We Stand For Graduate and Undergraduate Partnerships
Our slate is a partnership between graduates and undergraduates, and we see room to extend that model to a multitude of campus issues. Programs that work well for one population can provide starting points for addressing the needs of other populations, reducing how often we “reinvent the wheel” while still ensuring that different programs remain adaptable.
- Meal Plan Flexibility - We will work with R&DE to allow undergraduate students to have a block meal swipe option available to them that mirrors the current graduate dining options, whereby students can purchase a block of meal swipes to use throughout the year rather than meal swipes on a weekly basis. Those swipes can also be used to swipe others into dining halls rather than having a limited number of guest swipes every quarter, giving students greater flexibility to bring visiting family or friends into the dining halls and reducing the number of wasted meals, especially for students who can’t eat at campus dining halls. It would also create easier opportunities for meal donations, which in conjunction with a campus food bank would improve food security for staff as well as students.
- Pay Uniformity for TAs and RAs - We will work to establish greater uniformity in pay and benefits for teaching and research assistants across the university, as well as advocating for increased minimum TA and RA salaries. Specific pay and benefits like health insurance subsidies vary greatly between departments, creating an unfair and unequal system for both undergraduate and graduate TAs and RAs. Not knowing exactly how much funding a TA or RA position will provide makes it harder for students to plan ahead when paying their bills, especially students living off campus who have less flexibility with rent and utility payments.
- Cardinal Care Changes - For students receiving Cardinal Care, such as students who do not have access to insurance through their parents, we will fight to keep premiums and out-of-pocket costs as low as possible and help to advocate for additional subsidies for students that do not already get additional funding to cover the full cost of insurance. We will push for affordable dependent health care coverage and child care options for student parents.
- Student Group Partnerships - Undergraduate and graduate students face many similar issues and advocate for similar changes, however, are not always able to collaborate due to bureaucratic challenges such as identifying joint funding sources. We will lead efforts within the ASSU to standardize funding practices across both the Undergraduate Senate and the Graduate Student Council and ensure that groups with both undergraduate and graduate student members are easily able to access ASSU funds.