(aka. Judit's Masterplan to Clean Up the SFSS)
My name is Judit Nagy (she/her) and I am running to be your VP Internal and Organizational Development of the SFSS under the SFU Stronger Together Party (STP) to ensure that the SFSS becomes more than just a punchline for SFU students. Currently, I am a psychology major, double minoring in political science and counseling and human development.
I HAVE BEEN A PAIN IN SFU'S ASS FOR A VERY LONG TIME
I am the current president of the Society of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS)
I have also spent the past year as the president of the Political Science Student Union (PSSU)
I am also a undergrad student Senator, serving of five sub-committees, including the Research Ethics Board (REB) and Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning (SCUTL)
You can also catch me at the Student Learning Commons (SLC) as a Writing and Learning Peer
I also recently left a staff position I held in a department, where I served as a communications assistant
I also worked as a FASS Mentor and Senior Welcome Leader (now known as HIVE leader)
AS VP INTERNAL, I WILL CONCENTRATE ON:
Bringing empiricism back to student government. No more assumptions and guessing-games. Students should have the final say in how their government (that they are paying for) should operate!
Periodic surveys sent to students on issues concerning the Society. This method proved to be extremely informative and productive to similar projects I have completed such as PSSU Outreach Initiative STAGE I & II, and the STP COVID-19 Outreach Project.
Bring back the regular Town Halls! As decisions are made on your behalf (representative democracy says “hi”), you should have the chance to add to the discussion, ask questions, and make suggestions. No more SFSS hiding behind statements – let’s have a discussion instead.
Make SFSS research reports easily accessible to the student population. People should have the chance to review numbers, interpretations, and overall double-check our work.
Work to reduce “surprise” and “last-minute” agenda items. These are issues directly impacting Council’s ability to consult their membership and overall creates an aura of distrust.
Work with Council and Student Unions to increase access to between student reps and the membership (that’s you!). Students are entitled to knowing who represents them, and they should have access to their student government,
Clearly communicate what the SFSS is, how it operates, and what it is capable of, empowering students to seek out the resources and institutions that best serve their needs.
MAKING COUNCIL COMPETENT:
Create a sound and comprehensive training program for council that concentrates on student-consultation, governance practices, policy analysis, basic data analysis, and critical thinking.
Empower council to bring motions forward and run their own committees. It is time for Council to practice the power they hold.
Encourage a Council environment where everyone is free to share their thoughts and the perspectives of their constituency groups.
Eradicate priority speaking. Councilors should not be prioritized over a student in Council discussions. First come, first serve.
CLEAR & TRANSPARENT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN STUDENTS & THE SFSS:
Work with the SFSS Communication team to create a comprehensive and concise newsletter for students to keep up to date with major SFSS projects, events, and policy changes.
Simplify major policy changes and make them accessible for all students in concise graphics, similar to my Senate Updates I used to for STP.
Work with the communication team to make the SFSS website more comprehensive and inviting for students to use.
It is time to unite SFU. It is time to hand the SFSS back to students because we are stronger together.
Feel free to reach out to me anytime to chat or just to send memes!