ASUA Notebook 11/02/22: Senators discuss plans to promote next ASUA election

Jasmine Ma | The Daily Wildcat

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With the halfway point of their tenure approaching, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Senate began planning for the 2023 election cycle. ASUA is the university’s undergraduate student governing body.

College of Medicine Senator Amal Anilkumar is the Elections and Policy Committee chairperson. Anilkumar was absent from the meeting but provided a report for the senate in advance detailing marketing plans and a timeline for promoting the election.

The committee plans to start posting on social media about ASUA elections in the middle of November. It also mentioned holding information sessions to educate students about the campaign and election process, as well as working closely with cultural centers in order to create a more accessible election than in previous years.

The Projects and Outreach Committee, chaired by Senator At-Large Lady Dorothy Elli, presented ideas for promoting participation in the ASUA election, including a collaboration with the Wildcat Events Board. According to its website, WEB is “a student-run programming board within ASUA that creates opportunities for students to engage with each other and participate in fun, social, and educational events.”


Ideas included distributing giveaways and scholarships leading up to the election, holding a voter education initiative and setting up voting booths at the Main Library on the ASUA election day.

Habitat for Humanity asks for promotional support

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity’s UA chapter presented to the senate during the call-to-audience. The student group “focuses on volunteering and fundraising to support the national organization of Habitat for Humanity in works to provide strength, self-reliance, stability and shelter to low-income families around the world,” according to their mission statement.

Emma Mason, a biomedical engineering senior, and Navi Singh, an accounting senior, asked the senate for support in promoting their multi-club build day, which would recruit volunteers from ASUA-affiliated clubs to assist Habitat for Humanity’s construction teams. Mason and Singh are hoping that this will increase club visibility and future engagement in Habitat for Humanity events.

“What we're trying to do right now is increase campus engagement, largely, we're working on building connections and getting everyone out to volunteer,” Mason said.

Mason and Singh asked for support in the form of social media posts on the ASUA Instagram account, as well as contact information for ASUA-affiliated clubs. College of Science Senator Carly Snell also referred them to the All-Leadership Council, a network for club executives and other campus leaders to connect with each other.

The multi-club build day will be held on Nov. 19 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mason noted that participants do not need to stay for the entire duration of the event.

Campus Pantry requests financial assistance

Bridgette Riebe, the coordinator for Campus Pantry and Campus Closet, was also present to petition the senate for financial assistance.

Specifically, Riebe asked for $3,000 in the form of purchasing five tables at the Basic Needs Center benefit dinner: three tables for Basic Needs Center staff and two tables for 12 ASUA senators to attend. Riebe notified the senate that Campus Pantry would be sending a letter soon to formally request the donation.

“This happens every single year in February, where we bring our different supporters together. We do an educational program and give tours. We really thank the individuals who are supporting our program each year, but also invite our alumni and different donors to our event to raise funds for the pantry,” Riebe said.

The benefit dinner will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom.

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