With the goal of improving leadership opportunities for students, Meridian Community College is on its way in creating a new student government association by naming Beth Calderon as the advisor.
A Spanish instructor at the College for 21 years, Calderon will have added duties as the new advisor of this organization, and she’s looking forward to the task. “This is all new and very exciting to see where it is going to take us,” she said.
The idea that’s now coming to fruition began as a project for the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. That, in turn, led to a grant from AT&T given in the fall of 2018 to support the student government association.
MCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said college officials were approached by AT&T and specifically C.D. Smith, regional director of AT&T Mississippi. In brainstorming about how best to use the funds, “the first thing we thought about was how we can improve opportunity in leadership for our students,” he said. So, the idea of forming a student government association emerged.
A student government association offers students a chance to coalesce, communicate and understand and learn how to be leaders. Calderon said she hopes students will develop their leadership skills and use them to address student issues on campus. “Through association, students will have a voice with respect to policies that impact them,” Calderon said.
Work has started on the government’s constitution. Student government elections are set for shortly after the College’s spring break with the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer positions on the ballot. Officers will meet monthly.
“We want it to be an all-inclusive organization that represents all the student population, not just for full-time students,” Calderon said.
Other initial plans include hosting a large-scale campus event each semester. “We want to do fun things, too; do more things that make them feel united as a student body,” she added.