OPINION: Join SGA to make a positive impact on campus


SGA presidential candidate Jake Hendricks in Moore Hall on March 27

This is a letter to the editor from Student Government Association President and senior Jake Hendricks. 

Fellow students, as members of our campus community, the Central Michigan University Student Government Association works to represent you during your experience at CMU. 

We advocate through projects, legislation, and initiatives on behalf of the student body, working to make the changes you want to see on campus.

Being a part of SGA has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. Working with students from across campus and learning about what they are passionate about has helped drive me to succeed in my college career. It’s truly inspiring to watch fellow student leaders making a difference, bettering our community.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, we worked to provide CMU students with free menstrual hygiene products in restrooms on campus, held the first ever Golden Gala formal dance with over 500 students in attendance, partnered with 10 public universities from across the state to lobby on behalf of students and much more.

As members of this community, we vote. We vote for the change that we want to see, and the leadership that holds our values and ideals. It’s critically important to remain engaged in your community and make an impact.

Looking forward to this year on campus, I encourage you to get involved in Registered Student Organizations that fit your passions. With over 350 RSOs on campus, there are many options to choose from. As members of these RSOs, you will build friendships, learn, and advocate on behalf of students with similar passions.

SGA is looking for students who are dedicated and want to make a difference in our community. SGA will be holding Senate Elections for 21 available seats during our meeting Monday, Sept. 16th. The elections will be taking place at 7 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium on the third floor.

In order to become a Senator, we ask that candidates are nominated during our meeting on Sept. 16th and provide a short two-minute speech on why they would be a great Senator. These speeches could include ideas for projects, initiatives, and legislation, or even prior experience in Registered Student Organizations. We seek a diverse group of majors to gain a broad representation of our students on campus.

SGA meetings occur weekly from 7-9 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. All students are welcome to attend! If you have any questions about upcoming meetings or elections, please reach out to sgamembership@cmich.edu for more information, or follow us on Facebook at CMU Student Government Association.