• Dhruv Kapadia (CAS’24)

    Dhruv Kapadia (CAS’24) is the newly elected president of BU’s Student Government, and pursuing a double major in political science and economics. He can be reached at dkapadia@bu.edu. Profile

  • Janice Checchio

    Associate Creative Director, Photography

    Photo of Janice Checchio, a white woman with short blonde hair and reddish glasses who wears a leopard print shirt.

    Janice Checchio has been an art director, editorial designer, photo editor, photographer, or some combination of the aforementioned for 12 years. After seven years at The Boston Phoenix and Stuff Boston Magazine, she returned to direct photography at Boston University, where she had received a BFA in Graphic Design. She lives a photo–ready life in Dorchester with her husband, son, and way too many pairs of glasses. Profile

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There are 3 comments on POV: Student Government Can Be a Radical Force for Change

  1. Our Senate committees, managed by Senate Chair Hanna Dworkin (CAS ’24), have worked on a wide breadth of initiatives this summer. The Mental Health Committee, run by Jessica Sullivan (CAS ’24) and Sarah McArdle (CAS ’24), is organizing our University’s largest Mental Health Fair, slated for October 12 from 12-4 on Marsh Plaza. Lara Werneck (CAS ’23), Michael Arellano (CAS ’24), and Julia Samuels (SED ’24), all leaders of IMPACT (The Intersection of Marginalized Peoples and Community Task-Force), have partnered with The BU Queer Activist Collective to craft a report on the Boston University Student Task-Force on LGBTQ+ Students. 16,000 Strong, led by Annie Mayne (CAS ’23), has worked extensively on a Survivor’s Bill of Rights to codify protections and protocols for sexual assault survivors at BU. For F.E.A.S.T (Food Equality, Accountability, Sustainability, and Transparency), co-chairs Charlotte Stant (CAS ’25) and Julia Madsen (QST ’25) have partnered with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a nonprofit dedicated to the distribution of healthy, fresh foods, to host upcoming events and fundraisers on food equity.

  2. The Judicial Branch has also been hard at work ensuring that Student Government fairly and accurately represents the interests of the Student Body. The Student Elections Commission (SEC) led a successful elections cycle in March 2022 that included direct elections of Senators for many colleges (including SAR, COM, and CGS). About 25% of the student body voted in last year’s election, but the SEC is working hard to increase that number every year.

    Also, the Judicial Advisory Commission released a report at the end of last semester investigating issues important to the student body. The JAC researched topics from the effectiveness and accessibility of Student Health Services to analyzing university responses to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. That report can be accessed here (https://www.busgov.org/judicial-advisory-committee). The JAC will continue researching important issues and publishing this information in order to ensure an informed student population.

  3. I think that these are great steps being taken by BU StuGov towards expanding its role in community initiatives. This is a space that typically isn’t permeated by institutions or organizations that are watched closely in the public eye and it’s great that these nontraditional initiatives are being thrust into the spotlight and are being actively worked on. Personally, as a student at BU, I have heard a lot about the work being done through newsletters but I do not see its effects in any tangible sense, nor do I really feel that student opinions are really being heard by university admin and organizations like SAO. That’s not to say that we should stop what we are doing; by increasing messaging and discussions around these issues, I feel that we will be able to attract more and more attention, and get institutions to change with the times.

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