Response To Proposed Motion To The Student Assembly Board of Directors
In August 2016, a group of APTA Student Assembly members presented 3 motions to the Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD). These motions were as follows:
- That the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors fully investigate the creation of a representative body, including initiating discussions at the national level and with components to determine the feasibility of creating and sustaining a Student Assembly House of Delegates with report and analysis of barriers due at National Student Conclave (NSC) in 2017.
- That the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors report to the Student Assembly at large annually at NSC on progress made on the Assembly's Strategic Plan and seek public comment.
- That the Student Assembly Board of Directors create an initiative to educate students regarding the creation of policies and procedures, motion development, and the value of the business meeting within the Student Assembly.
In response to motion 1, APTA's Student Assembly Board of Directors have fully investigated and deliberated on the creation of a separate Student Assembly House of Delegates. The background paper can be accessed here.
In response to motion 2, the SABoD president prepares a State of the Student Assembly address that is delivered annually at NSC.
In immediate response to motion 3, the SABoD planned a general membership meeting (GMM) that was held at NSC in October 2016 to facilitate and encourage discussion of all 3 motions. With promotional help from the makers of this motion, attendance was estimated at more than 100 students. The GMM was incredibly successful and brought forth transformative discussion generating both immediate and lasting changes in the way the SABoD communicates with and informs student members. Some of these changes include the creation of a GMM at each national conference, Facebook Live updates, and increased focus on APTA House of Delegates.
- Creation of a GMM at each national conference gives the SABoD an opportunity to relay pertinent information to the Student Assembly (including progress and focus on the SA strategic plan), while at the same time presenting the Student Assembly with a platform to express ideas, comments, or concerns.
- Facebook Live updates have provided an efficient and accessible means to communicate with a large reach of students including more than 13,000 Facebook followers, over 12,000 Twitter followers, with an average of 500-1,000 views on each video.
- The 2016–2017 SABoD created an internal SABoD HOD work group as well as a task force comprised of 4 APTA student members to focus on increasing student awareness and engagement in APTA's House of Delegates. With this, a 3-part HOD webinar series was developed to educate and motivate students to participate in the HOD process: HOD 101, HOD 102, and HOD 103.
We look forward to discussing our response to these motions and welcome any questions or concerns students may have. Please feel free to reach out to Lindsey McAlonan, SPT, APTASA SPT delegate at: firstname.lastname@example.org.