Are you interested in getting involved in student governance and leadership during your first year on The Ingram Commons? Consider taking the time to learn a little bit more about the ways you can engage with student governance at Vanderbilt.
One of the ways that first-year students can become involved in their individual Houses is by running for and/or applying for positions on the House Advisory Council (HAC). Each House has an HAC composed of five positions: president, vice president, public relations chair, floor representatives (one per floor), and House service commissioner. Together all 85 of these elected officers compose the CommonDores Leadership Council (CLC) which meets every week on Wednesdays from 9 – 10 pm.
To find out more about the positions and how to run or apply, students should attend one of the CLC Interest Meetings on August 31 from 6 – 7 or from 7 – 8 pm in Commons Center 237. If you want to be a part of the CLC, you MUST attend one of these meetings. If you cannot, email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
House President – The House president works directly with the Faculty Head of House, advising the Faculty Head on House programming and overseeing the rest of the House Advisory Council. The House president runs each HAC meeting in most Houses. As a collective group, the House presidents also plan the Commons Ball every February. The House presidents serve as official Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG) senators.
House Vice President ¬– The vice president is responsible for coordinating House participation in the Commons Cup. He or she also serves as the second executive officer of the House Advisory Council and may attend VSG Senate meetings in the place of the president.
House Public Relations Chair – The public relations chair is responsible for promoting House events within and beyond the House, in addition to ensuring that residents of the House are up to date on Commons and campus events. The PR Chairs collectively capture images and video to document the life of the House while running all House social media sites.
Floor Representatives – Each House has a designated floor representative for every floor. The floor representatives serve as liaisons from the residents to the rest of the House Advisory Council. As a group, the floor representatives also work to plan five large-scale events each year that are open to the entire first-year class.
House Service Commissioner - The House service commissioner is responsible for creating, promoting and sustaining service opportunities for residents of the House. He or she works closely with the Office of Active Citizenship and Service to realize these goals, and is responsible for approving all service hours recorded for the Commons Cup. The House service commissioners collectively plan two Commons-wide service events each year.