By Savannah Harrelson 
Director of Public Relations
savannah.harrelson@asu.edu

Last semester, I attended a American Student Government Association conference in Los Angeles, and I was re-inspired to become a better student leader and a better representative of you all, the students.

Over the course of the one-day training, I attended sessions about communication (my speciality), becoming a better leader, how to handle crises and dealing with apathy within a student government.

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The best part about this conference was that I learned USGD is doing a lot of things right. We use many, if not all, of the recommended communication tactics for student governments, we try to remain transparent and ensure all of our minutes and documents are posted on time, and ultimately, we love engaging with and learning about our wonderful downtown student body.

However, there are a few things we could be doing more of, and I’m excited to get back to work to help USGD become a better organization.

First and foremost, I want to introduce more town halls. These would be a chance for students to ask their student government representatives any questions and also provide feedback. These forums are very important, and we certainly need to be doing more of them. 

I also want to introduce “week in briefs.” These are short, one-page bulleted summaries of what USGD has been up to that particular week. This way, students will always know what we are up to and what issues we are focusing on during our time in office.  

Lastly, I want to implement a frequently asked questions section on our new website. YES, we will be getting an all new website in January 2017. We are hoping to make this new website more accessible for those with visual disabilities and also more informative. Therefore, we will put a new FAQ tab in addition to other resource tabs to help answer any questions that you may have.

If you have any other suggestions on how to make USGD more efficient, transparent and effective, I would love to hear them! Feel free to shoot me an email or stop by my office hours.

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