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Student Governance

Each house has a House Advisory Council (HAC), composed of a president and vice president who are elected as well as a public relations chair, service commissioner, and floor representatives, who are appointed. The HAC meets with the Faculty Head of House and Head Resident Adviser to advise on House programming and the life of the House. All members of the ten HACs are members of the Commons Leadership Council (CLC) The CLC works with upperclass peer mentors and professional staff to advise on the expenditure of a budget supplied by The Ingram Commons to enhance inter-house, Commons-wide, and campus-wide living-learning initiatives. 

House Advisory Council Positions

President
(elected)

  • Presides over weekly HAC meetings where initiatives are discussed, concerns shared, and events planned alongside the Faculty Head and the House residential staff 

  • Meets regularly with the Faculty Head or the Head Resident Adviser

  • Conceives, plans, promotes, and effects events in conjunction with the Faculty Head and the house residential staff (includes promoting and attending all house signature events)

  • Works alongside the public relations chair to complete an end-of-year reflective project for the house, which captures the essential qualities and events of the house

  • Facilitates house participation in the 'Academics' and 'Community Involvement' components of The Commons Cup

  • Works alongside the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons to plan and execute the annual Commons Ball in February

  • Attends the weekly Commons Leadership Council Meeting

  • Supports the initiatives of all other members of the HAC and all Commons programs

Vice President
(elected)

  • Serves as the second executive officer of the House Advisory Council and takes over for the president in the event that the president cannot fulfill the duties of the office
  • Facilitates house participation in the 'Athletics' component of The Commons Cup
  • Plans, organizes, and attends Commons-wide programs in association with the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons
  • Conceives, plans, promotes, and effects events in conjunction with the Faculty Head and the House residential staff (including promoting and attending all house signature events).
  • Attends the weekly Commons Leadership Council meeting

Public Relations Chair
(appointed)

 

  • Serves as the chief house publicist for all house and Commons-wide events 
  • Makes use of social media, email, and other forms of communication with residents to ensure that all members of the house are informed about house and Commons events throughout the year 
  • Works with the PR Chairs from other houses to coordinate advertisement of House and Commons events
  • Records and publishes minutes of the HAC and CLC meetings to Anchor Link
  • Acts as a historian and collector of house photos/videos to share with the respective House, the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons, and the undergraduate body
  • Seeks to photograph and video house and Commons events and is responsible for uploading these images and videos to The Commons Flickr account
  • Conceives, plans, promotes, and effects events in conjunction with the Faculty Head and the House residential staff (includes promoting and attending all house signature events)
  • Facilitates house participation in the 'Sustainability' component of The Commons Cup
  • Attends weekly Commons Leadership Council Meeting

Service Commissioner

(appointed)

  • Promotes and realizes house, Commons, and Vanderbilt service projects by working in close collaboration and consolation with all other Service Commissioners, as well as faculty and staff
  • Works closely with a staff professional of the Office of Active Citizenship and Service to provide opportunities for individual, group, and floor engagement in service
  • Consults and works closely with the Faculty Head of House concerning opportunities for continuing or new house service projects
  • Promotes existing service structures, clubs, organizations, and opportunities to first-year students in the house
  • Facilitates house participation in the 'Service' component of The Commons Cup
  • Conceives, plans, promotes, and effects events in conjunction with the Faculty Head and the house residential staff (includes promoting and attending all house signature events)
  • Attends the weekly Commons Leadership council Meting
  • Supports the initiatives of all other members of the HAC and Commons programs

Floor Representatives
(appointed)

 

 

  • Serves as the representative of the floor on the HAC 
  • Plans and promotes, in conjunction with the RA and Faculty Head, specific floor-level events to develop community cohesion
  • Conceives, plans, promotes, and effects events in conjunction with the Faculty Head and house residential staff (includes promoting and attending all house signature events)
  • Supports the initiatives of all other members of the HAC and all Commons programs
  • Once per semester, the floor representatives from each house are required to meet with the head resident and a professional staff member for additional training on programming and floor-level community building
In addition to these formal House Advisory Council positions, each house will also elect a first-year senator to serve in Vanderbilt Student Government. While this position is not formally a part of the HAC, they may occasionally meet with the HAC in order to accurately represent the interests of the house in Senate sessions. If you are interested in this position, please visit VSG's website.

2017-18 CLC Team

Neena Kapoor, Peabody, '19, Service Commissioners
Madison Maderious, Peabody, '18, Vice Presidents
Griffin Patterson, Peabody, '20, Pubic Relations Chairs
Emma Stewart, A&S, '18, Presidents