Twice a week, THE HOYA’s editorial board comes together to brainstorm ways in which the university campus and community can be improved. More than likely, you have some ideas as well.

Now it’s time for you to do something about it.

Reimagine Georgetown is a student-run partnership sponsored by the Corp, THE HOYA, and the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union, designed to – in their words – “improve the undergraduate experience in innovative ways.”

We don’t often like to advocate THE HOYA’s own initiatives – we’ve even been critical of the newspaper’s coverage and independence efforts in the past – but this board truly feels that the grant is worthy of the coverage.

In fact, Reimagine Georgetown gives students the opportunity to present new and creative projects that will improve campus life and make the campus more enjoyable for students, and offers funds from $500 to $10,000 to projects that they feel are creative enough to do just that. In the past, the funds have been distributed to Run for Rigby, a five-kilometer race to promote fire safety in off-campus housing, and Georgetown University Grilling Society. In its four years of operation, Reimagine Georgetown has had two great successes with projects proposed by students.

The problem is, not many projects have been suggested since the grant was formed, which resulted in even less projects getting funding. Last academic year, the grant didn’t fund any student initiatives. Though one project came close, it seemed to have lost momentum somewhere between the proposal and the execution stages.

Students either do not know about Reimagine Georgetown, or if they do, they haven’t tried to take advantage of the funds that could be available to them.

What is the purpose of having grants for students if the student body does not know about them or gets to use them?

There does not seem to be a shortage of ways in which the university community could utilize this program.

This past month, for example, numerous student groups held a huge discussion on race. At the discussion, many students purposed various ways to improve how Georgetown students deal with the racial divides and differences present in our daily lives. Of course, without funds to institute change, there is very little that small groups and individuals can do in order to achieve their goals. The problem is not that students and student associations do not want to create a change; but rather that the students do not know to whom they should present their ideas to get the much-needed financial support.

Hopefully, Reimagine Georgetown can become an answer to that question.

Students, if you can think of a way to improve Georgetown University’s campus life, visit http://reimaginegeorgetown.com. The money is there waiting for you. A $10,000 budget could vastly improve many initiatives aimed at improving the Georgetown experience.

Reimagine Georgetown is a great opportunity for the many bright minds on this campus to apply their passion and creativity to make this university a better place.

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