Administrators Stress Commitment to Dialogue
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 02:09
On August 30, THE HOYA wrote an editorial praising the transparent process around the Northeast Triangle Residence Hall and called for continued student engagement around master planning. We couldn’t agree more.
The university is engaged in a master-planning process, a key goal of which is to redevelop the main campus as a welcoming living and learning campus. At the heart of this planning process is meaningful input from students. The planning process gives current students a very unique opportunity to help shape the future of the Hilltop.
Building an enhanced living and learning community means an opportunity to re-think student housing. As we explore options to build new student housing, re-imagine existing spaces and provide off-campus housing, we want and need to hear from students about the features that make student housing desirable.
A welcoming living and learning community is about more than just housing, so we are also seeking broad student input on a range of other master planning projects, including new transportation options on campus, new student social and study spaces and enhanced outdoor space, including athletic fields and facilities.
We welcome the Georgetown University Student Association’s recent campaign around off-campus housing options because it provides us another opportunity to hear from students about their views on an issue relevant to master planning.
We hope that you will appreciate that responsible long-term planning requires us to consider all available options — popular and unpopular — in order to make the best decisions. Let us be clear: We have made no decisions yet. This process is about transparently sharing information so that we can receive input and evaluate options. We hear and appreciate the opinions on the off-campus housing issue, and we assure you that the university’s decision-making process will be meaningfully informed by what we hear from students.
We urge you, however, not to limit your input to what you don’t want. Tell us what you do want — tell us what your vision is for a vibrant living and learning campus on the Hilltop. Don’t miss this rare and important opportunity to shape the future of your campus.
We have been engaging students actively over the last many months, and even more opportunities will be available in the next days, weeks and months. There will be opportunities for every student to engage. Information about these opportunities is available at georgetown.edu/master-planning.
We believe that a successful planning process requires student input. Let us hear from you.
Todd Olson is vice president for student affairs, Robin Morey is vice president for planning and facilities management and Lauralyn Lee is associate vice president for community engagement