Angela LaRosa | Reporter
BGSU’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is a collective organization that features representatives from groups and organizations across campus and acts as a voice for the undergraduate student body.
The USG mission states that they aim to serve as a bridge between undergraduate students and various governing bodies of the university including administration, faculty and graduate students. The student government advocates and supports Falcons in areas of academic success, wellness, safety and engagement.
“USG provides a space for all members of the BGSU community in order to make all voices on campus heard,” Rose Brookhart the vice president of USG said.
USG authors different resolutions to progress initiatives across campus through the elected executive and legislative branches.
Members of the legislative branch, often called Senators, represent organizations – or constituencies – such as the Black Student Union, Student Veterans of America, International students and more.
The president and vice president are elected during spring semesters for the upcoming school year. Other members of the executive branch include the Speaker of the Senate, Committee and Cabinet Members.
"We work with other organizations to host events on campus,” Brookhart said.
However, USG also sponsors events off-campus as well. Some include collaborating with NAMI of Wood County, which specializes in education support groups and advocacy for people living with mental illness and their loved ones.
“I hope that this year USG collaborates with different groups from different communities to promote student engagement,” Brookhart said.
With the new school year, USG is looking for senators to fill positions left vacant by graduating students. Available positions are found on the USG’s website under the Who is Who tab. Positions include Treasurer, Resident Hall Senators, Off-campus Senators and more. Applications for senate seats can be found on bgsu.edu/usg.
Prospective senators of USG show interest in being a representative of student groups and lobbying for change on campus.
General meetings for USG are every Monday in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, room 308, at 7:30 p.m. They’re open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend.
“All BGSU community members, not just USG members, are always welcome,” Brookhart said.
This year’s executive staff is:
- Zachary Noesen, President
- Rose Brookhart, Vice President
- Gabe Wagner, Speaker of the Senate
- Joseph Blair, Legislative Secretary
- Sourab Shaik, Academic Affairs Committee
- Emily Gerome, Internal Affairs Committee
- Hannah Boyle, Student Affairs Committee
- Jodi Webb, USG Advisor