Internal Reforms Committee (IRC)

Chair: Steve Sperazza ’18
E-mail: speras@rpi.edu

Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD

Overview:

The Internal Reforms Committee was recently created at the end of the Spring 2017 Semester, with the focus of improving all internal aspects of the Student Senate. Over the course of the next academic year, we plan on investigating how the Senate and its committees function, how Senators are trained, how Senators interact with their constituents, faculty, and each other. Bylaw amendments and suggestions will be presented to the Senate’s General Body Meeting whenever the Committee sees an issue, or a more efficient, better way to do something. Another major project for the upcoming year is to develop a basic guide on how a Senator would best represent the student body, with detailed sections on concepts like proposal writing, debate, public speaking, and leadership, as they relate to Student Senate.

IRC will likely contain two subcommittees. The first will focus on formal Senate matters; the Senate’s current standards and practices will be looked into, including Roberts Rules, bylaws, officer positions, and committee structure. The second subcommittee will tackle softer issues within the Senate, mostly covering interpersonal interactions, training, and the guide on being a Senator. Currently, both subcommittee Chairs have not been filled. For any questions or inquiries about chairing a subcommittee, email the committee chairman, Steve Sperazza, at speras@rpi.edu.