Introducing the Stanley Campus Council
The museum’s new mission and vision statements emphasize that the University of Iowa community lies at the very heart of our work. Our collection has always been a catalyst for innovative teaching and learning at the university, and we’ve been able to reach students in departments from Anthropology to Human Anatomy and Physiology. Yet, the UI experience extends beyond the classroom, and one critical challenge as we prepare for a new museum building in 2022 is making the Stanley a center for campus life outside of the classroom.
Enter our new student-focused initiative, the Stanley Campus Council. This Campus Council will function as a student advisory board, giving both undergraduate and graduate students a voice in shaping how the museum engages with students through events and programs on campus. Students involved in the Campus Council will be led by the Campus Engagement Coordinator, a fellow student on a year-long appointment with the museum. This student leader will play a critical role in charting out the council’s activities each semester and guiding the group in the development and implementation of new programs and events. Stepping into this newly created role for the 2019-20 academic year is senior Elly Woods. Elly is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in nonprofit management.
Elly and the Campus Council will be action researchers, working closely with museum staff to experiment with new types of events and programs meant to draw the UI community into the museum and to help them connect with our collections. On the horizon may be programs like ukulele jam sessions, meditations in the galleries, dance performances on the terrace, and art-infused study breaks—each program thoughtfully designed to highlight the Stanley’s collections and build new bridges to UI students.
This summer Elly Woods enjoyed Europe while interning for a PR agency in London.