The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration launched a partnership with Vanderbilt Student Government to gather feedback and engage student voices in the land use planning process. The Vanderbilt Student Government Land Use Task Force was created after Ariana Fowler, Student Body President, and Taylor Gutierrez, Executive Vice President, met with Vice Chancellor Kopstain in September 2016. The project was spearheaded by Gutierrez, who gathered feedback through drop-in hours, group meetings and focus groups. Gutierrez presented his preliminary findings to Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects as a part of this process. The collaboration culminated in the creation of the VSG FutureVU Proposal, endorsed by the student government on April 19, 2017, with over 45 recommendations for the university to consider, many of which are integrated into FutureVU.
In the fall of 2017, VSG has continued to serve as a source of student representation on various matters related to FutureVU. VSG’s representatives have been pivotal in ensuring student’s voices are heard. Members from different areas of VSG - Cabinet, Senate, and Committees - are actively addressing issues and themes presented in FutureVU via participation in several working groups. Currently, students from all branches of student government are present in the following working groups:
Rideshare Working Group
- Exploring the possibilities of partnering with shared mobility companies such as Lyft, Uber, Zipcar, etc. VSG representatives include: Jami Cox (VSG president), Christine Lim (chair of campus life committee), Mackenzie Sundin and Jonathan Segal.
Pop-Up Project Working Group
- VSG representatives include: Simon Silverberg (chair of residential and environmental affairs committee) and Patrick Timmins.
- VSG representatives include: Briana Watkins (chair of community building, outreach and diversity committee) and Lanier Langdale.
- VSG representatives include: Ryan Connor (VSG vice president).
In addition, regular meetings with VSG Cabinet and Senate will provide updates on FutureVU and will seek opportunities for further collaboration.