What we've done so far:

  • Negotiated and signed a twenty-year Memorandum of Understanding between GUSA and the university, which:
    • Guarantees the right for seniors to live off campus
    • Prevents a new residence hall from being built on Harbin Patio
    • Commits the university to publishing a timeline for completing direly-needed housing renovations, and maximizing use of the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center as swing space during those renovations
    • Institutionalizes long-term student engagement in master planning by codifying the existence of the Student Master Planning Consortium
  • Completed negotiations on a 2017-2036 Campus Plan that prioritizes renovating on-campus housing in order to make living on campus more desirable to students, and:
    • Secured permanent seats for two to three students on the Steering Committee of the Georgetown Community Partnership
    • Secured a first-ever student Co-Chair on the Safety and Student Life Working Group of the Georgetown Community Partnership
    • Filed for GUSA to receive formal party status on the Campus Plan
    • Published an accessible five-page “Campus Plan at a Glance” report explaining key points of the 121-page Campus Plan
  • Represented student interests as part of the Housing Study Steering Committee, and specific working groups exploring renovations to Henle and Alumni Square, as part of an effort to secure an explicit renovations timeline
  • Coordinated a smooth transition between the previous two and incoming two student Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners
  • Continued to support the DC Fair Skies Coalition by managing their website and providing student perspectives
  • Begun engaging a variety of student leaders in developing a post-Campus Plan list of student priorities for the master planning process
  • Worked with The Corp and the Office of Neighborhood Life to improve Roomr, a landlord-review platform for students living off-campus
  • Published a comprehensive off-campus housing database to make the off-campus housing search fairer and easier for juniors
  • Secured GUTS shuttles to and from DCA and IAD airports at the beginning and end of Thanksgiving and winter breaks
  • Advocated for the expansion of weekend GUTS service, including at the Board of Directors, and secured agreement by the university to conduct a Saturday GUTS pilot program in the spring
  • Designed a “how-to” Georgetown transportation guide that was distributed in all New Student Orientation folders
  • Formally submitted a proposal to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for a subsidized student metro pass on the weekends

See the Athletic Affairs and Residential Living pages for other successes connected to master planning.

What we’re prioritizing for the rest of our term:

  • Completing the aforementioned list of student priorities for the master planning process

  • Working with administrators to publish a multi-year timeline for renovating residence halls, as agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in the spring

  • Pushing back against potential long-term plans to convert student-occupied townhouses into faculty residences

  • Developing a framework for student engagement in the university’s long-term academic master planning process, which includes planning for the future of our downtown campuses

  • Representing student interests in the planning and design processes for renovations to Henle, Alumni Square, the Yates Field House, the Student Life Corridor, and the open space outside MedStar hospital

  • Working with the Georgetown Student Tenant Association to re-establish the organization and recruit new membership

  • Continuing to work closely with The Corp to improve Roomr and the newly-created off-campus housing database

  • Conducting an in-person presentation to the WMATA Board of Directors and continuing to advocate for a weekend metro pass for Georgetown students

  • Working with the Office of Transportation Management to plan and collect feedback from the Saturday GUTS pilot program in the spring

  • Advocating for a new Capital Bikeshare station on the north side of campus and working with the Office of Sustainability on a potential free bike helmet program

See the Athletic Affairs and Residential Living pages for other immediate priorities connected to master planning.

Although the Campus Plan has been filed, there is still years of work ahead as the University continues to engage in an important long-term master planning process. GUSA remains in close communication with administrators through the Student Master Planning Consortium, and all students should continue to speak up, attend Hoya Roundtables, and make your voices heard. Feel free to reach out to GUSA Deputy Chief of Staff for Master Planning Zac Schroepfer