Student Unions:

- By Bahram Maskanian

Student Union charter should be designed and written to encourage growth in awareness, knowledge, physical, emotional and mental health of the students on campus, community and country.  Insuring advancement and academic success of all students.  Promoting civic education, peace, democratic rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of press, freedom of association and freedom of religion.  Deconstructing all negative stereotype images and characteristics surrounding: women, human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity, ethnicity, political beliefs, religion, occupation, disability, age, education, language, appearance, and culture.

The Student Union charter must be based on reason, common sense principles and ethical standards.  Committed to the safety of each student member, with zero tolerance toward discrimination against anyone, in any form, protecting all members and affiliates.  Teaching nonviolent peaceful means of conflict resolution, encouraging all students to be open minded, learn their true history, participate in traditional and non-traditional activities in their community and society.  Get involved in the creation of multicultural environment and establish democratic rules devoted to upholding these democratic values.

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