Check out the full results from our Spring 2015 elections for Executive Slate, Community and Government Liaison, Graduate and Undergraduate Liaisons to the Board of Trustees, and College Council representatives.
After several months of collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the College, Campus and Student Life, the Office of College Aid, and the Transportation Office, today we're excited to announce that the College will begin participating in the U-Pass program in Fall 2016.
Until last week, we had been on track to begin participation in the U-Pass program in Fall 2015. However, at the last minute there was difficultly in securing the funds to cover the substantial increase in financial aid required. While we—along with Dean Boyer and Dean Ellison and many others—are disappointed by this delay, we have a firm commitment for Fall 2016 and are extremely grateful for all the work the Office of the Dean of the College put into making U-Pass a reality.
By implementing U-Pass, the College is making an unparalleled commitment to increasing the ability of its students to engage with Chicago. U-Pass will make it easier for students to take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer, from from dining and neighborhood exploration to internships and even just transportation around Hyde Park. Due the generous contribution the University will make to U-Pass through financial aid, it will help make these opportunities available for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status.
We'd like to thank the nearly 3000 College students who participated in the U-Pass referendum. We'd also like to thank the great number of University administrators for their support in this process, including: Dean Rasmussen, Dean Boyer, Dean Ellison, Charles Todd, Beth Tindel, Amanda Fijal, Tina Baskin, and all other University staff who worked with us to make this a reality.
Tyler Kissinger, President
Kenzo Esquivel, Community and Government Liaison
In the fall it was announced that, in order to help expand the capacity of what Student Government does, particular appointed officers completing staff labor (like managing spreadsheets, IT, or communications) would receive a small stipend to support their work. These appointed officers were approved by the College and Graduate Council, and payment would have been overseen by staff members in the Center for Leadership and Involvement. However, upon hearing students' concern about this initiative, we recognized we missed the mark. No stipends were paid out, and we went back to the drawing board.
As the result of several months of work with the Office of College Aid and Campus and Student Life, we’re excited to announce a proposal: the Student Leadership Stipend program. Like the previous pilot program, its goal is to help give students the ability to participate in student organizations regardless of socioeconomic background. Many students at UChicago are self-supporting or need to work a job. Particularly due to the high demands of UChicago’s academic environment, this often comes at the expense of a student’s ability to take on leadership positions in RSOs.
The SLS program would offer students who are involved in the leadership of an RSO with a small stipend, $250 per quarter, to support their work and offset some need in working another job. It would be targeted at students with demonstrated financial need, but all students would be eligible. Students would submit applications to a committee of students (seated by the College and Graduate Councils and made up of RSO leaders, members of SG, and students at-large), which would produce a list of eligible students based on merit and demonstrated commitment to their RSO. The Office of College Aid would then pull from that list, guaranteeing at least half of the awards go to students with demonstrated financial need. Around twenty SLS awards would be available in the first year of the program if it is implemented.
It is our goal to work with Alumni Relations and Development in order to fundraise as much as possible for the program, to minimize the impact it would have on the SG budget. No funding would be directed away from student organizations to fund the SLS program. Last year, Northwestern implemented a similar program to much success.
It is important to note that this is just a proposal: it will have to be approved by the College and Graduate Councils in order to move forward. We welcome student feedback as we work to make the proposal and program as strong as possible.
Tyler Kissinger, President
Hamid Bendaas, Chair of the College Council
"At UChicago, the Campaign for Equitable Policing and leaders in Student Government worked with community members and the UCPD to help move the discussion forward." - University of Chicago to share additional information on police activities, UChicago News Office, April 13 2015