Get involved in Student Government
For the 2015-2016 school year, we've completely restructured the process of getting involved in SG to make it clearer and easier than ever before. Other than serving in an elected position, there are two main ways to get involved in SG: serving in an appointed Cabinet position, or sitting on a committee.
Keep reading to learn how to join the team!
Apply to serve in the SG Cabinet
The Cabinet consists of positions appointed by the Executive Slate that assist in the oversight and operation of all Student Government activities. Cabinet positions are significant leadership roles that allow you to have an important and substantive role in improving student life. Open positions include:
- Director of Communications: creates and implements SG's communications strategy on social media, email and web platforms, and works to better connect SG with the student body.
- Director of Finance: oversees all funding committee chairs and fulfills the role of treasurer for SG's $2.2 million budget.
- Director of Technology: manages SG's web presence and assets, including Marketplace, and develops new applications for use by the student body.
- Chair of the Committee on Recognized Student Organizations (CORSO): works to improve resources for student organizations, including funding, the RSO application process, and implementing the Student Leadership Stipend program.
- Chair of the Coalition of Academic Teams: supports the work of academic teams and oversees their $210,000 budget.
- Chair of the Community Service Fund: oversees allocation process for Community Service RSOs, oversees its $79,500 budget.
- Chair of the Program Coordinating Council: supports the work of major arts and programming organizations on campus and oversees their $500,000 budget.
- Chair of the Sports Club Fund: supports the work of club sports teams and oversees their $148,000 budget.
- Chair of the Uncommon Fund: will work with the Executive Slate to revamp the Uncommon Fund and its $15,000 budget.
- Chair of the Committee on Academics in the College: will oversee a new committee that will work to address concerns with curriculum and academic life in the College.
- Chair of the Committee on Campus Sustainability: will oversee a new committee tasked with working to identify improvements that could increase campus sustainability and channel the student voice around environmental issues on campus.
- Chair of the Committee on Student Services: will oversee a new committee tasked with working to address student concerns with services on campus, from Student Health and Counseling to transportation and financial aid.
- Assistant Secretary: assists the Secretary with taking minutes at SG meetings and handing other logistical and event planning tasks, receives an hourly wage.
- Graphic Designer: creates promotional materials for SG, receives an hourly wage.
All students, graduate and undergraduate, are eligible to serve in the Cabinet. Strong preference will be given to non-first-year students. Applications are due on Friday, September 25th by 11:59PM.
Apply to serve on a committee
One of the ways that Student Government voices student needs across campus is through various committees. There are several standing committees that exist every year and are run by Student Government that oversee the RSO funding process, RSO applications, and annual elections. This year, we are also establishing several issue-based committees on the topics of academics, student services and campus sustainability that will focus specifically on those areas. Finally, SG places students, both SG and non-SG, on several external committees formed by administrators and different branches of the University. The following committees are accepting applications for seats:
- Annual Allocations (AnnAll)
- Finance Committee (SGFC)
- Committee on Recognized Student Organizations (CORSO)
- Community Service Fund (CSF)
- Programming Coordinating Council (PCC)
- Committee on Academics in the College (CAC)
- Committee on Campus Sustainability (CCS)
- Committee on Student Services (CSS)
- Election and Rules Committee (E&R)
- Independent Review Committee (IRC) of the UCPD
- IT Advisory Board (ITAB)
- Uncommon Fund (UF)
ALL students are encouraged to apply for committee seats -- we are seeking a diverse range of student opinions and perspectives. Applications are due on Friday, September 25th by 11:59PM.
Apply to serve on the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of President, Vice Presidents, Council Chairs and Liaison positions. While these seats are generally filled by election during the spring quarter, we are seeking applications to fill a vacancy on the committee.
The Community and Government Liaison represents the student body to members of the community, and works to get students more involved in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and the South Side in general.
All students, graduate and undergraduate, are eligible to serve as the Community and Government Liaison. While there is no hard deadline to submit your statement of interest in the position, it will be filled by a selection of the SG Assembly early in the fall quarter.