To all members of the AU Class of 2021, welcome! We're excited that you're joining the American University community, and we're even more excited that you're interested in American University Student Government. AUSG is the largest student organization at AU, and there are three main functions-- programming, advocacy, and student services.
This application is the one place to apply to join AUSG as an incoming student. There are positions available across student government, including the Secretary's cabinet, the Center for Advocacy & Student Equity, the Kennedy Political Union, the Student Union Board, the Women's Initiative, and the Community Service Coalition.
The Secretary's Cabinet
The Secretary of Student Government is the chief communicator for AUSG. The Secretary is responsible for disseminating information about advocacy, programming and student-facing services to the student body. As a first semester student, you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with AUSG as an organization and how we communicate with the student body-- whether it be Facebook, Twitter, email, student media, or town halls.
The Center for Advocacy & Student Equity (CASE)
The Center for Advocacy and Student Equity (CASE), is the student-run, university recognized service that assists students with the Conduct Process. We consult with and represent students accused of Conduct violations, assist students bringing Conduct charges themselves, and write policy recommendations to amend AU's Conduct Code and other university policies. As a Student Government department, we work with the President, her Cabinet, and other members of SG to advocate for students across campus.
This year we are opening applications for 4 positions: Advocates, Litigation Associates, Policy Associates, and Communications Associates. You may apply for multiple positions, but before doing so, please read the brief job descriptions below:
Advocate: The advocates are our senior members of the litigation team, and work directly with students who need representation in Conduct cases. They directly handle clients, have their own case loads, and are responsible for handling all aspects of a case they've been assigned to. They help a student draft their case strategy, go over procedural and policy questions with the students they're working with, and accompany the student to their Conduct hearing. NOTE: while incoming students are encouraged to apply for any position, be aware that the limited availability and high level of qualifications required to be an Advocate means it is a less likely that an incoming student will receive this position.
Litigation Associate: Working under an advocate, Litigation Associates (LAs) will take part in all of the responsibilities given to an advocate. They'll work alongside advocates on individual cases, learning the ropes of CASE and gaining valuable experience about how to assist students in the Conduct process. If you're interested in becoming a lawyer, or enjoy debate and argumentation, this position is for you.
Policy Associate: Working in our Policy Department, the Policy Associates (PAs) will play a vital role in crafting the policy and advocacy initiatives released by CASE. In addition to represent students in Conduct cases, CASE regularly advocates for changes to the Conduct Code and drafts policies seeking to strengthen student rights. For students with an interest in drafting policy papers, who are passionate about making change at AU, this position is for you.
Communications Associate: Working in our Communications Department, the Communications Associates (CAs) will work to ensure our message reaches every student at AU. It's critical that students know about our services; very few students at AU know that they have the right to an advocate in Conduct proceedings. As a CA you'll help run our social media, draft press releases and create media content, and work to develop our overall messaging strategy. For someone interested in Student Government but not totally interested in all of the politics, this position is for you.
The Kennedy Political Union (KPU)
KPU is the non-partisan, student-run, student-funded speaker series at American University. Since 1968, the Kennedy Political Union has been recognized as one of the premier college speakers bureaus in the United States. Our mission remains to bring the most politically relevant and interesting speakers to campus to engage the American University community and to focus on important issues from all ends of the political spectrum.
This year, KPU will be accepting incoming first-year students into our newly-refreshed fellowship program. The KPU First Year Fellowship will give new students an opportunity to get exposed to the Kennedy Political Union, AU Student Government, and the campus community at-large. KPU First Year Fellows play a key role within KPU by assisting all staff when needed and working with other branches of AUSG to provide quality programming to AU students. The Director and Special Projects Coordinator work together to manage the Fellows.
The Student Union Board (SUB)
The Student Union Board is responsible for bringing large-scale entertainment to the student body in the form of concerts, comedians, and screenings. We aim to represent as many student groups and preferences as possible with diverse and engaging programming. SUB strives to give students a well-deserved break from their hard work with fun events right on campus.
Incoming students will get a feel for what SUB is all about through our support staff & street teams. These are absolutely vital to the success of all of our events, from our headliner Welcome Week show to smaller events held over the course of the semester. You will learn the ins and the outs of event production as well!
The Women's Initiative (WI)
AUSG Women's Initiative seeks a support staff to assist with event logistics, programming development, and community outreach. WI is responsible for creating and delivering responsive, effective and educational programming to address a wide range of issues through the lens of gender and sexuality. WI programming reflects core values of anti-violence, anti-racism, environmental & climate justice, queer & trans inclusion, and wellness. Individuals who are committed to cultivating these values on AU’s campus and beyond are encouraged to apply.
The Community Service Coalition (CSC)
The Student Government Community Service Coalition’s purpose is to engage students to make a change for a cause or community that they care about. The positions in CSC are designed to promote leadership and a sense of community and change, as each student will be in charge for collaborating with their own organization and cause. CSC is advocacy and passion based, and allows students to collaborate with their community and the other members of CSC to inspire change and community within the American University realm and outside of it. The steps of planning the events that the chairs are in charge of create a sense of fulfillment for the members of CSC, as they get to have an idea for their cause, and they get to see it blossom and see their event come to life.
The positions of CSC are created based off of the interests of the students as emphasized in the application as well as their interviews. These positions are subject to change year to year, based off of student interest. These positions are divided into chairs because it allows each of the CSC students to have a leadership position and a sense of leadership, in order to create a sense of community and advocacy for their causes. These chairs will be selected based off of qualifications, but passion for their cause will be the main consideration when choosing these chairs. Each of these chairs and positions in CSC have the flexibility to decide their issue area within their realm of community service, which is why the descriptions for these chairs are rather general. Each chair is responsible for planning at least one on campus event per semester. There will be at least one meeting a week to discuss the ideas and plans of each chair as the semester progresses and as it becomes closer to their event. The quantity of positions in CSC are based off the applications, and change every year.