What Can I Run For?
Below you will find descriptions of the positions you can run for. You can also see who is currently sitting in these positions by looking at the SA Executive Branch page and the SA Legislative Branch page.
The President is the primary leader of the Student Association. The President serves as chair of both the Senate and the Executive Committee, and is the official representative of the organization. The President holds around 15 office hours a week and will meet with the Chancellor and other campus constituencies to ensure that any decision being made by the institution represents the best interests of the student body.
The President also mentors the At-Large Senators and has the primary responsibility for recommending students to sit on university committees, subject to the final confirmation of the Senate. The President will work with the two Vice Presidents to make other appointments to the Executive Committee, and coordinates the activities of the Executive Branch. If you are a natural born leader, good at building and maintaining strong relationships, and are comfortable getting out and communicating to and for students, this role is for you.
Vice President of Student Affairs
The Vice President of Student Affairs is the primary official for all legislation concerning student life, such as campus-wide issues like fees, parking, and the student experience. The VPSA chairs the Student Life and Interest Committee and mentors the Advocacy Senators. The VPSA will typically hold around 15 office hours, and serves with the President and Vice President for Academic Affairs as one of the three key leaders of the SA.
The VPSA will also meet regularly with the Dean of Students, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and with directors of relevant student life centers when necessary.
If you are passionate about helping to craft a great experience at UWM, enjoy building and maintaining strong relationships and are a good listener, this position is for you.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the primary official for any legislation that deals with school or college-specific issues. The VPAA will mentor the Academic Senators and help to coordinate the Program Representatives system, beginning in the fall by working with academic department heads and respective senators to coordinate the elections of Program Reps.
The VPAA will meet regularly with the Provost, and school or college deans when necessary. The VPAA will hold around 15 office hours per week and will be the point person for managing a large and complex structure of academic representatives.
If you are analytical, passionate about the academic experience at UWM, able to manage complex structures and keep many plates spinning at once, this position is for you.
The Senate is made up of 40 total Senators, broke up into three different categories.
15 Academic Senators
15 At-Large Senators
10 Advocacy Senators
You are able to run for one senate position, but the choice of which is entirely up to you, and may vary based on your interests. Each Senate position will have varying degrees of responsibility, but at a minimum you should be prepared to attend most senate meetings, which typically take place every 2 weeks.
Office hours may be required of Senators, but you should be prepared to spend a decent amount of time going out and talking to your constituencies, writing legislation to enrich the student experience, and meeting with various faculty on staff that are relevant to you position.
Academic Senators are those that represent their school or college. They are responsible for coordinating the elections of and supporting Program Representatives within their school or college, as well as meeting regularly with their dean and department chairs.
- College of Letters & Science Senator (3 seats available)
- Graduate School Senator (2 seats available)
- Lubar School of Business Senator (2 seats available)
- School of Architecture & Urban Planning Senator
- Peck School of the Arts Senator
- School of Education Senator
- College of Health Sciences Senator
- School of Information Studies Senator
- College of Nursing Senator
- College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
- Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
At-Large Senators are students that don't represent any particular constituency, and can belong to any school or college. There are 15 At-Large Senators in total, with 5 of these seats being reserved for Freshmen to be elected in October.
That means there are 10 total At-Large seats available in the April elections. At-Large Senators will be responsible for general advocacy and outreach, and may or may not be required to hold office hours, depending on their desired level of involvement.
If you are just plain passionate about representing students and improving their experience at UWM, the At-Large seat is for you.
Finally, you can run as an Advocacy Senator. These students are responsible for representing the needs of their respective communities. They will be the primary point persons for writing legislation to improve the experience of those they represent, and meet with relevant staff members.
- International Student Advocacy Senator
- Students with Disabilities Advocacy Senator
- Graduate Student Advocacy Senator
- Commuter & Transfer Student Advocacy Senator
- Women's Advocacy Senator
- Students of Color Advocacy Senator
- Veteran Student Advocacy Senator
- Student Organization Advocacy Senator
- LGBT+ Student Advocacy Senator
- Non-Traditional Student Advocacy Senator