This week, ESC got the gears turning on social and institutional initiatives for the upcoming semester.

VP Student Life Matthew Wahl (‘23) kicked off this week’s meeting with a reminder about the upcoming Meet a Fellow Engineer event, which will be held at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm on September 23rd on the Math Lawns. Each participant will receive a free burrito, catered by Dos Toros.

Student Body President Kennedy Salamat (‘23) updated attendants on a future collaboration with the Columbia Food Pantry for Campus Hunger Awareness in February. Salamat also debriefed a meeting held with Dean Morrison to discuss COVID flexibility (including the potential for recording classes) and dining hall efficacy.

VP Policy Angel Mancera (‘23) announced that the first Policy Meeting was conducted this week, where he met the new members and organized the Policy Agenda for the semester. Mancera then mentioned an upcoming meeting with Leora Brovman to discuss the educational curriculum, as well as the potential to expand minor options.

Wahl introduced four newly-confirmed events for ESC’s Explore NYC Initiative, giving students the opportunity to take the following local trips: Top of the Rock on October 7th at 8 pm, One World Observatory on October 14th at 6:10 pm, the Empire State Building on October 21st at 7 pm., and Wicked at the Orchestra on October 28th at 7 pm.

With the new COVID-19 restrictions on campus, Wahl also mentioned that the Student Life Committee meetings, which are held every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 pm, have now been moved to Zoom.

VP Communications Shomik Ghose (‘23) discussed the possibility of transforming ESC’s peer mentoring program with an emphasis on equity, involving helping new students adjust and catch up to their peers.

University Senator Elias Tzoc-Pacheco (‘23) announced that the Student Affairs Committee had their first retreat of the year, where they set priorities for the semester moving forward.

Representatives from the Class of 2022 met with Matthew Pataschnick and Kyle Krouse to discuss the selection of a keynote speaker for Class Day, intending to send their recommendations to Dean Chang by fall break.

Representatives from the Class of 2023 met with Alumni Affairs to introduce further opportunities to connect with alumni, such as direct pairing, panels, and coffee chats.

Sofia Olmeda, one of the Class of 2024 representatives, discussed the success of the sophomore’s NSOP 2.0 and noted future plans to connect the first- and second-year students.

Racial Diversity and Inclusivity Representative Malik Hubbard (‘23) introduced a developing survey for diversity-focused clubs, along with his intentions to connect with the clubs’ leaders and create a direct line for input and problem-solving.

Campus Affairs Representative Sergio Butron (‘23) contacted CCSC and began developing a Dining Action Plan to ensure efficient but COVID-safe dining hall procedures.

First Generation and Low Income Representative Abigail Cawley (‘22) closed out the night discussing meetings with Columbia’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office and Multicultural Affairs to address future FLI initiatives for the semester.

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