Senate Meeting: USG plans mental health events, receives USS report



Emanuela Gallo, Editor-in-Chief

Baruch College’s Undergraduate Student Government held its sixth Senate meeting of the spring 2021 semester on March 9.

Joshua Rivedal joined the meeting to speak about his organization, The i’Mpossible Project, which works to educate all on mental health and suicide prevention.

He has given about 400 presentations around the world and 45 virtual ones since the start of the pandemic.

USG is interested in collaborating with the i’Mpossible Project to host a potential event in late March or April.

At the event, Rivedal would give a talk for 45 minutes, which would be followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

He would speak to his own mental health struggles and triumphs. There would also be a discussion on how to spot signs that others are in need, how to help them and which resources are available.

It would be recorded and made available online for a month afterward.

USG then addressed the community listening sessions created to offer Baruch students, faculty and staff opportunities to share their experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion.

There was a discussion on why there hasn’t been registration to the fullest capacity, such as its lack of marketing, timing during midterm season and possible negative perception of the format.

University Student Senate Delegate Alfonso Di Rocco resigned from his position. Senior finance major Yehuda Wexler, who had been elected as USS Alternate, will be replacing him.
Vice President of Legislative Affairs Richard Reyes is now the USS Alternate.

Chair of Philanthropy Osvaldo Garcia next addressed alternatives to proctoring that will be available for students.

A survey will be created to collect opinions on the topic and presented during the next faculty senate meeting.

Director of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement Janet Rossbach joined the meeting to discuss an upcoming alumni and student event.

The event will feature a panel of Zicklin, Weissman and Marxe alumni from a variety of industries. Afterward, students and alumni will be placed in breakout rooms together.

It is scheduled to take place in late April or May. There are intentions to make this an annual event.

USS Delegate and Vice Chair of Fiscal Affairs Joel De La Cruz gave a report next.

He discussed the resolution “Safe Vessel,” which was in response to a CUNY alum’s suicide there last year.

He also talked about the CUNY Food Navigator program and a tuition hike rally held by USS and Student Assembly of the State University of New York, or SUNYSA.

Vice President of Campus Affairs Steven Le spoke next about the Big Sibs mentorship program, which will be ending soon. Mentors and mentees will be collaborating on a final event.

Le is resigning from his position at USG but plans to remain active as a committee member.