President Michael S. Roth ’78 is back in the Memorial Chapel tonight for the second annual State of the School Address, organized by the WSA in conjunction with the Ankh and the Argus. At 8 PM, Wesleyan’s own pioneer of liberal education will answer questions submitted by current students, and all of these questions will subsequently be passed on to the Board of Trustees to be discussed at their next meeting.
Last year’s address was the first time the WSA had done anything like this. Enacted by last year’s President Kate Cullen ’16 and VP Aidan Martinez ’17, the annual event was established in order to promote and facilitate transparent discussion between students and the administration. As described by the WSA:
The intention of this event is to provide students the opportunity to speak face-to-face with President Roth, ask meaningful questions and hear his reasoning behind major decisions. Through organizing this dialogue, the WSA strives to raise the student voice in administrative decisions and inform President Roth on how to make better decisions to meet our needs as students.
Naturally, we’ll be liveblogging. The structure is as follows:
- Introduction by the WSA (5 minutes) — intention, history of creation, explanation of purpose
- President Roth’s monologue-type address (20 minutes)
- Question and answer section (1 hour)
- Closing remarks (5 minutes)
A student-only debrief will be held afterward in the Zelnick Pavilion from 9:30-10:30. Click through for our liveblog of the address: