The Residence Hall Association (RHA) announced a new initiative, called 'Different Together,' aimed at highlighting diversity during the student senate's Wednesday meeting.
“This movement’s goal is to highlight the diversity within our own residence halls and individual differences that unify us as one community,” a representative for RHA said.
As a part of the initiative, students will submit a minute-long video addressing what diversity means to them. All the videos that complete the questions on the submission form will be posted on the USC Residence Hall Association social media platforms, the RHA representative said.
Student Senator Molley Jenkins also announced that she is working on an initiative for the student senate to provide free menstrual cups for students.
Additionally, student senate's Health and Safety Committee reported that the university is discussing COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
"We are also looking into COVID vaccination information transparency between the students and the university," Student Senator Morgianna McDevitt said.
A recommendation for the establishment of a student government newsletter that Student Senator Nytavious Bennett proposed also passed with a vote of 29 to five.
The plan for the newsletter is not yet finalized, but Bennett outlined that it would be sent out biweekly or monthly through email so as to not overload students.
Student Senator Whitney Garland objected to the proposed email format and instead proposed sending the newsletter out through social media platforms such as Instagram, where readership may be higher, but Bennett disagreed.
“I don’t really feel like adding it into our social media platforms would be helpful because I’m not sure if that will bring the most eyes of the student body to our newsletter,” Bennett said.
Student Senator Addison Cottone said she agreed with Bennett.
“The student government Instagram [reaches] 11% of the student body, whereas the email of a newsletter would reach 100% of the student body,” Cottone said.