Keyser Miller suggests AI resources and dining hall changes

Keyser Miller suggests AI resources and dining hall changes

If you ask junior Dawson Kiser and sophomore Maeve Miller why they are running for student union president and vice president, respectively, their answer is simple.

They love Notre Dame and want to give back to the community the best way they know how.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Kiser is majoring in management consulting with minors in theology and entrepreneurship. Miller, also from the Tampa area, is studying sociology and Spanish with a minor in accounting. Both bring extensive student government experience to the forefront.

Kiser was president of Dillon Hall during 2022-23 and now serves as vice president of the junior varsity class. He touts Dillon’s pep rally as his greatest accomplishment in student government.

Miller currently serves as senator for McGlynn Hall, serving the largest women’s dormitory on campus. She also works in the Office of Student Affairs as a team leader for the Beyond Welcome Weekend initiative.

Kiser and Miller brought all that experience to put together a wide-ranging, 15-page platform covering everything from artificial intelligence to campus dining.

Student life

Keyser and Miller say their ticket’s signature policy is their proposal for the Notre Dame Artificial Intelligence (ND AI) program.

Both Kiser and Miller highlighted widespread ignorance of the wealth of resources that already exist for students on campus. They also noted a barrier to access when relying on students to find web pages and sometimes hidden resources available at the university online.

To mitigate this problem, they propose working with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to create an AI program for students and the broader university community. They say it’s a realistic proposal and they think the administration agrees.

Their platform explains it succinctly: “A student will be able to ask ND AI a question, ‘How do I make an appointment at the University Counseling Center?’ and ND AI will generate steps to make an appointment and provide a link to the UCC website.”

OIT currently has a 13-member AI Automation Working Group that is exploring the possibility of doing something similar to what the Kiser-Miller campaign is proposing.

The campaign contains a range of other campus life proposals. Notably, they proposed a water quality initiative to improve drinking water in campus buildings such as DeBartolo Hall, citing common complaints about the quality of “DeBartolo Water.”

When it comes to faith, Kiser and Miller emphasized increasing access to and participation in religious services on and off campus. They said this way they can meet the needs of Catholic and non-Catholic students with equal strength. This ranges from initiatives such as group response cards in residence hall chapels and chapels to supporting trips to off-campus religious events.

Campus improvements

The Kiser-Miller campaign also supports a number of proposals to meaningfully improve campus services and facilities.

Kiser highlighted laundry facilities in residence halls as one of the campaign’s most pressing concerns. He said the ticket received widespread feedback indicating dissatisfaction with those facilities in particular.

To address this issue, the campaign pledges to work with the Office of Residence Life to improve the washer/dryer ratio to students, which the campaign says varies widely from one residence hall to the next.

The campaign platform also features an extensive list of dining hall improvement initiatives. Among these are improved dining hall meals for people with dietary restrictions, such as allergies, as well as revamped Grab-n-Go options.

They also want to implement what they call “community schedules.” The idea behind this is to create a dedicated space in the dining halls where students can indicate their interest in meeting someone new and making new friends on campus.
Additional campus improvements include updated athletic equipment for Rockne Memorial Gym and new sustainability initiatives.

The platform also proposes a number of policies aimed at increasing Notre Dame’s connection to South Bend, most notably through service projects in the community.

Diversity and representation

The Kiser-Miller campaign has proposed a variety of policies on issues of race, Title IX, disability advocacy, and more.

Miller particularly highlighted the campaign’s pledge to improve incident reporting for students of color. The platform includes a proposal to use anonymous feedback collected through resident assistants to provide students with a more informal reporting mechanism than Speak Up’s active reporting process.

The platform is also focused on expanding Title IX efforts while improving awareness of existing resources like Callisto. Notably, they suggest incorporating a sexual assault prevention program into Welcome Weekend for new students and in and outside of the residence halls.

Another signature diversity proposal is the “Building Allies” program, which aims to serve Notre Dame’s LGBTQ+ community. This proposal, along with expanding Pridefest into a week-long event, forms the core of the campaign’s LGBTQ+ policies. All of this was done with the goal of increasing understanding between community members and the Notre Dame student body in general, Miller said.

Throughout the campaign, Kiser and Miller emphasized their concern for the student body and their drive to improve the lives of their fellow students, regardless of obstacles.

“We care about the students of Notre Dame and want to serve them the best we can,” Kiser said. “If (a certain policy) goes out the window, we’ll come back even stronger… We have the experience to know how to get these things done and know how to make change happen. That’s what we’ve done in our time at Notre Dame so far, and I have no doubt that we’ll continue to do that.”

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