Stanford ASSU executives outline their initiatives

Erica Scott and Isaiah Drummond
Erica Scott and Isaiah Drummond

Last spring, ERICA SCOTT, ’20, and ISAIAH DRUMMOND, ’20, took office as president and vice president, respectively, of the Associated Students of Stanford University, or ASSU. They recently talked about their priorities and about the issues they think students should know about.

What are your top priorities/initiatives for this quarter and academic year?

As this year’s ASSU executives, we have been working diligently to tackle long-standing student concerns since taking office this past spring. Our primary goals for this year fall under three categories: (1) elevating student voices and input, (2) improving community wellness and (3) broadening our definition of “community” to address issues that occur beyond our campus borders. Some of the successes so far include helping students learn about and engage with the Stanford-SEIU Local 2007 labor negotiations, working with the Graduate Student Council and Stanford Residential & Dining Enterprises to create a recurring food bank for food-insecure graduate students and partnering with Students for a Sustainable Stanford to provide affordable airport transportation for students.

Are there issues you think students should know about?

We are currently working to gather student feedback on the recently released Future of the Major and First-Year Experience proposals. If passed by the Faculty Senate, these proposals will have a tremendous impact on the undergraduate experience, and we want student perspectives to fundamentally inform the decision-making process. As we prepare to represent the student voice in the upcoming Faculty Senate deliberations, we are collecting as much input from students as possible.

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