Student Initiatives


The purpose of the Division of Student Initiatives is to address student issues and concerns by executing advocacy programming and issue campaigns in coordination with Student Assembly policy.

The advocacy programming consists of large-scale programming such as speaker events or film screenings and small-scale programming such as workshops or topic-specific dinner series. Issue campaigns are sustained initiatives meant to bring awareness on a specific issue over a sustained period of time.

Finally, Student Initiatives works with various Boston College departments, including Residential Life, BC Dining Services, BC Facilities Services, Dean of Students, Academic Affairs, and other departments as needed. It also will work with Office of Student Involvement as needed and appropriate.

Vice President of Student Initiatives

Tom Downing

Carney 106

I am Tom Downing from Franklin, Massachusetts, and I study Information Systems in CSOM. My job at the Office of University Advancement where I get to build and edit applications is super fun. When I'm not there, I'm usually in the UGBC office in the Carn Barn (a.k.a. Carney Hall). In my free time, I love cheering for the New England Patriots, browsing the subreddit r/Kanye, and listening to my favorite podcast Hollywood Handbook. I am ecstatic to be working with my awesome directors and assistant directors in SI to bring some great initiatives this year. An initiative can range from a speaker, panel, or performance event to a topic-specific dinner, discussion group, film screening, or photo campaign. Please reach out to me if you have an idea or initiative you’d like to see from SI!