The mission of The George Washington University Student Association is to further the interests and promote the welfare of all students at GW. Our responsibilities are defined in four ways: to advocate, allocate, advertise, and assist.
Made up of three distinct branches, the Student Association at The George Washington University serves as the main student governing body, representing more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students across the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses.
Led by SA President Brandon Hill, the Executive Cabinet is made up of Vice Presidents and Directors who are experts in their fields. They represent and advocate on behalf of student interests and campus-wide initiatives to move our University forward.
Chaired by Vice President Kate Carpenter, the SA Senate is composed of 17 undergraduate and 19 graduate student senators. Senators draft bills and resolutions, allocate money to student organizations, and work on policy projects.
The Student Court settles all disputes between parties within the Student Association. Comprised of five judges that are appointed by the president and approved by the Senate, Judges are representative of both the undergraduate and graduate student bodies.
Originating in 1908, the Student Association at The George Washington University has embodied many names and faces, but has always shared one common goal: advocating for the needs of the student body.
Student government system is founded
"Student council" replaces initial governing model
"Student assembly" abolished by student referendum
"Student association" is chartered by the board of trustees
In its current institutional model, the Student Association was chartered by the Board of Trustees and is governed by its constitution and bylaws. These bylaws are passed through the Student Senate and are carried out by the Executive Cabinet. In order for a constitutional amendment to pass, it must receive popular support in a student-body referendum.
The Charter outlines our responsibilities and powers, laying out the mission and goal of the Student Association.
The Constitution creates the structure of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of our student government.
The Bylaws of the Student Association govern everything from financial rules, to impeachment, to the duties of the President.