On Saturday, the Georgetown University Student Association swore in the new President and Vice President, Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13). The inauguration was a small affair, with Vail being sworn in on a copy of Infinite Jest because, “This is the closest thing I had to a religious text.”
Gustafson also gave an impromptu address:
I’m going to take a few minutes of your time to say, thank you all for coming out today and happy St. Paddy’s Day. I am so very excited and honored to stand before you today to be sworn in as the GUSA president. GUSA have accomplished many incredible things the past three years, and I’ve learned a lot from my experience. Vail and I are in a great position to finish a lot of those initiatives that were started, especially SAFE reform, and to establish GUSA as an organization for and by all students and expand its reach into focus areas that haven’t been exercised in the past by GUSA. That said, I would like to thank Mike and Greg for their incredible hard work and dedication over the past year to the students and this university. You guys have left some incredibly large shoes to fill, and we hope we do you proud.
Vail and I have already begun work on some of the initiative we proposed in our platform, such as planning a research symposium, an LGTBQ-friendly checkbox on CHARMS, and the Student Life Report—and how to implement the recommendations that were given in that. We have also been working on a pretty fantastic cabinet to help execute a lot of these and other important initiatives. Vail and I have been given an incredible opportunity, and … we hope that we will serve all of you well in the next year, and know that our door is always open. Thank you very much.
For her cabinet, Gustafson explained some of the changes she made from previous years at the GUSA meeting on Sunday. First, she moved some positions, like the respective directors of Information Technology and Career Services, to her staff, and then she created secretaries of Academic Affairs, Mission and Ministry, and Social Justice. Finally, she eliminated the Secretary of Strategic Development because, in her words, “I don’t know what that person did last year.”
Descriptions of each cabinet position are on the application, and decisions for cabinet members should be made by the end of the week.
Photo: Patricia Cipollitti