Alan Bustamante, the University Centers Student Director, chairs two committees: the University Centers Advisory Policy Board, which meets every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Dreyfus University Center room 211, and the Policy Advisory Committee for Student Organizations, which meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in DUC 211/223.
“As chair, I facilitate both committees. In UCAPB I am the sole chair so I work with Laura Ketchum-Ciftc. She and I start working on agendas or things we want to see be discussed,” Bustamante said. “I personally create the agendas and minutes. I usually use Laura Ketchum-Ciftc as my advisor.”
The advisory board is made up of 14 members from different areas of the university. There are three Student Government Association senators, a residence hall representative, diversity representative, university centers student and employment coordinator, operations representative, Allen Center employee, non-traditional student, disabilities student, alumni or alumni administrator, full-time staff member and advisor.
It is concerned with involving students particularly in programming, focused on how the centers on campus are run.
“I personally like to think of the centers as a support for students. It is essentially completely funded by students through segregated fees,” Bustamante said. “We host the Allen Center, Centertainment, SIEO, the book store, Text Rental, and so a lot of the money broadly covers everything.”
The policy advisory committee is specifically for student organizations on campus. Students voice opinions from within their organization on topics like what they want to focus on, how they want to allocate office space and how to utilize storage facilities.
This committee is divided by the Student Involvement and Employment Office and consists of an RHA, Greek council, University Recreational Sports, academics and art organization, and special interests group member.
All meetings are open to students.