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UPUA Funds ‘Know Your Employment Rights’ Campaign, Approves Elections Commission Budget

The 18th Assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) met once again on Wednesday to discuss several new pieces of legislation.

With no special presentations, the assembly moved into new business after the swearing-in of its new disability alliance representative.

New Business

The assembly began by discussing Bill #59-18: Funding for the National Agriculture Day Celebration. This legislation tasked UPUA, in collaboration with other organizations, with supporting National Agriculture Celebration Day. This event will take place on March 19 and will be held on the Berkey Creamery Lawn.

Bill #59-18 passed unanimously.

Next up was Resolution #12-18: Establishment of Voter Experience Survey. This piece of legislation focused on civic engagement at various Penn State campuses. It holds the Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Department of Public Relations responsible for analyzing survey results to understand problems that influence voter turnout.

Resolution #12-18 passed unanimously.

Following this was Bill #54-18: Financial Support for Student Affairs Health & Wellness Website Translation. With international students making up 14.8% of the undergraduate population, this bill allowed UPUA to have essential student documents translated to make them more accessible. The four languages chosen for this bill are Simple Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Spanish.

Bill #54-18 passed unanimously.

Moving on, the committee voted on Bill #55-18: Establishment of the Spring 2024 Student Employment “Know Your Employment Rights” Campaign. Bill #55-18 focused on a social media campaign aimed at educating students on their rights while employed. The campaign will focus on topics like hourly wage expectations, academic conflict accommodations, and student-employee benefits.

Bill #55-18 passed unanimously.

The assembly turned its attention to Bill #56-18: Funding for Cones for Consent. In partnership with the registered student organization “It’s On Us,” UPUA will participate in a week-long event that promotes sexual violence awareness and emphasizes prevention strategies for the student body. The assembly will provide funding for Berkey Creamery ice cream cups available at the event.

Bill #56-18 passed unanimously.

Next on the agenda was Bill #57-18: Funding for Night of Remembrance. Penn State holds the annual event to honor the lives of students who have passed throughout the school year. The Night of Remembrance will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

Bill #57-18 passed unanimously.

To wrap things up, the committee discussed Bill #58-18: Elections Commission Budget. This bill approved the budget for the 2024 Election Commission, which will fund outreach programs to increase student engagement in the upcoming UPUA elections.

Bill #58-18 passed unanimously.

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