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Student Senate Leadership Creates Equitable Elections Fund

September 9, 2016 


Lawrence, KS - Given issues brought forth in recent years pertaining to access and representation of student voices, the Student Senate Executive Staff is committed to fulfilling its promise of working for underrepresented students to create a student government that is open and accessible to all students.

The Student Senate Executive Staff believes the most impactful way to break down institutional barriers is through the creation of an equitable elections process.  In doing so, Student Senate is expressing a belief in a student government that is inclusive, representative, and allows for broad participation from the student body.

Provided by donor gifts whose values align with these ideals and goals, Student Senate leadership is proud to announce the establishment of the Student Senate Equitable Elections Fund. The purpose of this fund is to eliminate inherent monetary disadvantages and inequities in the Student Senate Elections process. This will allow for the broader participation of all students in student government, especially the voices of those most underrepresented.

This fund will allow Student Senate coalitions to be supplemented up to $700 to meet the $1,000 elections spending limit, provided the coalition reaches at least $300 through their own fundraising. Funding amounts will be based on a percentage of slated senator candidates. In addition, coalitions must also meet the qualifications to run in the Spring Elections and comply with campaign rules in accordance with the Student Senate Elections Code. The fund will exist separate of Student Senate, housed through KU Endowment and administered by the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Body President Stephonn Alcorn remarked, “A student government that serves all students should allow the participation of all students. The Equitable Elections Fund is a pathway to increase participation and opportunities for underrepresented students in student leadership to ensure that elected KU student leaders represent all individuals of the student body”    

Final details concerning distribution and application to receive funds will be finalized in the coming weeks. The fund will be available beginning Spring 2017 for the Student Senate General Election.

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