Intro // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
Mission Statement // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
What We Do // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
Mady Thornquest Trustee
Jo Ross Treasurer
Cienna Newett Vice President
Isha Khanzode Fine Art
Tan Sangmanee President
Hannah Panov Film & Video
Meet the Union // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
Justine Gorry First Year Rep
She/ He/ They
They/ Them, He/ Him
Noah Monaghan Character Animation
Advisors Wes Love Kim McAlpine Bailey Cool
She/ Her, They/ Them
Photo & Media
Nikki Ochoa Critical Studies
Health & Wellness Assistant Maddie Keyes-Levine Communications Assistant Emily Lew
Allie Smith Critical Studies
Hasti Bakian Acting
Kelsey Gomez Music
Kait McKinney Dance
CalArts Government Structure // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
Budget Breakdown // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
Hired additional designer: In an effort to provide more jobs for students, we took on graphic designer, Emily Lew to help with communications tasks and projects. Redesigned Meeting Agenda and Summaries: We redesigned our meeting agendas and follow up emails to be more easily read and transparent for Union Reps as well as all of the student body. CalArts Weekend: Collaborated with Alumnx and Student Experience to host various Meet the Union events. As well as developed graphics and information materials for these events.
Internal Work: Organized and updated various graphics within the Student Union google drive. Grants Graphics: Developed a series of graphics for our grants committee so that the grants process could be easier and more transparent to students. Hub: Posted various events and announcements to the student body. Magazine: Designed, organized, and developed CASU website: Continued to update and maintain the Student Union website. www.studentsunion.calarts.edu
Communications // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
The communications committee takes on all projects related to Student Union events, announcements, graphics, social media posts, and website.
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“I think design and transparency go hand in hand. It’s crucial to make things that stand out and appeal to students since we are competing with 15-20 other emails per day. I hope Student Union graphics can bring a sense of joy even though our inboxes are often a place of stress.” -Cienna Newett
“As an additional designer, I want to be the support to the other members by being available to help with any task/design that needs to be done. I hope to make their load lighter in any way possible, so they can put their best foot forward to lead and serve the student body. In addition, I hope to bring what I know about design to assist in communicating to the student body in a clear, engaging and friendly way.” - Emily Lew
“As we push for systemic change at CalArts, we can’t fall behind in terms of structural changes in areas that we, the students, can control. Creating change needs to start from the bottom up and not the other way around.” - Tan Sangmanee
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The Student Union Constitution Committee is a newly formed group responsible for overseeing and proposing the ongoing policy structure of Union. The group is comprised of only Union representatives as they are tasked with creating new draft proposals for the Union bylaws (if needed) and is the designated place where drafts of Union letters/proposals are created before itâ€™s approved and sent out to the student body.
AC C O M P L I S H M E N T S
Developed official Union Mission Statement Constructed Financial Aid Response Letter
Members Hannah Panov Jo Ross Tan Sangmanee Advisor: Wes Love
Created proposal for Student Evaluation of Mentor Performance
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In an effort to be more transparent, we broke down our grant awards from the fall semester. We hope these numbers can encourage more students to apply.
Total Applications (Fall Semester 2020)
Grants // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
Grants Awarded by Program Program
Photo & Media
Art & Tech
Aesthetics & Politics
Film & Video
D&P Grand total
*Student Union treats all metiers equally. The numbers above purely reflect those who took the time to apply. If you didnâ€™t apply for a winter grant, please consider applying for one in the spring semester!
Grants // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
“Working with the Wellness Committee this past semester has been very rewarding. During such an uncertain time it was wonderful to have a place to work on positive things that were directly helping students with their wellbeing.” -Wes Love 28
Wellness // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
“Working with the Wellness committee this past semester has been really exciting. As a new student it’s been great to be able to have a connection to the physical space and something to plan for and look forward to when we return to campus. I’m really excited we were able to raise money last semester so that this next semester we can work on the details as well as other resources for combating food insecurity at CalArts.”
