Reform IUSA is built to fix student government at Indiana University and ensure its effectiveness in representing and empowering students now and in the future. We will realize our new vision of IUSA by enacting policies that promote transparency, accountability, and cooperation so that ours and future administrations’ policies can be fully implemented and IUSA can once again serve its function as a means to improve student life at IU. With a new, functional student government, we will manage fees and the cost of living for students, advocate for identity-based inclusion across campus, expand safety and wellness resources for students, empower sustainability efforts on campus, and defend student interests to administration, state, and national government.
We are a group of students aimed to serve with a real purpose.
Here is an overview of how we will reform our campus.
Reform IUSA’s vision for a new student government is based on three guiding principles—transparency, accountability, and cooperation. Our collective experience in IUSA has shown us the power of student government, but also how it must be improved if we are to implement the change we all want to see. Our Executive Branch will form an ad-hoc Reform Committee in order to ensure the following policies are enacted and the currently outdated Constitution is amended to reflect these goals.
A detailed trajectory of how we plan to implement our ideas and fulfill our promises.
1. Manage Affordability by Addressing Food Insecurity and other Living Expenses
The Student Affairs Committee will work to improve financial accessibility for students, tackling financial issues beyond the Bursar bill. Food and housing insecurity are rarely talked about issues on campus, but Reform IUSA will take data-driven actions to identify areas of improvement. Reform IUSA will push for and help develop university peer-based programs in which students connect other students to community services such as food pantries. Multi-dimensional research and planning will guide IUSA to combat inaccessibility to adequate food, housing, transportation, childcare, and more.
2. Increase Access to Safety and Health Resources Across Campus
The Health and Wellbeing Committee will work to improve safety and wellness both on- and off-campus. Reform IUSA will advocate the expansion of Safety Escort and revisit the program’s rules so it can help as many students as possible. We will build its relationship with IUPD to discuss policy and increase student awareness and familiarity with security presence on campus. We will encourage students’ use of CAPS services and advocate for expanded CAPS funding to allow for more free sessions and increased free programming.
3. Advocate for Identity-Based Inclusion Throughout Indiana University
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will evaluate leadership and membership of administration and student groups on campus and advocate for inclusive environments for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, disability, or social class. Reform IUSA will maintain continuous dialogues through round table meetings with culture centers and marginalized groups to properly understand and defend their interests across campus.
4. Defend Student Interests to Local, State, and National Government
The State and Legislative Affairs Committee will evaluate government affairs near and far in order to understand how government policy affects the IU community and to advocate on behalf of the students on a continual basis. Reform IUSA will publish a comprehensive review of local, state, and national government activities relating to student affairs each semester in order to keep the IU community updated about issues pertaining to them.
5. Empower Sustainability and Environmental Advocacy Student Groups
The Sustainability Committee will bridge the gap between environmental student groups and university administration in order to let their advocacy be heard. Reform IUSA is committed to moving IU beyond coal toward clean energy sources. Sustainability is an area in which IU has the opportunity to be progressive and set an example for other institutions, and Reform IUSA will do its part in achieving this.
The IUSA dream team who will ignite change here at IU. Learn more about us by clicking on our profiles.
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