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Yale SOM Student Government Initiatives

President

Vision: To nurture a culture that helps each student feel individual value, feel empowered to reach their full potential, and be actively engaged in serving society while embodying attributes such as kindness, integrity, and diligence. to help each student be a better ambassador of SOM to Yale University, the local community, and the world.

Specific Goals:
  • Support each student government committee in achieving their respective goals
  • Manage student government meetings and other channels of productivity to maximize organizational impact
  • Enhance SOM student trust of student government by increasing the transparency of government activities
  • Strengthen connections between SOM and the local community through frequent, simple service opportunities with community partners
  • Explore and implement methods to improve student engagement in classrooms, respect for professors and fellow classmates, and overall classroom etiquette
  • Create student feedback tool on SOM Portal supporting collection of feedback on any aspect of the student experience
  • Improve student understanding of the SOM Honor Code and their confidence in abiding by it
     

Academic Affairs Committee

Vision: Cultivate collaborative academic experiences to ensure student voices are listened and responded to in order to help students achieve learning goals.

Specific Goals:

  • Build relationships among students, faculty, admin and other stakeholders in order to support all students academically
  • Support student-driven initiatives to ensure quality and inclusive teaching, discussions and learning within the classroomPromote awareness of and access to academic resources while providing a channel for regular feedback and next steps to understand and act on student concerns and ideas
  • Provide more support and structure to TAs with the goal of improving the student experience
  • Collect data on assignment completion times for core classes

Admissions Committee

Vision: Connect current students with prospective students in meaningful ways, presenting the unique aspects of the SOM community to prospective students, and positively influencing the yield rate.

Specific Goals:

  • Establish more small group interactions between students and prospective students
  • Work with Admissions to tailor Welcome Weekend and/or Super Interview Day programming to address potential gaps in communication for prospective and admitted students
  • Launch and maintain Snapchat and Instagram stories, allowing students to highlight SOM life to those considering MBA programs.
  • Develop strong alignment with the admissions office for the year
  • Ensure school statistics are conveniently accessible for students to reference when speaking with prospective candidates
  • Ensure that all students who express interest in Welcome Weekend have an opportunity to be involved if at all possible, or are contacted and thanked for their support in case volunteers are no longer needed
  • Work with Admissions to identify reasons why admitted students may choose other programs, and help set up long term plan to address aspects that can be addressed.

Alumni Affairs Committee

Vision: Channel energy of wider SOM community and empower SOM students to connect with relevant alumni

Specific Goals:

  • Leverage local alumni chapters to create off-campus events for alumni and students to meet over holiday breaks
  • Engage clubs to expand and codify connections with alumni to help increase alumni participation in SOM club activities
  • Make sure that all students are aware of at least one greater-Yale alumni or networking resource for use during internships and post-graduation
  • Build awareness and use of Alumni Portal by publicizing how to use it to sort through alumni by category such as career path, geographical location, and company
  • Educate student body by sharing networking best practices in collaboration with CDO
  • Develop process for facilitating e-introductions of SOM students to connect with relevant alumni
     

Career Development Committee

 

Vision: Enhance the Yale SOM community through improvements to the student recruiting experience and access to world class career opportunities. We will achieve this by collecting and internalizing feedback from students, collaborating with the Career Development Office, and developing impactful career related programming and resources.

Specific Goals:

  • Check in with at least one student each week either in person or through online form, with special emphasis on non-traditional, silver scholar, and international students, to keep track of their recruiting needs and make sure CDO is aligned
  • Ensure that students have feedback channels to the CDO through quarterly town hall meetings and an anonymous feedback form
  • Effectively collaborate with the CDO by:
    • Meeting on a biweekly basis
    • Sharing information and announcements between the CDO and student body
    • Understanding and communicating the role of the CDO staff members, especially whenever staff turnover
  • Develop programming and resources to help the student body understand and prepare for recruiting, including a first-year guide and resources for creating personal brand
  • Foster a supportive recruitment environment within the student body
  • Increase the number of US companies accepting international students for full time roles and internships that come to campus
  • Work across Student Government groups to find synergies and develop joint programming
     

Clubs and Finance Committee


Vision: Enable clubs to maximize impact on the SOM community by integrating clubs and club leadership, promoting club involvement and growth, and being a point of contact for club leaders.

