Why Join USUAA?
USUAA Student Government provides opportunities to develop leadership and advocacy skills while representing student interests and needs. USUAA members make a difference on campus by giving input on policies, procedures, and programs. USUAA helps coordinate several campus activities to build a broader sense of community and belonging at the university. You can serve on boards, committees, and special task groups that help make policy decisions and recommendations which affect students, faculty, and administration.
By becoming involved with Student Government, you will increase personal growth, learn how to work together in teams, gain problem solving skills, and practice citizenship through community engagement and advocacy.
Two ways to join USUAA
1. Petition into an open position:
- Complete a Petition Packet and an Eligibility Release form. For the Fall 2017 semester, the USUAA Bylaws requires 47 signatures from students taking at least three (3) credits at UAA.
- Submit the completed Petition Packet and Eligibility Release form to the Office of Student Life and Leadership, Room 218 of the Student Union.
- The deadline for petitions for Fall 2017 is Friday, September 22 at 5:00pm.
- All students who petitioned into USUAA are also required to run in the UAA Student General Election to continue their positions.
2. Be a candidate in the next Student Election:
- After the petition deadline, any student interested in joining USUAA must run as a candidate in the UAA Student General Election. All students who petitioned into USUAA are also required to run in the election to continue their positions.
- Elections happen once per semester, every April and November.
- Election dates and deadlines, available positions, and how to apply, can all be found on the USUAA Elections webpage.
- Questions about Student Elections can be directed to the USUAA Election Board at email@example.com.
- Enrolled in at least 3 credits at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
- A current minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Students with no established GPA, or a GPA that is between 2.5 and 2.0 can join USUAA under a probationary status. After one semester of membership, the student must meet the required 2.5 GPA or be dismissed from the assembly. If a student falls under a 2.0 GPA, they will not be eligible for probation and will be dismissed from the assembly.
Interested individuals should demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Communicate and cooperate effectively with a wide range of people
- Apply strong analytical thinking to policy issues
- Ability to reach consensus on complex issues
- Abstract thinking and the ability to see the 'big picture'
- Confidence to interact with various UAA and non-UAA people and entities
- Willingness to take a public role
- Readiness to devote large amounts of time and energy
Not interested in joining to USUAA Assembly, but still want to get involved on campus? Apply for a Presidential Appointment to join other UAA related committees, boards, or special task-forces. A list of available appointments and the application can be found here. Email the USUAA President at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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