Vice President of Internal Affairs
Welcome to Internal Affairs! Our cohort is comprised of both the Leadership Development and Alumni Relations committees as well as FreShGA, the freshman subset of SGA. This year, we will be focusing on the internal development of our membership and the overall efficiency & effectiveness of our organization. Throughout the year, we hope to gauge the community’s perception and understanding of SGA, as well as its various visions, objectives, and leadership programs. Our goal is to take this information and effectively use it to identify areas of improvement forour organization and others on campus. Additionally, all Internal Affairs committees will look to introduce programming to further improve the experience of all 200+ SGA members as they progress throughout the year.
Leadership Development Committee
Committee Chair: Bridgette Davenport
The Leadership Development Committee is responsible for systematically providing each SGA member with personal and team-based opportunities that enhance leadership potential. To achieve this, the committee has previously created a variety of leadership initiatives from establishing a mentorship program where younger and newer SGA members could be paired with experienced mentors to hosting opt-in SGA-wide leadership programs.
The Committee has also worked diligently on the creation of various leadership mini-courses. These programs have granted members access to training in various leadership skills. One example of this has been the committee’s partnership with SGA’s graduate counterparts to offer financial literacy workshops for its participants.
Alumni Relations Committee
Committee Chair: Sreya Atmuri
The Alumni Relations Committee is responsible for connecting with and informing alumni about the current actions of the Student Government Association. A secondary focus of the committee is also to survey alumni on their willingness to donate to the growth and expansion of Student Government.
In previous years, the committee focused on developing sustained alumni relationships, rather than simple short-term, objective-based ones. This has led to the growth of the alumni contact database and the establishing of more opportunities for SGA alumni to connect with undergraduate organizations.
Additionally, in November of 2019, the committee produced its first SGA Alumni Newsletters, updating the alumni on the holistic impact of SGA as well as major developments pertaining to the community. This year, the committee hopes to plan multiple events for alumni and solicit feedback on how SGA can continue to partner with them. The committee also plans to continue its efforts on the newsletter, seeking to establish the consistency and trust necessary to sustain a long-term relationship.
Program Advisor: Ian McClish
FreShGA is one of SGAs main outreach and pipeline programs for finding, training, and developing first-year students. In the fall of 2019, the organization was restructured to become an official part of SGA. This restructuring strategically aligned the first-year students with broader SGA initiatives by having all FreShGA members join SGA Executive committees, engage in SGA mentoring, and attend select UHR meetings.
In addition to serving as an important proponent of SGA, FreShGA also hastheir own initiatives. Among other things, FreShGA plans The Final Stand, an all-campus event where students go to hang out, have fun, and participate in competitive sporting tournaments at the Campus RecreationCenter. Leading up to the event, members of FreShGA reach out to local vendors and businesses to fundraise and acquire merchandise and other items to reward students who attend the event. Using these funds, FreShGA provides t-shirts and free food as well as concert tickets, iPads, and other great prizes to the event’s attendees.
Going forward, FreShGA will continue to examine campus-wide issues and present much-needed perspectives and ideas to the Undergraduate House and Executive Cabinet.