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Warren College Student Governance

Student governance at Warren College involves internal governance and programming, in large part implemented by two hall councils of student representatives, one each for Delbrück and Elliston, as well as Warren College representation within the larger Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG), implemented through a single popularly-elected individual. The two missions of internal-to-Warren governance and external-to-Warren representation are clearly related, but distinct.

The Warren College student representative to VSG for 2014-2015 is Damonta Morgan.

With regard to internal governance and programming, the mission of the Delbrück Hall Council and the Elliston Hall Council, is to collect and represent the sentiments of their respective halls regarding (a) goals for and ideas about hall and college programming; (b) recommendations for assessing the quality of Warren College programming; and (c) recommending guidelines for use of hall resources.

The hall councils of Warren College for 2014-2015 are

Delbrück Hall Council
Halle Best (So)
Lisa Muloma (So)
Chris Olmstead (Jr)
David Roberts (Sr)
Elizabeth (“Lizzy”) Shahnasarian (Jr)    
 
Elliston Hall Council
Linzie Bogan, II (Jr)
Renzo Costa (Jr)
Alexandra Griffin (So)
Scott Head (Sr)
Farishtay Yamin (So)
 

Each council will be regularly convened by the Head Resident (HR) and Graduate Fellow (GF) of the hall; the GF and HR are ex officio, non-voting members of the council, who will advise on logistics, budget, and policy.  In 2014-2015 the Delbrück Hall Council will be convened by Shawn Albert and Grace Chee; the Elliston Hall Council will be convened by Nick Dressler and Samara Lieberman.

For college-level governance, representatives from each hall council will come together in one consultative body (Warren College Executive Board) that also includes the 2 GFs and 2 HRs. The consultative body meets with the Faculty Director (FD) at least once monthly. The Warren College representative to the VSG is also invited to the meetings of the Executive Board as an ex officio, non-voting member.

The mission of the Warren College Executive Board is to merge, synthesize, prune and elaborate the recommendations of the two councils on programming, policy, and assessment, to decide on some of these matters; and to make recommendations on others to the FD, the College Halls area coordinator (AC), and their supervisors. Hall councils and the Warren College Executive Board can initiate committees and other working groups, choose methods for selecting the members of these groups from the entire Warren College (and larger) community, convene town hall meetings, and the like.

Students are encouraged to make their ideas known about Warren College’s future by talking to their hall council representatives, their Resident Assistants (RAs), their Graduate Fellows (GFs) and their FD during office hours (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/collegehalls/personnel/warren-personnel.php) or other times. Students can also directly submit (programming, governance) ideas through Anchorlink at https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/form/start/50718,  or simply go to Anchorlink and select "Forms" on the left sidebar on the College Halls organization page.
 

Inaugural (2014-2015) Student Governance Structure

An initial student governance model will be in place for 2014-2015 at Warren college. In mid-to-late spring 2015, Warren College will hold a referendum on the governance model to be used the following year, 2015-2016. The initial model is intended to give structure to student life in year one, but without introducing top-heavy resistance to student-driven change. This model is informed by the four town hall meetings in spring 2014, and by feedback from students at the start of Fall 2014.

The initial governance structure includes 5 representatives per hall, selected by a procedure appended at the bottom of this page. The hall councils satisfy these criteria and will follow these processes:

  • Three of the representatives for each hall will be representatives of the respective classes (SO, JR, SR); this insures that every class is represented.
  • Two members will be at-large members and can be from any class (SO, JR, SR).
  • For each hall, the five representative students are selected by the Faculty Director (FD) and Area Coordinator (AC) from (a) those nominated by at least one other student in Warren College; and (b) those nominated who submit an application for the position. Students making a nomination will provide a statement of between 100-300 words that speaks to the qualifications of the student being nominated.
  • Each group of five hall reps will be convened and moderated regularly by the hall’s Graduate Fellow (GF) and Head Resident (HR), though the GF and HR will not be voting members.
  • For college-level governance, each hall will send representatives to participate in a college level consultative body (Warren College Executive Board) that also includes the 2 GFs and 2 HRs. The consultative body meets with the FD at least once monthly.

Inaugural Student Internal Governance Application and Selection (2014-2015)

For the 2014-2015 academic year, representatives were selected by the Faculty Director (FD) and Area Coordinator (AC). Eligible students first had to be nominated by at least one other student residing in Warren College. Note that a student in Delbrück could nominate a student of Elliston to serve as an Elliston representative, and vice versa.  There were no self-nominations allowed.   Students making a nomination provided a statement of between 100 words (min) and 300 words (max) that spoke to the qualifications of the student being nominated.  After receiving nomination submissions, the FD and AC notified the nominated students and requested that they submit an application for the position if they chose to do so. The FD and AC made their decisions based on the nomination statements and applications.
  
The following schedule listed important dates
 
Wednesday, August 27: Information Meeting in Warren Great Room from 8:00 - 9:00 pm
 
Friday, August 29: Nominations (of no less than 100 words and no more than 300 words) submitted by 6:00 pm
 
Sunday, August 31: Applications requested from selected nominees 
 
Wednesday, September 3: Applications due by 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday, September 10: Prospective representatives and other applicants informed of decisions
 
Friday, September 12: Representative confirmed acceptance
 
Saturday, September 13: Representatives announced to Warren College 
  
Each hall council meets regularly, and the Warren College Executive Board meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (or as otherwise scheduled). 
 


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