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Archived information from the 2018-2019 ASSU Executives Shanta Katipamula and Rosie Nelson.

Listed below are some articles that highlight campus issues and initiatives that we've been working on during our term. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather to showcase the diverse range of work that we participate in. For our most recent statements on pressing issues, please see our Facebook page.

Dozens of student body presidents criticize proposed Title IX changes in comment - February 3, 2019

"Shanta Katipamula, Stanford University student body president, and Simran Mishra, University of Minnesota student body president, were instrumental in leading the initiative..."

Student government leaders from 76 colleges express opposition to DeVos's Title IX changes - January 31, 2019

"In a collective effort co-led by Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) president Shanta Katipamula ’19, student government leaders at 76 colleges have signed a letter opposing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed overhaul of federal guidelines for campus sexual assault cases..."

ASSU members author comment opposing DeVos' proposed changes - January 28, 2019

"Members of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition have written a public comment delineating their concerns with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ proposed changes to Title IX to submit to the Department of Education (DOE)..."

Faculty Senate discusses ways to prevent honor code and fundamental standard violations - January 25, 2019

"Associated Students of Stanford University President Shanta Katipamula ’19 echoed the point that faculty could engage more deeply on the first day of class in what constitutes an honor code violation and suggested that the issue could also be approached as one of mental health and wellness..."

Stanford students launch new Title IX toolkit - January 24, 2019

"NCLC spoke with Stanford students Julia Paris, Maia Elizabeth Brockbank, and Krithika Iyer about their recent effort in creating an all-inclusive toolkit for students looking to take action before the new extended deadline of January 30th..."

Stanford alum brings therapy llamas to campus to promote mental health app - January 24, 2019

"Associated Students of Stanford University Co-Director of Mental Health and Wellness Jennalei Louie ’21 said that the therapy llama event formed part of a current groundswell of efforts to improve mental health at Stanford.."

Disability community center, inclusion highlighted in ASSU fall progress report - January 16, 2019

"According to the report, the ASSU has spent over 580 hours in meetings with more than 350 administrators, student groups and ASSU leaders during fall 2018..."

Proposed federal changes to Title IX guidance would demand revision of Stanford's policies, report says - January 14, 2019

"The Office of Institutional Equity and Access’ Jan. 8 analysis, created at the request of Associated Student of Stanford University (ASSU) Executives Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D. candidate Rosie Nelson, gives a “high-level overview” of changes Stanford might need to make if DeVos’s plans move forward..."

GSC approves bill submitting Title IX feedback to Department of Education - January 10, 2019

"In its Wednesday night session, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) unanimously passed a bill committing Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) President Shanta Katipamula ’19 to submitting feedback to the United States Department of Education regarding proposed changes to Title IX regulations..."

ASSU holds Title IX workshop on DeVos changes - December 6, 2018

"On Nov. 30, the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition held a workshop to explain how students can participate in the public comment period regarding recent changes to Title IX policies proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos..."

Yale will have an emergency contraceptive vending machine soon - And it's not the only university - December 4, 2018

"The New York Times also pointed out that price was a barrier for many students seeking the morning after pill. Therefore, some universities, like Stanford, opted to use the vending machines to sell generic versions of emergency contraception, which typically retail for around half the price of similar non-generic products."

Board of Trustees announces new ethical investment policies, dissolves former advisory panel - December 4, 2018

"'While the disbanding of APIRL removes one step in an already bureaucratic process, the ASSU (through NomCom) had the ability to recommend students to be on APIRL and we hope that any ad hoc committees that are formed will have clearly delineated processes for student involvement and input,' ASSU President Shanta Katipamula ’19 wrote..."

Stanford Title IX procedures reamin unchanged as DeVos unveils new sexual assault regulations - November 17, 2018

" 'ASSU will be participating in the notice and comment process, as well as providing tools and resources for students who wish to participate in the notice and comment process as well,' said ASSU Executive President Shanta Katipamula ’19..."

Following petition to address worsening smoke, University cancels Friday classes - November 16, 2018

"The letter garnered over 500 student signatures within eight hours of publication. Signees include ASSU executive president Shanta Katipamula ’19 and ASSU Mental Health and Wellness co-director Trenton Chang ’20..."

