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Thursday, December 07, 2023

Gator Party aims to continue enhancing student experience

Gator reflects while looking to future initiatives

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Gator Party is proud to have led Student Government for the last two years. It has been an honor to generate long-lasting impacts for the Gator community through the executive and legislative branches. 

The executive agencies have been spearheading groundbreaking initiatives. Class Councils have worked to ensure the next generation of student leaders are prepared for the challenges ahead by establishing the Freshman Leadership Experience (FLEX) program. Nightlife Navigators has been investing in students’ security by providing drink cover scrunchies. 

Moreover, Gator Party believes that all students deserve to feel welcome at UF regardless of their socioeconomic status, political ideology, gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity; Students Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR) created the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity curriculum. 

Under this administration, the cabinet is constantly investing in funneling resources to different campus communities. Believing in service through innovation, the newly created Out of State Affairs Cabinet works so those students who are joining the Gator Nation from outside of Florida will feel right at home the moment they step foot on campus. Furthermore, we helped found the First Generation Living and Learning Community at Thomas Hall, which provides a hub for first-generation students on campus. 

In the Senate, our members strive to improve campus every week. It was Gator Party senators who led the way on historic investments including allocated more than $500,000 to upgrade Newell Hall and to enhance the Brown Center for Leadership & Service operations. 

Likewise, we invested more than $1,400,000 in repairing machines and expanding the Southwest Recreational Center and Lake Walburg. Additionally, Senate under Gator Party’s leadership has invested more than $1,200,000 in structural upgrades and repairs to the Reitz Union, a hub for student life. 

We also recognize the importance of our students’ mental well-being by promoting the 988 hotline as a mental health resource and working with our campus partners to secure funding for the CWC’s Consultation and Referral Team (CART). This has helped bolster the support available for our students.

While Gator Party has achieved a lot over the past year, there is still so much more to be done. We look forward to getting back to work so we can continue to serve students as we always have: faithfully done. 

Gator Party is a Student Government political party slating in the Fall 2022 SG election.

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