The Brandeis Running Club was successfully chartered during the senate meeting. Jenny Zhao ’24 and Danna Jaffe ’24 attended the meeting and shared a presentation on the workings of their club. The club plans to hold group running sessions one to two times a week at a few different locations. In the future, the club hopes to run in areas beyond the local Waltham area so an estimated budget to include the cost of transportation and special events would be around $500 per semester.
The Brandeis Multicultural Hair, Art, and Empowerment club was successfully chartered after Jolecia Saunderson ’24 presented her club to the union. According to their presentation, the purpose of the club is to bring a club to campus that involves explaining the multiple diversities of hair and its importance, drawing and exploring hair art and engaging with empowerment. The club also aims to include BIPOC undergraduates and graduate students. After being put in the waiting room, Joseph Coles ’22 claimed that he “strongly supports” the club and mentioned they have put in a lot of effort into forming and creating plans for their club. Courtney Thrun ’22 agreed saying, “it’s actually clubs like these that actually get things done.”
No representatives from the Brandeis Impact Club attended the meeting.
Courtney Thrun ’22 also mentioned plans to implement a mental health task force to help combat the sense of “burnout that everyone is feeling right now.” Thrun also mentioned that the State of the Union event will be held on April 29 in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium.
In terms of executive board reports, Lia Bergen ’25 mentioned that the dining committee is working on addressing issues related to the BiteU application and is working on plans for ramadan meals in the dining halls. The Health and Safety Committee is working on initiatives to help the mental health of international students and continuing existing work on the PAD project. The committee is also doing research on the implementation of therapy dogs to get that initiative running as soon as possible. Peyton Gillespie ’25 from the sustainability committee mentioned that they have plans to have a meeting with other clubs for the climate coalition project they are working on.