What is the SUNY Student Assembly?
The Student Assembly of the State University of New York, known as SUNY SA, is an organization comprised of student leaders who are elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 distinguished campuses. The Student Assembly is the official organization by which University students participate in University-wide Shared-Governance. The Student Assembly serves as a forum for consultation and the exchange of information between University students, the Chancellor, and the University Board of Trustees on matters of a University-wide nature that affect student concerns. The Student Assembly also serves as a communications network for campus student government leaders.
Every student on a SUNY campus is part of an elite network of schools across the State of New York and the largest public university system in the nation. SUNY itself is comprised of 30 community colleges and 34 four-year institutions. These four-year campuses include Agricultural and Technology Institutes, Statutory Colleges, University Colleges, and Doctoral Granting Institutions. The Student Assembly unites the many voices of the campus student governments for both undergraduate and graduate divisions. In that regard, we serve as the overarching student government advocating for both state and federal issues that impact the students on our campuses.
Our advocacy efforts stem to SUNY System Administration, the SUNY Board of Trustees, and policymakers on the local, state, and federal levels, with a focus on the New York State Legislature. We connect student leaders across our system at our biannual conferences to collaborate, develop leadership skills, and advocate for student concerns on a broader platform.
At these conferences, we introduce student leaders to professional contacts including the Senior SUNY Administration, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and other highly regarded keynote speakers. Our organization empowers students throughout the SUNY system to have the best collegiate experience during their time.
The Student Assembly is committed to enhancing the student experience by providing resources to campus student organizations and ensuring the representation of SUNY students on the local, state, and national levels, as well as throughout the expansive SUNY system, through our extensive advocacy initiatives.
What is the Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee conducts all necessary business outside of the meetings of the General Assembly at our bi-annual conferences and is composed of the Executive Board, Representatives, and Executive Cabinet.
Executive Board: The Executive Board the senior leadership of the Organization is comprised of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Executive Board is elected by the General Assembly.
Representatives: Representatives are Voting Delegates on the Executive Committee. Each Delegate is elected by their campus caucus and represents different campuses within the SUNY system. Representatives keep their campus up-to-date and represent them on the Executive Committee. They also serve as a resource for campus student governments by keeping them up-to-date on the Student Assembly operations and providing opportunities at the state level for their students.
Executive Cabinet: The Executive Cabinet is appointed by the President as Non-Voting Members of the Executive Committee. The Cabinet is approved by the elected representatives on the Executive Committee. The Cabinet is comprised of Directors, Managers, and Chairs who carry out the day-to-day functions of the Student Assembly, as directed by the President and the Chief of Staff.