Today is the last day to apply to be a member of the Executive Board. Therefore, in my article, I would like to tell you a little about the E-Board and what an E-Board representative does.
The E-Board is the chief financial body of the Rensselaer Union consisting of RPI students that directly manage our Union. The E-Board decides the best way to allocate the Student Activity Fee through the annual budgeting process, appeals, and new proposals. They manage Union facilities and operations, and provide advice and guidance to Union-funded clubs. The E-Board is made up of 15 voting members and within its constituency aims to reflect the campus population to accurately represent student needs. The make-up of the Board is defined within the Union Constitution. Of the 15 members, 12 are chosen by the President of the Union and three positions are delegated. Of the delegated position, one will represent each of the following areas: the Student Senate, the Gaduate Council, and the Undergraduate Council all of which are appointed by their respective bodies. Among the 12 representatives selected by the President of the Union, there will be at least one member from the freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate classes. There must also be five representatives who have been members of a club or varsity sport team, and two at large members representing any membership within the Union.
The main goal for the E-Board is, “to unite all its members in a commitment to the ideals for which Rensselaer stands,” fulfilling the purpose of the Rensselaer Union, as stated in the Constitution, including expanding extracurricular life, coordinating student organizations, and providing space for students to share their ideas and opinions.
To reach this goal, E-Board representatives have two main responsibilities. The first is to be a liaison for their assigned clubs and an advocate for them during budgeting. Every E-Board member will meet with their clubs in person at the start of their term in order to open the lines of communication and to begin to build a relationship with the clubs they represent. Club officers should always feel comfortable contacting their Representative with questions, concerns, or business. The second responsibility is to work together with the other E-Board members in deciding how to best allocate time and resources to benefit as many students as possible and help improve the student experience. The E-Board can act by supporting programs, facility upgrades, drafting policies, and investing in services to promote student wellbeing, health, safety, and overall enjoyment of student life at RPI.
Being a part of the E-Board is an honor and a service to your fellow students. The time commitment is large; E-Board members must attend weekly meetings fully prepared to talk about each item on the agenda, as well as meet with their assigned clubs whenever they need assistance, in addition to answering questions by email in a timely fashion. There are three to four full days of budgeting in the winter before the spring semester begins. This time is spent approving and disapproving club budgets in accordance with the Rensselaer Union Budget Policies and Guidelines. There are also required days of training in the fall so that the E-Board is prepared for the year ahead of them. On a personal note, I can honestly say that every minute I have spent working with clubs and on Union affairs has been worth it. I have loved being on the E-Board and look forward to leading the E-Board in the upcoming year.