SGA nominates new senators, passes bill for Women’s History Month


Arthur H. Trickett-Wile

Members of WKU’s Student Government Association meet on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 18 2022, at the Student Senate Chambers on the second floor of Downing Student Union. Here, members listen as a member of the executive branch speaks from the podium.

Makaio Smith, News reporter

The Student Government Association met on Tuesday, March 1 to swear in a pair of members and approve resolutions focused around LGBTQ+ training and outreach as well as funding for Women’s History Month events. 

Dean of Gordon Ford College of Business Christopher Shook spoke to inform SGA members about the ​​Gordon Ford College of Business and to ask about different ways SGA can help enhance a culture of diversity and belonging. 

“So how can SGA help in this idea of, ‘how do we make all the freshmen feel like they belong?’” Shook asked.

The SGA unanimously voted to approve the nomination of both Senator Ataullah Tahiri and Senator Tramaine Hawkins.

Senator Tahiri’s goal for SGA is to work with international students on sustainable development goals. He wants to work with university clubs and committees to reach out and listen to students’ problems. 

Senator Hawkins’ goal for SGA is to create an easier transition for transfer students and ensuring that the appropriate resources are available to make students’ experiences the best they can be.

The SGA voted in favor of Resolution 8-22-S, which is to support LGBTQ+ outreach and training by the WKU Police Department.

“For the Student Government Association of Western Kentucky University to support outreach to the LGBTQ community and training on sexual orientation and gender identity issues by WKU Police,” the resolution states.

The SGA voted unanimously to approve funding for Bill 15-22-S, which will allocate $100 towards materials and items for ISEC’s Women’s History Month tabling.

“Women’s History Month obviously celebrates and serves to highlight the treatments of women, discuss the continuing emerging women’s empowerment and gender equality issues and concerns intelligence and commitments,” Senator Powell said. “So I think that this is an awesome way for us to continue that partnership and a great way to stand behind it.”

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