Undergraduate External Affairs

Katie Marchese

Vice President of External Affairs

Welcome to External Affairs! Our Board is comprised of the Community Relations and Government Relations committees. As a Board, External Affairs is tasked with increasing Georgia Tech’s presence locally, regionally, and nationally through civic engagement, community service, and collaboration with other organizations. Each year, we plan a variety of events that help us achieve these goals; from promoting voter registration with #WreckTheVote, to hosting campus-wide events in the Atlanta area, to bringing Tech students to the Capitol, we work to spread the good word outside of our campus.

Legal Advising

  • SGA provides access to free legal advising over the phone and email on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Areas covered include immigration law, traffic court cases, criminal cases, auto and general injury cases, and lease and landlord issues.
  • If you have any complications with sign-up, please contact Katie Marchese at externalaffairs@sga.gatech.edu
  • Note: Attorneys are working pro-bono and are not affiliated with Georgia Tech. This service is for free legal advice, not free legal services.
  • Note for Immigration Advising: The attorneys advising for immigration have told us that they cannot help with issues regarding F Visa status and/or OPT issuance. These issues should be handled by OIE.


Community Relations Committee

The Community Relations Committee works to connect Tech students with events and programs in and around the Atlanta area. The Committee strives to engage students with the lively diversity of our city and educate students on the unique challenges Atlanta faces in order to increase exposure to the different ways students can engage with and serve Atlanta. Past events and projects include GT Hawks Night and the Free Community Fridge. We plan to continue the momentum, and give Tech students more reasons to love and give back to Atlanta!

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee is focused on increasing student engagement with local, state, and national governments this year. We do this by organizing a voter registration drive in partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., keeping students informed on governmental affairs on all levels, connecting students with their local representatives, and exposing students to the various opportunities available to work with their government officials. Past initiatives include hosting a debate among our four campus political organizations and leading a Diversity and Electability speaker series featuring Georgia House representatives. 

Ramblin’ Reps Subcommittee

The newest subcommittee under the External Affairs Board, Ramblin’ Reps, is the external advocacy wing of SGA. This small group of carefully selected applicants will go down to the State Capitol to meet with our legislators in support of the Institute’s legislative priorities as well as resolutions passed by the Undergraduate House of Representatives and referred to the committee. Ramblin’ Reps is currently advocating for repairs to 10th street.

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