Monday, April 16, 2012

Issues, Principles and Plan Moving Forward...

OES Student Leadership Retreat, April 11, 2012

ISSUES

·      Wanting a clear understanding of the purpose and role of StuCo
o   By-laws are outdated and students don’t know them well or use them
o    StuCo leadership viewed as too limited b/c it doesn't include policy

·      Election process favors certain types of candidates
o   Not deliberative enough
o   Election process doesn’t focus enough on the qualifications of the candidates
o   The role and work of each position is not understood well enough for students to review them based on their qualifications

·      Leadership Team was concerned that the gender representation of student government doesn’t reflect the gender equality of the student body, which is the goal of the admissions process
·      Leadership Team was concerned that leadership roles as defined in StuCo reinforce gender stereotypes

·      Concerned about the lack of trust between students and faculty, between students and StuCo.
o   Students don’t trust that StuCo has real power
o   It’s hard to trust the process given how rushed it was..

PRINCIPLES

We know that student leadership is by the students, for the students. In light of this, we agree:

·      Students should have a voice in the development and implementation of school policies and practices
·      StuCo should be a place where students can grow as leaders, no matter how they express their leadership skills.
·      Equal opportunity* is important in the electoral process (e.g. girls social behaviors should be supported just as well as guys).
·      We seek equitable representation** across leadership roles and responsibilities, enabled through an electoral process that cultivates good leadership.

 PLAN

StuCo Roles (current)
·      Serve as event planning committee
·      Make FUN
·      Be a bridge between faculty and students when issues arise (e.g. dance, secret santa/service, etc.)
·      Set a tone for students/teachers relations for the year
·      Serve as speakers/representatives of the school internally and externally
·      Represent their grades/constituencies
·      Serve as role models and caretakers of our school culture

Class Board Roles (current)
·      Work with Grade Deans and Head Class Advisors discussing grade specific issues of workload and other areas
·      Plan and lead class meetings
·      Plan class social events


PROPOSED PLAN (for academic year 2012-2013)

StuCo Roles (2012-2013)
Continue these roles…
·      Make FUN
·      Support Class Boards event planning work
·      Be a bridge between faculty and students when issues arise (e.g. dance, secret santa/service, etc.)
·      Set a tone for students/teachers relations for the year
·      Serve as speakers/representatives of the school internally and externally
·      Represent their grades/constituencies
·      Serve as role models and caretakers of our school culture

New Policy Work
·      Explore and develop ways students can be involved in school policies and practices (e.g. Schedule, Exam Schedule, Curriculum Development, AP Programs, Campus Planning, Honor Code, School Clubs, Gender and Multicultural Philosophy, etc.)

Restructuring/Redefining Work
·      Draft a new constitution and By-laws based on the issues and principles articulated at the Student Leadership Retreat, April 2012 (i.e. Restructured offices, responsibilities, and elections)

Class Board Roles (2012-2013)
·      Plan Events in coordination with StuCo (i.e. Dances)
·      Make FUN
·      Work with Grade Deans and Head Class Advisors discussing grade specific issues of workload and other areas
·      Plan and lead class meetings
·      Plan class social events




*Equal opportunity is defined as every student in the school has the opportunity to be elected to StuCo in the US at OES.


**Equitable representation is defined as the ongoing process that seeks …process that doesn’t privilege any particular group and an outcome where every group is represented.

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