Executive Address

Panther Family,

On behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Georgia State University, I am ecstatic to welcome you to Georgia State University! I am beyond excited to begin this journey with you as your President and look forward to all that we will create together in this upcoming year.

The SGA is the official voice for the student population here at Georgia State University. Our overall mission and vision for this year is to create an SGA that we all can take part and believe in and one that will sustain far after we all depart from our beloved university. That creation starts with you.

As Student Body President, I have drafted five focus areas in which your student government will be working towards to enhance your student experience. Those areas are restructuring of our organization to add accountability, expanding senate engagement, increasing student engagement, the inclusion of all campuses, and mobility over remoteness to add transparency.

We have spent this past summer developing innovative initiatives to address our focus areas to better serve you, our student body. We began with an extensive review and edit of our bylaws. Amending the bylaws was imperative because as we start this creation, our operations needed adjustments to reflect what we have learned from our first year as the consolidated Georgia State University and SGA. Our constitution continues to define what we are and why we exist while our bylaws define how we operate. Other approaches I will be analyzing are having the minutes from each senate meeting posted outside your respective SGA office door, implementing a survey system to assess and analyze the voice of the students, and creating lasting traditions on each campus that create a unified university standard for all six campuses. I look forward to working together to implement these and many more improvements your representatives have for this upcoming term.

As this year progresses, we will expand our outreach by choosing mobility over remoteness. We will be working towards mobility in office hours and constituency days, hosting university-wide senate meetings on multiple campuses, and an open door policy for all of our locations. Personally, to be as accessible as possible, I will be implementing web-based sessions named Corey Chats. Most importantly, the SGA office will be an omnipresent entity. Though each campus will retain their physical location, the office moves wherever your representatives move. We are the office, whether we are in the university library or at one of our university’s events. If you have a concern or question, please do not wait until a formal setting to voice your opinions. All of your elected officials are tasked by me this year to remain dedicated to transparent service.

Every student, undergraduate, graduate, traditional, and non-traditional, are a part of the Panther Family. As a fee paying student, you are directly a part of SGA, and you have the right to influence the way your student fees are managed.  Your elected officials are looking forward to hearing from and working for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us as we are here to listen and represent you. Our promises and platforms will be adhered to and accounted for. This is your office, your Student Government Association, and your voice. You have our undivided attention. Let’s Go Create, State!

With Panther Pride,
Corey Gray
2017-2018 Student Body President

 

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