Auraria Participatory Budgeting :
a tri-institutional group led by students from all three Auraria institutions aimed at supporting democracy, student voice, and collaboration on campus by engaging students and the broader campus community in a process known as participatory budgeting, a democratic process for communities to decide how to spend shared money.
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money in almost 1,000 cities, towns, schools, and organizations across the world. The steps of the cylce are spelled out below, and are the same ones Auraria PB aims to take campus through on a yearly basis:
How does PB benefit college campuses?
Participatory Budgeting strengthens student governments, expands student civic engagement, develops new student leaders, builds campus community, and provides students with the opportunity to learn transferable skills. It also helps give students a stronger sense of ownership of the campus budget, which is largely funded by our tuition and fees.
Auraria PB Pilot Process: What happened?
During the first phase of the Auraria PB pilot process, you and other students submitted over 400 ideas in the 2018 fall semester about how to spend $30,000 to improve the Auraria campus and student life. Then students turned those ideas into viable proposals, and cast 918 votes on which projects should get funded as part of the first-ever Auraria participatory budgeting process! There were 7 projects that won funding and have been or are being implemented now!
Ideas submitted by Aurarians