NCSA weekly updates – September 16

Student Court met on Sunday, Sept. 5 to elect yet another new secretary. Originally, third-year and Catalyst staff writer Dylan Pryor was elected into the position on Sunday, Aug. 23. However, due to conflict with another NCSA position, he was forced to decline. In response, Student Court elected second-year and Catalyst staff writer Giulia Heyward as secretary for this coming academic year.

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (VPDI) and thesis student Raina Senae attended President Donal O’Shea’s Committee on Diversity. There, Senae suggested updating diversity training and making it mandatory for all faculty and staff. Senae also held the first Council of Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) meeting in ACE Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 9 where CDI members discussed goals for the term and elected a new secretary. The CDI secretary is New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Diversity Representative on the Council of Student Life (CSL) and second-year Carl Romer. Senae, Romer and third-year Christina Harn attended a meeting with Dean of Student Affairs Tracy Murry to talk about housing practices. Senae also attended a Black History Month planning meeting where themes, speakers and activities were discussed.

The NCSA has once again connected with CARES Outreach to provide free, confidential and fast 15-minute HIV testing. Walk-ins are welcome. Testing occurs every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the NCSA Office, which is located in the Ham mailroom adjacent to the pool table. The NCSA is in the process of working with CARES to get STI testing on campus as well. This will require a mobile testing facility. Look out for updates in the next couple weeks on the status of STI testing.

Tonight, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, there will be a Towne Meeting in Palm Court starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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