“It is my unyielding faith that those who love this campus can change it.
With the initiatives that I’m proposing, I’m asking each and every one of you to believe that we can be one body, reaching for what’s possible – building a more perfect Stony Brook. As your President, I will stand unapologetically with the student body in my pursuit of these goals.” – Cole Lee
*With an endless number of critical issues that confront our student body and the campus community, the Office of the President is not limiting advocacy efforts to the initiatives listed below. Please feel free to contact our office at 631.632.6460 or come stop in during office hours for a full list on our efforts to enhance student life and maximize the student experience for all.*
Securing Free Laundry: Campus Residences has included President Cole Lee’s Free Laundry Initiative in their draft of the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018.
Diversity: President Cole Lee has enacted Executive Order #001 to combat acts of hate, discrimination, bigotry, and divisiveness in all of its forms. The order creates the office of Diversity Affairs in USG, fully staffed with a new Director, and committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity.
It’s On Us Campaign
I want to commit to action on sexual assault prevention on our campus. As 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college, this is an issue that I take very seriously not only as a student leader but a fellow seawolf. As President, I will commit to building regular programming, trainings, and education on sexual assault, identify leaders that will continue the work after I graduate, and work to change the culture around sexual assault. It’s On Us is an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. It’s On Usasks everyone — men and women across America — to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault. It’s on all of us to stop sexual assault. I took the pledge to be a part of the solution and you can too at ItsOnUs.org If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation, go to notalone.gov to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1‐800‐656‐HOPE.
According to the 2016 Academic Calendar, classes run from Sept. 7th to Nov. 23rd with no breaks in between. This is just shy of three months and for so many of our fellow students – far too long to not see family and loved ones due to the inability to travel long distances back home. With a rigorous course load that accompanies being one of the world’s premier Universities, it has become abundantly clear in my second term of engaging with students that the calendar in its current state is far too draining and leads to an overwhelming amount of anxiety or fatigue. There exists a dire need for a mental break. With 23 other SUNY Schools (excluding community colleges) adopting some form of fall break, I will call upon the University to adopt this change for the student body.
– As it currently stands, a Calendar committee comprised of Administrators, faculty, staff, and students has been formed to explore ways in which a Fall Break could come into fruition. A draft/proposal for an academic calendar that would span from 2018-2023 includes two full days of a Fall Break along with an additional reading day before Finals.
SUNY 2020/Rational Tuition Plan
Let me be very clear. Not I, Cole Lee, nor USG support increased tuition.
What we support is a fair, equitable, and predictable tuition plan. This conversation is far more nuanced than a simple yes or no. With the passage of the NY SUNY 2020 legislation, students and families were able to properly plan for the cost of a college education for the first time in the history of the State of New York. The plan will allow each State University of New York to raise tuition by $300 – replacing an era of dramatic tuition increases and spikes of up to 40% as we’ve seen when it increased by $950, $750, $650, and $500 in years past. As the son of Korean immigrants who attained a modest living as the owners of a small business, I understand firsthand how devastating these kinds of hits can be for students and their families. I know full well the burden of having to work 3 jobs in an effort to simply make ends meet. SUNY 2020 prevents these extremely detrimental and fear of uncertainty from ever occurring. In addition, SUNY 2020 has allowed for significant accomplishments by Stony Brook University:
- Four year graduation rates are up 5 points since 2006 (exceeding national average by 18 points).
- Added 685 course sections for a diverse and enriching curriculum/academic experience
- Hired 246 net new full-time faculty
- Provided upward o 32,000 hours of individualizes tutoring and advising to elevate student experience
- Increased annual TA stipend by $2000
- And offered 19 new degree and advanced certificate programs (plus 22 more in the works) and so much more.
As the older brother of an incredibly bright and talented younger sister, I can not stand for one second, how unacceptable it is for my sister to not have the same opportunities that are afforded to me simply due to the fact that she is a female. That is why I serve on the University’s HeForShe Steering Committee and dedicate every resource at our disposal to this solidarity movement that seeks to promulgate gender equality.
Seawolves support network
As 1 in 4 college students suffer from depression, it is essential that our student government and the university address this growing issue. As President, I am working on the formation of The Seawolves Support Network in collaboration with the Center for prevention and outreach, Counseling and Psychological Services, in addition to various student groups. The Seawolves Support Network will serve to empower Stony Brook University students to create a safe community and support each other’s mental well being, and identity day-to-day issues in peer facilitated groups. The Seawolves Support Network aims to become the first sustainable peer to peer led structure at Stony Brook University. We define sustainable through the people we help and the leaders who represent the organization; empowering members into leadership roles in the future and having WSN thrive once the current leaders graduate.
Office Hours in the SAC Lobby
In an ongoing effort to prioritize transparency and open lines of communication, I understand how important it is to have USG become more accessible and visible to the campus community. Members of the Executive Council and Senate will hold at least one hour of their weekly office hours outside of the USG Suite and in the SAC Lobby or other high traffic locations on campus. Students can speak to their elected officials about anything and everything during these hours.
Promulgate programs and initiatives that serve to promote diversity and student health
As student leaders on campus, it is our responsibility to ensure the well being of our fellow Seawolves leading by example. Members of USG work for the sole purpose of improving the lives of our students and familiarizing (to the best of our ability) the issues and every day experiences of our incredibly diverse and unique student body. With that being said, our members will make it a priority to attend and promote all programs that deal with student health and diversity.
- SHAC (Student Health Advisory Committee
- ROAR (Reach out and Reconnect)
- CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
- CPO (Center for Prevention and Outreach)
- Listed above are just some of the collaborative partners that USG works with to ensure that we are reducing the stigma behind mental health and foster a safe and inclusive community.
With a new food vendor arriving on campus, we will work in collaboration with the Student Voice on Campus Dining Committee in an effort to ensure the best campus dining experience for the student body. Serving on the FSA Board of Directors, Cole will always stand squarely with the students and advocate for the best dining experience possible.