The Advocacy Committee serves to promote activism on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. It is Senate’s duty to enhance the overall undergraduate student experience. Advocacy Committee is puts a special emphasis on enhancing the experience of those apart of historically oppressed communities, such as students of color, LGBT students, and first-generation students. Carnegie Mellon is a microcosm of America and therefore, our campus is not immune to racism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. This committee aims to promote an atmosphere where students feel that those around them care about the marginalization, discrimination and oppression that occurs on this campus. Collectively, Advocacy Committee fights for the most vulnerable amongst amongst our campus community; because, if the most vulnerable amongst us aren’t free, then none of us are. This committee is open to all who are committed to dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, and all other systems of oppression.

Chair: Iris Stegman
Meeting Time: Sundays 12:45 – 1:45 pm (Senate Office, CUC 333)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Current Initiatives

Senate will facilitate the creation of the Social Justice Coalition at Carnegie Mellon University. The coalition will be an alliance of campus organizations that aim to create effective, systemic cultural and policy changes on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. For more information check out the Social Justice Coalition Project Proposal and our Social Justice Coalition Resolution.
Advocacy Committee will continue to work on the Diversity White Paper which was started in Spring 2016. In the paper we will propose structural solutions to the marginalization of students apart of historically oppressed communities.
We will advocate for the incorporation of diversity and inclusion related activities during orientation week. This includes conversations discussing power, privilege, and oppression.