On Wednesday, mental health took center stage when the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) convened to discuss two proposals.
The assembly first considered a proposal endorsing the creation of a Mental Health board jointly administered by the Administration and BSG.
Introduced by BSG President Ryan Britt ’22, the proposal passed unanimously, establishing the BSG’s serious intentions in seeing this project come to fruition in the near future.
“Everyone’s on board with it,” Britt said. “Essentially, it’s just about picking a time for it to take place now.”
BSG tentatively plans for the board to meet once a month. It will consist of an unspecified number of administrators, BSG representatives, and any other student group representatives or staff members of the College who are interested in taking part. Rather than discussing the needs of individual students, the board will function to address systemic mental health issues on campus.
“[The board’s purpose] is to create a space for students who have concerns about [mental health support] at Bowdoin to come to the administration and us—to see us working together to address those issues,” said Britt.
By providing a direct link between students and administrators at the College, the hope is that these conversations will inform future decisions surrounding student mental health and wellness.
In addition to the mental health board, BSG unanimously passed an endorsement of the “People of the Global Majority” project, a publication and platform that will feature international perspectives on campus.