I have an emotional attachment to the media center, and I’m not even a little ashamed. I essentially live at the library and everyone who works there is so fantastic. This Monday evening, SGA had the opportunity to share this wonderful insight with everyone.

The budget in the past has been tight, which created many limitations on hiring student workers. However, now there’s a little more flexibility, and the design center hopes to work with more classes within the first year of experience so students can learn more about the resources of the Milstein centers.

Regarding external announcements, make sure you attend an information session if you’re interested in running for SGA and joining our amazing Barnard SGA! Additionally, on April 22, from 11 am to 1 pm, we are hosting the Eco-festival with tons of free food, products, and awesome clubs and departments! My biology professor is joining with his super cool and cute bees, so make sure you check it out!

Moving to the presentation portion of the meeting: Melanie Hibbert is the director of IMATS, which offers tons of student productions, workshops, and more. IMATS is open to people whenever Milstein is open unless it’s reserved for classes, so if you’re passionate about media as an alternate knowledge form, you can potentially create a podcast instead of a research paper for classes!

Moving to the Digital Humanities Center or DHC, they host programming, student support, and help with faculty and classes. The entire DHC team is comprised of student workers who understand using digital methods to answer humanities research questions. The DHC is a great place to get involved with your senior thesis, projects for courses, and weekly events.

Now the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) creates various projects during its 51-year-long career that work with gender and justice, criminalization, and much more. The BCRW worked on the poverty and public housing-related issues seen in the redline project in the lobby of Milstein. The office provides students a place to bring projects like Black Queer Trans Mobilization in the Caribbean, and the options are genuinely unlimited.

Emily Ndiokho (BC ‘22) asked how to increase access to the student centers since these are so limited access-wise and aren’t built to handle expansion. The department heads responded that the physical amount of space is a constraint, and the hours also make it tough to use the areas. However, they’ve opened the centers to Saturdays, have plans to renovate spaces, and are already advocating for more resources for staffing. Additionally, they’re making plans for NSOP to introduce students and first years to the resources at the different centers.

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