The Virginia Tech Student Government Association is kicking off the year with a newly renovated office and student-inclusive ambitions.
The organization plans to use its new welcoming and accessible setting to encourage more student involvement in their upcoming initiatives.
According to the SGA President Dustin Doprh, the change has set the stage for “unifying the student voice.“
“(We want to look at) what issues there are on campus, whatever they might be, take those different issues and take them to administration and see what effective change we can make,” Dorph said.
Dorph said these factors will contribute to the overall focus of the SGA this year — governance.
“A lot of what we’d like to do is really go to a governing organization," he said. "As a whole we’re focusing more on university governance."
The SGA intends to continue its programs, such as the Big Event and Relay for Life, however its will also be shifting some attention to issues on campus.
In order to accomplish this, the SGA will be working with university administration. New Tech Vice President for Student Affairs, Patty Perillo, is already in contact with the group to share ideas and provide assistance.
“We want to make a difference for students here on campus and we want to let the students know how they can make a difference themselves,” Dorph said.
Dorph hopes the new office's inviting atmosphere. It features an open reception area that will help encourage students to contribute to the SGA more and share concerns.
Also among its goals this year are a sense of collaboration, inclusion of diversity and outreach to the community.
To broadcast its goals and accomplishments, SGA will be available via Facebook and Twitter. Currently, it is constructing a new website that will host a newsfeed to increase interaction between students.
“We’re all about figuring out what we can do to put the organization forward in a good direction,” Dorph said.