Open concept in union involving student leaders

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Open concept in union involving student leaders

Posted by Jen Van Ewyk on Sep 25, 2018 9:49 am

Hello Everyone!

We are in the process of remodeling our student union with plans to move our student involvement office into this new space. Part of this office includes our student government on campus. With this move, we are embracing an open concept where students will be working in an open setting versus having individual office space. Although students were involved in this decision, our current student government leaders are less than excited about their future without individual offices. I am wondering if there are other campuses that are using an open concept in their union with student leaders. We are hoping to show our students some examples to help them see the benefits. 

Thank you! 
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Re: Open concept in union involving student leaders

Posted by Kyle Johann on Sep 26, 2018 11:00 am

Hi Jen,

We were looking at moving more towards an open concept for our student involvement area. At the time, my campus had a limited number of office spaces that organizations could use (up to 30 spaces to meet the needs of 140 clubs). The open concept we were presenting was to create more work space so that more people could actually utilize the space. There is currently a perceived notion that the student involvement space is only for people that have an assigned office/work space. The concept was to create several different pockets where organizations can meet, do group projects, and really create a community in our student involvement space.

In our plan, there was still a designated work space for Student Government, the Campus Activities Board, and Fraternity/Sorority Life. All of these entities were housed out of the same office.

I know this doesn't address wanting to see other open concept student unions, but it does provide additional rationale from other campuses.

Thanks,
Kyle

Re: Open concept in union involving student leaders

Posted by Jen Van Ewyk on Sep 26, 2018 12:28 pm

Thanks Kyle! Does your student government have individual offices for any specific roles or do they all share the same space? 

Re: Open concept in union involving student leaders

Posted by Kyle Johann on Sep 27, 2018 10:52 am

Hi Jen,

There are a few individual offices and some shared offices. President and Vice President have their own office. The other executive team share two offices that have multiple desks/computers in them.

What I like best about the Student Government space is that it is pretty collaborative. There are standing work tables, computers for anyone to use, and some lounge space.

Kyle