Unity Project | UVA Student Council

The University Unity Project is an ambitious new concept that will revolutionize student engagement and student governance at the University of Virginia, and allow for the entirety of the University student body to unite behind a well-developed, singular goal.

The aim of this project would be to have as close to 100% student participation as possible on a designated annual effort, which the entire UVA community would come together to focus on.  While the Unity Project for the 2008-2009 academic year will be determined within the Project’s Ad-Hoc Committee, future projects will most likely be designated by a student-wide referendum in the spring election. This institutionalized process will allow both students and student organizations to consider several major ideas, eventually centering their efforts to accomplish a single, lofty goal.

The chair of the University Unity Project Ad-Hoc Committee will be Rob Atkinson.  Most excitingly for Student Council, the University Unity Project allows the organization to do what it is so evidently positioned to do: bring a wide array of students together to achieve common goals.

Tentative Bill to Create the Ad-Hoc Committee for the University Unity Project, as sponsored by Student Council President Matthew Schrimper
Final Draft will be made available tonight.

Whereas, the Ad-Hoc Committee for the University Unity Project will allow for formal communication and collaboration among student groups leading the University Unity Project,

Whereas, the University Unity Project will seek to mobilize the student body to address a single, broad issue with ambitious and overarching goals,

Whereas, the University Unity Project will seek to include every University student and student group in a transformative approach to student engagement,

Be it therefore resolved, that the Representative Body creates an ad-hoc Committee for the University Unity Project, which shall report to the President and the Chief of the Cabinet;

Be it further resolved, that the ad-hoc committee for the University Unity Project will organize and oversee the administration of the University Unity Project for the 2008-2009 academic year,

Be it further resolved, that the ad-hoc committee for the University Unity Project will determine the project for the coming year and report to Council on its specific agenda and goals,

Be it further resolved, that this Committee shall be chaired by Rob Atkinson, and be composed of such members as the chairs see fit to recruit;

Be it further resolved, that the Representative Body shall review the work of this Committee one year from now, and decide whether to renew it as an ad-hoc committee.