Disabilities Awareness Week wraps up with rally for disability community center - November 5, 2018

"Bryce Tuttle ’20 and Frank Mondelli Ph.D. ’21, co-directors of Disability Advocacy on the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) executive board, opened the rally by asking attendees to join them in solidarity with the campus disability community..."

Faculty Senate discusses Stanford's role as a global university; student government leaders present goals for 2018-19 - October 26, 2018

"Following a brief overview of the structure of the organization, ASSU Executive President Shanta Katipamula and Executive Vice President Rosie Nelson gave a report on the goals and areas of focus for the student government for academic year 2018-19, touching on diversity and inclusion, mental health and wellness, free speech, and affordability..."

Faculty Senate hears from ASSU Execs, panel on 'Stanford as a global university' - October 26, 2018

"During its second meeting of the quarter, the Faculty Senate heard Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) executives Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D. candidate in education Rosie Nelson outline their goals for the 2018-19 school year, with particular attention paid to forming partnerships between Stanford students, faculty and staff..."

Stanford disability activists demand permanent community center - October 17, 2018

"During the demonstration, Bryce Tuttle ’20 and Frank Mondelli P.h.D. ’21 — co-directors of disability advocacy on the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) executive cabinet — presented a petition with over 1,200 signatures from the Stanford community requesting University endorsement for a permanent disability community center..."

Constitutional Council appointees seek to improve transparency, continuity - October 8, 2018

"The candidate selection process began in spring quarter, when the ASSU executives sent out a call for applications. The top candidates were interviewed by a committee including representatives from the ASSU executive branch, Undergraduate Senate and GSC, who then submitted their final preferences to the executive team. The executives officially nominated the candidates and presented them to the Senate and GSC for confirmation hearings..."

New Title IX Coordinator choice reflects student input in selection process - September 25, 2018

"After the choices were narrowed down to two, Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) president Shanta Katipamula and vice president Rosie Nelson gathered 20 students to develop a recommendation. Eventually, Provost Persis Drell approved Thomas as the new coordinator..."

Stanford hires new Title IX officer, ombudsperson - September 17, 2018

"Student government leaders lobbied the university to have two of the five interview panels who have met with the Title IX coordinator candidates made up entirely of students, according to an Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) report. ASSU also sought and provided feedback about the position directly to the search committee and provost to address 'fears that student feedback will be filtered by administrators,' the report states."

New federal sexual assault regulations will roll back protections for victims. How might this impact Stanford's campus? - September 4, 2018

"ASSU Executive President Shanta Katipamula ’19, whose April campaign platform included a call for better sexual violence policies and practices at Stanford, also voiced concern about DeVos’ proposal to allow schools to modify their evidentiary standards in misconduct cases..."

ASSU Execs seek student input on selecting new Title IX Coordinator - June 10, 2018

"As the University looks to hire a new full time Title IX Coordinator following the announcement of current Coordinator Cathy Glaze’s retirement, Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) President Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Vice President Rosie Nelson — a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Education — have called for students to take part in the interviewing and selection process..."

Stanford to replace campus climate survey with AAU alternative - April 26, 2018

"In their campaign, incoming ASSU executives Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D. candidate Rosie Nelson promised to 'continue pushing for Stanford to administer the [AAU] survey in 2019.' Katipamula told The Daily in an email that she was “thrilled” by the Provost’s decision, as well as by the process through which it was made..."

Q&A: Recently-elected ASSU Executives Shanta Katipamula and Rosie Nelson - April 18, 2018

"The Shanta-Rosie slate won 61.92 percent of the vote, more than twice as much as the second place slate, which earned 27.3 percent. The winners made connecting undergraduate and graduate students a central component of their platform..."

Office of Civil Rights: Some Stanford policies on sexual misconduct 'not compliant with Title IX' - April 10, 2018

"'After a lengthy process spanning three years, we are hopeful that the resolution announced today by the Provost will help bring survivors a degree of closure,' wrote ASSU Exec candidates Shanta Katipamula ’19 and doctoral candidate Rosie Nelson in a statement Tuesday evening to The Daily, saying that OCR’s findings validate concerns long raised by students."