Roosevelt at American University

Roosevelt at American University Welcome to Roosevelt @ AU, a progressive student-driven policy organization that empowers students to create and advocate their ideas for change!
The Roosevelt Network trains, develops, and supports emerging progressive policymakers, researchers, and advocates across the US, focusing on communities historically denied political power. Found on campuses and in cities across nearly 40 states nationwide, the network is built on the principle that changing who writes the rules can help fulfill the ideals of American democracy and build true public power. The network supports student-led, scalable policy campaigns that fight for the equitable provision, distribution, and accessibility of public goods at the campus, local, and state levels. In addition to its student-led activities, the organization leverages the power of its alumni network—which includes public officials, lawyers, teachers, nonprofit executives, and researchers—to expand opportunities for the next generation of policy leaders. A program of the larger Roosevelt Institute, the network operates alongside leading economists and political scientists to bring the ideals of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt into the 21st century.

Statement on the Killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Countless Others...We must also remember t...
06/01/2020

Statement on the Killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Countless Others...

We must also remember that the lynching and police brutality are overt forms of racism. The many forms of covert racism that society has deemed “acceptable” are also harmful. Fighting racism means opposing ALL forms of racism.

Thank you to the student activists who have brought attention to these relevant issues. Please consider signing these tw...
05/14/2020
Sign the Petition

Thank you to the student activists who have brought attention to these relevant issues. Please consider signing these two petitions:

https://www.change.org/p/american-university-provide-academic-forgiveness-to-au-students-due-to-covid-19

https://www.change.org/AmericanUniversityTitleIX

The first petition relates to an AUSG resolution recently passed asking the administration to change the pass/fail switch date to June 1st, and signatures for this petition could make this change a reality.

The second petition calls for action against the new Title IX rules being implemented by the DOE. These rules spell danger for the rights of survivors as well as the overall safety of the student body.

Provide Academic Forgiveness to AU Students due to COVID-19

This is an amazing development. Just over a week after the student body overwhelmingly voted to fully divest, American U...
04/22/2020
The Eagle

This is an amazing development. Just over a week after the student body overwhelmingly voted to fully divest, American University has done such!

Huge shoutout to Fossil Free American University for starting this fight nearly a decade ago and to the other student organizations, student leaders, and student advocates who got involved to finish this fight in a campus-wide coalition.

BREAKING: After a decade of student activism, AU has fully divested public fossil fuel investments from its endowment.

04/21/2020

Roosevelt at American University is proud to announce our 2020-2021 Executive Board:

President: Samuel Hiratsuka
Vice President: Aileen Pradhan
Project and Policy Director: Daniel Falkovic
Programming, Diversity, and Inclusion Director: Evalin Olson
Treasurer: Ben Hughes

We cannot wait to continue advocating for progressive reforms and public power at AU!

04/17/2020

Congratulations to the new AUSG Executive Board. While we did not endorse some of you, Roosevelt at AU hopes to provide insight, research, and advocacy where we can.

There are critical issues facing the current student body, from the fallout of this pandemic to the university's precarious financial position to following through on divestment from fossil fuels to improving mental health resources on campus to getting rid of hidden fees that burden students to protecting workers on campus.

If you are a student interested in reforming policy on this campus and making sure American University lives up to your values, we ask you to get involved. Get involved with us; get involved with campus governance; get involved with labor rights protections.

There are so many organizations and issues to care about on this campus that we must be in this fight together, and we must stay in this fight.

The AU Student Body has spoken: We must divest from fossil fuels now!
04/17/2020

The AU Student Body has spoken: We must divest from fossil fuels now!

IT PASSED!!!

04/11/2020
American University Student Government

American University Student Government

Yesterday, the Department of Education announced the allocation of more than $6 billion in emergency cash grants for college students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are part of the stimulus authorized by the CARES Act. American University received a total allocation of $6.3 million for these grants. AUSG has been in contact with the Financial Aid Office to get information as to how this funding will be used to help students.

