WSGA meeting discusses mental health resources

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On April 3, WSGA senators had a meeting. In the beginning, they did weekly announcements. Community affairs director Rodriguez said, “There are still two more events of Pause for a Cause, so senates are going these events and present WSGA as well as promoting of last two.” The president Zac Surritt reported “This week and next week is the last two full weeks of this administration. We’re going to start thinking about cabinet resolution”

After the weekly report, senators listen to the presentation from Emily Meyerhoffer-Kubalik who works on Washburn University Counseling Service. She talked about information about counseling service at Washburn University. The counseling service located in Kuehne Hall, Suite 200. Hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday is drop in appointments 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meyerhoffer-Kubalik mentioned that “The Washburn University Campus Advocate is a trained professional hired to support victims of crime by advocating on their behalf, offering assistance in navigating the criminal justice system, providing emotional support or simply sharing crime victim rights and reporting options. The Campus Advocate offers these confidential services free of cost to all Washburn University and Washburn Tech students, staff and faculty.” Counseling services commonly provide support for: adjusting to college, advocating for victims of crime, building healthy relationships, coping with depression, improving communication skills, managing stress and anxiety, providing case management, and supporting the changing needs of Washburn’s diverse populations. Also, the campus advocate can help with emotional support, providing information on victim rights, providing referrals to campus and community resources, providing information about reporting options, navigating the criminal justice system, going with clients to legal proceedings, going with clients who want to get medical assistance, safety planning. Meyerhoffer-Kubalik said “You don’t need special contact information, so service can be associated by anyone in Washburn University. Also, it is free”.

After the presentation, senators moved to have the Allocation Committee meeting where WSGA senators decide favorable or unfavorable from a presentation that includes funding requests.

There are eight organizations including the Washburn police cadet program. The Washburn police cadet program is an opportunity for Washburn students to have a law enforcement experience while still attending college. The program is an excellent opportunity to observe what law enforcement officers do on a daily basis, especially for students with an interest in a law enforcement career. The organization requested new uniforms and equipment for new members who enter in fall 2019.

Lastly, senators discuss cabinet. From the discussion, President Zac Surritt said that the “meeting should open to the public, so anybody who shows up the meetings have a right to voice their opinion.”