Communication, engagement are high priorities for new CSUN VP

By Blaze Lovell | February 11th, 2018

Three months. That’s how long Jayson Dagher has to complete a long and lofty list of goals he set for himself after taking over CSUN’s vice presidency last Monday.


That list includes filling director positions for CSUN’s departments, creating a simplified budget and finding an editor for a new creative arts journal as well as getting the ball rolling on said journal.


Beyond all that, Dagher wants to improve communication within CSUN’s departments as well as between the departments and the Senate. Student engagement is also on the mind of the new vice president.


Dagher, CSUN’s former director of engagement, wants to take the the lessons he learned as a director and apply it to his vice presidency.


“I like seeing us working as one unit rather than all of us working on separate projects,” Dagher said of his time as a director.


As vice president, Dagher’s duties will include overseeing all of CSUN’s departments and, as he said, ensuring that they function as one unit.


“I just have a bigger team now,” he said.


Dagher should be able to fill the open director positions. The Senate will vote Monday evening to appoint directors for CSUN’s departments of campus life, operations and athletics. The assistant directors of each department are expected to take over the directorships.


“They’re very, very good at what they’re doing,” Dagher said of the assistant directors. “They’ve basically been doing the jobs of directors since their directors left.”


Dagher wants the directors present at a minimum of one senate meeting a month to give progress reports on their departments. He will also implement regular department meetings and be open with the directors that work with him.


“I think the reason people leave is because they think they are alone and can’t work together as a team,” Dagher said. “It’s something we want to work on until the end of the semester.”


Dagher wants to have the departments of engagement and campus life working more closely together, as well as create a new department of athletics.

By the end of the semester, Dagher also wants to compile a running list of non-profit organizations that students can get involved in. During his time as director, Dagher, a self-proclaimed activist, worked with many organizations like the Undocunetwork, Black Lives Matter and the Jean Nidetch Women’s Center.


Dagher’s other long-term goals include finding an editor for a new creative arts journal at UNLV and creating a simplified budget.


Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a sponsorship to create a creative arts journal as well as providing funding to pay for is editor. There is no set date for it to launch yet, and an application process must still be put in place to select an editor. Dagher said the journal should be running by the end of this calendar year.


Dagher has also been talking with Student Body President Chris Roys about creating a general budget that could give directors more autonomy. Dagher still wants to hear the opinions of others in CSUN on creating a generalized budget.


The idea sprang from looking at other student governments that allow room in their budgets for members to pursue their own passion projects, Dagher said.


The new vice president has a pretty clear road map for the next three months, but after that, it’s less certain. When asked if he’d run in this semester’s executive board elections, Dagher said that’s “TBD.”


“My goal more than anything is to get my job done. I’ll put forth what I have until May,” he said. “I don’t want to fall back on my word.”


Dagher’s career in CSUN has been a fairly long one. He first joined as a freshman senate intern in liberal arts in 2016. As CSUN’s first senate intern, he worked closely with former senator Samantha Bivins and assisted in writing and researching two important pieces of legislation.


One approved funding for disability resources in the technology labs on campus, and the other granted $250,000 to develop the new security poles around campus.


Dagher then became the Senate secretary before accepting an assistant directorship of diversity, where he collaborated with various RSOs and helped CSUN play a larger role in activism and diversity initiatives.


“I’m still an activist at heart,” Dagher said. “My goal is to change the status quo with how people look at positions.”

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