While the allocation of funds was publicly announced yesterday, AU is still waiting to receive guidelines from DOE as to how the funds may be spent. DOE has only specified that at least half of the total allocation must be used for student awards, which is slightly over $3 million in the case of AU. Once AU receives federal guidance, it will develop a plan to distribute the funds to students. There will be some time before these funds are made available, with grants not available immediately.

The size of each school’s allocation was determined by that school’s Pell-eligible population. For this reason, the Financial Aid Office believes that students will likely be required to demonstrate financial need in order to receive grants from this funding. Therefore, it is likely that students will be required to file their FAFSA in order to be eligible.

With regards to this stimulus funding and to financial aid in general, the Financial Aid Office will evaluate changes in students’ financial position, including hardship rising from the pandemic. Due to widespread economic disruption, it is likely that there will be an increased need for financial need among AU students in the next academic year. As AU receives stimulus funding, it will be better able to meet this increase in need.

The Financial Aid Office encourages students to reach out to their financial aid counselors if they need relief due to current economic disruptions. AUSG recognizes that students often face difficulties when interacting with the Financial Aid Office, so we will continue to seek clarity for the student body whenever possible.

Signed,

Bobby Zitzmann
Comptroller of AUSG

Apply to be on Roosevelt Network’s National Leadership team! (Don’t worry, the link is for the 2020-2021 NL applications...
04/10/2020
Roosevelt Network

Apply to be on Roosevelt Network’s National Leadership team! (Don’t worry, the link is for the 2020-2021 NL applications!)

Applications (and nominations) for our National Leadership positions are now open! If you or someone you know is interested in joining our student leadership team, learn more here:

04/09/2020

The president of the AU WCL Student Bar Association has resigned after blatantly racist and homophobic social media posts were discovered on her account.

We wholeheartedly condemn the actions of this racist and homophobic individual. The response by WCL as well as this individual were lacking, to say the least. We will not tolerate racism and homophobia on AU’s campus.

Faced with yet another racist attack, we must also acknowledge that non-White students at AU are far too often subjected to micro-aggressions that go unaddressed.
Roosevelt @ AU is committed to working against these issues by supporting and working with affinity organizations on campus. We stand in solidarity with Black and LGBTQ+ students on campus.

Vote Yes to Divest!
04/09/2020

Vote Yes to Divest!

Voting starts in less than a week! Get excited to vote yes on the referendum to divest!

What happened tonight at the AU College Democrats AUSG Debate was disturbing and disgusting. We want to amplify their st...
04/09/2020

What happened tonight at the AU College Democrats AUSG Debate was disturbing and disgusting. We want to amplify their statement on what happened and express solidarity with them.

Please read our statement regarding the inappropriate behavior during the AUSG debate. We are deeply sorry for the harm this caused to the viewers and candidates.

04/09/2020

Tonight, members of our E-Board attended the AU College Democrats debate for AUSG President and Comptroller candidates. Over the course of this debate, the Zoom room was "Zoombombed" and disgusting comments were made about an outstanding leader on AU's campus.

We stand against this and stress that sexism has no room on AU's campus or in the progressive movement.

The Roosevelt at American University Executive Board is pleased to announce our endorsements for the 2020-2021 AUSG Exec...
04/07/2020

The Roosevelt at American University Executive Board is pleased to announce our endorsements for the 2020-2021 AUSG Executive Board elections.

Please read our reasoning down below:

For President, we are endorsing Joshua Dantzler. We decided to endorse Dantzler because his vision for the role of the presidency meshed well with our mission to change who writes the rules. Dantzler wants to bring advocates and activists together to seek real reforms at American University. In addition, Dantzler’s prioritization of student workers and pledge to tackle hidden fees that burden every single student drew us to him.

For Vice President, we are endorsing Tamir Harper. We decided to endorse Harper because he brings a tenacity to reforming AUSG, particularly the Vice Presidency, that would put student organizations first by creating the Director of Partnerships position in replace of the Chief of Staff. As Harper as Vice President, student organizations, especially smaller ones, would have a close ally to help elevate their statuses.

