The Student Assembly
Interested in joining the Student Assembly? Freshmen elections will be held on Thursday, September 29th, and will be overseen by the Boston College Elections Committee. If you're not a freshmen but still want to get involved with the SA, you can apply to be a staffer for one of our seven committees. Applications will be open until Saturday, October 1st at 11:59 pm, and the application can be found below.
The Student Assembly (SA) is the legislative branch of UGBC, and consists of 35 elected senators representing each class, school, and student organization cohort (category), as well as the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) and the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC). The SA focuses primarily on student advocacy and policy work: it is the job of the SA to voice student concerns and work to implement new policies that benefit the student body.
The SA contains seven standing committees that focus on particular policy areas. Both senators and ex-officio (unelected) members serve on these committees. For the 2016-2017 academic year, three of the standing committees will serve as joint committees with Student Initiatives (SI), and will work to develop both policy and programming initiatives that benefit the student body.
The committees for the 2017-2017 academic year are:
Academic Affairs Task Force (Director: Hagop Toghramadjian, email@example.com)
Campus Improvements (Director: Joseph Dorion, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Conduct and Student Rights (Director: Mackenzie Arnold, email@example.com)
Identities (Director: Gianina Chua, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joint Committees with Student Initiatives:
Environmental and Sustainability (Student Assembly Director: Anxhela Mile, email@example.com)
Mental Health (Student Assembly Director: Katie Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Women and Gender (Student Assembly Director: Julia Bogiages, email@example.com)
Message from the Executive Vice President
Hey BC! My name is Meredith McCaffrey and I'm a senior majoring in Political Science. This is my third year in UGBC, and I'm very excited to be serving as the EVP. The SA is committed to representing the student body and improving the overall student experience at Boston College. With an elected body that spans every class, school, club cohort, and with representatives from ALC and GLC, we are a diverse group of students dedicated to tacking the biggest issues facing the BC student body.
There are a number of ways to get involved with the Student Assembly. Elections for the four Class of 2020 senate seats will be held during the month of September, but for those who want to get involved without holding a senate seat, I'll be opening applications for ex-officio committee positions after the Student Involvement Fair on September 2nd. SA meetings are open to the public, and I encourage any students interested in the SA - or in issues affecting BC students - to attend our meetings. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any members of the SA - we want to hear from you!
The Executive Vice President (EVP) of UGBC chairs the Student Assembly. It is her job to set the agenda, determine policy priorities, and represent the SA to both the executive branch of UGBC and the administration. The current EVP is Meredith McCaffrey, A&S '17, email@example.com.
The Parliamentarian is the chief enforcer of the Constitution and the Standing Rules. Additionally, she is responsible for the legislative docket.
The President Pro Tempore (PPT) is the third highest officer in UGBC. It is their job to chair the SA meetings in the EVP’s absence, as well as be both a mentor and resource for the other senators. The PPT must have at least one year experience in the SA before serving. The PPT will be determined at the SA's first meeting in September.
Each standing committee has its own director. The EVP nominates and the SA confirms the directors. It is the responsibility of the directors to manage their committees, lead their senators, and run their meetings. (Please refer to committee rosters for chair names and emails.)
Likewise, each standing committee also has a vice director. The vice directors run their committee meetings in the absence of the director and act as additional resources for senators.
Finally, the SA has two internal roles: a Director of Rules and a Director of Finance. The Director of Rules is the point person for all internal matters to do with the SA Standing Rules and the UGBC Constitution. The Director of Finance is responsible for all matters of finance in the SA.
Have an idea, suggestion, or question? Feel free to reach out to Meredith, a director, or your elected representative at any time!