Letter to the Editor: Re-Envisioning the Role of the AAS

Dear students,

I am writing to you in an effort to re-imagine how the AAS interacts with student organizations and the student body as a whole. I want to build our relationships based on more than just funding student events. However, I will need your help.

As part of this, I would like to invite you, or your student group, to the next AAS meeting and have you take the floor and walk us through some things you want accomplish this school year. I want to make time every AAS meeting for at least a couple of students to share their vision and help make it a reality.

To be clear, it’s not a presentation. I want the senate to be your ears, a kind of sounding board that will understand your goals for the year, and move people, resources and relationships to help you accomplish your goals. My ultimate goal is to have the senate be the hub of student advocacy, and not just student activity funding.

I know that you are already very good at making student life at Amherst much better. You already do so much, but if there is any way to make things easier for you I want the AAS to help. There is nothing to lose, and you will be the first item on the Agenda so please give it a try.

All I need from you is an email ([email protected]) three days before our Monday meetings. This is just to make sure that I give enough time to everyone that wants to participate.

If you decide to come, I’ll also arrange for some snacks to make it worth your while. If you let me know what you prefer beforehand, I’m sure I can arrange to have some snacks, so join us!
I hope to see you soon.

P.S. Senate Meetings are on Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse (Red Room).