It’s a new year, which means new people in the Student Government Association (SGA). This year, Student Body President Alexis Franklin hopes to bring awareness to what SGA does by organizing engaging events and initiating positive changes on campus, focusing on boosting student morale and engagement.
“Our projects this year focus on being a voice for the student body and creating an environment where students feel safe to express their concerns,” said Franklin.
SGA is working to make AU a more enjoyable environment for AU students by tackling some of the major issues on campus, but they can’t do it alone. This semester, SGA will be putting a forum together where students can express their concerns about issues that arise on campus. More details on the forum will be released on a later date.
“These issues will not only be heard in this forum but will also be taken to the administration,” said Franklin. “A significant role of SGA is expressing the student perspective in administrative meetings.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events on campus last year were put on hold. Franklin and other SGA members are hoping to change that this year.
“We plan to use our budget this year to provide opportunities for engagement as well as spending money where students would like it to be spent. SGA will also be sponsoring a variety of events this semester and next semester.”
SGA also plans to use some of the money in their budget to directly impact students through clubs on campus. Clubs are able to submit monetary requests to SGA to receive funding. SGA has a specific amount of money to allocate to clubs each year.
Although SGA advocates for the student body, it still needs support.
“The student body can help us accomplish our goals by engaging in our upcoming events and bringing concerns they have about campus issues to our knowledge,” said Franklin. “We will be able to better represent the student perspective in administrative meetings if we are given student feedback.”
Franklin explained the importance of the student body’s support.
“We would not be able to accomplish initiatives and projects without the support of the student body,” said Franklin. “Please reach out to any of the SGA cabinet members or your senate representatives with campus issues and feedback.”
For expressing concerns, the SGA office is located inside the Olt Student Center, or SGA can be reached by email at email@example.com.