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Students Amend SSIG Bylaws During 2020 Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2020   (6 Comments)
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Students Amend SSIG Bylaws During 2020 Annual Meeting

By: Dena Kontos, SPT, Northwestern DPT Class of '21
IPTA SSIG Communications Liaison

On April 29th, the IPTA Student Special Interest Group conducted its first ever virtual annual business meeting with almost 50 SPT and SPTAs in attendance. The evening started with a presentation by members of the SSIG leadership, led by SSIG President and UIC third year Betsy Miller Tolisano, SPT. Tina Jonas, PT educated attendees about Robert's Rules of Order, and students got a chance to put this new knowledge to the test while discussing and voting on four proposed revisions to the SSIG bylaws, brought forth by the executive board. All amendments passed by over ⅔ majority vote.

The newly passed amendments include sunsetting the Transition to New Professionals position in response to decreasing responsibilities of the role after the new professionals liaison position was phased out last year. The second change that passed will make the Vice President the main point person for all student representatives. This change was proposed as a way to better orient student representatives with the SIG and provide a mentor to answer their questions. A third change that passed was to amend the bylaws to allow any student who has previously served on the SIG leadership to serve as the Student Mentor, who is traditionally a member with previous executive board experience tasked with helping incoming board members ease into their new roles. The original bylaws only allowed for individuals with previous executive board experience to serve. This rule has posed a challenge as oftentimes many executive board members are graduating third year students, which leaves no one to serve in the Student Mentor role. The fourth change made was to revise the responsibilities of the SSIG Secretary/Treasurer to include providing a recap of each meeting to all student representatives to share with their respective classes.

During the second half of the meeting, students were split into small breakout rooms for discussion. The meeting ended with a large group discussion on how the SSIG could better advocate for the students. Students were given the opportunity to talk about challenges that face them. Points made in the discussion were all recorded and will be presented to the next SSIG board to help shape the future of the organization.

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Dena C. Kontos SPT says...
Posted Sunday, May 17, 2020
Thanks so much for your comments! I love the idea of finding more ways for the SSIG to work with the larger organization. A lot of times students have trouble figuring out where to even start with advocacy, and incorporating the SSIG into wider advocacy efforts would be a great way for students to see it in action and help grow our skills and confidence.
Gail R. Johnson PT says...
Posted Sunday, May 17, 2020
Congratulations to all involved and kudos to you for your thoughtfulness and leadership! Wishing you all the best!
Christina M. Frank PT MBA says...
Posted Saturday, May 16, 2020
Thank you all for making the commitment to serve your profession while in PT school.
Patrick Withrow PT DPT says...
Posted Friday, May 15, 2020
Great job student PTs!
Emily E. Pisani PT DPT says...
Posted Friday, May 15, 2020
Being able to be active in the SSIG is awesome and can make it so much easier to transition to continued leadership and activism after graduating. It is great to see how much this group is doing.
Bradford A. Tracy PT DPT says...
Posted Thursday, May 14, 2020
Awesome, the SSIG is leading the charge here for even more robust and efficient chapter. I am been amazed at the work, engagement, participation of the SSIG time and time again. The passion of SSIG leadership and membership should transition into roles post graduation within our organization. Advocacy for student members is for share valuable, but lets not forget how the SSIG could work jointly within members and leadership within on our chapter for advocacy of your profession. I think the board should look to be very inclusive of the SSIG in not only student advocacy, but wider spread professional advocacy. Thank you to the SSIG for all they contribute to our profession! We are not separate, but one! The future is bright indeed. Brad A. Tracy, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT -- Northern district chair.

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