For Secretary, we are endorsing Hanya Pillai. We decided to endorse Pillai because she showed an energy to go above and beyond her role if elected Secretary. Pillai laid out a framework for using the Secretary’s position as one of an advocate for the student body, which is desperately needed at this time. Her detailed plan dedicated to making AUSG more accessible also pointed toward someone aware of the bubble AUSG often finds itself in that needs to be burst.

For Comptroller, we are endorsing Jacob Robbins. We decided to endorse Robbins because of his explicit vision and plans that put students first. His detailed plan to tackle the increasing costs of Founder’s Day and call for a Department of Student Labor within AUSG highlighted his commitment to the workers’ rights and progressive reform. He is also uniquely qualified given his previous experience writing an AUSG budget that having him at the table as AU starts its next budget process means students have an informed ally advocating on their behalf.

We want to thank these four candidates, as well as the rest of the candidates, for chatting with us last week as we engaged in this process. And we encourage our membership and the entire student body to vote for these four candidates so we can get moving on progressive reforms at American University.

The Roosevelt @ AU Executive Board was thoroughly impressed by the caliber of this year’s candidates and hope they stay involved in campus governance and activism. But while we were impressed by this year’s batch of candidates, we must still demand more from our student leaders. Roosevelt @ AU will be assisting our endorsed candidates and future AUSG Executive Board in policy research, advocacy, and implementation because we need real reforms on this campus.

We must ensure the burden of Founder’s Day is taken off student shoulders. We must ensure American University fully divests from fossil fuels while also finding a new path to relieve the University’s dependency on student tuition. We must ensure ALL workers on this campus are protected. We must ensure an equitable policy response in the wake of the current pandemic. We must ensure hidden fees are a thing of the past and that students from any background can attend this school. We must ensure mental health resources are expanded. We must ensure Title IX and Diversity and Inclusion trainings are mandatory for all student organizations. We must ensure feminine products are easily accessible in our dormitories.

We must demand more from our student leaders and that means holding their feet to the fire. This endorsement is not the end of our involvement, and we ask other students to get into this fight with us.

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG President candidates, Eric Brock Jr., Joshua Dantzler, Nikolas Jok, and Je...
04/07/2020

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG President candidates, Eric Brock Jr., Joshua Dantzler, Nikolas Jok, and Jeremy Ward. We are grateful that each and every one of them took the time to speak with us during this time of crisis. Please stay tuned for our endorsements for the 2020-2021 AUSG Executive Board elections at 6PM EST!

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG Vice President candidates, Tamir Harper and Schanelle Saldanha. We are gra...
04/07/2020

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG Vice President candidates, Tamir Harper and Schanelle Saldanha. We are grateful that each and every one of them took the time to speak with us during this time of crisis. Please stay tuned for the next batch of interview summaries for the AUSG President candidates at 4 PM EST!

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG Comptroller candidates, Justin Levine, Mark Lu (who has since withdrawn), ...
04/07/2020

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG Comptroller candidates, Justin Levine, Mark Lu (who has since withdrawn), and Jacob Robbins. We are grateful that each and every one of them took the time to speak with us during this time of crisis. Please stay tuned for the next batch of interview summaries for the AUSG Vice President candidates at 2 PM EST!

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG Secretary candidates, Grace Christin and Hanya Pillai. We are grateful tha...
04/07/2020

Here are the interview summaries for the AUSG Secretary candidates, Grace Christin and Hanya Pillai. We are grateful that each and every one of them took the time to speak with us during this time of crisis. Please stay tuned for the next batch of interview summaries for the AUSG Comptroller candidates at 12 PM EST!

04/06/2020

Over the course of the past week, the Roosevelt at American University executive board conducted interviews with every single candidate for the AUSG Executive Board elections for the purposes of endorsing a progressive, pro-reform slate.

We asked each candidate a series of 25 questions on topics including the COVID-19 Pandemic, campus culture and life, finances, labor rights, and personal goals. We did not vary the questions based on the candidate or position because we wanted to see what values and vision each candidate was running on.

