ADSG: Engaging the Student Body
Jose Perales, ADSG Public Relations Chair
After an energetic weekend, members of the 2019-2020 Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG) left Camp Friendship with ambitions to work with the Day Student Body to continue to support and advocate for student concerns, needs, and ideas.
Throughout the weekend, the Senators and the Executive Board created a list of short- and long-term goals. ADSG will look to partner with Residence Life, the Admissions Office and the Center for Wellness and Counseling on topics such as resident assistant housing, the application process, and counseling sessions. ADSG will also continue to increase campus accessibility, improve Augsburg’s commitment to sustainability, create transparency between Student Government and the Day Student Body and host two town hall meetings this year. ADSG plans to bring awareness to the fact that Augsburg is located on Native land. These goals revolve around the eight committees that make up ADSG:
The Chartering and Commissioning will focus on helping new Student Organizations get started and assisting already established organizations in extending their reach through the community here at Augsburg and the greater community as a whole. This Committee has already brought forward a motion that was passed to recognize Auggies Organizing for Choice as a Chartered Student Organization (which means they are able to receive grant money for their events). There are currently two more organizations in the pipeline.
The Elections Committee had an early start to the year with successful execution of the first-year elections this Fall. This Committee is responsible for organizing and monitoring all elections for ADSG.
The Environmental Action Committee addresses and advocates for environmental concerns from the Day Student Body. This year, there are high ambitions for EAC and Augsburg’s commitment to sustainability. In light of an increasingly catastrophic climate crisis, we want to make sure we do everything we can as individuals and as a Committee to help.
The Finance Committee is a closed committee and is responsible for the Day Student Budget. We work with both chartered and commissioned organizations to make sure they receive the necessary funding for their events.
Public Relations is tasked with a long term goal this year: To increase transparency between Student Government and the Day Student Body.
Student Concerns looks forward to engaging with the Augsburg University Administration and the Student Body in addressing concerns on campus. With the focused goals set out by the ADSG President and Vice President, we hope to work with campus partners in addressing student concerns to the best of our ability.
“These goals are ambitious. But, every single senator was elected by the student body because their energy matches,” reflected Lucía Dávila Álvarez, Day Student Vice President. “Ari and I saw this, this weekend with lots of different voices and perspectives coming to the table to represent. This year, we’re focused on the future.”
Student Government meets every Wednesday Night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Marshall Room. Meetings and committees are open to all. Reach out to your class senators for any questions or if you would like to be apart of a committee. Find out more about each member on our Campus Life page.
This article was originally published in the September 20, 2019 issue.