by Trish Palermo
Since my first day as a freshman intern for the Minnesota Student Association, student government has always been about advocating to extend our rights. Sometimes that meant fighting for stronger sexual assault policies, other times it meant a tuition freeze. Every push was an effort to make the University of Minnesota a more equitable and inclusive campus for students of all backgrounds. Since January of 2016, there has been a significant shift in our advocacy priorities. Rather than advocating to extend our rights as students, our mission has changed to preserving the rights we already have and combatting false narratives about our student populations.