So what is the Undergraduate Student Government Anyway?
As the governing body of the St. Thomas undergraduate student population, USG is comprised of 40 representatives dedicated to advocating student concerns by working with faculty, staff, the administration, community leaders, and fellow students to promote positive change while staying true to the Catholic identity of the institution.
What we do
USG receives its funding from 40% of student activity fee which is allocated directly to back to students in the conference and competition budget for over 130 UST clubs and organizations. This sponsors cooperative programming, club activities and conference and transportation needs.
Additionally, the student government works to inform students about current campus events and issues that affect the students’ lives. USG sponsors forums and dialogues that pertain to topics and issues important to the community.
Further, we appoint student representatives to a plethora of university and USG committees (Such as Student Affairs, Undergraduate Policy and Planning, Residence Life Advisory and more) as well as liaisons to the Board of Trustees. Through a close working relationship on these committees and with the administration, USG communicates student input directly on important campus decisions.
USG holds two formal elections each year for positions on our executive board and council. The Spring Elections are conducted to fill positions for the upcoming academic year. The Fall Elections take place within the first three weeks of the semester to fill the Freshman Class positions and any remaining vacant positions from the spring.
You do not have to be an elected member of our council to still be involved with student government. All of our meetings are open to the public and take place every other Sunday throughout the school year. You can also be apart of your class council which helps sponsor class-specific events and initiatives.
We look forward to having you involved in campus life and encourage you to contact us with any questions you have.
Mission & Vision
In response to the changing needs of the student body, the Undergraduate Student Government has chosen to implement mission and vision statements in order to give better direction to current and future councils. Implementing this framework will allow us to better serve the community and reinforce the strategic planning initiatives of the University while simultaneously embracing and supporting our differences. The individuality of each student is key to our diverse Tommie Family.
The Undergraduate Student Government serves the student body by reaching out, listening to, and voicing the concerns of our peers. We strive to unite each unique individual at the University of St. Thomas as one Tommie Family.
Through transparency, collaboration, and representation we aspire to achieve the best possible community at the University of St. Thomas. We strive to promote equity and inclusion so that all persons can be heard. We encourage our peers to hold us accountable to the current needs of the student body to create trust and foster positive change on campus and in the surrounding community.