Hey y’all! I’m running to be your SA Internal Vice President, and I’d appreciate your support.
These past two years, I’ve held multiple roles in the SA, as a New Student Representative, committee member, and SA Senator. I’ve worked to make used textbook options on campus more affordable, collaborated with Rice IT to convey students’ WiFi concerns, and advocated for structured political action.
My goal as SA IVP is to demonstrate that the SA truly represents Rice’s student body. I want to ensure that students have opportunities to voice their opinions and make impactful change on campus. This will be accomplished by:
Reconnecting the SA – There’s an apparent disconnect between students and the SA. By restructuring the NSR program, increasing the visibility of the SA, and realigning the committee system, I’ll make the SA accessible to ALL students.
Advocating for Political and Social Action – In today’s turbulent political atmosphere, voicing our opinions at Rice is more important than ever. I will give the SA a vehicle to express shared views and values by providing a framework for tangible action.
Fighting for Equality in Academic Affairs – The academic climate at Rice is changing. Rapidly growing departments struggle with advising attention and class size, while smaller departments lack appropriate institutional attention. I’ll fight for parity in advising and academic resources, so that ALL students have equal resources within their department and beyond.
#IVotePalanki for an IVP that will work tirelessly to make Rice better each and every day.
Hey Rice! I’m running to be your IVP because I want to empower our NSR’s and committee members to effect the change on campus you want to see. As Treasurer I’ve worked with committee chairs and NSR’s to help them turn their ideas tangible improvements on campus. Having been involved as a NSR and Treasurer over the last two years I’ve observed that NSR’s are genuinely passionate about effecting change at Rice and tackling the issues their committees deals with, however, as new students it’s difficult for them to determine which tasks are impactful. If I’m elected I’ll work directly with the committee chairs over the coming months to develop actionable goals for the NSR’s to begin working on from their first day. This guidance will empower them to be effective leaders on our campus and implement the change we all want to see. In addition, many NSR’s return to their college governments instead of staying to work with the SA for another year. To increase their buy-in with the SA I’ll hold more NSR bonding and training events. Lastly, I can utilize my experience on the executive team gained over the past year to help Justin and the rest of his team navigate all the challenges that go with leading the SA as I’ve been part of that process as Treasurer. I hope to fight for you over the next year, working to make Rice a safer, more environmentally responsible and accessible campus for all our students.
The IVP position is unique in that it requires two key qualifications: first, specialized knowledge of the SA in order to manage internal operations, and second, dedication to empowering others to make meaningful, positive change through the SA. My background as an NSR and senator has not only provided me the necessary institutional knowledge, but also the desire to improve the efficiency of the SA and ensure it represents all students. For these reasons, my platform centers around three concepts:
Support. The SA IVP role includes overseeing and supporting SA committees. For two years, I’ve served on a committee in the SA, and more recently, I’ve talked with past committee chairs about their jobs so I can understand how to help SA committees do their best work.
Revamping the Committee System. As IVP, I would use the committee system to ensure that the SA is accessible to any and all Rice students. I’d work to increase the visibility and accessibility of committee member and chair positions so students outside of Senate could use these positions to pursue their passions. I’d also emphasize committee expectations and accountability so that their great ideas actually become reality.
Visibility. In addition to continuing occasional committee presentations at Senate, I would bring back “Member of the Month” to highlight above and beyond efforts. For those who ask “what does the SA do?”, I’d keep an updated list of committee project descriptions and would look into publishing this list on the SA website.
Hi! My name is Ameesh Shah, and I’m running to be your SA Treasurer. I come with a ton of experience for the job, having served as SA Deputy Treasurer this past year as well as having served as Treasurer for RPC and Beer Bike, the largest combined Blanket Tax Budget on Campus. As your SA Treasurer, I want to focus mainly on two things: transparency and involvement.
Let’s start with transparency: After discussions with current and former SA committee heads and Senators, I have noticed that many students feel that they don’t have a good idea of the status of the SA Budget or of Club Funding in general. I want to make this information more accessible to students through resources both online and on campus, such as on the SA Website or reports in college commons.
Most importantly, I want to increase the current student involvement on the decision making for blanket tax and student initiative funding. Currently, only a small group of students work on making budget decisions for dozens of organizations around campus. I want to expand the size and number of these committees and make these meetings more public, so that every student has a say in how we fund the organizations at Rice that make this campus so great.
It would be an incredible honor to serve Rice as the next SA Treasurer. I hope you all #StandWithShah to make this great school better every day.
As station manager, I will continue KTRU's mission to help expose underexposed musical artists, and provide eclectic musical programming to the Rice and Houston community. This year, I'd especially like to enhance KTRU's role in promoting the local music scene.
Lynn Zhu and Carey Wang have extensive experience in RSVP, both having been heavily involved since their freshmen years. Together, they plan to expand and improve a new initiative they helped pilot this year which supports students who want to volunteer regularly at organizations in Houston by providing convenient transportation options. They did this by allocating a part of RSVP's budget to reimburse individuals and groups for transportation expenses as well as hosting planning events to introduce students with similar volunteer interests, thus facilitating the formation of service groups. In addition, RSVP began to focus a large part of its resources this year into supporting Rice service clubs, small and large, by offering initiative funding for volunteer events and skills workshops for club leaders. Lynn and Carey want to continue this trend and make RSVP a resource, financially and educationally, for all Rice service clubs and student volunteers.
Lynn is a sophomore at Sid Richardson College majoring in Mathematics.
Carey is a junior at Will Rice College majoring in Kinesiology.