Gender and Sexuality Center resolution passed by Student Government Association


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Junior Julian Rivers, S.A.G.E. representative, speaks up to promote involvement in the Anti-Muslim Ban March happening Jan. 31 during the Student Government Association meeting on Jan. 30 in the University Center Auditorium. 

Creation of a Gender and Sexuality Center was supported Monday by the Student Government Association.

The proposal was left on the table at the Jan. 23 meeting because of an issue with the Barthwell Group study, which is an assessment report of inclusion at CMU.

“The Gender and Sexuality Center resolution has been going on for about four years now,” SGA President Jazmin Biernat said. “There are several parties across campus that are trying to get this accomplished.”

The Gender and Sexuality Center proposal would combine the LGBTQ+ Center with a proposed Women’s Center, Biernat said.

House members all voted for the resolution and it was passed. The Senate tabled it last week and made changes to the language of the bill due to concerns in the Barthwell Group study.

Biernat said it is important for SGA to shows its support in this resolution because it represents the student body.

Julian Rivers, who was representing Students Advocating for Gender Equality, said he would love to see the creation of the center come to recognition.

“This campus desperately needs something like the Gender and Sexuality Center,” Rivers said. “There are many institutions across the nation that already have this.”

House Leader Cody Van Buren started the House meeting explaining to members the parliamentary procedure and OrgSync education.

“For those who are new to the House, (parliamentary procedure) are rules and establishment,” Van Buren said. “They have been set up for quite a long while and they are modified each year.”

The committees gave House members updates on what they discussed at their meetings.

“We do general previews on what the committees talked about today to let those who are interested know what is going on,” Van Buren said.

SGA has six different committees available for students to choose from: Academic Affairs, Diversity, Governmental Affairs, RSO Growth & Development, Spirits and Traditions and Sustainability.

Three positions were approved by the House. Those positions were house clerk, house pro tempore and Hardship Committee.

It was announced that the parliamentarian position was no longer available.

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