What we’ve done so far:

  • Secured GUTS shuttles to and from DCA and IAD airports at the beginning and end of Thanksgiving and winter breaks

  • Secured GUTS shuttles to and from Senior Ball

  • Expanded the GUSA summer fellows program, which provides need-based summer housing, by five students for the summer of 2016

  • Partnered with The Corp to provide summer storage to Georgetown Summer Fellows and Community Scholars

  • Established the first-ever Advisory Board for Affordability and Access, comprised of students, administrators, faculty, and staff members from across campus

  • Conducted a book drive for the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access that collected over 200 books and textbooks

  • Permanently institutionalized funding for winter break housing for homeless and independent students (students who may not have a safe and stable place to go home to over break) 

  • Administered a survey about food accessibility on campus that received over 350 responses

  • Successfully secured 5 guest swipes per semester as part of the new dining contract negotiation process

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

  • Working with the Office of Residential Living to guarantee that a certain number of beds will be reserved for high-financial need students to stay over the summer for free

  • Making expenses like printing and laundry more affordable for low-income students

  • Mitigating costs related to graduation by partnering with on-campus offices and off-campus community organizations to find ways to lower housing and food costs

  • Creating a long-term partnership between GUSA and GSP to institutionalize GUSA support for efforts that assist low-income and first-generation college students on campus in the years to come

  • Following up on the food accessibility survey with a focus group to explore potential solutions, including a food pantry or meal swipe sharing system, and coming up with a list of recommendations for the Advisory Board for Affordability and Access)

  • Coordinating a drive for dresses and suits that can be used for professional development or Senior Ball

  • Reaching out to professors to discuss ways that the classroom can be more inclusive to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds 

  • Working with the GUSA Student Workers Affairs Team to redesign the campus job bulletin to include more off-campus job listings

Feel free to reach out to GUSA Socioeconomic Inclusivity Chair Emily Kaye with questions, comments, or concerns!