SGA Committees

Committees are specialized groups comprised of senators and committee representatives. In committees, members meet with University administration, form new ideas about how to improve SLU and propose legislation to the SGA Senate. Any student can become a committee representative. If you are interested in joining a committee, email sga@slu.edu.

Committees

Internal Affairs

Chaired by Emily Varner, VP of Internal Affairs, meets Tuesday evenings.

The Internal Affairs Committee works to ensure that the SGA is functioning in the most efficient and effective way possible to best represent the interests of its members and of the SLU community by monitoring things like attendance infractions and office hours. The Internal Affairs Committee also conducts interviews for open senate and committee representative positions.  

Finance (Includes CSO Funding Resources)

Chaired by Katlyn Martin, VP of Finance, meets Sundays at 5 p.m.

The Finance Committee is tasked with distributing the student activity fee to the over 140 chartered student organizations on campus. This fee consists of the $55 every undergraduate student pays per semester and 20 percent of the $30 graduate student fee, per semester. The committee follows the annual funding process each spring to allocate the majority of the funds. Any remaining or reserved funds are distributed through spot funding or new charter funding throughout the year, upon request.

Each Finance Committee member acts as a liaison to CSOs, helping them throughout the funding process. The Finance Committee is always open to suggestions on how to improve the funding process. Any questions or suggestions can be directed to the Vice President of Finance at sga.finance@slu.edu.

Materials and Resources for CSO Funding

CSO Financial Requirements
Annual Budget Template/Equipment Inventory
Reallocation Policy
Reallocation Request Form
Spot Funding Overview
Spot Funding Template
Spot Funding Directives
New Charter Funding Template

Academic Affairs

Chaired by Conor LoPiccolo, VP of Academic Affairs, meetings TBD.

The Academic Affairs Committee oversees a broad array of initiatives to ensure the educational success of all SLU students and promote a healthy academic environment. They review SLU's policies and currently are working with the University to create a core curriculum and improve the advising process.

These committee members also meet regularly with their specific deans and administrators. The committee oversees the nomination, evaluation and selection of candidates for the Faculty Excellence Awards and the Upperclassmen Scholarship.

International Affairs

Chaired by Surabhi Swaminath, VP of International Affairs, meets Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m.

The International Affairs Committee advocates for the best interests of International Students during their time at SLU. The committee works with a variety of departments to ensure that the transition between countries and cultures is as smooth as possible and that our international students feel at home in St. Louis. A big focus for the committee this year will being helping to improve the INTO SLU and summer orientation program, as well as housing for international students. 

Committee for Student Organizations (ComSO)

Chaired by Michael Lampkin, VP of Student Organizations, meetings TBD.

Members of ComSO oversee the development, chartering, and maintenance of almost 200 Chartered Student Organizations on campus. Members play an important role in maintaining a positive working relationship between CSOs, SGA and the University community as a whole. Members of this committee work as liaisons between categories of clubs and ComSO in order to best serve these organizations.

Diversity Leadership Cabinet (DLC)

Chaired by Tremayne Watterson, VP of Diversity and Inclusion. The co-chair seat is vacant, meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

DLC is a unique committee that consists of senators, representatives from each of SLU’s diversity and social justice organizations, and delegates from the broader SLU community. These different parties come together to discuss legislation pertaining to diversity and inclusion issues, as well as program events that promote inclusion on campus. The general DLC assembly meets months to collect feedback from the SLU community and then the senators work as a smaller committee to plan actionable items.

Wellness (Includes Eligibility Directives and Application)

Chaired by Neal Modi and Katlyn Martin, VP of Finance, meets Sundays, 7 p.m.

The Wellness Committee is tasked with the proper allocation and tracking of funds to wellness initiatives on campus. The committee reviews grant proposals and assists applicants in implementing the projects granted. Wellness proposals should serve to better the mind, body and/or spirit of SLU students. This fund serves as a kick start for student organizations on campus that seek to improve and promote wellness here at SLU.

The wellness fund consists of $100,000 granted to the SGA from the larger Saint Louis University wellness fund, paid into by every student ($90/semester). 

Eligibility

All proposals must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Applicants must be current SLU students, including undergraduate, graduate, law and medical students.
  • Students may apply as individuals or as groups, including chartered student organizations.
  • Groups may only submit one grant application per academic year. Applications may be submitted annually, but are not guaranteed to be funded subsequently after the first year a proposal is funded.
  • Submitted proposals must promote the betterment of the mind, body, and/or spirit of SLU students.
  • Proposals must be designed to reach a substantial portion of the student population, per the judgment of the SGA Wellness Committee.
  • Proposals cannot be retroactive. No refunds will be given.
  • All funds must be spent within the academic year that funding is granted.
  • Funding will not be granted for projects for which funds from the Student Activity Fee were requested during the current and/or past fiscal year. (e.g. annual funding and spot funding)

Apply for Wellness Funding

Student Outreach

Chaired by Chandler Beck and Maleah Fallahi, meets Mondays, time TBD.

The Student Outreach Committee is the powerhouse behind SGA’s student outreach efforts. Student Outreach works with the Chief of Staff to manage SGA’s social media accounts. In addition, members plan and execute large social events (i.e. barbecues, ice cream socials, etc) that bring together the Association and the general student body. The Chief of Staff and Student Outreach also manage the weekly SGA mailer that goes out to all students.

Mission and Ministry

Chaired by Spencer Laiben. The co-chair seat is vacant, meetings TBD.

The Mission and Ministry Committee acts as a voice for students of the University concerning matters related to the mission and ministry of the University, service leadership opportunities and issues concerning global and local social justice. This committee hosts events such as Agape Latte: inspirational talks and small group discussions lead by SLU community leaders that bridge the gap between faith of all varieties and everyday actions.

Facilities and Services Committee (FaSCO)

Chaired by Andrew Budd, meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Members of FaSCO will address issues pertaining to information technology services, parking and card services, public safety, facilities, Housing and Residence Life, Sustainability and Benchmarking and any additional issues pertaining to facilities and services on campus. Members of this committee work as liaison between the committee and various University Vice Presidents. They have overseen initiatives such as the hammocks and the library renovations.

Food Advisory Committee

Chaired by Gabbi Tucci, meets Fridays at 3 p.m.

The Food Services Committee works closely with Billiken Dining Services (Aramark) to provide student feedback for dining operations on campus, including topics such as meal plan options and the variety of food available through vendors.

Constitutional Policy Review

Chaired by Patrick Monahan, meetings TBD.

The Constitutional Rules and Review Committee is given the task of reviewing and determining the constitutionality of all legislation that comes before Senate (in accordance with the SGA Constitution). The committee may also propose appropriate and timely modifications to the Constitution and the Bylaws.

Student Technology Portfolio Team

Chaired by Andrew Budd. The co-chair seat is vacant, meets twice a semester.

The ITS Student Technology Portfolio Team is a sub-committee of the SGA Facilities and Services Committee, and is responsible for providing student feedback to ITS administration. In addition to its advocacy for students, the team allocates $500,000 of the student technology fee annually.