The Goucher College Student Life Master Plan, completed in 2014, focused on a five-year horizon for the creation and renovation of spaces where student life takes place, but did not extend to a long-term vision for the creation of additional dedicated student life spaces for gathering and community growth. Throughout the CMP process, students and advocates repeatedly requested additional dedicated student life space on campus. The CMP proposes bolstering the feeling that the heart of campus is located between Mary Fisher Hall and the Ungar Athenaeum by adding dedicated, student-focused space for gatherings, student government, and student organization programs. Adding functional and appropriately sized space develops a compact Campus Core that complements the Academic, Residential, and Sports and Recreation districts.
To cultivate the sense of a welcoming student experience across the campus, student life hubs are proposed throughout campus. CMP campus engagements illustrated that the Mary Fisher Dining Center, the Ungar Athenaeum, the SRC, and the equestrian paddocks are especially welcoming already. This is largely due to the staff working in these areas. Conversely, areas that could use improvement or that have been significantly impacted by policies implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic include the academic buildings, residential halls, and gathering spaces such as Alice’s Café and the Gopher Hole. The CMP proposes that new student life hubs be appropriately sized to complement and support student activities. Each of these hubs is designed to replicate this success and reflect a unique sense of place and purpose.