The Illinois Student Government is a large and complex body, with over 120 students directly involved, and it takes a village to keep everyone busy and in the right place. Any student can be involved in various roles, as a committee member, or even a senator. This page will help guide you to your next spot in the ISG.
Our Membership Development Coordinator is ready to help you get involved. They can direct you to appropriate applications, events, and meetings to help welcome you into the Illinois Student Government. If you can't find what you're looking for below, feel free to contact them.
Remember to join us at our General Meetings! General Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7:00p.m. in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union. View our calendar on the home page for more information.
Find your area of interest below!
Committees are the main mechanism by which the Illinois Student Government conducts its business. No matter your interests, there is a committee for you. At this time, we ask that you contact your committee of interest directly to learn more about membership. You can find more information about our committees, task forces, and subsidiary bodies on the Our Work page.
The Illinois Student Government is always looking for talented, passionate, hard working individuals to join us. Our staff perform the behind the scenes work to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and are valued members of our team. No matter your interests, there is a position for you.
The Event Coordinator shall be made an Authorized Agent through the Registered Student Organization Office for the Illinois Student Government. The Event Coordinator will facilitate contact between all involved parties of specific events (including but not limited to the Office of the Vice President, the Committee on Public Relations, the Communications Director, and the Treasurer). The Event Coordinator is the point of contact for all space reservations, catering, and other similar entities. The Event Coordinator will serve as a non-voting ex officio member of the Committee on Public Relations. Time commitment to this role includes required attendance at weekly Cabinet meetings on Sundays at 7pm, Committee of Public Relations meetings on Tuesdays at 5pm (subject to change), as well as any events hosted by the Illinois Student Government that they will be obligated to help coordinate.
The Collegiate Readership Program Director will oversee the iSurvey Program on behalf of the Government, and serve as a non-voting ex officio member of the Committee on Academic Affairs. Time commitment to this role includes required attendance at weekly Cabinet meetings on Thursdays at 5pm (subject to change).
The Senate of the Illinois Student Government is the core of the student government. It is made up of 54 Senators from each college or equivalent unit. The seats are apportioned to the colleges by enrollment size. For example, the largest college, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ,has 14 senators, and the smallest college, Education, has one. Graduate students are also members of the Senate, and are elected either from the Graduate College, the College of Law, or the College of Veterinary Medicine. To become a Senator, a student must either win their college’s seat in the Academic Senate during the Spring semester, or fill a vacant seat in the Senate of the ISG.
The Senate Vacancy application period has ended. Applications will be accepted after the Second Assembly of the Senate has commenced and vacancies are identified.
The Judiciary of the Illinois Student Government, composed of seven justices, reviews the actions of the Government to ensure those actions are not in conflict with the Constitution, Register, or University Policy and Rules. The Judiciary also serves as the investigatory body of the Government, ensuring any problems that arise are addressed and best practices are followed. The Judiciary is able ot hear complaints from the Student Body on pieces of legislation, executive orders, or any other action by the Government.
The Illinois Student Government Judiciary serves as the Court for the Illinois Student Government. Members of the Judiciary may not serve on the Executive or the Senate of the Illinois Student Government, but may be members of the Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus. Justices are appointed by the President of the Illinois Student Government, and confirmed via 2/3 vote of the Senate of the Illinois Student Government. Justices shall, among other things:
- Serve until conferral of a degree or departure from the University
- Oversee and decide on impeachment hearings
- Possess final jurisdiction over all cases questioning the validity of actions taken by the Government, and may nullify cases where in conflict with the Constitution and the Register
- Elect, amongst themselves, a Chief Justice who shall serve for a one-year term
- Oversee all lower courts, tribunals, and boards of the Judiciary
Sexual Assault Prevention Department (SAPD)
The Sexual Assault Prevention Department is tasked with creating a plan of action to combat sexual assault for each academic year. The SAPD also works to spread education around the issue of sexual assault as well as conducting research on ways to prevent sexual assault including best practices from other Universities.
Campus Committees are advisory committees run by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and they touch all areas of campus life; from cultural centers, to student fees, and everything in-between. Being involved in a Campus Committee allows students an unparalleled opportunity to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and have their ideas heard.
Association of Big Ten Students
The Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS) brings together student governments and student government leaders from all 14 Big Ten schools. At semi-annual ABTS conferences hosted at a different Big Ten campus each year, attending delegates form relationships with student government counterparts from across the country, share their experiences, and learn and grow from keynote by elected officials and interactions with university administrators. Each spring, ABTS hosts a "Big Ten on the Hill" conference and lobby events in Washington, D.C. where student leader attendees advocate on behalf of the over 500,000 undergraduates represented in the Big Ten.
The Illinois Student Government and University of Illinois have continued to be leaders in ABTS and the Big Ten, with student leaders serving on the ABTS Executive Team, and a formalized ABTS Campus Liaison role meant to faciliate communication and collaboration between the ABTS, ISG, and other student government leaders.