A taskforce dedicated to senate inclusiveness delivered a recommendation to the Student Government Association Tuesday night that called for mandatory education training and the creation of a SGA Inclusive Excellence Coordinator.
Headed by SGA Senator Tyler Tordsen, the ad-hoc committee recommended an educational component to be required for SGA senators and executive team. Some of the education options listed by the taskforce were SafeZone training and Inclusive Excellence training through USD’s Office of Diversity, and would be administered to members within their first month in office.
An executive position was also recommended that would be called the Inclusive Excellence Coordinator. The taskforce dictated this position would be for someone who “would help ensure SGA is consistently implementing an inclusive culture.”
This position would be paid, and the committee recommended the position to begin as early as March 18.
The recommendation was discussed and the gallery was able to voice their input.
Some senators were concerned with appointing merely one student to represent inclusiveness and suggested it would create even more space between SGA and traditionally marginalized students or not be very effective with voting in a way their voices would be heard.
It was decided Tuesday night that the taskforce would review the points brought up and report back to SGA.