Kresge Parliament

 

 Photo of Parliament members

Student Government

Kresge College has an active student Parliament that meets in the Seminar Room (159) every Thursday at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. to discuss major college and University issues. Parliament's mission is to help initiate, develop and sponsor college events with Kresge affiliates and campus-wide student organizations.

Parliament offers students opportunities for community service, support and activism in a setting emphasizing participatory democracy.

Steps for requesting funding

  1. Download a Budget Request form (PDF) (hard copy versions are available in the Kresge College Programs Office).
  2. SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts & Diversity organizations also need to download and turn in the Funding Award to a Student Organization financial form with their budget funding request.
  3. Return the completed Budget Request forms to either the Kresge College Programs Office or email the completed forms to KresgeParliament@gmail.com. Be sure to include the name of your organization, affiliation, and a contact person's email.
  4. Budget Request Forms must be completed and submitted at least 8 days before presenting at Parliament

Kresge Parliament Positions

Chair Hana King

  • Attends all Parliament meetings
  • Serves as the liaison between the college administration and the student body
  • Facilitates all Parliament meetings
  • Develops the agenda for each meeting
  • Serves as the contact person for most Parliament related issues
  • Coordinates the efforts to ensure that Parliament is running smoothly (i.e. minutes are distributed, treasurer is up to date, representatives are attending sub-committee meetings, etc.)
  • Ensures that all positions are filled
  • Elected in Spring Quarter for the following year

Vice Chair Toan Vo

  • Fills in for any absent Officials during meetings of the Parliament. This includes serving as the temporary Chair in the absence of the official Chair
  • Must ensure that all activities of the Parliament function according to the Constitution
  • Must declare all unconstitutional activities as such
  • Must assist the Chair whenever possible
  • Has the option of convening and chairing a Constitutional Congress

Treasurer  

  • Attends all Parliament meetings
  • Supplies Budget Request Forms at all meetings
  • Keeps a record of all Parliament's financial transactions
  • Keeps a record of all Kresge Core Council's financial transactions
  • Contacts all persons who have requested money from Parliament to inform them of Parliament's decision (within 48 hours)
  • Distributes copies of all Budget Request Forms to the Financial Assistant, the College Programs Coordinator, and the requesting party (by the end of Friday)
  • Meets with the Financial Assistant at least once a quarter to balance records

Secretary 

  • Attends all Parliament meetings
  • Takes detailed minutes of the meetings including all funding proposals and decisions, brief comments on discussions, announcements, and officer reports
  • Distributes minutes to all Kresge College staff, the other college student government, and all Parliament members
  • Brings the minutes to the following meeting to be approved by Parliament

Outreach Officers 

  • Must publicly display the agenda for each meeting
  • Responsible for controlling/maintaining all online outreach efforts made by the Parliament
  • Must actively outreach to the Kresge community by creating/displaying all posters, etc.
  • Has the option of forming an Outreach Committee

Transfer Community Representative 

  • Must accurately represent the voice of the Kresge Transfer Student Community
  • It is recommended that the Transfer Community Representative either currently live in the transfer community at Porter or be a Kresge Transfer Student themselves

Current Affairs Officer 

  • Responsible for giving a short brief on current affairs
  • Brief can include local, national, and bizarre news

Core Council Representative 

  • Attends all Parliament meetings
  • Attends all Core Council meetings (3 per quarter)
  • Represents Kresge College at Core Council meetings
  • Listens to funding proposals brought to Core Council and presents them to Parliament for a vote
  • Reports Parliament's funding decisions to Core Council by completing the Core Council Funding Voucher

Student Union Assembly (SUA) Representatives (3 positions) Attends all Parliament meetings

  • Attends all SUA meetings
  • Represents Kresge College by voting in SUA meetings
  • Presents weekly reports to Parliament on SUA activity and brings forth any issues that Parliament may need to vote on
  • Informs Kresge Parliament about campus-wide issues

Student Committee of Committees (SCOC) Representative  

  • Attends all Parliament meetings
  • Attends all ICSA meetings
  • Reports to Parliament all campus committee positions available and supplies applications for those positions
  • Answers questions about the various campus committees and actively recruits Kresge students to fill any open positions on those committees

Academic Senate Representative  

  • Attends all Parliament Meetings
  • Attends all Academic Senate Meetings (2 per quarter, approx.)
  • Reports to Parliament all relevant issues regarding the Academic Senate
  • Represents Kresge College through participation in the Academic Senate.

Student Union Governance Board (SUGB) Representative Presents weekly reports to Parliament on SUGB activity

  • Brings forth any issues that Parliament may need to vote on
  • Informs Kresge Parliament about campus-wide issues
  • Represents Kresge College by voting in SUGB meetings

Positions can be re-voted on each quarter. Experience has shown that a year-long commitment to a position works best. If a person can no longer fulfill the duties of their position, they must try to find a replacement. If they cannot find a replacement, it is the Chair's responsibility to assume the position until a replacement is found.

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