Richmond’s Student Government President Damien Ashton-Wellman has launched the University’s official Raising and Giving (RAG) pledge after signing an MOU with their first partner.
The campaign will see the Richmond Student Government and their staff advisors pick a charity or non-governmental organization (NGO) each year for which the University will focus its various student fundraising activities on throughout the following Fall and Spring semesters.
Working with the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Student Leadership, the Student Government will co-ordinate and keep track of all charitable activities by various student organizations at Richmond throughout the year. They will then donate the grand total in a cheque giving ceremony each May.
It will be one of the biggest co-ordinated charitable drives in the University’s history and will include existing events such as International Night and Student Government Parties but also encourage the various student Clubs & Societies, Residence Life teams and individual students to get involved in fundraising.
The first official RAG partner for the 2016-2017 academic year will be Professors Without Borders, an NGO that the Student Governemnt have already worked with during the Spring 2016 semester. It was co-founded by Richmond alumnus Tessy De Nassau and former Adjunct Professor of International Relations Dr Caroline Varin to develop educational opportunities and reverse the brain drain in emerging countries.
The MOU was co-signed by Vice President of Student Affairs Allison Cole-Stutz and Associate Dean for Research Dr Martin Brown representing Richmond along with Tessy De Nassau and Majeks Walker on behalf of Professors Without Borders.