Student Government Projects and Committees

Learn about the many committees, initiatives and important projects we work on.

Our Work

SGSU plays an active, leadership role in campus life. We also support voter registration every year. There are many ways you can get involved with SGSU. Get in touch if you are interested in an opportunity to develop leadership, management and communication skills.

SGSU Projects and Committees

Student Government Committees

Presidential Advisory Board (PAB)

  • The President Advisory Board actively seeks out the needs of the student body with an intentional focus on historically marginalized groups to enhance the student experience.
  • The PAB committee is led by our President.
  • PAB works on many things, but the major project that is worked on throughout the year is the State of the Undergraduate Survey (SUSS).


  • The Steering Committee works to foster a welcoming and inclusive community within the Student Government of Seattle University by developing and strengthening internal and external connections.
  • This committee is led by our Senate Chair.
  • The Steering Committee focuses on the internal process of SGSU to make sure our team is working in a positive and efficient workspace.


  • The Finance Committee aims to provide financial governance that is fair, sustainable, and transparent for SGSU and all of its constituents.
  • This Finance Committee is led by our Chief Financial Officer.
  • The Finance Committee is mainly responsible for SGSU's appropriations process and funding clubs on campus.

Academic Affairs

  • SGSU’s Academic Affairs Committee aims to ensure the undergraduate students of Seattle University have the proper resources, collective representation, and learning opportunities to thrive on a campus that functions alongside them in their pursuit of academic excellence and beyond.
  • The Academic Affairs committee is led by our Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • The Academic Affairs committee works on many projects throughout the year that enhance the overall academic experience and work on projects that are college-specific.


  • As the Communications Committee in SGSU, our mission is not only to make information accessible but to effectively communicate to our constituents through social media, email and in-person marketing.
  • By analyzing what works best marketing-wise through surveys, we will be innovative and always improve our tactics to effectively reach the undergraduate student population.
  • The Communications Committee is led by the Vice President of Communications.
  • The Communications Committee works solely on marketing SGSU events  and SGSU as an organization.

University Committees

Virtually every aspect of Seattle University is critically analyzed and addressed by a university committee. These groups—made up of faculty, staff, students and administrators—meet and form initiatives to improve our campus, our education and our student experience. These committees value student perspectives. It is the responsibility of SGSU's University Affairs Committee, a sub-group of SGSU, to find and appoint student representatives to university committees.

These appointees represent the student's voice and are responsible for corresponding with SGSU to ensure continuity between University initiatives and the student body. If you are interested in an opportunity to develop leadership, management and communication skills, apply for any open positions on Handshake.

Need-Based Aid and Additional Scholarships

Meeting with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to gather updates on the LIFTSU initiatives campuswide. Supporting any initiatives from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion through the office of SGSU. Creating a promotion of the LIFTSU work being done to keep students informed. Work with University Admissions to advocate for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students. Open a line of communication between current students and University Admissions.

Rep Lead: Braelyn
Team Members: Braelyn, Hyeri, Anna, Richard & Kateri
Additional Parties: VP of Diversity and Inclusion; Natasha Martin, SGSU University Affairs Committee; Sarah Trapizona, and Office of Multicultural Affairs

Working with and supporting the Student Persistence Office by collaborating on student scholarship events, promoting existing support systems, and encouraging an update to the university scholarship website, creating a University-wide emergency fund.

Rep Lead: Richard
Team Members: Richard, Braelyn, Leap, Anna & Kateri
Additional Parties: Student Persistence Office; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Center for Community Engagement

Working across different spaces on SU campus to determine the priorities and the needs of students facing financial hardship. Through the office of SGSU; advocating through SGSU legislation, implementation of the SUSS, and more.

Rep Lead: Frederick
Team Members: Braelyn, Anna, Richard, Frederick & An
Additional Parties: Presidential Advisory Board

Mental Health Support

Establish a university-wide mental health day to create a sense of empathy for the mental health of students, faculty, and staff. Connecting with Academic Assembly (ACA) and other faculty to increase understanding of mental health support at SU.

Rep Lead: Frederick
Team Members: Richard, Leap, Jordan, Sophia, Hyeri & Irena
Additional Parties: VP of Student Development; Alvin Sturdivant, VP of Diversity; Natasha Martin, SGSU University Affairs Committee; Sarah Trapizona, Seattle University President; Eduardo Peñalver

Collaborate with organizations across the SU campus to ensure the creation of a sustainable effort to prioritize mental health. Create workshops for destressing, coping mechanisms, and self-care.

Rep Lead(s): Sophia & Isabelle
Team Members: Jordan, Sophia, Isabelle, Frederick, Bokyung, Irena & An
Additional Parties: SGSU President; Marrakech Maxwell, VP of Student Development; Alvin Sturdivant. VP of Diversity and Inclusion; Natasha Martin. Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Seattle University President; Eduardo Peñalver.

Integration of Sustainable Practices

Support Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) and President’s Committee for Sustainability (PCS) on projects for the year.

Rep Lead(s): Abem & Bokyung
Team Members: Abem, Bokyung, Jordan, Frederick & Anna
Additional Parties: SGSU President; Marrakech Maxwell, CEJS, PCS & Clubs; Sustainable Student Actions, SU Green Team, Engineers for a Sustainable World & EcoSangha Zen Community.

Work with Chartwells and Facilities to establish more sustainable dining practices. (Action items: email Terry from Chartwells to figure out container providers)

Rep Lead: TBD
Team Members: Abem, Sophia, Frederick, Hyeri & Isabelle
Additional Parties: Chartwells, SGSU President; Marrakech Maxwell, SU Facilities

Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

Work with Facilities, Disability Services, and SGSU representatives to create a map of accessibility modifications (i.e. ramps, braille, elevators…) across campus for students. Work with organizations on campus to plan and promote the implementation of updates.

Rep Lead: TBD
Team Members: Abem, Frederick & Jordan
Additional Parties: Disability Services

Support the Department of Public Safety or Disability Services in establishing a text-support line for students with disabilities to provide feedback and receive information.

Rep Lead: TBD
Team Members: An
Additional Parties: Department of Public Safety, Disability Services & SGSU University Affairs Committee; Sarah Trapizona.

Design and gather more data and information on methods of accommodation for students with disabilities. Compile suggestions that the office of SGSU can advocate for the implementation of.

Rep Lead: TBD
Team Members:
Additional Parties: Disability Services

Work with Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC), The Outreach Center, and Collegia programs on Mental Health support for students on campus.

Rep Lead: TBD
Team Members: Jordan, Sophia, Isabelle & Irena
Additional Parties: HAWC, The Outreach Center, Collegiums; McGoldrick, Reidy, The Commuter Link & VP of Student Development; Alvin Sturdivant.

Connect with SGCU

The SGSU office is located in Student Center 360

SGSU office

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.