*This page is a transcription of one section of the 2019-20 SUNY Student Assembly Advocacy Agenda. For a full directory, and more information on our advocacy, please be directed to the Advocacy page.*
The 2019-20 Advocacy Agenda
Strengthening Campus Communities
On - Campus Childcare Centers
SUNY’s childcare centers help thousands of students, faculty, and staff to study and work while raising families. We support increasing the state appropriation for these centers back to its peak level of $3,980,000, as allocated in 2010. Such investment will help SUNY’s 48 childcare centers, 26 of which are situated on community college campuses, to meet the needs of our campus communities and allow campuses to develop childcare centers that do not already have them.
The Childcare and Development Fund Plan (CCDF Plan) provides federal block grant funding for childcare centers. In the past ten years, such funds have decreased and subsequently plateaued, having gone from 3.9 million in 2009 to 2.2 million in 2012, where it has remained since. The Student Assembly supports an increase in finding back to its peak schedule of $3.98 million. The Institute for Women's Policy Research also underscores the negative effects of this decreased funding on single mothers in college.
Educational Opportunity Program
The Student Assembly urges the state to protect the Educational Opportunity Program, which helps SUNY students from low-income families afford college. Additional funding for EOP would allow campuses to open more spots in the program to eligible students, expand the Foster Youth College Success Initiative, and offer increased student support services.
The Educational Opportunity Program offers critical support to students who would not have been accepted ordinarily. Students who meet the program criteria are able to access critical academic resources and financial aid. The Student Assembly urges the state to protect the Educational Opportunity Program, which helps SUNY students from low-income families afford college. Additional funding for EOP would allow campuses to open more spots in the program to eligible students, expand the Foster Youth College Success Initiative, and offer increased student support services.
Educational Opportunity Centers
SUNY Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) offer a second chance at a higher education to thousands across the state. EOCs offer academic remediation, vocational training, and certification programs at no cost in various communities around the state. The Student Assembly strongly believes it is essential that state funding for the EOCs be protected and strengthened.
Provide Free Menstrual Hygiene Products Across SUNY
The Student Assembly supports free and equal access to menstrual hygiene products across the SUNY system. These products should be provided free of cost to students who require their use in all bathrooms across the system. We estimate that providing menstrual hygiene products would cost $4 million system-wide- a cost that should not be born by students.
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics estimates that 500 million individuals across the globe experience period poverty on a monthly basis. The SUNY University Faculty Senate supported a resolution to Provide Free Access to Menstrual Products at All SUNY Campuses in All Restrooms. It is imperative that SUNY accommodates all students who menstruate.