Meeting begins 9:05
VP: intro of BeHeard forum (Alex F) Marta Bean introduces Sue Talbott ‘69
usually gets info from administration, wants students perspective
Problems phrasing of “we want more? or how money is being spent?
campaign goal: $175 mil by 2018
breakdown of this can be seen at http://campaign.scrippscollege.edu/priorities problems:
language of “we want more”
who is we?
we weren’t consulted breakdown of spending is vague
campaign in general? —> this doesn’t seem like this is what people see as the problem financial transparency
would like more clarity about what exactly the campaign funds are going towards reply: SAS feels the same way. We would like more specifics
might have to do with unknown of whether or not we will make $175 mil. If we don’t, some things might have to be prioritized over others.
LEED certification panel of years past was helpful where administration HAD to answer question
Possible Solution: SAS is organizing similar panel at end of March to try to get answers if we don’t raise all of the money, how do we know what is going to be prioritized
reply: We’re not sure. Also priorities might change in 5 years
Solution: We need to ask for more specific breakdowns, and if they can’t give us that we need to know why.
There is a disconnect between students and faculty and what they want pomona “daring minds” campaign
students/faculty work together
“We want more” video didn’t make clear what we wanted more of.
would be good to see how scripps has impacted people RIGHT NOW, to provide examples reply: would you like to see SAS try to make videos like that?
Is there anything we can do about the phrasing now?
reply: probably not. But lets think of ways to take advantage of the current phrasing in order to make it our own.
Make our own videos and our own definitions of “Justice,” “Truth,”ETC. How did this happen????? How was there no student input?
Megan: works in board/president office
campaign steering committee doesn’t involve any students
SAS wasn’t really involved either. We were involved just for launch party. SAS should be seen as voice. Thats on us.
SAS is always a suggestion to administration, not a command. We’re not guaranteed to be listened to. Sense of involvement is false
They’re acting as if our opinion matters and then ignoring it.
we’re the students they’re meant to serve and we should harness that power reply
hard to get sense of what sort of input about candidates was given input doesn’t mean final word
Keep in mind director of LASPA center won’t really interact with current students but as current students, we care about future of scripps
Not sure why Margo wasn’t accepted, but it seems like she didn’t match what LASPA center is meant to be
Power vs. Influence: With hiring, we don’t have power, we have influence
scripps students do have power over some things though. We have power of creating conversations and participating in events like this one and creating conversation.
THERE WAS NO VISION WITH LASPA CENTER
we can’t hold anyone accountable if there’s nothing to hold accountable for we need to know what we’re looking for
reading mission from DRAPER center
Reading Kravis center mission
reading Laspa center mission — THIS IS DIFFERENT. It’s totally unspecific!
lets come up with what WE want LASPA center to be
What input did faculty have?
campaign is supposed to serve faculty.
there were some faculty members on board committees (hatcher skiers), but a lot of faculty weren’t how do we get faculty involved?
its hard to represent a large body accurately
trying to get faculty involved that isn’t usually involved
LASPA search selection committee
at the end of the day it’s still Lori’s selection
see this moment as a potential to ask for more student decision making practice email basically said it’s still not a democratic process
we want more student decision making power
budget of scripps really depends on tuition, unlike other schools
would like definitions of the words they use in campaign (truth, justice,etc)
work with institutional advancement to ensure student involvement in campaign (preferably paid)
need to meet with people to KNOW their opinions
SAS needs to be more accessible
Why is LBV making final decision about student representatives should be students
because of outcry, fair to force final decision to students
francesca: I, as a SAS member, don’t feel comfortable making that decision even if student is student-picked, final decision is up to non-students/whole committee
Why/who LASPA center?
what is LASPA?
who asked for LASPA?
reply, Megan:Gail Kelly, who was special consultant to president? did initial brainstorming of LASPA met at least 2 times with student leaders on campus and made final report to Lori before she left
Laspa is last name of former trustee, but idea was there before money was given
Leadership Analysis Scholarship Public policy and Access
Board reps: Laspa (the person/trustee) will be at BOT retreat
Mia: all conversations re: LASPA seem to end in what is laspa center?
