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Group passes recommendations on inclusion

Kayla Mullen | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Student Senate passed a resolution concerning diversity on campus, introduced a sexual violence prevention initiative and discussed upcoming events at Wednesday’s meeting.

The resolution contained a series of recommendations for promoting a more inclusive atmosphere for students submitted by the Diversity Council that will be reviewed by the offices of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Affairs and the Provost.

The resolution had originally been proposed at Senate’s Nov. 6 meeting, but failed to pass. At the Nov. 13 meeting, its final clause was amended, but again the resolution was voted down, according to a Nov 14 article in The Observer.

Student body president Alex Coccia said student government plans to launch a student engagement campaign next semester focused on preventing sexual violence on campus and strengthening bonds between student government and Notre Dame students.

“For student government to be effective in leading, there must be direct communication between students and student government,” he said.

Coccia said student government is proud of the success of the new coffee cart in DeBartolo Hall, a triumph of student government listening to its constituents, and announced more plans to collaborate with to Food Services.

Coccia also said senators should promote the upcoming TEDx ND talks set to take place Jan. 21, 2014.

“[TEDx ND] presents bold ideas and gives a forum for students to inspire other students,” he said.

Carroll Hall senator Joe Kelly announced Carroll Christmas, the dorm’s annual Christmas celebration that will take place Dec. 6. at 5:30 p.m. Kelly said the event would feature a Christmas tree lighting, a cookie contest and free hot chocolate.

Badin Hall senator Emma Herlihy also announced a hall Christmas event. Herlihy said Badin would host Conscious Christmas, a sale of free-trade items benefitting people in Nepal that will take place Dec. 6 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Contact Kayla Mullen at kmullen2@nd.edu