Throwing freshmen a bone, and also educating them on important Georgetown things
Freshmen can now receive extra housing points through the GUSA initiative What’s a Hoya?, which organizes seminars on educational topics for the Georgetown freshman as an extension of New Student Orientation. With housing points as an incentive for attendance, freshmen can now register for one of four November sessions on HoyaLink.
According to the What’s a Hoya webpage, the interactive forums will include faculty and student “panels, presentations and breakout sessions.” Forums will be offered in November, January and February with themes specific to each month: “Men and Women for Others” on mentorship; “Cura Personalis” on well-being; and “Community in Diversity” on diversity, respectively. For each forum attended, freshmen will receive 0.1 housing points. Students can only attend one session per theme.
What’s a Hoya has several goals: introducing freshmen to topical issues on campus as well as the vocabulary with which to discuss them, giving freshmen the resources and means to enhance their Hilltop experience, and increase student engagement by promotion of campus clubs.
“Our goal is to make this a positive and practical feature of each student’s freshman year experience – a booster shot to NSO,” wrote What’s a Hoya Coordinator Megan Murday (SFS ’15) in an email to Vox.
The granting of extra selection points by Housing to student organizations is unprecedented at Georgetown. Whether Housing will award selection points next year and beyond remains to be seen as the initiative is in its pilot year.
“The program is in its inaugural pilot year and the plan is for it to grow in programming and scope for next year and beyond. We have worked with [H]ousing to negotiate the housing points incentive,” wrote GUSA Vice President Adam Ramadam (SFS ’14) in an email to Vox.
Upperclassmen cannot attend forums for purely educational, non-incentivized reasons “due to space constraints and the desire to give each freshman student the chance to attend,” wrote Murday. Upperclassmen can, however, submit nominations online for potentials panelists in the November.
November’s mentorship theme “Men and Women for Others” will feature a dean and professor panel, an alumni presentation as well as Father Kevin O’Brian, S.J. as the introductory speaker. Sessions will take place on Nov. 20, 24, 25 and Dec. 6.
Murday spoke to the future of What’s a Hoya: “We may expand the program to involve additional themes, thereby giving students a choice of which modules they will like to attend. Our hope is that What’s A Hoya? benefits the entire Georgetown community and the administration sees a value in continuing the program for future generations.”
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