- So ASM is the student government? How is it different from my high school student government?
For starters it is much bigger. ASM represents the needs of over 40,000 students. Talk about power in numbers! In addition ASM works to empower students through shared governance activities. ASM appoints students to shared governance committees in a variety of areas - everything from housing and diversity to campus safety and much more to represent the needs of students in decision-making processes. In this way ASM allows students the flexibility to focus on what they are truly interested in and will most likely provide you with more independence than your high school student government allowed. ASM allows students to truly make the student government their own!
- How does ASM choose which issues to work on?
ASM has two types of issues which it works on. The first are long-term advocacy projects. Long-term advocacy projects include Academic Affairs, Diversity, Legislative Affairs, and Shared Governance. These projects represent continuous student needs and as such are projects that ASM constantly works on.
The second types of projects are campaigns. Campaigns are generally more short-term projects. Campaigns are selected by the Student Council at the beginning of each Council session.
- I have some ideas for issues that ASM should work on. What should I do with my ideas? If you have a great idea on a new project or would like to see something change but are not sure how to go about doing it stop in the ASM office and meet with a student leader. All student employees have office hours which are posted online. Can't make it to office hours? E-mail or call to schedule an appointment!
In addition, students are always invited to attend Student Council meetings which take place every other Wednesday at 6:30, in the Hearing Room of the Student Activity Center. Students can address the Council in the Open Forum section of the meeting.
- How can I get involved?
There are four main ways to get involved with ASM: volunteer, intern, employment, or serving on student council. There are limitless opportunities to volunteer for ASM for ongoing committees or short-term campaigns. ASM also offers 2 - 3 credit internships. Internships offer students exciting opportunities to build skills, meet new people, and impact university and legislative policy. With the help of a professor sponsor, interns earn class credit while getting hands-on experience working for issues they care about! If you are interested in working for ASM or running for Student Council look for more information on the website.
- Does ASM even do anything?
Past victories for ASM include securing Madison Metro bus passes for all students, posting professor course evaluations online, creating a 24 hour library, planning a Shadow Day for high school students from underrepresented groups, and implementing a textbook swap program. ASM is constantly working to add to this list of accomplishments and work to improve students' experience while at Madison! ASM has two types of issues which it works on. The first are long-term advocacy projects. Long-term advocacy projects include Academic Affairs, Diversity, Legislative Affairs, and Shared Governance. These projects represent continuous student needs and as such are projects that ASM constantly works on.
Student Activity Center (Room 4301) • 333 East Campus Mall • Madison, WI 53715-1380 • Phone: (608) 265-4276 • Fax: (608) 265-5637