Student Government

The University of Chicago


Please contact the Elections & Rules Committee Chairman, Max Freedman, at with any questions.

Candidates Statements:

Executive Slate:

Rise (Calvin Cottrell, Sabine Nau, Chase Harrison)

Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees:

Erica Watkins

Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees: 

Zander Cowan

Hi, my name is Zander and I am a second year economics major in the College.  I am really excited to be running for the Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees and hopefully join the Executive Committee for the 2017-2018 school year.  Over the past year, I have been able serve as a College Council representative. From working with RSOs to gain funding, to planning a UCPD-student basketball tournament, to sitting on Annual Allocations, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served you all. I want to leverage my knowledge and experiences in Student Government to serve as a strong Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees. As students subject to Board decisions, you deserve to have your opinions and interests represented in Board meetings. 

The Board of Trustees consists of 55-members who govern the University of Chicago in its entirety. Since the Board controls a huge aspect of student and academic life on campus, it is important that students and their voices be communicated accurately. I want to ensure that the bridge between students and the Board of Trustees is transparent, and students are fully aware of Board meetings and potential outcomes of decisions. I hope to fairly and fully represent the undergraduate student body.

Christina Uzzo

My name is Christina and I am a third year Environmental Studies Major. I’m passionate about energy policy, environmental justice, and progressive electoral politics. I am running for Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees because I want the Board to hear as many undergraduate voices as possible when making decisions that affect students, faculty, and staff. 

Issues I am particularly concerned about include increasing funding for Student Counseling Services and increased staff for Student Disability Services.

It is exciting that the position has recently been expanded to include meetings between undergraduates and trustees. I want to keep this communication as open as possible and work towards creating a formal Petition process for contacting the Board outside of these meetings. I hope that through this position I could work to improve student – Board relations, as well as relationships between the University and the Hyde Park community.

Read full Platform here:

Steve Berkowitz 

Hi! I’m Steve, a second year in the college, and I’m thrilled to be running to be a part of the Executive Committee for the 2017/18 year. My experiences from work, academics, and my extracurriculars have seen me cross paths with a diverse range of students and given me the opportunity to interact with a variety of different leadership in administration. This has allowed me to gain a strong awareness of the needs of the student body as well as to understand the capabilities the school possesses to improve day-to-day life. I’m excited by the prospect of translating these ideas into the development of feasible ways to support this community in collaboration with the board. I wish to open up dialogue with all members of the student body to bring more individuals into the framework and identity of UChicago. As a result of the driven student leadership, every organisation here on campus has the ability to be an incredible community for its members, and consequently deserves to be respected, appreciated and listened to. I firmly believe that the University’s programmatic goals should be based on the individuals that compose it, and as such, I hope to align the mission of the board with the ambition of the students. 

Community and Government Liaison:

College Council Class of 2018

  • Jola Idowu
  • Julie Xu

College Council Class of 2019

  • Zander Cowan
  • Elizabeth Ortiz
  • Liam Torpy (Abroad Fall ‘17 – Proxy: Saylor Soinski)
  • Daphne Xu

College Council Class of 2020

  • Veronica Myers (Abroad Spring ‘18 – Proxy: Alisha Harris)
  • Jahne Brown
  • Marty Jiffar
  • Marlin Figgins
  • Sat Gupta
  • Brittney Dorton

The following positions will be filled in the 2017 Spring General Election:

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Executive Slate
The Executive Slate is made up of the President, the Vice President for Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. They are elected together each year in the spring, and are collectively responsible for the administration of Student Government. They represent graduate and undergraduate concerns to the University administration, oversee organizational projects and initiatives, and are responsible for the management of the SG budget.

Liaisons to the Board of Trustees
The Undergraduate and Graduate Liaisons to the Board of Trustees represent their respective constituency to the Board of Trustees. They are responsible for keeping students informed about the actions of the Board of Trustees.

Community and Government Liaison
The Community and Government Liaison represents the Student Association to members of the community, and work to get students more involved in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and the South Side in general. The Liaison serves as an ex-officio member on the Community Service Fund, and serves as SG's representative to the University Community Service Center.

College Council and Graduate Council Representatives
The College Council and Graduate Council Representatives represent their respective class year or school or division to the above bodies and voice concerns on behalf of their constituents.

At this time, Graduate Council Representatives are elected by their divisions in separate elections processes from the Spring General Elections. At this time, Booth, BSD, Divinity, Graham, Harris, Humanities, IME, Pritzker, PSD, SSA, and SSD have chosen to operate their own elections for Graduate Council Representatives through their divisional student governments, their dean's councils, or their area dean of students. Students in those divisions will receive notification by their local election authority at least two weeks prior to when their Graduate Council Elections will occur. E&R will conduct the Law School's elections in the Autumn Quarter.

More information about each of these positions may be found in the SG governing documents.

Spring 2017 General Election Timeline:

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017: E&R announced the forthcoming election by email to the Student Association. The announcement of petition availability was included in this email.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: E&R made petitions available on this website at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017: Petitions of candidacy were due between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm in Reynolds 016. 

Thursday, April 13th, 2017: E&R held the mandatory candidates meeting at 4:30 pm in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club (second floor across the atrium from Hallowed Grounds). Candidates must attend a mandatory candidates meeting to appear on the ballot. Those candidates needing accommodation for an alternate meeting time must notify the Chair of E&R prior to turning in their petition. 

Monday, April 17th, 2017 through Friday, April 21st, 2017: Candidates were be given the opportunity to table in Reynolds.

Monday, April 24th, 2017: A debate between Slates and candidates for Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees will be held for a graduate student audience during Graduate Council.

Wednesday April 26th, 2017: A debate between Slate candidates and Liaison candidates will be held for all members of the Student Association in the Cloister Club at Ida Noyes Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the debate will start promptly at 7:30 pm. 

Friday, April 28th, 2017: E&R will host a meet and greet between candidates and constituents at 3:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017: Voting will open at 10:00 am CDT on Blueprint. Students may login at A link to the ballot will be emailed to all members of the Student Association.

Friday, May 5th, 2017: Voting will close at 4:30 pm.

Friday, May 5th, 2017: E&R will meet in Reynolds 016 to tabulate the results at 4:30 pm. Tabulation will begin at 4:45. After tabulation is complete, E&R will hold a press conference in the first floor of Reynolds to announce the results and to hold the ceremonial cake cutting.

Election By-Laws, Code, and Candidates Packet

The Election By-Laws, and Election Code provide guidelines for candidates and the Election and Rules Committee. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the Candidates Packet, which contains the House Rules as well as the Code and By-Laws, and helpful information. In choosing to run, candidates agree to follow the rules and interpretations enumerated in the Candidates Packet. Note the information in the Candidates Packet has been updated by E&R. Please review the linked documents as they have changed from last year. 

Past Elections and Referenda:

Results and hearings from past elections can be found here. Information about the Winter 2017 Constitutional Referendum is available on the Constitutional Review Committee page.