Past Projects

This list is by no means inclusive of all past SA projects; rather, it is just a small sampling of highlights from recent projects. Please email saivp@rice.edu to add additional projects to the past projects list.

Wellbeing

  • "Rice You’re Not Alone" Campaign
    • For the past 3 years, the Wellbeing Committee has hosted a photo campaign, whether by setting up a booth in the RMC or during RPC’s President & Dean’s study break. This photo campaign has encouraged Rice students to share their struggles on a whiteboard and take an anonymous photo to be shared on social media and show other Rice students that they are not alone in their struggles.
  • Wellbeing App
    • The Wellbeing Contact has been working with the CS Club and Rice apps to develop an app that points students towards wellbeing resources at Rice.
  • Sexual Health Survey
    • Included questions on a campus-wide survey about contraception access in order to better inform the committee’s projects and direction.

Environmental

  • LED Lights
    • Obtained RES $1,000 grant to replace light bulbs in Sid Richardson rooms with over 400 energy-efficient LEDs; worked with H&D for implementation.
  • Green First Look Book
    • Worked with administration to reduce wasteful printing of the First Look book by 15% by reducing the number of students who receive the book (advisors no longer receive the book - just new students) and ensuring future editions are printed on recycled paper and with eco-friendly inks
  • Athletics & Sustainability
    • Held a sustainability themed baseball weekend in Spring 2017 with the help of athletics. Working now to set up an Athletics Sustainability Council.
  • PLAN Membership
    • The Environmental Committee joined the Post Landfill Action Network in Fall 2017 - a collection of universities looking to reduce campus waste. Through this network, Rice students now have a number of resources available to help them fight waste on campus. http://www.postlandfill.org/
  • PowerShift Network
    • The Environmental Committee joined the PowerShift Network in Fall 2017 - a collection of universities looking to reduce campus waste. Through this network, Rice students now have a number of resources available to help them fight climate change and promote clean energy. https://powershift.org/
  • Composting Support Legislation
    • The Environmental Committee passed SA legislation in Fall 2017 to show campus-wide support for composting at Rice. This legislation will be used to show student support and help convince administration to support student initiatives in regards to composting.
  • Green Jobs Series
    • In Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, a series of panels and workshops were held as a collaboration between the SA, RES, and the CCD in order to provide more resources to students interested in “green” careers as this is an under-resourced student group at Rice.

Academics

  • FWIS Fair
    • The Academics Committee hosted the first annual “FWIS Fair”! New students who are taking their FWIS in the second semester have the chance to preview the upcoming FWIS selections. Professors set up booths in the grand hall, and new students were able to come by to learn more about their classes before signing up for a FWIS. Over 200 students attended for the second annual FWIS Fair in Fall 2018.
  • A+ Change Advocacy
    • The Academics Committee worked with the Office of the registrar to add an FAQ section on Rice’s website to answer student concerns about the change of the weight of an A+ grade from 4.33 to 4.00 starting Fall 2018.
  • Senator Suggestion Box
    • Academics Committee NSRs worked with Senators to establish a standardized way for Rice students to interact with the SA. Now, all senators are required to have a google form available to their college where college members can provide feedback and suggestions more effectively to the SA.

Best Practices

  • Accessibility
    • Worked with the Office of Institutional Effective to run a campus-wide survey on the Survey of All Students about accessibility in order to inform future projects on accessibility.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Low Income Student Accessibility Project
    • SA-wide project that worked to establish some sort of college by college discretionary fund for low income students to request money from their colleges to participate in college events. Student Life committee got involved in this project because being able to participate in college activities directly impacts student life on campus and the committee fully believes that costs should never be a barrier to participating in college activities. This project is still in the works and is being continued and developed by the Student Association.
  • Shuttle Accessibility
    • The Diversity & Inclusion Committee has been working with the administration to pinpoint problem areas on campus for students with disabilities in order to improve these areas

Student Life

  • SA Multicultural Fair
    • The Student Life Committee hosted the first annual Multicultural Fair! Student clubs and organizations held booths in the Grand Hall to showcase the vibrant cultures within the Rice community.
  • STD Pricing Survey
    • Conducted a campus-wide survey to better understand financial burdens placed on students by sexual health testing.
  • Low Income Student Accessibility Project
    • SA-wide project that worked to establish college by college discretionary funds for low income students to request money from their colleges to participate in college events. Student Life committee got involved in this project because being able to participate in college activities directly impacts student life on campus and the committee fully believes that costs should never be a barrier to participating in college activities. This project is still in the works and is being continued and developed by the Student Association.

General SA Projects

  • Critical Thinking in Sexuality
    • The Senate passed legislation to support the creation of Critical Thinking in Sexuality (CTIS) class in order to combat sexual assault and sexual misconduct on campus. After a initial pilot program in Spring 2017, CTIS went into effect as a 5-week required class for new students with the option for students to take a full semester Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP) expanded version of the class.
  • R-HAT
    • During Hurricane Harvey in Fall 2017, the SA worked with GSA, the Doerr Institute, and the CCL to establish Rice Harvey Action Team (R-HAT). R-HAT organized rides and volunteering opportunities in order to allow students to donate to those in need and volunteer during the immediate aftermath of Harvey.
  • New York Times Access
    • In Fall 2017, the SA worked to provide a free online subscription to the New York Times for all Rice students.
  • Newsletter
    • In Fall 2017, the SA established a newsletter that regularly circulates around campus in order to communicate SA news to the student body.
  • 100 Ideas Initiative
    • In response to the Rice administration's Vision for the Second Century Part 2 (V2C2) campaign, the Student Association started a parallel initiative designed to give students a greater voice in the process. This initiative, the 100 Ideas for Rice's Future campaign, has worked to gather innovative ideas from student across campus with the goal of providing direction to the development and investment resulting from V2C2. Through the campaign, the SA 100 Ideas Task Force received over 450 ideas and published a report with all ideas. In Fall 2017, the SA held a showcase of some of the most creative and thoughtful submissions. Student who submitted ideas were able to present to upper level administrators, such as the university president.
  • B-Cycle
    • In Spring 2017, the SA worked to gather feedback from the student body about their preference for placements of 8 B-Cycle stations around campus. This information was communicate back to a committee of Rice administrators, student representatives, and B-Cycle employees and influenced the final placement of B-Cycle stations around Rice. Stations began being installed in Fall 2017.
  • SAy Yes to You Week
    • Starting in 2016, the SA has hosted “SAy Yes to You” week during the Fall semester in order to provide support to the student body. SAy Yes to You Week involves mental and physical health focused events sponsored by the SA during the span of a week. Events have ranged from healthy food study breaks, to dance workshops, to preventing sexual assault pledges.