Today, in our capacity as members of the Student Government Executive Committee, we are announcing our recommendation for the SG budget for the 2016-2017 academic year.
As members of SG’s Executive Committee, we are responsible for the oversight and management of the SG budget. In all, SG allocates more than $2 million in support of student life and student organizations. The SG budget supports RSOs, academic teams, arts groups, and initiatives like the Graduate Council Travel Fund and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Over the past year, we’ve been involved in extensive conversations about our budget and the degree to which it meets the needs of the students we represent. Two-thirds of the students represented by SG are graduate students, and while we’ve seen Graduate Council’s budget grow substantially over the past two years there still exist big opportunities to do more for graduate students through our budget. At the same time, needs for RSOs and other student organizations have continued to grow and require additional resources to be met.
With this in mind, we are putting forward a budget recommendation that will balance these needs and provide more resources for all students and student organizations. Under this proposal, arts groups funded through the Program Coordinating Council like the Major Activities Board and Doc Films, academic teams, and RSOs would see their funding increased for the 2016-2017 year. In addition, support for graduate students would be increased, through the expansion of the Graduate Council’s budget by nearly 120% as well as continued efforts to improve the accessibility of all SG funding sources to graduate students.
These recommendations will be made possible through an overall increase in SG’s annual budget, careful use of reserve funds and by further reducing (already small) administrative costs. Cuts will not be made to the funding sources for any student organizations.
This is just the framework for our budget proposal -- and we want the process of shaping SG’s 2016-2017 budget to be as participatory and open as possible. The budget will be formally voted on by members of the College and Graduate Councils during SG’s Assembly meeting on May 2. Over the next couple of weeks, we will release more information about the budget allocation process. We’ve created a page on the SG website to share regular updates regarding the budgeting process. As always, feel free to contact us if you have thoughts you’d like to share.
Tyler Kissinger, President
Alex Jung, Vice President for Administration
Kenzo Esquivel, Vice President for Student Affairs
Eric Holmberg, Chair of the College Council
Casey Anthony, Co-chair of the Graduate Council
Elliott Balch, Co-chair of the Graduate Council
Katie Perri, Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees
Shae Omonijo, Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees
Carlos Ortiz, Community and Government Liaison