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Now's the Time: Join the UK Student Government Association

Culture of Conversation event hosted by SGA in 2019. | Pete Comparoni, UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2022) — Have you been wanting to get involved on campus but not known where to begin? Now is your chance! The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA), housed in the Office for Student Success is holding elections for its available positions.

The position openings include student body president and vice president; college-specific senators and undergraduate and graduate at-large senators. In total, there are 44 available Senate seats.

College-specific senators are representatives of their college only, and they are asked to vote and make decisions with their classmates in mind. Undergraduate at-large senators represent the student body more generally. Their decisions and voting patterns will impact the student body as a whole. Graduate at-large senators are the same, but for graduate-level students.

SGA allows students to gain confidence in themselves while producing effective change. It’s one of the larger student organizations on campus, which creates space for educating and connecting with others. While SGA is a great organization to join to get involved, there is more to it than meets the eye.

“SGA means so much to me and its members because it is an opportunity for any student at UK to make positive change in our community,” said Student Body President Michael Hawse. “From providing services to advocating for systemic change in our state, UKSGA is essential to making sure that students can be heard and represented in conversations all across campus and the Commonwealth.”

  • Applications for elections close at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31.
  • The presidential debate will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, location to be determined.
  • Voting opens at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, and ends 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.

Stay up to date on all election information by following the UK and SGA social media channels.

“Even if you aren’t interested in serving in a role, it is so essential to know the UKSGA is always available to listen and advocate on behalf of any and every student at UK,” said Hawse.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.