Weekly Senatorial Update from Drew X Coles

Student Senate

Two resolutions were passed at the last meeting; The Fees Must Fall Resolution and the Resolution on Recognition of the Lenape. The #FeesMustFall campaign and resolution recognize that many benefits come for those who access higher education. However, the price of that education has consistently increased. The Resolution on the Recognition of the Lenape (/ləˈnɑːpi/) is our support in looking for recognition for the Lenape people who used to live where Columbia now resides.

There were 6 bills passed in the last meeting. The first bill was the SAS Qualitative Research Workshop, which was seeking funds for a qualitative research funding workshop, and was approved. The next bill passed was the C&T Holiday Potluck Party, a social gathering predominantly attended by students of the C&T department. Nonetheless, all are welcome. The next bill that was approved was the O&L & Clinical Psych: Psych Out! Game Night, which will be on December 3rd in the Everett Lounge from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. The next bill that was approved was the OneTC – One Vision (Poster) Bill. This poster would be used to give students the opportunity to publicly write things they want to accomplish before they have left TC. The next bill that was approved was the ICE/SIE Fall Internship Fair, which will be in the Everett Lounge on Thursday November 12th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The purpose of the event is to help TC students learn about and prepare for some of the most competitive internships in their respective fields. The EPSA Indoor Recess Night was the next bill to be approved in the last meeting. The aim of the bill is to provide a time for students, staff, and faculty to network and take a break from studies. It will be on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There will be a wide range of games and activities at the event. There will likely be an outing to a local food and drink establishment afterward. Last, but not least, the Senate approved support for the November Comedy Night which will be held in the Whittier Café on November 17th from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

International education week is November 16th through the 20th. On Thursday, November 19th from 7 – 9 p.m. TC will have a social trivia night featuring a panel of 2 domestic and 2 international students.

Jolene Lane  and Janice S. Robinson from the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs host and promote many events that are informative and engaging. One I went to recently was entitled, “Demystifying the IRB.” The presenters at the event covered; what an institutional review board is, what our IRB does, and how to navigate through the online Mentor IRB system. These are all important things for every single doctoral student to know, and also for masters students who would like to collect data for publication.

The video update closes with a tutorial of how to input a picture of yourself into your tc.columbia.edu email profile. Sarah van den Berg, an Ed.D. Student in Curriculum and Teaching, showed this to me, and I thought it would be great to pass it along!

Here are some in-text directions> Settings  > General > Scroll down to “My Picture” > Upload picture 

As the department is looking to strengthen the online presence of all of its students, this is just one step that will help!

As always, I’m wishing you a very productive week and rest of the semester!


Drew Coles

Drew X Coles is the Arts & Humanities Senator for the Teachers College Senate at Teachers College, Columbia University.