Student government moves meetings online and continues student advocacy

A student government is responsible for a lot of the important decisions that make up the college experience such as tuition, student wage and safety improvement for the campus. Representatives for student government are voted in by students so that each student has a voice in decision-making that directly affects them.

Members of the Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage stand on the steps of capitol building during the Monday spent in Juneau.
Members of the Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage stand on the steps of the capitol building during the Monday spent in Juneau. Photo credit: USUAA.

The Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage, or USUAA, is the governing body of students at UAA. USUAA’s goal is to nurture students’ leadership and advocacy skills while responding to student needs and interests.

Their priorities include service to the UAA community with events like Adopt-A-Road Cleanup, Little Black Dress Doesn’t Mean Yes, Homecoming Dance and the Mabil Duir Leadership Scholarship. They are also a transparent agency and advocate for the student body with events such as Meet the Mayor, Ask Me Anything (formerly known as Chat with the Chancellor) and Juneau Advocacy Trips.

Events associated with USUAA have been affected by COVID-19 and will not take place this year. Instead, online platforms such as Zoom have been utilized for USUAA meetings, where members discuss issues that affect students such as campus activities, processes and policies. The meetings are open to the public and take place online, with the next one happening on Sept. 25, from 3-5 p.m.

The Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage or USUAA holds regular meetings to discuss student and campus policies. Meetings are open to the public and have been moved entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of the USUAA Facebook page.

Voting for USUAA representatives, such as presidents, officers and delegates will take place at the end of April. All voting will be online and the election committee will send out electronic ballots to all students beforehand. Exact dates will be announced once they convene in the spring.

Students can be a part of the USUAA and help be a voice for the student body. Any student can join but there are a few requirements such as a GPA of 2.5, but students can apply with a 2.0 and enter a probationary period. If after one semester their GPA is not at least 2.5, they will be dismissed from the assembly. Students also must be enrolled in at least three credit hours, fill out a candidate packet, follow the USUAA Code of Ethics, UAA Student Code of Conduct and the Election Board Policies.

For more information about the USUAA, visit their UAA web page or Facebook page. Assembly meetings, which are open to the public, are viewable on their Facebook page and upcoming dates can be viewed on the UAA Master Calendar. For more information about the meetings or USUAA, email or contact them through Facebook Messenger. For more information about running for election contact [email protected] or call 907-786-1371.

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