SGA Announcement Archive

Executive Elections & Student Initiatives – Voting!

February 27, 2017

Hello Grinnellians!

At 8:00am today, the 2017 spring Student Government Association executive and student initiative elections will open for all current students. The ballots will be open from 8:00am Monday, February 27th until 8:00am Wednesday, March 1st with a 24-hour grievance period following the executive elections until 8:00am Thursday, March 2nd.

In accordance with SGA’s Constitutional amendment on elections, voting will occur in a single round of preferential voting. Students may only vote once, for each student initiative and each executive candidate. Voting more than once will result in cancelled votes.

We ask that you rank each applicant on the ballot in order of your preference and you may include write-ins as you see fit. You may vote ‘no-confidence’, but after doing so, you may not indicate any other preferences.

Statements containing each executive candidate and student initiative platform are linked at the beginning of voting for each election. Please refer to them as you submit your votes.

If you need any accommodations or have accessibility concerns with the voting process, email Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Toby Baratta at [DOC] and Election Board Chair Jong Hoon Bae [ELECTION] immediately as our priority is getting everyone to be able to vote in the election.

Please find the links for each election below:

2017 Spring Student Initiatives

2017 Spring Executive Elections

Please reach out to Election Board Chair Jong Hoon Bae [ELECTION] or SGA’s Administrative Coordinator Michael Owusu [sga1] with any questions concerning the election.

Thank you!

Executive Elections

February 21, 2017

Dear Grinnellians,

The SGA Executive election voting period will start from 8:00am Monday, February 27th and end 8:00am Wednesday, March 1st. 

Before we elect our SGA Executives for next year, there will be a panel with all the candidates in JRC 101 on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. Since this panel will be a chance for you to hear from your candidates, we would love for any student to submit questions. 

To submit your question please go to this link –> Ask a Question!

Please don’t hesitate to submit questions and remember that you can ask anonymously as well. Also, you can vote up/down for any questions you like or dislike. We will receive questions till Thursday, February 23rd at 3:00pm.

Below are statements from all your candidates for SGA Executive positions and SGA election guidelines in the SGA Constitution and additional guidelines decided by the members of Election Board. If you happen to know of a violation to these guidelines, please email [ELECTION] or [SGA1]. We will receive grievances till 8:00am Thursday, March 2nd when the grievance period ends.

If you hve questions specific to the election process, you may email the Election Board Chair, Jong Hoon Bae, at [election]. Additionally, feel free to visit the SGA Administrative Coordinator, Michael Owusu, during his office hours from 2pm – 4pm in JRC 222D on Tuesdays and Thursdays or email him directly at [sga1] with any questions about SGA executive roles, the application process, and the election process.

If you need any accommodations or have accessibility concerns with the application process, please feel free to email Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Toby Baratta [DOC] or [ELECTION].

Thank you,

Jong Hoon Bae ‘18

Election Board Chair

Executive Election Statements | Guidelines Additional Guidelines

Student Initiatives

Hello Grinnellians,

Do you have ideas on how to improve campus life (socially or academically)? Then please consider submitting a student initiative!

Student initiatives are a means in which the student body can express its collective opinion about campus, state, national, or international issues. In the past, student initiatives have included adding chicken to the salad bar, a campus therapy dog, the swing set near Younker Courtyard, meals-to-go on the weekends, student artwork throughout campus, and the lending library!

Please note that all student initiatives will need to be voted on by 50% of the student body and will require 2/3rds approval to be passed.

Feel free to read more about the details regarding SGA’s student initiative fund within our SGA Constitution.

This year, applications and signatures in support of student initiatives will be due Wednesday, February 22nd at 5PM to the SGA Offices (JRC 222) and voting will begin 8:00AM Monday, February 27th and end 8:00AM Wednesday, March 1st alongside the SGA Executive Elections.

If you plan to submit a student initiative, please plan on meeting with our Stifund chair to review your initiative(s) before the election goes live Monday, February 22nd.

Please find the application and signature form below:

Student Initiative application

Form for signatures

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to our Student Initiatives Fund Chair Eliana Schechter at [stifund].

Thank you!
Student Government Association

Senator Election Results

February 6, 2017

Hello Grinnellians,

Thank you for participating in the 2017 SGA Spring Senator Elections. The grievance period has concluded and the results are final! Below are the winners for each cluster:

CaNaDa (Cowles, Dibble, Norris): Three Seats
Zala Tomasic ’18, Angela Adom Frimpong ’20, and Schweitzer ’20

Clangrala (Langan, Rawson, Gates, Clark): Two Seats
Charlotte Love ’19 and Graham Dodd ’18

Smounker (Younker, Smith): Two Seats
Anaan Ramay ’20 and Pranjal Drall ’20

Loosehead (Loose, Haines, Read): Three Seats
Jenkin Benson ’17, Riley Murphy ’19, and Dylan Welch ’19

Jamaland (James, Main, Cleveland): Two Seats
Phillip An ’19 and Dylan Bremner ’20

LaKerRoJe (Lazier, Kershaw, Rose, Rathje): Three Seats
Ruth Brindel ’19, Waez Sheikh ’19, and Pete Zelles ’20

OCCO/OCNCO (Off-Campus College Owned & Non-College Owned): Three Seats
Richard Li ’17, Lauren Toppeta ’17, and Takshil Sachdev ’19

This is a more detailed report of the senator election results.

Again we would like to thank all candidates for participating in this election. Regardless of the results, we wish you all the best as you continue to be active members of the Grinnell College community. We would also like to thank all students who voted in this election. Lastly, be sure to reach out to your newly elected student representatives about anything you want to bring to the attention of SGA and as general resources.


