What Can I Run For?

Visit our Elections page for more information on how to run. 


The President of the Student Association is a paid elected position that requires 15 office hours per week. The President serves as the face and official spokesperson for the student body of UWM, meets regularly with the Chancellor, Chief Student Affairs Officer, and Provost, and mentors all at-large senators.

Vice President of Student Affairs

The Vice President of Student Affairs is a paid elected position that requires 15 office hours per week. The VPSA advocates for all non-classroom aspects of student life, works closely with resource centers on campus, and mentors all advocacy senators.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

The Vice President of Academic Affairs is a paid elected position that requires 15 office hours per week. The VPAA advocates for all academic aspects of student life, coordinates the program representatives initiative, and mentors all academic senators.


The Senate is made up of 42 total Senators, broken up into three different categories.

17 Academic Senators

10 At-Large Senators (plus 3 freshman senators & 2 transfer senators)

15 Advocacy Senators 

You are able to run for one senate position, but the choice of which is entirely up to you, and may vary based on your interests. Each Senate position will have varying degrees of responsibility, but at a minimum you should be prepared to attend most senate meetings, which take place every two weeks during the academic year on Sundays from 5-7 p.m.

Office hours are not required of Senators, but you should be prepared to spend a decent amount of time going out and talking to your constituencies, writing legislation to enrich the student experience, and meeting with various students, faculty, and staff that are relevant to your position.

Freshman and Transfer Students are elected in the Fall semester. The timeline and process for these elections will be announced in September.

  • Freshman Senators (3)
  • Transfer Student Senators (2)

Academic Senators

Academic Senators are those that represent their school or college. They are responsible for coordinating the elections of and supporting Program Representatives within their school or college, as well as meeting regularly with their dean and department chairs.

  • College of Engineering & Applied Sciences Senator
  • College of Health Sciences Senator
  • College of Nursing Senator
  • Letters & Science Senator (3 seats available)
  • Graduate School Senator (2 seats available)
  • Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Senator
  • Lubar School of Business Senator (2 seats available)
  • Peck School of the Arts Senator
  • School of Architecture & Urban Planning Senator
  • School of Education Senator
  • School of Freshwater Sciences Senator
  • School of Information Studies Senator
  • Zilber School of Public Health Senator

At-Large Senators

At-Large Senators are students that don’t represent any particular constituency, and can belong to any school or college. There are 15 At-Large Senators in total, with 5 of these seats being reserved for Freshmen to be elected in October.

That means there are 10 total At-Large seats available in the April elections. At-Large Senators will be responsible for general advocacy and outreach, and are not required to hold office hours. Time commitment depends on their desired level of involvement.

If you are passionate about representing students and improving their experience at UWM without being attached to an academic or student life perspective, the At-Large seat is for you.

Advocacy Senators

The final position you can run for is as an Advocacy Senator. These students are responsible for representing the needs of their respective communities. They will be the primary point persons for writing legislation to improve the experience of those they represent, and meet with staff members relevant to their positions. They serve as the primary liaison between Student Life Resource Centers and the Student Association.

  • First Generation Student Advocacy Senator
  • International Student Advocacy Senator
  • LGBT+ Advocacy Senator
  • Non-Traditional Student Advocacy Senator
  • Students of Color Senator
  • Student Organization Advocacy Senator
  • Equitable Accessibility Advocacy Senator
  • Undecided Major Advocacy Senator
  • Veterans Advocacy Senator
  • Women’s Student Advocacy Senator