Specific Goals:
  • Create trusting relationships with club leaders, student body, and administration
  • Create a well-attended forum for club leaders to collectively share best practices, experiences, and ideas
  • Respond to emails from club leaders within 24-hours, and mentor, tutor, guide, and befriend first and second year club leaders
  • Act as a liaison for club leaders to create an integrated club leader community
  • Act as a liaison between student body, business office, AASL and club leaders
  • Be the first point of contact for resources and assistance to club leaders
  • Promote activities that cater to a wide variety of student interests and tastes

Marketing and Communications Committee

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Handled coordination of content and input from all first and second year SG Chairs for the By the Bell. Published the content every week
  • Assisted SG President with formal communication that went outside of the student government to the student body (surveys, data compilation)
  • Handled 21 design projects during the first year - projects included designs for SG events across Yale SOM as well as other events that tied SOM with other graduate schools
  • Served as liaison between administration and student body (SOM Facilities, etc.)

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Redesign and restructure the layout of the By the Bell
  • Assist student government with any communication or communication-channels that need to be built in advance of or during the 2015-2016 second year
  • Create and manage a clear SG Social Portal
  • Continue to assist SG with design solutions for their events and regular announcements


Student Life Committee


Vision: To foster meaningful, inclusive, and memorable connections and moments within and outside SOM and empower classmates to bring forth ideas and enable them to execute by providing support and resources.

Specific Goals:
  • Provide opportunities for students and classmates to integrate and connect in larger/smaller groups and using the identification of unique talents and interests/passions of classmates as an avenue for connection
  • Utilize Student Life resources, events and expertise to promote inclusivity and connection within the SOM community
  • Give classmates the opportunity to give continuous feedback throughout the year in order to make initiatives the most memorable, meaningful, and impactful, and match the needs of our classmates
  • Be proactive in communicating upcoming initiatives and being transparent and clear on expectations and vision for the initiatives
  • Encourage community building in a fun, safe, well-balanced and healthy manner


Technology and Operations Committee

Vision: To foster meaningful, inclusive, and memorable connections and moments within and outside SOM and empower classmates to bring forth ideas and enable them to execute by providing support and resources.

Specific Goals:

  • Provide opportunities for students and classmates to integrate and connect in larger/smaller groups and using the identification of unique talents and interests/passions of classmates as an avenue for connection
  • Utilize Student Life resources, events and expertise to promote inclusivity and connection within the SOM community
  • Give classmates the opportunity to give continuous feedback throughout the year in order to make initiatives the most memorable, meaningful, and impactful, and match the needs of our classmates
  • Be proactive in communicating upcoming initiatives and being transparent and clear on expectations and vision for the initiatives
  • Encourage community building in a fun, safe, well-balanced and healthy manner
 

Cohort Representatives

 

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Liaised with administration, student life, student government and faculty on behalf of the cohort

  • Awesome events within the cohorts, and cross-cohort events to build community and learn about each other
  • Cohort Cup! Congrats Green Cohort!
  • Forum to share concerns about administrative changes and suggestions for improvement via email, texts, tweets and in person

Looking Forward/Plans for This Year

  • Integrate 4033 class (through mentorship, events and small dinners). Create 4033 events that encourage the two classes to meet, network and become friends
  • Help 1st year reps in their role 
  • Keep 2nd year cohorts together with bonding events throughout the year 
  • Create more structure, timelines and collaboration around the intersection of Student Life and the cohort activities
  • Administrative improvements: holding office hours and town halls for cohorts, as well as soliciting more suggestions from the cohort for events/initiatives

 

MAM / Orange Cohort Representative

Vision: To have an integrated cohort within SOM and to foster a space for ease of integration, push initiatives, social events and to be a channel of communication from the cohort to SG and greater SOM.

Specific Goals:

  • Increase high level of engagement and visibility through forming a small working group to work toward better representation within Student Government
  • Encourage seamless connectivity without barriers by advocating for orange cohort initiatives and priorities through meetings with Student Government, Administration and other leaders of SOM and beyond


Senate Vision 

Vision: As elected students representing SOM to the broader graduate and professional school senate, we aim to advocate for student needs and increase integration among SOM and other schools at Yale.

Specific Goals:

  • Connect and gather feedback from classmates in order to advocate on behalf of the SOM community on issues that affect the broader graduate student population.
  • Provide more meaningful opportunities to engage with the graduate and professional student community at Yale
  • Increase communication and provide more frequent updates to the SOM community in order to create awareness about initiatives and events hosted by the Senate and across the university