionate about encouraging your class to be engaged with their Grinnell experience?
Apply to be a Class Ambassador! There are two ambassadors selected per class every year who are charged with building class affinity and unity as well as educating their classmates about the four components of philanthropy: time, talent, treasure, and ties. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Student Alumni Council, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, these are paid positions with a programming budget of about $1,200 for the spring semester.

The Class of 2020 Class Ambassador application timeline is as follows:

  • Applications open at 8am on Friday, Nov. 4th
  • Applicationss close at 11:59pm on Friday, Nov. 11th
  • Interview offers go out Wednesday, Nov. 16th
  • Interviews will be conducted Thursday-Friday, Nov. 17-18.
  • Class Ambassador selections are announced the week of Nov. 21st.

For any questions, feel free to reach out to [czarnecki] or [sgaprez].

Let us know what substance-free programming you’re interested in!

Please let us know what substance free programming you’d like to see on campus by taking a quick one-question survey about things you’d like to see!

Apply to work with us!

All-Campus Events Student Safety is hiring. This is a great way to get experience and to keep parties safe on campus! Keep your friends safe and get paid for bystander action.

Check out the Events tab to check out current happenings on campus!

Have ideas for concerts?

Feel free to drop Concerts Chair Corey Simmonds any suggestions for musical acts to bring on campus by submitting a form here with your concert idea!

If you are interested in opening a musical act, send your name and a recording of your original music to [concerts].

Know your Senators!

Senators are elected each semester to represent their designated constituencies at Campus Council. Constituencies are divided into six dorm clusters and an off-campus college-owned and non-college owned housing cluster – Canada, Clangrala, Smounker, Loosehead, Jamaland, East Campus, and Off-Campus.

Check out your senators or learn more about what they do in our Constitution.