At the USG meeting that kicked off the month of March, current USG Vice President Lucy Warren announced her first spring update of the semester. Warren’s project updates filled in the Senate and the packed audience about initiatives such as a movement to incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) questions on course evaluations, expansion of accessibility services for students with disabilities, the implementation of misconduct reporting strategies as well as a Bias Incident Response Team.
Following Warren’s slides about reporting and incident responses, Senator Hana Li announced a “How to Report Campaign” initiative, aimed to destigmatize and familiarize students with the Title IX process and on-campus resources through Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Services (RSVP).
Li also mentioned a free resource, separate from USC. This resource is a partnership between the sexual assault advocacy, harm-reduction, and survivor health care company Leda Health and the Crisis Text Line. Anyone experiencing a crisis can text “LEDA’' to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor confidentiality, 24/7.
Following Li’s announcements, Senator Arie Abija presented a USG Funding Proposal along the same vein of improving resources for sexual assault survivors on campus. The proposal details “Art Therapy for Community Healing,” an event that will take place in late March. It will partner with university organizations, including the Survivor Support Community (SSC), Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment (SAGE), Delta Omicron Zeta (DOZ), and USC Visions & Voices.
Abija called the event an opportunity for a space provision for reflection and healing. It will incorporate opportunities for attendees to participate in guided mediation, group painting, and the option to share any stories, feelings, and thoughts about survivorship anonymously. The fundraising proposal called for $3,000 in USG funds to provide a space for the event, guest artist Claudia Concha, and creative materials.
The Senate unanimously approved Abija’s Art Therapy Community Healing event.
Abija joked in the proposal that you can send her a message in a carrier pigeon if you’d like to chat with her. But if anyone actually wants to be involved in the Art Therapy Community Healing Event, feel free to contact Abija at email@example.com.
At the end of the meeting, the Senate announced the unofficial USG presidential and senatorial election results, which named Hannah Woodworth and Nivea Krishnan the winning presidential ticket for the 2022-2023 school year with 2,453 votes. The official votes will be released next Tuesday, and the inauguration will take place on April 5.