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New Club Budgeting Process to be Announced at Open Forum on Monday

A new process for club budgeting will be announced at an open forum on Monday, Feb. 12, according to Mike Elias, Assistant Dean of the College and Director of Student Engagement and Leadership. During the town hall, Elias will present the details of the new process and students will have a chance to ask questions. The town hall will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in Stokes.

“[The Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC)] has devised an equitable, transparent, and collaborative way that student engagement funds can be allocated,” said Elias. The new process will take effect in fall 2018.

SLAC was formed in fall 2017 to examine issues related to student organizations on campus. Elias said that the budgeting process was a priority for them from the start.

The purpose of the committee is to convene a working group of student leaders – who represent a diverse spectrum of Haverford’s clubs & organizations – to create an engaged, inclusive community by: identifying and addressing issues, initiatives, and projects that relate to Haverford’s clubs and organizations, building leadership development opportunities, crafting new policies, assessing our current program offerings, and/or developing new all-campus events,” Elias wrote to students via email in August.

Over the past year, club budgeting has become a more widely discussed topic on campus, with students raising concerns about why certain clubs hadn’t received the funding they requested.

In the fall, the Students’ Council Co-Treasurers allocated about $214,000 to student clubs and organizations, which had requested a total of about $283,000. So far this semester, clubs and organizations have requested about $277,500 and received a total of about $259,000.

The Co-Treasurers have tried to address any confusion with more informative emails and instructions. In an email to the community, they also explained that budget cuts in the fall were due, in part, to the addition of 37 new clubs on campus and more funding being requested from existing clubs.

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