Welcome to U.Va! As you begin to search for student organizations to join, you might be wondering about the differences between Class Council and Student Council. Although Class Councils and Student Council want to enrich your U.Va experience, they try to accomplish this goal in different ways.
As an active member of Class Council and Student Council, I can wholeheartedly tell you that I’ve enjoyed my experiences on Class Council and Student Council. Hopefully, my explanation will give you a better understanding of how student government works at U.Va.
Each Class (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) has a Class Council (Fourth Year Trustees, Third Year Council, Second Year Council, First Year Council) that tries to unite the class by creating fun and exciting activities. Class Council is interested in making every students U.Va experience valuable and memorable. For example, Second Year Council runs a program called Dinner Series. This event is designed to help students network with different professors and administrators in order for them to learn more about the University and academia in a comfortable setting. Class Council strives to create events and programs that will help make all students feel a special connection to the University. They hope that in the future, their programming will create strong and faithful alumni.
Getting Involved in Class Council
Early in the year, you will have the opportunity to run for your Association Council. Association Councils pool together people from two or three First Year living areas. Once you are elected to represent your Association Council, there will be a process where each Association Council comes together to decide who out of that group will also serve on First Year Council, and who will have a position within the Association Council (i.e. Program Coordinator, Treasurer, etc.). If you are selected to be on First Year Council, then you will have the opportunity to run to be the President or Vice President, or to be selected to become a Committee Chair or another appointed position.
Student Council’s mission is to protect and improve the rights, opportunities, and quality of life of every student. Student Council creates legislation to tackle student concerns, allocates the student activity fee, creates programs and initiatives to better the student experience, and advises CIOs. Although Student Council members work on many different projects, we all are focused on creating innovative solutions and initiatives that will better live lives of all U.Va students.
For example, the Student Life Committee created UVAirBus, a program designed to bring U.Va students to the Charlottesville and Richmond airports for a low, flat fee. As a New Yorker without a car, it was very difficult and expensive for me to find travel arrangements. Once UVAirBus was launched, I was able to save hundreds of dollars on plane tickets. I finally had a cheap, convenient way to travel to the Richmond Airport! UVAirBus was a unique program that extended non-Virginians access to transportation.
Getting Involved in StudCo
The easiest way to get involved is to join one of the 11 Presidential Committees this fall.The Committees are issue specific, and they span everything from Athletic Affairs to Public Service. You can learn more about our Committees and their initiatives by clicking on the Presidential Cabinet section of the website.
In order to join a Committee, you must apply online and then participate in an interview. Applications are due Wednesday September 8 at 11:59pm.
If you would like to become a Representative for your school or the President, Vice President for Administration, or the Vice President for Organizations, you will need to run in a student wide election that will take place in the spring.
Please let me know if you have any questions about Class Council, Student Council, or the different ways to get involved at U.Va.
Student Council Vice President for Administration