Bradley Spahn ’11, candidate for WSA President writes in about the Student Leadership Stipend he’s proposing:
As you may know, I’m running for WSA President because I want to protect everyone’s opportunity to participate in Wesleyan student life. In my work as President of Students for Barack Obama and the WesDems, I came to appreciate how much time it takes to be a student group president. I realized then the WSA could make being a student group leader a little easier for students on work-study.
That’s why I’m proposing a Student Leadership Stipend, so that student finances don’t force someone to choose between being a student and being a student leader. The stipend would use some of the surplus from the WSA budget to provide 30 student leaders, chosen by a panel of students, with a stipend equivalent to a 10-hour per week work-study job. The stipend would only be available to financial aid students that have already established themselves as a leader of a student group.
Wesleyan is the vibrant place it is because of our strong commitments to one another. As students, we give up large chunks of time every week to serve our community through student groups. Unfortunately, because of the demands of their work-study jobs, many students are unable to fully participate in student life, forced instead to take work-study job.
No student should be forced to choose between having enough money for books and taking a more active role in student life, but that’s precisely what is happening to many of our student leaders on financial aid.
The stipend won’t resolve all the challenges that financial aid students face, but it will make things fairer, helping remove one burden for these students and make Wesleyan’s student life even more vital and diverse.
Elections for WSA President and VP, as well as for senior class officers, are now open. This Wesleying post will eventually have the link for elections…