Between June 1 and June 15, the Refresh committee opened up an anonymous survey asking the public to identify certain needs and to clarify their understand of UVSA. There were 15 unique submitted comments in this time frame. The following questions were included in the survey:
- What is your vision of UVSA? What should it be and what should it do?
- What three values should direct UVSA, its staff, and its activities? Why?
- What do you believe should be the role of the Intercollegiate Council (ICC)?
- What do you believe should be the role of the Executive Board (E-Board)?
- Survey Results
- ICC should have more authority than E-Board, but E-Board advises and mentors the ICC.
- Two consistently mentioned values
- Leadership, though the definition of leadership seems to vary
- Community within VSAs
- Committee considerations
- Making clear that ICC is the final decision-maker
- Administrative decisions should be made by E-Board
- Job descriptions need to be updated
- ICC needs to staff and execute its own programs, with E-Board support
- ICC needs to understand its financial responsibilities
- Clarifying the relationship between UVSA and the VSAs
- Clarifying the relationship between UVSA and uNAVSA - formalize or do not formalize the relationship?
- Make amendment process stricter
- E-Board terms - 1 vs 2 years
- E-Board as a committee?
- Leaner E-Board? No VPs, formalize ICC Chair
- E-Board veto power and whether it can be overridden
- Ratification profess - 80% of all cabinets of all member VSAs
- Next steps - Ask Andrew Dinh to join the Summit Retreat on July 9 and do the Constitution Retreat for ICC on July 10
The following letter comes from the perspective of one of the VSA's officer. The name and school has been anonymized.
Other VSAs say they live far and have "tough assignments", and that [our] VSA feels as though every other VSA thinks [our] VSA has it easy. Members of [our] VSA contend that [omitted] they have duties to their families. Even on top of this, we try our hardest to prioritize our "going out" schedule for VSA.
A lot of [our] VSA members still don't understand who/what/where is UVSA. They suggest UVSA doing 2 presentations per semester and to interact with members. The new members will definitely have no support for UVSA because they don't know what UVSA is.
[Our] VSA was also disappointed that E-Board and ICC did not show up to [one of major social events]. After [participating in a major UVSA project] and working to death, [our VSA members] really wanted to see support from UVSA during [their VSA social event]. As of right now, [our] VSA feels they are giving more effort to support UVSA than vice versa.
Another problem cabinet brought up was the money process. [Our] VSA does not want to work with UVSA if it includes any finance because their policies are different than UVSA. They don't like how [UVSA's financial processes are not timely].
[Our] VSA sees a dilemma during Tet Parade. They want to represent UVSA but they also want to prioritize [the VSA]. They know UVSA needs man power and help but at the same time they have lots of events that they need to fundraise and advertise for.
A lot of groups would contact [our] VSA for an event, and then UVSA contacts [our] VSA on the same event. [Our] VSA feels working through UVSA might be less efficient than simply going through the event coordinator directly. But [our] VSA feels by separating, it shows no unity.
Makes it hard to secure large funding sources.