Student Government Association Representatives are divided into committees, each having a specific focus on how to best represent and benefit students. The committees are as follows, please click the links to see which reps are on each committee.
The Academic Affairs Committee pertains to academic issues as they relate to the students at YSU. These include Textbook affordability, academic lectures, writing contests, course curriculum, the academic senate, and others. It works as an idea generator, advocacy group, and event organizer, and its members strive to ensure positive academic policy and appreciation.
The Financial Affairs committee’s fundamental purpose is to act as a source of financial aid and guidance for registered student organizations and student lead university programs on campus. The committee reviews applications submitted by student organizations and deliberates on the amount of funding needed for the event and SGA’s ability to provide said funding. With our new budget that has nearly QUADRUPLED from last year we can now provide more opportunity than ever before. Starting this year, not only will the committee continue to fund event appropriations for student organizations and startup costs to new student organizations, it will also fund student-led university programs for event appropriations.
This year it will continue to be priority to provide the annual events for the students such as coffee tables and tailgates for the students, but with a updated additions and greater representation from the committee as well as the general body. It will also be of importance to achieve a higher participation by the entire student body through the improvements of advertisement and social media in advance (possibly at prior events hosted by SGA). Ultimately, Student Life has the duty of providing support and commitment to the numerous student organizations on campus through the collaboration other events, therefore new approaches will be taken to achieve in doing so- such as Student Spotlight with Student Activities, and “SGA Serves” the initiative proposed by Executive members. In due time, myself and the Student Life committee as well, hope to achieve a better relationship with a more proactive approach with as many students and their organizations as possible. After all, the relationships and connections among the students themselves set the foundation for the environment and possibilities that surrounds them.
The University Affairs committee of Student Government at Youngstown State University is a multifaceted group of students. Tackling tasks from student safety to student discounts, being a liaison for the student body to the community, faculty, and staff, and ensuring student wellness both financially and academically. This year the main goals for the committee are to enhance the transparency of the student government body and its workings, promote and advertise our students’ successes, and develop a strategic plan to make Youngstown State a more commuter friendly campus.