University administrators presented a plan to facilitate the relationship between students and university administrative offices at the third Hoya Roundtable Wednesday.
The event, moderated by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson in Sellinger Lounge, was the first of a continuing series of discussions intended to connect student concerns with the administration’s initiatives this semester.
Representatives from the Division of Student Affairs, including Health Education Services, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Off-Campus Student Life, addressed questions concerning sustainability, finances, diversity and field space for club and intramural teams.
The Student Affairs Strategic Plan, which was presented by the administration at the event, outlined five goals for the upcoming year, including bettering student spaces and support services, fostering healthy partnerships with the outside community and taking a proactive, holistic approach to student development.
“Life is a balancing act,” Olson said. “Students are engaged on campus academically and socially in so many ways, and we are trying to help them keep everything in order. The lesson here is that conversations are beneficial to everyone’s experience on campus.”
Eitan Paul (SFS ’12), a Georgetown University Student Association Senator and co-author of the soon to be released Student Life Report, was optimistic about the direction in which student-faculty relations are heading. However, he notes, however, that the administration should provide more details regarding how it expects to tackle the issues raised.
“I would especially like to streamline the process of accessing student spaces and services,” Paul said.
Many students in attendance expressed concerns about reducing administrative inefficiency.
According to Olson, the open format of the roundtables is an integral part of this new approach the university has attempted to pursue this academic year.
“I am encouraged by the whole initiative of this event,” Olson said. “It is a new way to create public transparency and continue discussions about issues affecting our community.”