we don’t know either
seems like candidates had similar values considering civic engagement and confused as to why those candidates were initially picked if they weren’t what they wanted
seems like students did voice what they wanted and BOT and administrators are choosing not to listen search committee quit after LBV restarted
does sas know why they quit? no. who was on this committee exactly?
what is outcome of this discussion?
both listening to student voices
come up with concrete things to do moving forward
what can we do as students to ensure this doesn’t happen again/ something changes?
forum with LBV like LEED
students express what laspa center could be — survey about how to get this put at Tea
other side of campaign? anyone for? like idea of fundraising buzzwords are problematic
something to be said for the fact that campaign forces us to think about what we do want more of if administration doesn’t know what they want (like LASPA) then lets tell them what we want
similar thing (1 person didn’t like candidate and shut down selection committee) for financial aid director search frustrating that people are getting involved after
why not Margo?
2 black candidates of leadership center and said no to both. Need to know why this happened. sending “no” message without explanation is damaging
how much does student input matter?
we can’t decide what donors donate
can maybe shape aspects of what their donations form
I do want a leadership center.
Should be a bridge for what students want to do: whether for profit sector, non profit, social justice lens social justice framework for those who want to advance in any sector
but question: are we replicating institutions that already exist at scripps?
Worry that Scripps isn’t ready to commit ourselves to branding ourselves as a social justice school
if we commit ourselves to something thats going to make us lose money, we lose more than we set out to get in the first place
also worry that LASPA center will just be corporate and just tacking on social justice or diversity
SAS could bring up that we don’t just want social justice “tacked on” as afterthought frustrating that money is getting spent on trying to find director and that was wasted
Don’t want time spent involved but then wasted because voice doesn’t really matter board of trustees reps experience
students are encouraged to talk to trustees
current reps present haven’t had opportunity to vote
student reps vote counts just as much as trustees votes though trustees don’t want to make students unhappy
put recent grad trustees on website
SAS instagram videos
Institutional advancement committee involvement
Having forums, including the budget one happening in late March
Students need to keep showing up to these events, keeping ourselves accountable
Having a meeting before the board meetings with the student representatives having the clorgs and other leadership positions on campus
If letters fail what are we going to do?
petition, physical bodies and potential backups
We need definitions, should we send something out to define what LASPA and campaign is? We should send a SAS letter with CLORG leaders helping development
Don’t want to misrepresent what people want
SAS is not fully representative of the entire student body, we need to maintain contact with CLORGS Keep the voice as strong and radical as it started
REACH OUT TO SAS How to access SAS members?
Submitting suggestions through SAS website
What is the transparency of power? What action is taken?
When transparency is demanded, who should people talk to to define goals?
What effect will SAS member’s comments have if someone reports to SAS? Who’s voices are being heard?
SAS is supposed to be here to listen to the students and we will do our best to accommodate all of them
It can’t hurt to contact SAS members
People need more clarification from administration, if going through SAS will help, then please do that
How necessary is it just to have SAS members communicate with the admin?
Maybe other CLORGS should talk to admin also
In order for it to be efficient, SAS is the voice. Would be ineffective to have too many people. Maybe form a coalition of CLORG reps to talk to admin
What is the point of CLORGS chair?
Do they have to carry every single CLORG’s position on their back?
@ Board of trustees reps are in the room: please let people talk to you, are there more times to meet with them?
Student Reps of Student affairs
Themes are decided in the beginning of the year, limited to discussing those themes
Retreat could allow for more time
make Business email/scripps email for BOTs available
*later note from secretary: looked for an email contact for BOTs and couldn’t find one. Just phone number: (909) 607-7180 )*
worry that like campaign, decisions w/ laspa will be made over summer get SAS members to meet with CLORG leaders
Mia: CLORG leaders meet with SAS member and help draft something to LBV Students make decisions about student reps
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