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LEAD (Leadership Engagement Advocacy Diversity) Virtual Engagement

Student Engagement/Student Organizations and Interest Groups

During this period of time when our campus operating in a new normal, there are still opportunities to connect with others that have a shared interest. Please download the “Salem State University Events” app (available in all app stores) or visit the Presence website to stay up to date on all events and connect with student groups.

The LEAD Office will be open to campus community Monday-Friday. The virtual hours are 8:30 AM – 5 PM. Staff will have a physical presence in the office 10 AM – 2 PM. If you need to see a specific staff member, we encourage you to set up meetings in advance.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Interested students and potential new members: The Spring 2020 Recruitment period has closed. Informal recruitment is expected to resume in the Fall 2020 semester; more details to come. If you are interested in getting involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life at Salem State, please email Melissa Arroyo at marroyo@salemstate.edu

Active members: During these uncertain times, we hope the resources below will help you maintain a strong sense of belonging and fellowship, to your chapters and interfraternally, as you navigate a virtual fraternity and sorority experience.

Meetings and Connection: Facetime, Android Video Calling, Skype, Google Hangout are all great for virtual connection. Phired Up Productions has created a great resource that highlights 44 ways to foster brotherhood/sisterhood virtually. Consider hosting small virtual get-togethers to maintain connection. Perhaps, split the chapter into smaller groups like by new member class or groups of big/little families. If your chapter initiated new members this semester, be sure to reach out to your newest classes specifically. As you know, your first year as a member is a special time and theirs will now look much different than we anticipated.

National Headquarters: Please maintain regular contact with your National Headquarters/Advisors. They likely have plenty of information to help ease the transition to remote learning and back. Remain up to date on National expectations.

Chapter and Council Leadership:  Each chapter's Executive Board, and the Greek Council Executive Board, should continue to meet regularly via Zoom or other video conferencing software. Chapter Presidents will continue to have regular meetings with Victoria, their Liaison. Presidents should meet individually with Executive Board members to plan for the Fall semester.

Student Government Association

The Salem State Student Government Association (SGA) is the official governing body for the all undergraduates and are elected as the primary voice for students. SGA meets every Tuesday at 4:30 in the MLK room, however in fall 2020, will be meeting via Zoom to abide by Covid-19 safety policies. The Zoom room ID for the weekly meetings is below and the password for the room is: SGA. The meetings will be recorded and posted via Presence for the convenience of the student body. All SSU community members are more than welcome to attend these meetings with comments, questions, concerns, or just to observe the process.

We have five committees that SGA Senators and general Salem State students may serve on: Civic Engagement, Sustainability, and Community Service; Finance; Rules; Social Justice and Inclusion; and Public Relations.

Please contact sga@salemstate.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Zoom ID: 993 1957 7433

Food Insecurity Community Resources

The Salem State University Food Pantry exists to serve students who may need such assistance by providing a variety of non-perishable foods as well as toiletries and hygiene products. The Pantry is located on the first floor of the Ellison Campus Center next to the office of Counseling and Health Services. To abide by Covid-19 guidelines, please be aware that the Food Pantry will operate M-F from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and you must have your SSU student ID in order to have tap access to the space. Please note that, at this time, only one student may enter the Food Pantry at a time, and you must sanitize or wash your hands before entering, and upon exiting.

The Food Pantry is once again accepting physical donations! Please follow all Covid-19 guidelines listed, leave all items on the silver shelves outside of the Pantry at your convenience, and email abrennan@salemstate.edu to make us aware of your donation. Thank you!

Not able to make it to campus, or does the Food Pantry not have what you need? Local communities are providing various resources for those who may be experiencing financial burdens and/or food insecurity. Please find these resources below. 

For any questions regarding the Food Pantry, please contact Alliane Brennan in LEAD at abrennan@salemstate.edu. If you are seeking additional resources, please contact Case Manager Rachel Frank in Student Life at rfrank@salemstate.edu.

Leadership Programs

Leadership resources and program offerings are a cornerstone of the LEAD office and will be continued to be offered while practicing social distancing. Consider signing up for our one credit Leadership Institute course, or joining us for your inaugural book club, reading “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown. Additionally we will be offering monthly leadership sessions as well as have resources to assist in the enrichment and growth of our students. If you have questions or are looking for additional resources/programs for yourself or your group, visit, Student Leadership on the LEAD website or reach out to Melissa Arroyo, marroyo@salemstate.edu

Diversity and Multicultural Programs

The LEAD Office strongly values of the concept of creating and making space for students with marginalized identities during this difficult and tumultuous time. Understanding that our Black, LatinX, Brown, and LGBTQIA+ communities are disproportionately impacted by job loss, food insecurity, and difficulty managing social distancing we want to create spaces where students can exist authentically. You can find some programs and opportunities to engage with our campus community by contacting our office or visiting the Presence website. If you seek out 1:1 consultation or additional programming resources, please contact Junior Peña at Junior.Pena@salemstate.edu.

Monthly LGBTQIA+ Discussions

Join LEAD in our Monthly LGBTQIA+ Dialogue series! Once a month, we will be discussing topics relevant to the LGBTQIA+ experience with faculty, staff, and students. Topics will vary by month and will occur via Zoom—the fall 2020 topics are as follows (Zoom links are linked to the titles):

September 24, 4:30-6:00 pm: Navigating Campus As An LGBTQIA+ Student

October 22, 4:30-6:00 pm: LGBTQIA+ Topics in Politics

November 12, 4:30-6:00 pm: Trans Issues in Healthcare

December 10, 4:30-6:00 pm: QPOC and Intersectionality

Please contact Alliane Brennan at abrennan@salemstate.edu with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you there!