Nathan J. Robinson for Vice President
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Building a Stronger Alumni Community

For each of us, our graduation day is the moment when we have the most experience as Brandeis students, but it is also the moment when we lose most of our voice as members of the Brandeis community. We're all future Brandeis alumni, and our degree keeps us connected to the University for the rest of our lives. I want to strengthen the alumni community and ensure that we all remain players in Brandeis's future beyond our graduation.

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Sahar Will:

  • Work to organize an Alumni Union that functions much like the Student Union and provides alumni with a more formal, structured method to share their voices with rest of the Brandeis community.
  • Work to create programs that integrate alumni into Brandeis academic life. For instance, we create a program that allows alumni to attend Brandeis classes so our education at Brandeis never ends. We can also invite alumni to teach semester-long classes and share the knowledge that Brandeis gave them with future generations of students.

Working for Social Justice at Brandeis

A commitment to Social Justice is one of the core pillars of Brandeis, but we don't spend any time defining exactly what "social justice" is. I understand that social justice means different things to different people, and I believe that everyone's vision of social justice should be heard. As a University, we should encourage discussion on what social justice means and how we can live up to our founding principles.

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Sahar Will:

  • Work for the creation of Social Justice Seminars, which, much like the existing USEMs, will be centered around classroom discussion and will have different themes to allow everyone a space for their particular views on what social justice means.
  • Work to create Leadership Training programs similar to those found at other Universities. These programs will teach Brandeis students how to serve as leaders with their communities and to spread and embody the principles they take from Brandeis.

Protecting Student Rights and Encouraging Student Involvement

Students are the main stakeholders at Brandeis, and it is the student body that allows the University to exist. Living, working, and studying at Brandeis makes us the perfect candidates for sharing and solving the problems that the University faces. Our voices should be heard as much as possible, and our rights as students must be protected.

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Sahar Will:

  • Continue the push to have students incorporated onto all University Committees and Task Forces. We have made great progress on this issue during this semester, and it should be made a permanent policy.
  • Work for a codified Student Bill of Rights. Once it is implemented, I will listen to student concerns about any inadequacies and work for any reforms that are necessary.

Representing All Students on the Board of Trustees

While I have my own ideas on what we should work for with the Board of Trustees, I understand that my primary role is to represent all of you. I will do my best to introduce every student's ideas and complaints to the Board. To do this, I will create new methods of reaching out to the community for suggestions and opening myself to the student body.

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Sahar Will:

  • Run regular polls of students through the new Union website to get a sense of what the entire community feel about critical issues.
  • Expand the Lunch with a Trustee program to create direct connections between the students and the Board.

Endowment and Investment Responsibility

The current budget crisis is showing us how important our endowment is to Brandeis's financial health. As a University which incoporates the principle of Social Justice into our core philosophy, we have a special opportunity to serve as role models in our ethical and transparent investing. I've worked on these issues as a member of the Committee on Endowment Ethics and Responsibility, and I will continue to fight for them as the Representative to the Board of Trustees.

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Sahar Will:

  • Encourage the Board to expand our endowment transparency and make Brandeis a leader in the area of open investing.
  • Work to expand the role of CEER and allow as many students as possible a say in what constitutes responsible investing.