GMU Student Government

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Summary

“George Mason University’s Student Government is a permanent standing entity which receives its legitimacy and authority as representatives of the entire student body. We advocate for the interests of our fellow peers, educate the university community with regard to the state of the institution, and represent the interests of each student. Our mission is to do so through serving as a liaison to the administration, faculty, and community.” SG website

GMU Student government, especially the Government and Community Relations committee, and the Students onAir @GMU chapter, are exploring ways to collaborate on the Virginia onAir Hub and the US onAir network of 50 state governance and election hubs.

Our first project is to support livestream debates between Northern Virginia congressional candidates.

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Spring 2022 Candidates for Student Body President
GMU Student Government, Matthew FeganMarch 29, 2022

List of the candidates Instagram pages.

About

Student Government has undergone many, many changes throughout its history, but our mission has remained focused on advocated for each student. We have three main branches that help accomplish that goal.

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The Team

Student Government has undergone many, many changes throughout its history, but our mission has remained focused on advocated for each student. We have three main branches that help accomplish that goal.

The Executive Branch

The Executive Branch is comprised of over 25 positions appointed by the Student Body President and Vice President. The appointed members serve directed liaison roles throughout the Mason community in various projects, events, and initiatives. The Executive Branch also contains various boards. These are the Student Parking Board, responsible for hearing citation appeals; the Student Dining Board, which acts as an advisory committee to dining managers; and the Student Housing Board, which also acts as an advisory committee to housing administrators.

Each one of our cabinet positions and board member positions is open to the student body to apply for. If you are interested in any open position, or want to learn more, please contact us at sg@gmu.edu.

The Student Senate

The Student Senate serve as direct representatives for the student body and are elected each fall and spring. Student Senators are required to sit on two committees:

  • Administrative and Financial Affairs, which deals with Student Governments budget, governing documents, and Senate appointments.
  • Academics, which focuses on academic based initiatives such as Scholarship of the Week.
  • Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, which focuses on initiatives related to multi-cultural RSOs, as well as University diversity and inclusion on campus.
  • Government and Community Relations, which focuses on liaising with community members, local governmental organizations, as well as state and federal groups.
  • Services, which focuses on initiatives related to dining, IT infrastructure, facilities, housing, parking & transportation sustainability, and more.
  • University Life, which focuses on initiatives related to student well-being, student involvements, and the atmosphere on campus.

Spring elections are held in the months of March or April for Student Body President and Vice President as well as 30 Student Senators. Fall elections are only open for freshman and transfer students who campaign for 10 open Student Senator positions. If at any point our total number of Senators drops below 40 between Fall and spring election cycles, there is an appointment process for new Student Senators.

If you are interested in joining or learning more, please contact us at sg@gmu.edu.

The Elections and Disputes Commission

The Elections and Disputes Commission (EDC) are tasked with hosting the fall and spring election process, resolving disputes between branches or candidates, and upholding our governing documents. EDC commissioners are appointed to “lifetime” terms (until graduation). If you are interested in joining learning more, please contact us at sgedc@gmu.edu.

 

Executive Cabinet

The Executive Branch of Student Government is led by the Student Body President and Vice President, and includes the Secretaries and Undersecretaries for each department as well as the Executive Boards.

This branch executes the many projects and policies organized with Student Government. Each member is focused on a particular subject, issue, or program, and works with their Student Senate counterparts to accomplish these initiatives.  All Secretaries, Undersecretaries and Board Members are nominated by the President and approved by the Student Senate.

Interested in joining?  Please email sg@gmu.edu for more information.

Government & Community Relations

The Government & Community Relations committee is lead by Josephine Petras.  Undersecretary for Community Relations and Civic Engagement Chadni Cowpwer and Undersecretary for State and Local Government Affairs is Olivia Nealon.

GMU Student government, especially the Government and Community Relations committee, and the Students onAir @GMU chapter, are exploring ways to collaborate on the Virginia onAir Hub and the US onAir network of 50 state governance and election hubs.

The first collaborative project is to support livestream debates between Northern Virginia congressional candidates.   These aircasts (livestream, student-led discussions) will be similar this two minute highlight video of an interview aircast with Congressman Don Beyer.

Mason Lobbies

Source: Webpage

Mason Lobbies is an annual event in which Student Government brings students down to the state capitol in Richmond to lobby state legislators for legislative items that impact Mason and its students. Mason Lobbies is a key factor in maintaining relations with our state legislators to ensure that Mason receives support for financial aid, research funding, and other key issues for our university. This is a special why for the student body to emphasize their concerns and use their voice to make our university better for all.

The opportunity provides students with the opportunity to advocate for themselves and their community by taking the needs of our university to Richmond. The impact of these meetings directly affect the student body in the form of tuition freezes, increases in financial aid, research funding, and much more.

Mason Lobbies usually occurs in late January/early February and sign-ups will typically open early in the Fall semester and run throughout the semester. Keep an eye out for sign-ups on Student Government’s social media! Transportation and lunch will be provided, and students will be given lobbying resources and training prior to the trip to contribute to your professional skill set.

https://youtu.be/L1gdTUVIE2Y

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