By Aneal Joshua Ramkissoon
Boca Raton Campus Editor
On November 3 and 4, The Florida College System Student Government Association gathered to vote on Legislative Issues affecting the Florida College System.
The Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) represents over one million students who attend the 28 Community and State Colleges across the State of Florida. FCSSGA’s mission is to unify the member colleges in order to best attend to the concerns of the students of the Florida College System and serve as a vehicle to communicate these concerns to the Florida Legislative Body.
Over 400 student leaders from member colleges across the state gathered in Altamonte Springs to vote on their college’s stance on five legislative issues submitted by colleges. The five issues presented were, Major Gift Matching Funds Program Reinstatement, Campus Early Voting Locations, Removing Barriers and Extending Access to Voting for Students, the Scholars Program and In-State Tuition for Veterans in Higher Learning Institutions. The issues were approved by the organization and will now prepared in an Official Statement of Position which then be the main document used for advocating on behalf of the Florida College System.
The conference also provided workshops and training for attending members on a wide array of topics ranging from how to speak to a senator, leadership and cultural diversity to the legislative process and eating healthy. These workshops will help in the process of preparing the student advocates as they go to Tallahassee on February 1– 2 to lobby the issues of the Florida College System directly to the Florida Legislature. The Florida College System Student Government Association will take their unified efforts to make a change, and make the voices of the students of Florida be heard. One Million. One Voice.