GUSA passes legislation to promote inclusiveness in student organizations

On Sunday evening, the GUSA Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass a legislative measure that will encourage Georgetown’s on-campus student organizations to have more inclusive admissions policies, specifically for upperclassmen and transfers.

Currently, some student organizations either do not accept applications from juniors or seniors at all, or they consider these applications less seriously than the applications of underclassmen.

Joe Picozzi (COL ‘17) and Sara Margolis (COL ’16) introduced the measure. According to Margolis, while some of these student groups do have practical reasons for rejecting upperclassmen applications—such as having an extensive, semester-to-year long training program—other student organizations have not provided legitimate reasoning for their blatant discrimination.

“These admissions policies, we think, specifically discriminate against transfer students… They come here and they don’t even have the opportunity to join a lot of student organizations,” Picozzi said.

The ultimate goal of the resolution is to reflect GUSA’s support of students—usually, but not always, transfers—who feel that that they are at a disadvantage in integrating into the Georgetown student organization community based on their class year.

This measure aims to create a candid discussion between GUSA and these selective student organizations. Picozzi clarified that the resolution specifically does not mention any names of student groups in order to ensure a more positive dialogue.

According to Picozzi, this measure reflects GUSA’s support for all students at Georgetown to have the opportunity to apply to clubs, if it is a feasible option for the organization. “This is just a principle in general that the GUSA Senate stands for,” he said.

Although the resolution cannot actually effect change within the student groups, Margolis emphasized that the motion is meant to garner support for students who feel at a loss.

She, like Picozzi, also remained hesitant to name specific organizations. “My hope is that if it’s passed, that I can take it to groups that… are exclusive,” Margolis said.

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