DeGioia and Olson agree to hold office hours
They’ve given in. University President John DeGioia and Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson will hold office hours to meet with students, according to a press release from GUSA.
GUSA Executives Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) have pushed hard for this change since their election, holding that students in an open university should have the ability to meet face-to-face with those who run it.
“Students should be able to be able to present their ideas to the leadership of the University, and, if they’re good ideas, they should be put into action,” Tezel said in the press release. “Office hours will allow President DeGioia and Dr. Olson to gain perspectives that they otherwise wouldn’t come across.”
DeGioia and Olson agreed to Tezel’s and Jikaria’s proposal over the summer.
“President DeGioia and I are both committed to engaging with students and hearing their perspectives. We pursue this goal in many ways, from attending programs to small conversations,” Olson said in the press release. “These new office hours will add a helpful new approach to pursuing this goal, and we look forward to working with GUSA in launching these conversations.”
Olson will hold monthly, open office hours, the first of which is tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. in the Healey Family Student Center.
DeGioia is being more exclusive. His first office hours will be held some time in October, and eligible visitors will be selected via lottery organized jointly by GUSA and the Office of the President. An online form to enter this lottery will be available on the President’s Office website.
Vox is not sure if they will agree to autograph Georgetown memorabilia during meetings.