On behalf the nearly 200 student clubs and organizations and 6200 undergraduate students, we hope to convey to the administration the lack of space, funding, and the frustration that arises from the bureaucracies at Georgetown. Such hinder student organizations from reaching their full potential. This report stresses the need to ensure that students are made a high priority for the University. Great efforts have been made in the past year towards achieving the desired goal of improving student life, and there is more to be done.

Funding

As the University student body becomes more vibrant and diverse, student clubs and organizations continue to flourish. As we have been able to show this past year, increased funding for student clubs and organizations have enabled student groups to coordinate activities and events that have contributed to better student life. Increasing funding serves to enhance the sense of community, traditions and legacies that are unique to the Georgetown experience. Putting student needs first empowers students to make necessary improvements to their activities.

In the past year, funding has increased for all the five student budgetary boards. This increase has resulted in a significant difference in student activities and student programming. The recent programs have served to bring the student body together amidst differences and difficult times. The organizations entrusted with this funding have used it not only responsibly but effectively. While programming has attained new heights, there is still great untapped potential. These avenues can only be explored in the advent of increased funding for student organizations.

Space

Since Georgetown University is in an urban setting, space is a scarce resource. Motivated students continue to strengthen their existing organizations, and also develop new ones. However, growth of student activity is often stunted because of a continual lack of space allocated for student use. Furthermore, students are desperately seeking space on campus where they can gather together. Currently, many students go off-campus for recreation because there are few alternatives available for them on campus. Students need space for recreation, studying, meetings, special events, performing arts and offices.

Student space should be maximized through innovative solutions and the reallocation of poorly used space. Since last year’s report, the University Architect has designated New South Dining Hall as student space. Resolutions to immediate space concerns still need to be addressed. Having sufficient space for student needs is an essential component of the undergraduate experience.

Bureaucracy

The separation that exists between the administration of Georgetown hinders student involvement and satisfaction. The processes and procedures in place for student groups become so tedious and unwieldy that they often thwart effective and successful student activity. The bureaucratic obstacles detract from what should be positive experiences for student involvement. It is the University’s obligation to empower students and give them ownership for the programs and activities they bring to their undergraduate student experience. Efforts have been made in the past year to decrease the bureaucracy that students must maneuver through in their activities. However, steps still remain to be taken to reduce the impediments to student involvement.

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