Lack of knowledge among students, administrative misunderstanding of student priorities, undue pressure by neighborhood leaders, and inaccessible or ineffective forums for engagement all remain persistent problems in advocating for students as part of the University’s long-term master planning process.
Make information easy to access:
- Create one unified platform that both provides easy-to-understand information and facilitates dialogue, combining the functions of and/or creatively working to better utilize IdeaScale, the University’s master planning blog, and GUSA’s former master planning website.
- Commit to transparency by making all of GUSA’s internal master planning documents open and accessible to students in some form.
- Transparent sanitation standards for Leo’s.
Engage students in a way that makes sense for them:
- Train a group of master planning experts that will reach out to different communities and student groups across campus to run tailored small-group workshops. These workshops will be specific to the community that’s being engaged but will also acknowledge and highlight the inherent intersectionality of master planning.
- Use the same group of experts to reach out to individual student leaders from different communities across campus for a ‘coffee chats’ program, in order to develop genuine relationships and engage them in a more informal setting.
- More thoughtfully plan Hoya Roundtables around issues of the most immediate and greatest concern to students.
More forcefully bring student priorities to the table with administrators and neighbors:
- Continue to use the Student Master Planning Consortium as a vehicle through which student leaders and administrators can regularly discuss the most important issues. Better coordinate Consortium meetings with Georgetown Community Partnership meetings so that students and administrators are more broadly on the same page as they approach the neighborhood.
- Establish a framework for collaboration between the students serving on Georgetown Community Partnership working groups, the team of master planning experts described above, and GUSA leadership.