Jong Hoon Bae ’18
Election Board Chair

Interim Allocation Committee

February 4, 2017

Interim Allocation Committee has ended for Fall 2017. Campus Council will comment on February 8th with the newly elected senators. The IAC has spent a lot of its overall budget. The IAC full reports can be seen on the Interim Allocation Committee page.

Support for Students from SGA

January 30, 2017

Hi all,

As we come off the weekend where the government closed its borders to refugees, immigrants, and documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin, we wanted to reach out and offer support. You or a close friend may be impacted and we wanted to let you know that we support you, and that you belong at Grinnell.  We know that this may be a hard time for some Grinnellians – both on campus and off campus – and want to reach out. You are not alone in this. Alumni, current students, faculty, and staff support you. We will not let this kind of hate and prejudice stand and impact our education. We, as SGA, condemn the recent immigration changes and want to work as much as possible both within Grinnell and nationally to ensure that all students are welcome here.

Please let us know if you need anything at this time. We’re working on concrete action plans and will keep you in the loop as always. All Grinnell folk are Grinnellians, regardless of religion, place of origin, or other identity markers.

Be well and please remember to take care of yourself and those around you as best as possible. <3.


Student Government Association
Here are some on campus resources – please use them! OISA, OICA, and SHACS are there to support students affected. There are also groups already in Iowa mobilizing legal power on behalf of individuals affected off campus. For those resources, feel free to email us (or if you have any other resources, that’s cool too- we can compile and add to our website).

Senator Elections

January 23, 2017

Hello Grinnellians,

Welcome to campus! The time has come to elect this semester’s Student Government Association Senators to serve on Campus Council. Campus Council is the weekly meeting of SGA representatives where campus issues and topics are discussed. We encourage all engaged and proactive students who meet the eligibility requirements to run, but we invite all students to join us at Campus Council any Wednesday evening beginning on February 8th at 8PM to voice your opinions.

Senators represent their clusters and work with other Senators across campus to approve SGA budgets, act as a student voice, and work on a project throughout their term. Please look over the Senator job description as well as the election rules attached to this email and note that first semester first year students and members of student staff are ineligible to serve as Senator.

If you need any accommodations or have accessibility concerns with the election process, please feel free to email Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Toby Baratta [DOC] or [ELECTION].

To apply sign up for elections with this google form -> apply for senator

Senator applications are due Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 pm. You may begin campaigning after this deadline.

If you have any questions concerning the role of an SGA Senator or the election process, please email [sga1] or reach out to Election Board Chair, Jong Hoon Bae at [ELECTION]. You can also visit the SGA Administrative Coordinator, Michael Owusu, during his office hours from 2pm – 4pm in JRC 222D on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thank you,

Jong Hoon Bae ‘18

Election Board Chair

White Privilege Conference

January 23, 2017

The office of Intercultural Affairs is currently taking applications for students to attend the White Privilege Conference in Kansas City, MO April 27-30.

Applications are due on Friday, February 3rd at noon.

People of all identities are welcome and encouraged to attend the White Privilege Conference. For more information, please check out the White Privilege Conference website:

Currently, there is only space for 13 students so we need to review applications to determine attendees. Intercultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Disability Resources staff will review applications as staff from these offices will be attending and supporting students who attend the conference. Once funding is determined, they will notify applicants of decisions as soon as possible. Decisions will be determined based on your responses to the following prompts:

  • The WPC is welcome to people of varying levels of experience addressing issues of inequality. How would you describe your experience with understanding and addressing these issues?
  • What are you looking to gain by attending the WPC?
  • How do you intend to utilize the knowledge, deepened understanding, and skills you might gain as a result of attending the WPC?

Completing the form does not require you to attend the conference; however, there will be a contract you will be asked to sign once Intercultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Disability Resources staff notify you of approval to attend the conference. Signing the contract will reserve your spot for the conference.

If you are interested in applying to attend the White Privilege Conference, please complete the form here:

Looking forward to April!

-The Intercultural Affairs Team

Green Fund Applications

January 23, 2017

As you return to campus ready to start a new semester, SGA wants to inform you of a fantastic opportunity to help the environment and shape sustainability at Grinnell.

With a budget of over $30,000, the Green Fund Committee provides financial and strategic support for student-designed pilot projects focused on improving sustainability on campus. The committee meets on Thursdays from 12 to 1 PM in JRC 202 and will require regular work outside of the normal committee hour depending on ongoing projects . The committee acts as a think-tank for projects related to sustainability in addition to taking ideas that students submit throughout the semester. Examples of completed and ongoing projects include:

    • Replacing Burling CFLs with warm-LEDs.
    • Replacing JRC paper-towel dispensers with Dyson hand-driers.
    • Exploring the possibility of solar energy on campus.
    • Increasing campus composter presence.
    • Installing updated campus energy monitoring systems.

Joining the committee is a serious commitment and any potential members should have interests in student leadership and environmental stewardship. If you want to apply to be a voting member of the committee for the Spring semester, click here to apply for the Green Fund and submit your responses by January 27th, 11:59 PM.  All students are welcome to attend committee meetings and submit ideas for funding. If you’ve already spent a semester as a voting member of the committee and want to re-apply, simply send [greenfund] a 300 word statement explaining why you would like to continue serving as a voting committee member and detailing your goals for the upcoming semester. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [greenfund].

In any case, welcome back to Grinnell! Have a great semester.

Zach Steckel & Andrew Zdechlik

Green Fund Co-Chairs 2016-2017

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

PDF Resolution (Dyslexia Font) | PDF Resolution (Migraine Font) | DOCX Resolution | PDF Resolution (Calibri Font)

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.