Freshmen Elections

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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.

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

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 digital signature form before applications close on September 13th at 5 pm. An online election will be held on September 20th and 21st which will be open for all UMD Freshman to vote. A voting station will be held in the Kirby Garage from 9 am to 3 pm both days and the digital ballot will be posted here. The winner will be notified of their victory via email. Any questions can be directed to Eli Sailer-Haugland at [email protected].

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 6 pm. 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 Constitution and the UMDSA Bylaws to become familiar with the roles. Any questions can be directed to Eli Sailer-Haugland at [email protected].

How to Get Started:

  1. Submit an Application by 5 pm Monday, September 13th for Freshmen Representative at Large.
  2. You will receive an email with further information including a digital signature petition.
  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 20th and 21st of September!