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June 22, 2024

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SGA decided to table a resolution on abortion access for future discussion. 

SGA approves major internal overhaul

The current Student Government Association (SGA) administration held its last general body meeting of the school year on April 12. The members discussed amendments to SGA’s constitution, which include potentially restructuring SGA for the 2023 –2024 academic year. Among other matters, senators also passed bills to distribute tote bags at the Farmer’s Market and order cords and stoles for graduating members of SGA.

FLI Network eases graduation costs for seniors

For the second year in a row, the First-Generation, Limited-Income (FLI) Network will cover the cost of graduation regalia, which includes a cap and a gown, for first-generation and/or limited-income students graduating in May. The network will also provide students with a stole, designed by FLI student leaders, at the FLI Graduation Celebration. 

The CSE reported student turnout as 20.3%. An investigation by The News-Letter found that this figure mischaracterized voter participation.

Communication errors reported in 2022-23 SGA elections

Students and candidates have voiced complaints about the campaign cycle timeline and voter turnout data reporting for this year’s Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and class council elections. The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) is responsible for organizing elections and reporting results. 

SGA members expressed concern that power for funding of student organizations is concentrated in the hands of a few people. 

SGA discusses committee reorganization and event reports

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly meeting on April 5 in order to discuss a committee reorganization bill, the senior class Met Gala, renaming of buildings and programs named after Woodrow Wilson, an election day survey, SGA’s sponsorship of the Hopkins Student Organization for Programming’s (HOP) Picnic Day and the Sophomore Class Paint Night.

Forte discussed their advocacy for LGBTQ youth at the TEDxJHU Main Event.

Members of the Baltimore community discuss activism and resilience at TEDxJHU Main Event

TEDxJHU held its Spring Main Event, titled “Amplified,” on April 2. The event hosted speakers from the Baltimore area, including activist Legacy Forte, neuroscientist David Linden, artist Hannah Brancato, author D. Watkins and educator Melanie Shimano. Hopkins hip-hop dance group SLAM performed, and the student-produced short film The People of Baltimore was presented during intermission.

E.J. Dionne noted that if the voter base is restricted, only the needs of a select portion of the population will be addressed by the government. 

Panelists discuss universal voting at SNF Agora event

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute hosted a conversation with E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport on March 29 to discuss their new book 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting. The conversation was moderated by Students Learn Students Vote Coalition (SLVC) Executive Director Clarissa Unger.

Around one-fifth of the student body voted in this year’s SGA elections.

Next year's SGA elected

The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) announced the results of the 2022-2023 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and class council elections on earlier this month. Three out of the four executive board positions were uncontested.

SGA members brought up a wide variety of topics they wish to discuss with administration as part of the Admin Networking Event. 

University leaders launch the second Roadmap on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University launched Realizing Our Promise: The Second JHU Roadmap on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with a virtual kickoff event on March 11, bringing several speakers to discuss the goals and initiatives of the Roadmap. This Roadmap is the second stage of the University's mission to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into the core framework of the institution.

Unlike last year, this year's election for executive president is contested.

SGA Exec. Board candidates discuss their platforms

Elections for the Executive Board of the 2022-23 Student Government Association (SGA) include a single ticket and three independent candidates. For the third year, the Executive Board election will coincide with SGA class council elections. Voting begins on Monday, March 14 and runs through Thursday, March 17.  

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