By Zainab Iqbal
Published: February 7th, 2018
College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) Student Government President Nissim Said does not stop. Not even to clean the cluster that has overtaken his office. And not even during the month-long winter break. Instead, Said spent that time working on a brand new website—something that works toward building a better Brooklyn College.
The new mission statement, “Building a Better Brooklyn College,” is more of a vision, he told The Excelsior. “It aims to make sure all students are represented,” he said. All 11,000 of them.
The statement also appears in large font on the homepage of the CLAS website. The new website has a variety of resources intended for students. Students can learn exactly what student government entails, including all three branches, as well as learning how to start an organization on campus.
“The previous website was very poorly designed,” Said said. “It didn’t have enough guidance.”
One of the resources included on the site is the Freshman Onboarding Plan. It’s a guide that provides freshmen (before they even arrive at the college) with tips and a task list to be completed. For example, a few of these tasks include submitting immunization records and creating a CUNYLogin account. The guide also advises freshman to not purchase or rent a textbook unless they are absolutely certain they need it.
The Onboarding Plan then splits into three sections: The First Two Weeks, The First 90 Days, and the End of the Semester. In the first two weeks, for example, it says freshmen should attend club fairs and get to know at least one person in each class.
“Freshmen don’t really know anything about the college and how everything works,” Said said. “And by the time they figure it out, they’re graduating.”
Other resources that are provided on the website are request forms for facilities and Wi-Fi issues, a financial aid checklist, and access to see the past and current CLAS budgets. It is all in an effort to be more transparent and engaged with the community.
Said is also currently working on being able to email all of his constituents. Currently, students get campus-wide emails from the college. But he believes it’s important that students know first-hand what CLAS is up to. So he wants to first begin with emailing incoming freshmen.
“If you establish a relationship with freshmen, they’ll be more engaged and involved in student life,” he said.
Said simply wants to follow his vision of helping to build a better Brooklyn College for everyone, and this website is no different. “I just want this to be a good resource every student can use,” he said.