This Week in SGA: Oct. 23

This week, the SGA listened to a proposal to join UA Little Rock chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the NAACP in hosting a presentation that stresses the importance of voting in local elections.

Rashad Roberts, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, said that the intercollegiate fraternity would like to take up a national project known as “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People.”

Rashad Roberts, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, answers questions about the proposed event for two journalism students Photo: Ryan Bourgoin.Forum

“We want to get our students out and educate them over the importance of voting locally, and the importance of being registered to vote,” Roberts said.

The presentation, which has been proposed for Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Ledbetter A and B, would be an extension of the fraternity’s nationwide outreach effort.

SGA president Brian Gregory expressed approval of the idea, and said that the organization should be actively promoting civic engagement among UA Little Rock students, “in any and every way possible.”

Pres. Gregory said that a bill officiating the event would be presented and voted upon in next week’s meeting.

In addition, the SGA will move Nov. 6’s “Your Voice Heard!” town hall meeting to a later time slot. Though originally scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m, the meeting conflicts with a food insecurity forum hosted by the Clinton School of Public Affairs, which several members of the senate will be attending. The event’s new date and time was not announced at this meeting.

Fliers for the town hall meeting will begin to circulate by Wednesday, Oct. 25, or at the latest Oct. 26.

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