Soscia pushes for increased diversity within SG
Throughout the election season, Student Government (SG) presidential hopeful Ryan Soscia has spoken out for increasing support for survivors of sexual assault and generally pushing for more diversity in student representation.
But when it comes to his first day in office, Soscia has a clear focus in mind.
“We need to start getting the administration involved in helping our sexual assault survivors and we need to expand our resources in mental health,” Soscia said at the all-ticket debate on Wednesday. “That’s a fact, but our first day in office I need to have a conversation with our administration, have a conversation with Judy Genshaft, about the relationship we’re going to have.
“We need an administration that’s willing to put money outside of (Activities and Service) fees toward these programs … We need to make sure we’re protecting our students.”
While pushing administration for answers is a major part of his campaign, Soscia is mostly trying to get students to open up the discussion.
“Regardless of if we win or lose, students are talking about issues they were hesitant to bring up to Student Government before,” Soscia said. “As long as that continues, I will label my run for office as successful.”
In addition to advocating for sexual assault survivors, Soscia plans to fight for a monthly tuition plan, create student advocacy councils and provide free weekend transportation to downtown, Ybor City and SoHo.
Soscia plans to continue the initiative current president Chris Griffin started of a campus wide syllabus bank to allow students to view the past syllabus for a class before registering for it.
Along with a syllabus bank, Soscia also plans on creating a room reservation database that would allow students to book private study spaces across campus and see where open rooms are, with the idea of cutting down on time spent looking for a place to study.
He’s also discussed establishing a career fair for international students, making an A+ valued at a 4.33 GPA, creating SG scholarships, and hosting watch parties for away football games.
When it comes to his work outside of SG, Soscia pushes for philanthropy at USF through the organization Bulls Forever, which he co-founded.
“The whole point of the organization is to establish the spirit of philanthropy on campus and teach students the importance of giving,” he said. “We help raise money for various student-led initiatives that may be overlooked by the administration or SG, so it’s completely third-party.
“I’m really passionate about that because I think at a school like this, everyone needs to understand how important being a philanthropist is.”
Soscia met his running mate, Logan Holland, on his first day as Chief Financial Officer for SG last fall, and the two were fast friends. When it came to start thinking about running for president and vice president, he said it was a no-brainer for the two to run together.
“He’s a big football fan and so am I, so we talk football all the time,” Soscia said. “We had a lot of the same critiques we saw among the Executive Branch and SG, we had pretty much the same opinion on it all. It was quite natural when we decided to run together because we had the same vision and we were really good friends. Our bond is going to push us through this whole next year.”
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
- Author Yaa Gyasi shares her method of writing
- St. Pete Police looking for men alleged to have punched USF student
- USF hosts third annual Sports and Entertainment Analytics Conference
- USF baseball’s streak falls one short of record
- ‘Challenge of the perception’
- Local pub crawl mixes business and pleasure
- City needs to rethink answer to helping homeless
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Zulily Helps Moms Navigate the "Fourth Trimester" in Style
- Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing
- Stop Pests This Spring With These Safe, Simple Steps
- Have a Blast This Spring Break With These Must-Have...
- Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
- University Students Take Top Honors at CME Group's Annual...
- Telecom and Cloud Service Options Expand in Africa
- Depression Sufferers Find Hope With New Sound Technology
- Going With Your Gut -- Virtual Colonoscopy Simplifies...
- Entrepreneurs Provide TIPS! Monthly Yield Now Makes Sense
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Applications Available for Phi Kappa Phi Student Leadership Summit
- GREEN AMERICA: ONE MILLION TREES COULD BE SAVED EACH YEAR IF UNIVERSITIES SWITCHED TO ONLY RECYCLED PAPER FOR ALUMNI MAGAZINES
- Deadline Approaching for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program
- Entries Are Open for 9th Annual SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards
- Investor Bitcoin Investment Plans Guarantee Zero Losses