“By bolstering our pantry, CalArtians won’t have to worry about when or where their next meal will come from and will be able to perform better in their classes. A healthy mind starts with the basics of being able to maintain sufficient diet and hygiene and that is what the members of Student Union want to provide for all. We hope to successfully build a healthier CalArts community together with help from the public.”
- Isha Khanzode
Members Co-Chair Maddie Keyes-Levine
Chair Isha Khanzode
Committee Advisor Wes Love
Sustainability // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
- JUSTINE GORRY
Members Kait Mckinney Noah Monaghan Justine Gorry
Mission Statement The Student Internationality Committee (SIC) was developed as a result of institute negligence to the black community and students of color at large. We, the Student Union Student Intersectionality Committee (SIC), aim to create a safe space working to provide radical inclusion and amplified student input for all at CalArts. We want to provide an ever changing platform that serves the needs of the students as those needs evolve. SIC will be a place of constructive, actionable conversation and cross pollination of ideas, people, pedagogical approaches, and backgrounds. We want to promote a sense of transparency and accountability between the student bodyâ€™s marginalized communities and the faculty and administration, furthering the idea of shared governance and student input in institute diversity decision making.
Co Chair Jo Ross
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Co Chair Mady Thornquest
SIC // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
CURRICULAR DIVERSITY AND EXPANSION
+ To demand radical systemic changes in admissions and enrollment to better reflect diverse demographics CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR CONVERSATION
+ To foster community among the various groups and students on campus
+ To advocate for reallocation of meritscholarships to financial aid awarding practices which prioritize racial and socioeconomic diversity.
+ To protect the interests of minority students, especially under discriminatory circumstances
+ To implement the perspectives of minority groups in pedagogical approaches and institute-wide teaching practices
+ To be a voice for the interests of international students + To ensure the students, faculty, and administration are held accountable for unacceptable and discriminatory behavior, on campus and off
+ Being the central point for Identity Groups to acquire resources and funding + To help forge connections between different identity groups
INSTITUTE DECISION MAKING
+ To ensure that institute decisions are made through an equitable and diverse lens that represents ALL students, not just those who come from a place of political and economic privilege + To work in collaboration with institute officials whose jobs pertain to equity, diversity, and inclusion + To amplify marginalized studentsâ€™ voices and ensure accountability on the administrative front
AC C O M P L I S H M E N T S
Established the first CalArts Halloween Event Online Launched the 2nd year of the Immersive Experience Theater Piece Constructed an official CalArts Halloween Website (https://halloween.calarts.edu/) Created an official CalArts Halloween Youtube Channel (CalArts Halloween)
Collaborated with 5 administration offices at CalArts Partnered with Baobab Studios (Studio CoFounded by Alumni Eric Darnell) Implemented a credited Halloween Course with CalArts for student artists in the fall Showcased over 40 projects from current students & Alumni
Due to our world circumstances and the need to go remote, this has allowed us the opportunity of incorporating online aspects (i.e., videos and live streaming) into the Halloween event and let artists from around the world see these events for years to come.
The Halloween producing team has been tasked to work on Unionâ€™s Spring Event. Be on the lookout for more information and unique competition for artists being announced soon!!
Halloween // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020
The CalArts Halloween Event functions as a celebration of the artists who attend our school, as well as an opportunity for the whole of the CalArts community to gather and showcase our uniqueness. In partnership with Student Union, we have created an event that celebrates our diverse community that makes up CalArts. It is run, managed, and designed by current CalArts students, making it an entirely one of a kind experience.
D O N AT I O N U P D AT E CalArts Halloween was supported by a generous gift from The Evelyn Sharp Foundation. Student Union & CalArts look forward to strengthening our relationship with current and new donors as we work to fund this Institute facing event separately from Student Activity fees.
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Closing // Student Union Fall Recap // 2020