2017-2018 Student Senate Initiatives
Replacement KU Card Fee Waiver for Gender Transitions and Legal Name Changes:
Student Senate will cover replacement KU card fees for LGBTQIA+ students who have changed their gender expression, or have had their legal names changed to better suit their gender identity. Please know that having a legal name change is not required for the fee waiver. If you would like a new KU Card photo to better suit your gender expression, this application also applies to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the form to receive a new card free of charge. Please include your official name and student ID in the email. After rec eiving your email application, we will inform the KU Card Office to send the invoice for your replacement card to the KU Student Senate Office. You will be able to get a new card without paying any fees. Please know that other KU systems will be updated with your new photo.
Freshmen Internship Program:
The 2017-2018 school year was the first year for the Freshmen Internship Program. The University of Kansas Student Senate has historically struggled to increase student senate participation, in turn excluding groups on campus that try and participate in the body, specifically with members of the multicultural and underrepresented community. This program is providing a way to recruit a more diverse and motivated freshmen class that can be involved in Student Senate all four years. The program is centered around intern-only workshops designed to equip interns with the skills necessary to succeed in Senate and at KU altogether. Interns gain professional experience researching campus issues and drafting meaningful solutions, while making lasting friendships with fellow interns.
First-generation students or students receiving the Federal Pell Grant basketball tickets:
The University of Kansas Student Senate and Kansas Athletics, Inc. have partnered to create a program that will give a ticket to 20 eligible students for each of the 2017-2018 Men's Basketball home games. Students who are eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant or are first-generation college students are eligible to opt-into this lottery system for a game ticket. Students only need to opt-in ONCE, indicating their eligibility and the games they would like to be considered for. Students will be randomly chosen through a lottery system before each game. Students will be notified before each game if they have been chosen to receive a ticket.
On-Campus Food Pantry:
Student Senate has partnered with KU Fights Hunger and the Center for Community Outreach to move the Campus Cupboard, previously located off campus, to a more accessible location in the KU Memorial Union. This new location will provide students in need of food assistance easier access to resources. We hope that increased convenience from open parking and connecting bus routes will make foot traffic to the pantry improve. Expanded hours of operation will also allow students to visit the pantry on their own time rather than trying to work aroudn the pantry's operation schedule. The pantry will provide food resources among other products to ensure a healthy lifestyle at KU. We also hope to eventually incorporate distribution of free menstrual products on site as well.