Welcome (back) Hoyas! While you were at home, studying abroad, working, interning, or hanging out this summer, GUSA has been hard at work to improve your experience here on the Hilltop. Here’s the lowdown of everything we accomplished the past couple of months:
Dining: GUSA has helped secure the implementation of a meal exchange program for non-Leo’s food options on campus. For the first time ever, your meal swipes work at restaurants in the Leavey Center — Subway, Cosi, Elevation Burger, and Salad Creations — after 3pm! To help cut down on wait times, you can also now use the app Tapingo to pre-order your meals from all Aramark retail locations on campus for pick-up. In addition to this, GUSA participated in a week-long presentation process to start the selection process for a new dining provider. Since arriving back on campus, GUSA has worked to keep the pasta line available at Leo’s for dinner. GUSA is in the process of organizing open houses and a town hall for students to interact with the potential new dining vendors before the new dining contract is signed. We want to ensure that students have a say in the dining contract negotiation process!
Housing: Since saving Brown House this spring, GUSA has secured the senior right to live off-campus and committed the university to create a timeline to renovate current apartments and dorms. We also helped finalize a 2017-2036 Campus Plan that reflects student interests. Renovations are prioritized over new construction, and students have permanent representation on the Georgetown Community Partnership, including a new student co-chair for the Safety and Student Life Working Group.
Socioeconomic Inclusivity: GUSA partnered with the Corp to provide summer storage for Georgetown Summer Fellows and Community Scholars. GUSA also pushed the university to permanently cover the cost of housing to independent, homeless, and students otherwise without a place to return over Winter Break. GUSA also spearheaded a textbook-drive last spring and collected over 200 books to add to the CMEA’s library of rentable textbooks for students. GUSA also expanded the GUSA Summer Fellows for this past summer by five students.
Transportation: GUSA continued to push for a more substantial weekend GUTS bus service schedule. We continued to work with the city of Washington to pursue a student metro and bus pass. GUSA also launched an Uber pilot last spring and will continue efforts to plan another pilot for later this fall semester. Furthermore, we have gotten the University to commit to re-routing GUTS bus routes for university breaks this year, which includes direct trips to Reagan National Airport (DCA). We also created a comprehensive DC transportation guide that was distributed to new students at NSO.
Sexual Assault: After putting information on sexual assault response services on GoCards last spring, this summer GUSA created a sexual assault task force under the Office of the President. The task force will focus on bystander intervention amongst other improvements to current campus policies and procedures. Furthermore, GUSA worked with the University to provide free CAPS counseling for a semester, starting this academic year. GUSA also pushed Student Affairs to hire a staff member to focus on Bystander Intervention training.
Racial and Cultural Inclusivity: GUSA began planning a campus-wide “Culture Day” for early October (stay tuned!).
Accessibility: GUSA signed onto the creation of a new full-time position at the Academic Resource Center with commitments to hire additional staff in coming years. In addition, an emergency response system was created with Facilities Management to immediately respond to accessibility/Americans with Disabilities Act issues on campus.
Sustainability: GUSA will be creating a formal academic recommendation regarding sustainability after evaluating environmental academic programs of Georgetown’s peer institutions this summer. GUSA also hosted a Sustainability Fashion Show and the Georgetown Day Cup (with the Corp) this past spring.
Academics: GUSA helped finalized the 2017-2036 Campus Plan that includes the renovation or replacement of Reiss and construction of new academic space elsewhere.
Student Activities: GUSA began a collaborative project with The Corp and GUASFCU that aims to establish a platform for alumni to donate directly to student groups and initiatives.
Arts: The HFSC calendar is now available for performing arts groups to reserve spaces starting this fall. GUSA also hosted the first ever Arts Forum (more to come!) and a Hoya Roundtable focused on the arts.
Communications: GUSA created this blog to increase transparency within GUSA and make the day-to-day operations of GUSA more accessible to the student body. Get to know our team by reading our summer series Inside Georgetown, which includes great information for both current and new students alike. Just click the category link on the right of this page!
DC/Federal Relations: GUSA helped expand the Student Leadership Alliance to over 30 university student associations (and counting)! We supported efforts for DC Statehood with working groups through the Mayor’s Office as well as testifying at the DC Constitutional Convention. We also organized events in DC for current students and alumni, including a 5K on September 17 to raise money for an underfunded school in Southeast DC. In addition to this, we submitted a testimony to ease access to driver’s licenses for immigrants and worked on education legislation. We also organized a mental health awareness campaign during finals week.