In your corner: Your voice, heard

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This year, as Gabe (my Vice President) and I leaned into the new challenges of our positions, we really had no idea what to expect. We figured it would be a lot of accomplishing platform items that we set out for ourselves, but quickly learned our service was about so much more than managing our own projects,  but rather about listening and responding to the voices of the students we represent. That’s why this week, we’ll be hosting our first Leadership Luncheon. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Hatch A Ballroom with special guests Dr. Leslie Webb, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Dr. Christian Wuthrich, Dean of Students. The goal is to learn more from students about their concerns, interests and what they’re hoping to see from their elected officials and administrators in the coming year. Please join us by RSVP’ing at asbsu.boisestate.edu.

As we continue to look for chances to listen and lead on behalf of the student voice, and to infuse this insight into our daily work, Gabe and I are met by opportunities to embrace student voice every day and are fortunate to have allies across campus who share this same passion and interest for advocating on behalf of students’ needs. That’s why ASBSU is excited to announce the launch of a PonyUp Campaign, this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 to raise money to fund students suffering from food insecurity on campus, a concern that was brought forth to us in late May of 2017 and that we have been intentionally championing ever since.

While many may find it surprising, the reality is that 18 percent of Boise State students have experienced high levels of food insecurity, and 23 percent of students have experienced very high levels of food insecurity, but what’s perhaps the most alarming is that Boise State is the only university in the state of Idaho still without an on-campus food bank.

This initiative, in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office and colleges from across campus will look to change this by providing students who do not have a reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, with the opportunity to receive the subsistence they need to carry them through their day. The money raised during this month-long fundraiser will help to sponsor food cupboards across campus stocked with healthy meal kits and grab-n-go snack options informed by on-campus dietician Marlee Harris.

As a University and as the Associated Students, we are committed to personal and social development, educational excellence, and civic engagement, none of which we believe are possible without enough to eat. We are excited to work together with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners as we strive to reach our goal of raising $5,000 to support this initiative on campus! Stay tuned for more updates next week following the launch of this new fundraiser and to learn more about this project.

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