By Tim Sullivan ’17
Student Congress Publicity Chair
This past Tuesday, Student Congress held their weekly meeting to discuss strategic planning for the College over the next 10 to 20 years. Accompanied by Mark Caprio, associate professor and head of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Congress answered several questions that will help the research team further develop its strategic planning report. Questions, such as “What should the college be doing down the road that it is not doing today” and “What should be the most important measure or indicator of the success of Providence College? Why?” were asked in a forum-like setting.
The Congress suggested that the College put more focus on commuter students and student health going forward. Although there have been recent efforts to increase focus on these areas, the Congress believes that resources could be allocated more effectively. Professor Caprio was thoroughly pleased with the participation and answers given, and encouraged members and the rest of the student body alike to reach out if they are interested in helping further. If you are interested, please email Professor Caprio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the forum discussion, executive announcements were made followed by Dean of Students announcements. Dean Gaffney shared information regarding changes to the College’s anti-harassment policy, and clarified the language in an email sent last week. The Title IX coordinator will now oversee any cases regarding sexual orientation or gender. This consolidation of policy will formalize and make the process more organized for all parties involved. Another topic of discussion was the Office of Residence Life’s allowing students of different grades to live with one other.
In terms of class and committee announcements, the Class of 2018 finalized its Junior Jam date for March 18 and announced upcoming ring sales, while the Class of 2020 announced the date for its freshman formal, which will take place on March 25. BOP is happy thus far with its Black and White Ball ticket sales making it clear that all proceeds will be going towards the Angel Fund, which benefits PC students who are in need of aid in unexpected and extraordinary financial circumstances. BMSA was thrilled with the turn out for its solidarity walk on Jan. 30, and Campus Ministry will be holding a Super Bowl party this coming Sunday.
There was no old business, however the Congress discussed the Spring 2017 allocation of funds with the conversation led by Sean Lawler, executive treasurer.
All students on campus are welcomed to attend next week’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Ruane LL05.