It was about 1am on a cold night in January. I found myself scrolling through an old Sharepoint site. Why I was on it at 1am in the morning? You'd have to know a lot more about me to answer that question. Mostly just that I find myself most productive on Friday nights.
I found an old SGA bill on the page, from 1992. "The Student Bill of Rights" said the title. I was intrigued. I didn't even know I had a bill of rights beyond what was in the federal Constitution. So, like any resourceful millenial, I googled it. "Northeastern Student Bill of Rights" I typed into google. Here's what came up:
Yup. You read that right. passed in 1992. And this is the most recent version we've got.
Instantly, I knew I wanted to make this a big part of Paulina's + my platform. This is incredible tool that has the potential to empower students in the classroom and on campus. 25 years has been far too long.
From there, our original idea took off in ways we never imagined. We'd speak about our platform to potential voters. We'd explain to them how we wanted to expand explicit rights for international students in the area of language services, how we wanted to detail Title IX provisions, how we wanted to ensure that students with differing levels of abilities had what they needed to succeed. And every time we talked to someone, we walked away with even more ideas: formalized rights for our DACA students, rights for our Student Athletes, the right to not have to pay to do your homework.
So it really became a simple choice. This is an initiative, a historic event, that touches the lives of every single undergraduate student. Regardless of background, or identity, it's our job to ensure that you're protected in the classroom and on campus. So you'll find us on campus throughout the fall. We want your feedback, your voice to help craft your rights. That's what's at the heart of this initiative: an enduring belief that we, as students, deserve a say in our rights on campus.
So lend us your voice. Give us your feedback. Join the conversation. It's been 25 years. It's time for us to define our rights. Check out this page for more information + updates regarding the initiative.