In the first full meeting of their 100th session, the Undergraduate Senate discussed bills ranging from the creation of a new position for diversity and inclusion to the creation of a mental health awareness week. Here are the top three takeaways:
Mental health awareness week
The Senate approved a resolution to create an annual mental health awareness week at UNC. Senator Reeves Moseley said he created the resolution to get the bill in front of Student Body President Savannah Putnam, who supported increased mental health resources in her platform.
“That’s why I’m proposing this as a resolution to be brought forward to Savannah specifically,” he said. “That’s why I think we should include a joint conference between the two branches — I mean I don’t know if that’s going to include different student organizations, if this is going to be a week specifically or just an event or how we’re going to do that specifically, but again I think this is a foundation we should initiate on.”
According to the resolution, events could include Therapy Dog Thursdays, an exhibition of backpacks or notebooks to show how many college students are affected by mental health issues or a discussion of how Greek life and mental health are interconnected.