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The Listening Tour 2017-2018

The Westhampton College Government Association and the Richmond College Student Government Association have pledged to promote the highest quality of life for the students of the University of Richmond. While enhancements to the quality of student life occur through actionable steps and policy changes, such enhancements start with the clear understanding and communication of the valuable perspectives of every student. Upon this platform of holistic representation comes the inaugural Listening Tour, a structured project attempting to engage with and collect feedback from every undergraduate student at the University of Richmond.

This is a thematic summation of concerns, insights, and recommendations of the 928 students met with on the Listening Tour. This is not a policy brief, but the student governments hope this information provides a foundation for future student and administrative initiatives. The Listening Tour Report aims to provide a clear and concise communication of student life at the University of Richmond. The centralized and organized data is intended to establish a blueprint for student, faculty, and administrative collaboration in creating the best possible experience at the University of Richmond. 

The information is organized within several themes: 

  • Social Life: Relevant topics include on-campus social space for various groups, social barriers between Greek and Non-Greek students, students with marginalized identities, and international students, school spirit, and the "Richmond Bubble."

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Relevant topics include the distinction between diversity and inclusion, campus dialogue regarding sensitive issues, and diversity and inclusivity training for faculty and staff.

  • Academics: Relevant topics include registration, general education requirements, and avenues for expressing academic concerns.

  • Relationship between Faculty and Students: Relevant topics include the classroom environments across academic schools, faculty accountability to students, consistency of curricula, and relations between faculty and students with marginalized identities.

  • Campus Services: Relevant topics include accessibility of dining services, residence life, housing, parking, spatial use, and accessibility of printing.

  • Relationship with Administration: Relevant topics include opportunities for students to connect with administration, bureaucracy and accessibility, university financial transparency, and the coordinate college system.

  • Wellness: Relevant topics include the balance of social, personal, and academic life on campus, alcohol misuse, sexual misconduct and resulting procedures, and community usage of campus recreation facilities. 

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