By Thien Huynh
RyePride’s budget and status has increased after a proposal to make the group student service was approved.
Over the summer, RyePride worked with RyeSAC to get its status changed from a student group to a student service.
After several meetings and a proposal to RyeSAC’s board of directors, RyePride won the status change by a majority vote at RyeSAC’s August board meeting.
The change means the organization will received more funding from RyeSAC, increasing the student council’s contribution to an estimated $4,000 from $700.
RyePride will also receive money from the school’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services, Counseling Services, Student Services and various outside sponsors.
Jenn Kuo, one of two coordinators at RyePride, estimates the organization’s budget will be about $15,000 this school year, of which $14,000 will go to paying coordinators’ salaries.
RyePride offers counseling and peer support to gay, lesbian and bisexual students. With its larger budget, it hopes to branch out by introducing a mentor program and a women’s support group.