Senate grants SGA recognition to Inclusive Collective

SGA Senate The Student Government Association Senate unanimously approved its first senator for the semester at Sunday’s meeting.

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By Ashley Dwy

DeKALB – The Student Government Association Senate granted Inclusive Collective, a religious student organization, full recognition at their virtual meeting Sunday.

Inclusive Collective’s mission statement is fueling young adults through Jesus rooted soul work, said Autumn Glass, president of Inclusive Collective.

The soul work includes Hungry Huskies, which is 6 to 7 p.m. every Sunday; three community groups that are all online and involve spiritual practice, self-awakening questions, discussion questions and more; once a month worships over Zoom; a retreat in the fall and another in the spring.

“We want to be a student organization so we can grow our ministry and better connect with NIU and reach more students,” said Niimo Love, treasurer of Inclusive Collective. “Also, we want to be able to collaborate and partner with other NIU student organizations for future events and outreach programs.”

They welcome all students of any religious identity, Love said.

“This organization has already been very active on campus doing a lot of great things,” sergeant-at-arms Clayton Schopfer said. “If you haven’t been to Hungry Huskies yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a great experience, the food is great, and they’re very, very inclusive. It was one of my favorite parts about NIU before [COVID-19] happened.”

Other Business

SGA approved a bill to add employee and ethics expectations as an amendment to their bylaws.

Employee expectations in the bill are such that, once employed, a student is expected to follow all university and department policies and procedures. The employee ethics expectations include working with honesty, integrity and transparency, according to Part I Article IV Section 2 of the bill.

“We’re employed by the university, so we want to mirror that and clear up some gray areas,” Speaker of the Senate Brad Beyer said. “In addition to cleaning up some grammatical errors, these are the expectations that we’ve always had – this is just, pretty explicitly, putting them into the bylaws going forward.”