SGA officers express gratitude at last Spring meeting

The logo of Santa Rosa Junior College's Student Government Assembly.

Courtesy SRJC

SGA officers thanked each other for stepping up after another tough semester and reminded students to take care of themselves this finals week before finishing up this semester’s business.

Audrey Fry, Reporter

Santa Rosa Junior College Student Government Assembly closed the semester May 17 with a reminder for self care during finals week, approval of revised bylaws and an appointment to the hiring committee for Petaluma student engagement programs coordinator.

SGA officers thanked each other and their advisors for their hard work after another difficult remote semester and for a successful Unity Walk May 15 that featured SRJC leadership, clubs, performers and about 100 attendees.

“Thank you so much for this year,” said Student Body President Delashay Carmona Benson. “Kudos to you guys for even stepping up and taking this position. A lot of people want to be on Zoom as little as possible. And here each one of you guys stepped up voluntarily.”

Vice President of Student Health Maria Arreguin reminded everyone to take breaks and drink water between finals.

“It’s going to be really important to maintaining your mental health and your overall health. Honestly mental health and physical health are one, so if you can maintain both that’s ideal,” Arregiun said.

SGA officers approved changes to their bylaws that update the document’s language to make it more accessible and provide more support for forums in which students can directly address SGA.

While SGA will maintain the vice president of sustainability position and money allocated for sustainability projects, another change to the bylaws eliminated the student sustainability committee.

“[The vice president of sustainability] would still be part of things like our Student Life Committee and our sustainable advisor to SGA business,” said Zack Miranda, student government programs coordinator, “but this [change] would remove the committee so they could really focus on those projects instead. We’d still have the college-wide version, just not our standing committee.”

SGA officers appointed Executive Vice President of Legislation Ally Lubas to the hiring committee for the Petaluma Student Engagement Programs Coordinator. This role will support a variety of student services including Student Life activities, Petaluma Council and Student Ambassador program.

Director of Student Equity and Persistence Genevieve Bertone invited students to save the dates for Fall’s Welcome Week kickoff Aug. 12 and the first food distribution Aug. 23.