Tristan Wright Director of Student Relations
My name is Tristan Wright; I'm a fourth year ASL-English Interpreting student at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. I have spent the past three years organizing and leading in the campus LGBT Community, as president of OUTspoken and a member of the coordination committee for the Northeast LGBT Conference in April 2013. I am also proud to have been the development director in founding the Association for Commuter Engagement, working to create resources and improve the experiences of the RIT commuter population.I joined Student Government as Director of Student Relations because I want to play a more active role in developing community and promoting access to resources on campus. My personal "themes" for the year include identifying barriers that students encounter on campus when accessing services, and promoting accessibility for historically unseen groups on campus, like low income students and commuters. I will also be working closely with the NTID Student Congress Director of Student Relations to further the connection between the NTID community and the RIT community at large. We hope to make it easier for NTID students to use SG resources, and want to support NSC as our fellow shared-governance student organization. I have a lot of big goals! I plan to establish Swap Meets, where students can bring their unused/unneeded household items, like toasters or silverware, to swap for items they do need, like a coffee maker and plates. These kinds of events would also include Skills Sharing, where students can exchange practical and cost-saving skills like bookbinding or canning. I intend to do an "audit" of the numerous systems students encounter on campus when seeking information or trying to set up programs. I plan to highlight the student employees and staff who keep our buildings clean, shuffle all the paperwork around to keep the institute humming, make the food to keep the students fed, and all the other under-appreciated work that happens at RIT by promoting the various "appreciation days" that happen throughout the year. My biggest and most exciting goal is the development of a cooperative household item (like laundry detergent, shampoo, dish soap) program, where students can pay in a small amount for the semester, and get a semester's supply of the items. This would make things like detergent, dish soap, and so on, considerably more affordable, as well as reducing the amount of plastic used on campus. Looking for me? I'm all over campus, so your best bet is to email me! Otherwise, stop in for my office hours!