Concordia University Wisconsin is currently working on making some large adjustments to benefit the well-being of its population of commuter students.
According to CUW Vice President of Student Life, Steve Taylor, CUW’s goal is to provide every student with the same excellent experience and education.
A great way for students’ voices to be heard, especially commuters, are within the variety of clubs and organizations on campus, such as Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board (CAB), The Student Nurses Association and many more.
“Student Government Association has designated roles for the commuter voice; they have a Commuter Representative, you know just like they have Resident Senators they have Commuter Senators, and that Commuter Senator’s role is to make sure the commuter’s voice is heard,” Taylor said.
While CUW does try to make sure commuter voices are heard, this isn’t always the case. There are still problems commuters face that aren’t fixed yet, like for junior Madison Bjork.
“I dislike how I miss certain on-campus opportunities. For example, a lot of events are late at night, around 8 or 9, and I just can’t will myself out of my apartment to come back for those. Sometimes it’s scary to drive to campus during inclement weather,” Bjork said.
With the insight of the struggles that commuters face, CUW Student Life can work on recognizing and trying to address these concerns for this particular group of students.
“I think what some of the difficulties that we have, you know, Student Government has their meetings at like 9 o’clock at night and so the commuter is either going to stick around till 9 o’clock at night or the commuter has to come back to campus, and so I think that makes things difficult,” Taylor said.
According to Taylor, there has been some push to make campus organization meetings meet earlier in the day. In addition to this, Student Life and SGA have collaborated on purchasing microwaves and a new refrigerator for the commuter lounge in the undercroft.
One commuter student who recognizes these changes is junior Pearl Dean.
“I’ve seen like a couple of things this year that have been specifically towards commuters, but like in my previous year no, not really,” Dean said.
CUW Student Life and other organizations are now addressing commuter concerns and are working to solve these issues. This could mean a brighter future for commuter students at Concordia.
“I am very happy to see a Commuter Appreciation Week this year. It makes me excited to come to campus and experience things, like a commuter breakfast,” Bjork said.
For more information on events for commuter students such as Commuter Appreciation Week, visit the CUW app or click here.
Written by Kimberly Navarrete.