We, like you, are undergraduate students here at UMass Amherst. We believe in students being the #1 priority of the faculty, staff, and administration. Working with you, we will ensure student success campus wide.
Presidential Candidate Sarah Nordberg
My name is Sarah Nordberg and I am running to be your President of the UMass Student Government Association.
Through our time as college students, many of us face roadblocks. I have worked to try to break down barriers that hold students back from reaching their full potential through my time in the SGA. As a freshman, I worked to establish the Academic Oversight Committee as I saw that students’ academic rights were not being advocated for. Since, I have worked to reduce class sizes, advocated for more affordable classroom materials, and spread awareness of the rights that you have as a student in your classes. I have also been able to increase the number of students in meetings that faculty and administration have on changing policies at this university, allowing more students’ to voice the issues that they see around our campus.
Through this work, and through my involvement on campus outside of SGA, I know that there is still more to be done in empowering the students on this campus. I am the Vice President of Chi Omega sorority, involved in UMass Democrats, and a UMass Women into Leadership Fellow. I have seen the way that the Student Government Association affects the groups that I am in, and I am committed to ensuring that this organization better collaborates with RSOs and individuals on this campus.
I think that as students at UMass, we all run into roadblocks and barriers that can keep us from achieving our full potential. Whether that barrier is the affordability of your education, being able to communicate with your professors and advisors, or your ability to book space for your student group, we are focused on working with you to break down these barriers, so that we can build a better future for UMass.
Vice Presidential Candidate Stephanie Margolis
Hi! I’m Stephanie Margolis, and I am a candidate to be YOUR Vice President on a Presidential ticket with the highly qualified Sarah Nordberg. As a sophomore I have already made a lot of change in various communities on campus. Today, I am the President of Sigma Delta Tau. I also am a part of a professional organization called Club Managers Association of America. I am active in spiritual life through Hillel. I am also involved in the Student Alliance for Israel and recently became President of this RSO. Through growing within RSOs on campus, I have learned the ins and outs of the system as well as the struggles that exist for the common student on campus who is trying to make an impact and share their voice.
That leads right into my decision to join the Student Government Association. I wanted to and continue to strive to represent students across campus. I started in the organization as a special assistant for the Outreach and Development Committee, and was soon interviewed and appointed to be a Senator on the same committee. The Outreach and Development Committee exists to outreach to the student body about the activities Student Government is doing as well as receive feedback and information about issues on campus from the student body. On top of this, the committee serves as a means to develop the internal relations within Student Government. After winning my Senate reelection last Spring, I was appointed to Chair of the Outreach and Development Committee. As Chair, I have spearheaded the creation of a multicultural festival in which cultural RSOs and groups on campus are coming together to celebrate all that the UMass student body has to offer. I also have been able to empower my committee members to create their own niche outreach events throughout campus each semester. On the development side, I have been working to build bridges between the different Senate committees as well as throughout the entire organization.
I know my services to the student body are never ending. I want to increase visibility of student issues and work closely with Area Governments, Student Businesses, and the RSO council system to reach students individually.
Sarah and I are passionate and excited to take a step towards working closely with administration to create a UMass that is for U.