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Freshmen Elections

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The Voice of Freshmen Class

Student Association advocates for students at the local university and system wide

What is Student Association?

The University of Minnesota Student Association is the student organization that advocates for students throughout the university. Our elected members hold seats and vote on various university committees. We also allocate funding for campus clubs, and we annually lobby the state legislator for more university funding. Our work is impactful and we are committed to making this campus the best we can for our constituents. You do not have to be an elected member to be part of Student Association, since, by our constitution, all students that pay the student services fee are non-voting members of SA.

How the Process Works:

Once applications open you will be able to fill out the Google Forms and provide answers that will appear on your candidate information page. This will set you apart from others so be sure to take your time and put effort into your answers. You will also need to complete a signature form and turn it into the UMDSA Office before applications close on September 14th at 5pm. On the 17th and 18th the ballot will go live, and voting will begin. The winner will be notified of their victory. Everyone elected is required to attend our Fall retreat that Friday to learn about their roles and work on building the new team. Any questions can be directed to Spencer Basarich at basar023@d.umn.edu

Your Responsibilities:

As a student leader you will be responsible for representing your fellow classmates and bringing their voice to issues facing them and the entire campus. If elected, you will be a voting member in the Student Association Congress which meets every Monday at 6pm. These sessions are how we bring forth issues and topics to find solutions as a group. To see more about specific responsibilities of the Freshmen President and Freshmen Representative please read over the UMDSA Bylaws and Constitution to become familiar with the roles. Any questions can be directed to Spencer Basarich at basar023@d.umn.edu.

How to Get Started:

  1. Submit an Application by 5pm Friday, September 14 for Freshmen President or Freshmen Representative at Large.
  2. Turn in the appropriate number of signatures, 25 for Freshmen Representative and 50 for Freshmen President. Here is the form.
  3. Review the UMDSA Bylaws on elections and campaigning starting at Article XIV.
  4. Begin campaigning as soon as you can.
  5. Get your peers to vote on the 17th and 18th of September!