UISG Senators Sanjeev Thangarajah and Akash Bhalerao proposing new legislation at the University Capital Center on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. UISG passed legislation about a new constituency position to increase international inclusion. (Ashley Morris/The Daily Iowan)
By Sarah Watson, The Daily Iowan
International students will soon have increased representation in campus politics starting next semester.
Legislation passed at the University of Iowa Student Government Tuesday meeting will give the green light for an international constituency senator, the first of its kind on UISG.
Currently there are seven constituency senators representing historically marginalized communities: Asian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, Native American, disability, and veteran constituencies.
The new position will represent international students by advocating for international student concerns when creating and voting on UISG proposals, as well as engage in regular outreach.
They will also work as a liaison for the International Student Advisory Board.
The board, started by UISG in 2014, is a committee of eight students that works to bridge the gap between domestic and international students and to improve international students’ experiences at the university.
Board Chair Marie Synofzick said she thinks the new senator will bring awareness to international-student services as well as create more effective legislation to support students.