While every undergraduate is a member of UMBC's Student Government Association, there are 20 students each year who devote extra time to organizing and supporting other undergraduate students in making UMBC their own. Those 20 serve as elected officers of SGA: President, Executive Vice President, VP for Student Organizations, Treasurer, Senators (11) and Finance Board Representatives (5). (Read more about these positions here). Officer terms run for one year beginning May 15th.
The SGA Election Board released the candidate application this morning, and I hope you'll consider applying to run for one of these positions for 2017-2018.
SGA positions offer a chance to work with others on initiatives that matter and make a difference on campus and can empower all students. But more than that, running for and serving in these positions is an opportunity to identify who you are and what gifts you contribute to the campus and local communities. You don't need any experience; you will receive significant support and gain access to many resources as you work with others to identify and solve problems.
I recognize that it takes courage to make yourself vulnerable and to put your name and ideas in front of your peers, but I see so many students who take that risk and never look back, exploring issues and passions, forming friendships, and developing their confidence and sense of direction.
The application and election process is an open door waiting for you, and I hope you'll walk through it.
Applications are due Monday, March 27th at noon.
After the due date, all eligible candidates will receive more information via e-mail regarding next steps, including campaigning.
So check out the application, and if you have questions, contact Election Board Chair Sophia Lopresti (email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’ve been advising UMBC’s SGA for over five years, and each day I become more and more inspired by all that committed, courageous students can learn and accomplish together.