Currently, GUSA’s structure contains a Senate and an Executive branch working on similar issue areas separately. Furthermore, the Executive structure is restricted to appointed members and leaves no room for the general student to get involved. The Senate’s Subcommittees allow for active engagement from several non-GUSA members, however, the Senate’s ability to push policy changes through is majorly hindered by the fact that Executive appointees are already working on those issue areas separately, as they were in office before the Senate was elected. As it is, GUSA’s current structure presents a bureaucratic and exclusive organization that does not allow for collaboration within the organization or with the student body it’s supposed to represent.
A new structure for the Executive and the Senate to support maximum inclusivity, effectiveness, and collaboration, while eliminating redundancies and reducing bureaucracies.
- President and Vice President
- Chief of Staff
- Deputy Chiefs of Staff
- Policy Team Chairs appointed by the President and Vice-President
- Student Advocacy Office
- What’s a Hoya
- Farmer’s Market
EXECUTIVE-SENATE POLICY TEAMS
- Policy teams for different issue areas
- The Executive appointed Policy Team Chairs will chair each team
- A minimum of four Policy Teams will also consist of a Co-Chair from the Senate. These Policy Team Co-Chairs will apply to hold these positions, and the Speaker, Vice-Speaker, President and Vice President will review these applications and jointly appoint these co-chairs. There is no maximum limit to the number of Policy Teams that can be co-chaired by Senators.
- These teams will be holding application periods at the beginning of each semester, and will allow for students to join over the course of the semester. The teams will especially focus on recruiting students particularly interested in or knowledgeable in that specific policy area. A minimum of one freshman must sit on each team.
With a shared stake in policy, the creation of Policy Teams between the Executive and the Senate will help GUSA move away from it’s history of a power struggle between the Senate and Executive and eliminate redundancies between the two branches. Shared Policy Teams will shift GUSA’s focus to actual campus issues, rather than individual accomplishments. The inclusion of freshmen in Policy Teams will aid in the process of carrying over institutional knowledge from year to year, so that administrators can no longer table important conversations when seniors graduate. Institutional knowledge is vital to GUSA’s ability to get things done. With collaboration within GUSA, a greater effort to open the table to everyone on campus, and an effort to allow anyone to serve on a Policy Team, GUSA will finally be able to serve the student body in a more effective and inclusive way.