ASCMC President Ben Tillotson ’15 has appointed Sophie Galant ’15 as one of the two Presidential Advisors on the ASCMC Executive Board. Galant, a senior, is replacing Shannon Miller ’16. Tillotson announced Miller’s resignation at the Board’s September 28 meeting, explaining that she chose to resign in order to take on more responsibility at the Forum and eliminate the risk of conflicts of interest that could arise if she remained on ASCMC’s Board.
Galant was introduced to the executive board on Sunday, October 12, joining Moe Abdul-Rahim ’15 as the second presidential advisor. These advisors, along with the RA Liaison, are the only members of the Executive Board who are not selected by a school-wide application process. The appointments for the advisor position are entirely within the President’s discretion.
In an email to the Forum, Tillotson gave two main reasons for appointing Galant. He said that “she will not hesitate to give me critical or negative feedback when it is deserved.” Additionally, Tillotson mentioned that Galant is an incredible communicator, both in person and on social media. He believes that the “Exec Board could do a better job publicizing what we are working on, and soliciting ideas from students. Sophie will be invaluable to this effort.”
In an email to the Forum, Galant said, “my main focus is going to be doing a better job of communicating information from the board to the student body and ensuring our students are being heard by board members. I think in some cases ASCMC does a great job of being transparent with the student body about its goals and plans for the year, but there is definitely room for improvement.” She also mentioned how she was going to be more vigilant and ensure that the Board not only seeks feedback from the student body, but also incorporates their suggestions into the decision making process. She also emphasized the fact that communication is a two-way process and that the student body needs to take more responsibility in reaching out to ASCMC.]]>