After more than 11 hours of interviews, 65 pages of notes, and hours of deliberation, the Roosevelt at American University executive board has come to a decision as to who we will endorse for the 2020-2021 AUSG Executive Board elections.

Since this is Roosevelt @ AU’s first time endorsing in AUSG Executive Board elections, we wanted to put out as much info as possible including interview summaries and a full reasoning for our endorsements.

Throughout tomorrow, we will be releasing summaries of the conversations with each candidate showcasing how each candidate views the role they are running for, highlights and key takeaways, and room for improvement.

Tomorrow at 10 AM EST, we will release the summaries of the interviews with the candidates for Secretary. Tomorrow at 12 PM EST, we will release the summaries of the interviews with the candidates for Comptroller. Tomorrow at 2 PM EST, we will release the summaries of the interviews with the candidates for Vice President. Tomorrow at 4 PM EST, we will release the summaries of the interviews with the candidates for President.

And tomorrow at 6 PM EST, we will release our endorsements for each position and our reasoning.

We look forward to sharing our thoughts with the AU community to bring further awareness to the bold reforms that we can take at AU to support public power and public goods, especially in a time of crisis when change is needed more than ever.

AU has a responsibility to step up right now and provide assistance to the DC community during this crisis. With much of...
03/30/2020
Letter to AU Administration Regarding Dorm Use During COVID 19 Epidemic

AU has a responsibility to step up right now and provide assistance to the DC community during this crisis. With much of our student body now home for the remainder of the semester, campus housing can be used for COVID-19 isolation units.

We cannot allow unused campus housing to remain unused during this crisis when they can serve purposes to provide help to our community.

Please read this letter Abigail Goldner Morris and Julia Larkin wrote to AU about how the university can offer up its space to help DC prepare for the pandemic. If you support this, please sign onto this as well before they send it to the administration!
bit.ly/AU-COVIDHousing

To American University Facilities Management, Office of Campus Life and President Burwell, As American University students, faculty, and staff, we recognize the severity of COVID-19. We understand that people around the world are being affected in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. We understand....

AUniversal Pass
03/26/2020
AUniversal Pass

AUniversal Pass

Please fill out this form to let your opinion on AU's grading scheme for Spring 2020 be heard!

Please read the email below from Provost Myers on updates regarding Pass/Fail. Amazing work to all the students and comm...
03/26/2020

Please read the email below from Provost Myers on updates regarding Pass/Fail. Amazing work to all the students and community members who lent their support for this effort.

03/16/2020

Please sign these two petitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

1) This one is asking for the university to allow students to alter some or all of their classes to pass/fail: http://bit.ly/PassFailPetition

2) Another is to ensure staff get paid leave beyond April 6! http://bit.ly/PayAUStaff

03/12/2020

For students who cannot travel home or must stay in DC, please contact AU as soon as possible at [email protected]

01/27/2020

Tonight's meeting will be in *MGC 245* NOT 247!! Hope to see you there!

Office of the AUSG President Angela Chen
01/27/2020
Office of the AUSG President Angela Chen

Office of the AUSG President Angela Chen

The email sent out this morning from the Office of Campus Life, simply put, missed the mark. The numbers that were shared do not reflect the multitude of valid reasons for why a student may miss their appointment. Most importantly, the data that was shared does not negate the need for the expansion of the Counseling Center and mental health resources for students at large.

I will be meeting with VP of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Dr. Fanta Aw and Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Traci Callandrillo on Tuesday morning. I've seen and heard so many students voice their frustration and hurt regarding the communication and I want to be able to lift up those voices as much as I can. I want to be able to directly and accurately communicate how the student body feels at this moment. I've attached on this post a Google Form where everyone can anonymously or not anonymously submit what they would like me to express to Dr. Aw and AVP Callandrillo, and I will communicate it at our meeting. You can submit a personal testimonial, experience, or if you wanted to just submit a link to a post you've already made about the issue, that works too. Anything that you feel would help me best communicate your thoughts.

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