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BSG representatives discuss SAFC policy changes and inclusion

October 14, 2022

Last Wednesday, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held its weekly meeting, during which members discussed their plans to adjust Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) guidelines, plans for No Hate November programming and more inclusive dining policies.

To begin the meeting, Chair of the Treasury Kiley Briand ’25 announced that in November she will propose legislation to change the SAFC guidelines to provide clubs easier access to funding and materials.

The desire to change these guidelines came from a conversation Briand had with leaders of the Africa Alliance. The club’s leadership requested funding for beads for a bracelet crafting event, but SAFC guidelines prevented them from obtaining the funding for the materials from the SAFC.

“We’re not technically allowed to do giveaways, so [Africa Alliance] wouldn’t be allowed to keep the [beaded] bracelets,” Briand said at the meeting. “They ended up working with the Crafts Center, but little things like that, I feel, clubs should absolutely be allowed to do.”

Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Ange Ishimwe ’25 discussed possible ideas for No Hate November, a month-long slate of events dedicated to eliminating bias and promoting inclusion on campus. Proposed ideas for this year’s programming included an all-athlete talk to share stories on race, an art exhibit and a potluck among affinity groups on campus. Continuing this discussion of inclusion, Chair of Facilities and Sustainability Sam Thomson ’24 announced his plan to work with dining to introduce reusable containers for students observing Ramadan. Thomson hopes that this will be a sustainable way to promote inclusion on campus.

“The waste generated from [single-use takeout containers] over the course of last semester was immense, and I think there is an opportunity to try out a better way to accommodate student needs with sustainable options,” Thomson said. “Reusable take out containers at the dining hall during Ramadan is a great way to start this goal, because the College can try it on a smaller scale to see what works and what doesn’t.”


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