By Ashly Erickson
The Student Government Association (SGA) works with the administration, faculty, staff, student organizations, and the Superior community to provide the best possible educational experience at UWS. Over the past year, SGA has had to navigate conducting this important work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zack Abt, student body president, says SGA has continued to meet regularly and maintain normal operations, although in a virtual format. “I think with a lesser team we might have been unable to carry on this year, so I am so unbelievably proud of my senators and anybody who has helped preserve SGA throughout this year.”
Due to the pandemic, SGA held its first ever virtual election in the fall of 2020. Abt said, “I believe the first electronic election went great, even though we did not receive the turnout we had hoped for.”
While engagement was low, the goal of SGA moving forward is to make student elections more accessible and inclusive. “Our goal is to make voting for the students who represent our campus as easy and stress-free as possible. It is important to hear everyone’s voice even if they are not currently on campus,” Abt said.
The spring SGA elections will take place on May 4. Students who are interested have until tomorrow, Thursday April 29, at 4:00 p.m. to submit their electronic nomination form. This form can be found via ‘JacketHub and at the front desk of the Yellowjacket Union.
“We hope with campus potentially looking more ‘normal’ starting next semester that engagement will be up for SGA and all student organizations,” said Abt.
Students interested learning more about SGA should check out the ‘Jackets Vote course on Canvas for updates on the elections and open seats. SGA meets every other Thursday at 6:00pm and students can find the meeting agenda and Zoom link posted in the Student Digest the day of the meeting. The next meeting will take place tomorrow night.
President Abt encourages all students to join the meeting to provide any comments, questions, or concerns or just to see how Student Government operates on our campus.