The Illinois Student Government is a large and complex body, with over 120 students directly involved, and it takes a village to keep everyone busy and in the right place. Any student can be involved in various roles, as a committee member, or even a senator. This page will help guide you to your next spot in the ISG.
Our Membership Development Coordinator is ready to help you get involved. They can direct you to appropriate applications, events, and meetings to help welcome you into the Illinois Student Government. If you can't find what you're looking for below, feel free to contact them.
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Committees are the main mechanism by which the Illinois Student Government conducts its business. No matter your interests, there is a committee for you. You can find more information about our committees, task forces, and subsidiary bodies on the Our Work page.
The Illinois Student Government is looking for new members with fresh ideas for our Sub-Committees. Each Sub-Committee has a specialized purpose and works towards the goal of accomplishing that purpose. As a member of any of the Sub-Committeess you would play a vital role on a collaborative, hard working, and driven team. Find more information about Sub-Committees by visiting Our Work.
This committee fosters the development of student leaders in the Illinois Student Government who are interested in making a difference in our local political arena and impacting the City of Champaign. Members will meet once or twice a month with City Council members and collaborate on student initiatives, contribute to legislation, and gain a more in depth understanding of the system of government that influences our every day life.
The Get Out the Vote Task Force will coordinate ISG's efforts to encourage student voting in the November 2018 election. This includes voter registration drives, targeted publicity and voter information, hosting events and facilitating voting.
The Illinois Student Government is always looking for talented, passionate, hard working individuals to join us. Our staff perform the behind the scenes work to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and are valued members of our team. No matter your interests, there is a position for you.
The Association of Big Ten Students campus liaison shall be the primary point of contact to the Association of Big Ten Students, create an application for Government members interested in attending an ABTS conference, communicate with the Executive Board during the delegation selection process, and plan travel logistics for delegates. As the Deputy ABTS Liaison, you will be directly involved in communicating with ABTS Liaisons from other Universities, and will receive direct mentorship from the current ABTS Liaison. There will be opportunities for advancement further in the year. The Deputy ABTS Liaison can expect to commit about 2 hours a week normally, and 3 hours a week when an ABTS conference approaches.
The Illinois Student Government is seeking an Assistant to the Technology Coordinator. The Technology Coordinator is responsible for the set-up, maintenance, termination, and other common duties of the organizations information technology systems. Candidates should have a strong background in web development, database systems, and other common business information technology infrastructure/systems. This position is designed as an apprenticeship to prepare the candidate for an eventual transition into the full role of Technology Coordinator. The time committment for this role is approximately 2-6 hours per week. In addition, applicants should be able to attend General Meetings of the Illinois Student Government, held weekly Wednesdays at 7:00PM, and meeting of the Illinois Student Government Cabinet, held weekly at a time varying based upon availability. More information, including the complete position description, can be foudn at the application above.
The Communications Director will assist the President and Vice President with managing social media accounts, the website, graphic design, general outreach, and any tasks that may be communicated to them; be authorized to publicly represent the views expressed by the Illinois Student Government as a whole under the supervision of the Vice President; and serve as a non-voting ex officio member of the Committee on Public Relations. The Communications Director will be able to appoint an Assistant to assist with their duties.
The Communications Director will be expected to work with the Event Coordinator in order to appropriately advertise ISG events, as well as livestream all events hosted by the ISG. The Communications Director will be expected to work closely with the Vice President, Press Secretary, and the Chair of the Committee of Public Relations to ensure the proper delivery and reception of any distributed materials and social media outreach. The Communications Director will be expected to carry out their duties in an efficient and impartial manner at all times. Time commitment to this role includes required attendance at weekly Cabinet meetings on Sundays at 7pm, General Assembly meetings on Wednesdays at 7pm, Committee of Public Relations meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm, as well as attendance at ISG events and outside work on ISG social media.
The Senate of the Illinois Student Government is the core of the student government. It is made up of 54 Senators from each college or equivalent unit. The seats are apportioned to the colleges by enrollment size. For example, the largest college, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ,has 14 senators, and the smallest college, Education, has one. Graduate students are also members of the Senate, and are elected either from the Graduate College, the College of Law, or the College of Veterinary Medicine. To become a Senator, a student must either win their college’s seat in the Academic Senate during the Spring semester, or fill a vacant seat in the Senate of the ISG.
The application process for Senate Vacancies is currently closed. Please check back later, or visit Who We Are to learn more about current Senators.
The Judiciary of the Illinois Student Government, composed of seven justices, reviews the actions of the Government to ensure those actions are not in conflict with the Constitution, Register, or University Policy and Rules. The Judiciary also serves as the investigatory body of the Government, ensuring any problems that arise are addressed and best practices are followed. The Judiciary is able ot hear complaints from the Student Body on pieces of legislation, executive orders, or any other action by the Government.
The Illinois Student Government Judiciary serves as the Court for the Illinois Student Government. Members of the Judiciary may not serve on the Executive or the Senate of the Illinois Student Government, but may be members of the Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus. Justices are appointed by the President of the Illinois Student Government, and confirmed via 2/3 vote of the Senate of the Illinois Student Government. Justices shall, among other things:
- Serve until conferral of a degree or departure from the University
- Oversee and decide on impeachment hearings
- Possess final jurisdiction over all cases questioning the validity of actions taken by the Government, and may nullify cases where in conflict with the Constitution and the Register
- Elect, amongst themselves, a Chief Justice who shall serve for a one-year term
- Oversee all lower courts, tribunals, and boards of the Judiciary
Sexual Assault Prevention Department (SAPD)
The Sexual Assault Prevention Department is tasked with creating a plan of action to combat sexual assault for each academic year. The SAPD also works to spread education around the issue of sexual assault as well as conducting research on ways to prevent sexual assault including best practices from other Universities.
Campus Committees are advisory committees run by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and they touch all areas of campus life; from cultural centers, to student fees, and everything in-between. Being involved in a Campus Committee allows students an unparalleled opportunity to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and have their ideas heard.
Learn more about Campus Committees
Association of Big Ten Students
The Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS) brings together student governments and student government leaders from all 14 Big Ten schools. At semi-annual ABTS conferences hosted at a different Big Ten campus each year, attending delegates form relationships with student government counterparts from across the country, share their experiences, and learn and grow from keynote by elected officials and interactions with university administrators. Each spring, ABTS hosts a "Big Ten on the Hill" conference and lobby events in Washington, D.C. where student leader attendees advocate on behalf of the over 500,000 undergraduates represented in the Big Ten.
The Illinois Student Government and University of Illinois have continued to be leaders in ABTS and the Big Ten, with student leaders serving on the ABTS Executive Team, and a formalized ABTS Campus Liaison role meant to faciliate communication and collaboration between the ABTS, ISG, and other student government leaders.
Learn more about ABTS