Student Body Vice President for Organizations: Imran Hyder

Imran Hyder is an economics and statistics major running for Student Body Vice President for Organizations. He is also a member of the debate team and Sigma Chi. The role of Vice President for Organizations is the interface between campus-recognized organizations and student government, with most of the work in that relationship relying on the students in the organization.

One of Hyder’s goals as the Vice President is to simplify the responsibilities of the students leading the organization: “[First-years] will come to CMU and want to start an organization with really cool ideas. Next year they come back and quell their interests, saying ‘oh, it was too hard,’ but what stopped them?”

There are a number of barriers to start a club at Carnegie Mellon, the least of which is writing a constitution, but one of the things many clubs struggle with is simply maintaining the club. Student government requires a resubmitted constitution every year, even for legacy organizations that have been in existence for decades and rarely struggle to stay afloat.

The process has been expedited a little this year, but Hyder says, “It doesn’t seem like something they should be focusing on. They have other priorities, and we’re saying you have to commit a certain number of resources to take away from those priorities. [Student Government] will take more of a leading role here.”

One of the most common issues on college campuses recently has been free speech and recognition of groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Students for a Democratic Society has been fighting to get their constitution approved, and Turning Point USA has struggled on other campuses to gain recognition.

Hyder said, “Every organization should have the right to exist, but a problem arises when the message they’re promoting is inconsistent with the school’s. I cannot foresee a situation where an organization that has put in the work to become recognized and has not put something outwardly problematic in their constitution would not be recognized.”