“I’m going to make sure everybody’s voice is heard,”-SGA-Dallas President Jacqueline Corna.
At the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences, the Student Government Association has greatly impacted the student experience by playing a primary role in student advocacy and fostering community on campus.
“We listen to what most of the students are saying, and then bring those concerns to the administration and hopefully make big changes,” explained Corna.
Corna told The Lasso that SGA-Dallas successfully got campus hours extended from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. to better accommodate students’ schedules.
Additionally, Corna said that the student government brought healthy, vegetarian and lactose-free options to campus by working diligently with the cafeteria administration.
Each month, SGA-Dallas hosts a student forum to address a particular student issue and work alongside administrators in finding solutions.
In the October forum, administrators will be discussing the prospect of installing a Pioneer Center for Student Excellence at the Dallas campus. “Students will be able to ask questions about the Pioneer Center, and [administrators will] be able to take our feedback and put it towards the construction,” said Corna.
The November forum will focus on the improvement of the Dallas campus fitness center.
In addition to advocating for students, SGA-Dallas also organizes student efforts for giving back to the community. The student government hosted a Week of Service beginning on 9/11. Throughout that week, participants wrote thank you cards to a local police and fire station, made sack lunches for the homeless, and decorated place mats for Meals on Wheels.
SGA-Dallas also hosts a number of community-building social events. A family movie night is held each semester, featuring free snacks, free drinks and a raffle. Every spring, SGA-Dallas puts on the Interdisciplinary Olympics. The games last two weeks, and lunch is catered to the winning discipline.
Corna and her team are proving to be at the cornerstone of improvements in the Dallas campus student experience.
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