USG and Title IX coordinator create plan of action

Written By Sabrina Bodon

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Elizabeth Rosemeyer, the Title IX Coordinator, met with United Student Government (USG) to present a plan of action in a presentation titled “Preventing Sex Discrimination at Point Park University.”

In a four-page hand out and a presentation, Rosemeyer shared a “living document” showcasing four main goals in the form of logic model. 

“A logic model is where you set up a list of goals that you have and then you work backward,” Rosemeyer said at the meeting.

The four goals revolved around student culture becoming nontolerant to sexual activity without clear consent for first year students, students seeing themselves as “agents of prosocial change in the greater community.” For upperclassmen, students to learn how to “compassionately support others” who are victims, and an overall goal to have “student engage in healthy relationships.”

The activities to allow for these goals range from training on consent in City-University 101 classes, upperclassmen completing a 30-minute training as a refreshment to Think About it and working with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape training for bystander intervention.

USG also recognized the Point Park Pilates Club, which took form after several free fitness programs including pilates, yoga, and cycling were cut over the summer by Point Park.

“We had pilates originally in the Student Center, but after student activates were cut this summer pilates, yoga and cycling all that was finished. Our passion is Pilates,” Lindsey Florence, president of the Pilates Club said.

Florence spoke to the legislative body of the benefits her and several other certified pilates instructors can do for the student body.

“Basically it will have four different times throughout the week of meetings in hour long sessions which is like a class that we offer and volunteer,” Florence said.

The Pilates Club will be open to all students of all skill abilities.

The Finance Committee presented the legislative body with a preview of the “Official USG Guidelines for Budget Standards” which outlined key points on how the Finance Committee and voting members of the legislative body will allocate funding in regards to advertisements, apparel, food, off-campus events, transportation, and prizes. 

These guidelines were sent back to the Finance Committee for revision and clarification to be presented again at next week’s meeting.

During the Senator Reports section, senator Amedea Baldoni announced that she was looking into making the Hug-A-Hound event more accessible to students. Hug-A-Hound, where the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society has volunteers bring dogs for students to pet and destress.

“I began by asking the class of 2019, but I will need help. I’m still working on asking different classes. If there is not a time that does work best, the event will stay at the time it is now,” Baldoni said.

She stressed to senators to ask their constituents for different times that would work for them, but also noted that this will in no way take away the event from the student body.

Senators were also assigned faculty committees where they would become voting members and have abilities to make changes to Point Park. 

The four committees senators were assigned to included Library Oversight, which oversees maintenance and resources, Student Affairs, which looks at student engagement, Curriculum, which reviews classes and courses, and Enrollment, whose goal is to bring new students into the University and retain the students already here.

Representatives from USG will be answering questions of WPPJ on Wednesday, Oct. 7th from 9:20 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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