Student activism has a long and rich history at UW-Madison and has helped create 24-hour libraries, caps on tuition increases, student-controlled campus space, and much more. Students continue to have an important role in shaping policy and access to campus resources. If you see something that you want to change or improve at UW-Madison, there are lots of ways for you to make your voice heard.
Associated Students of Madison
The Associated Students of Madison (ASM), which is the student governing body on campus, provides lots of opportunities for you to connect with other passionate students and organize around issues.
One way to get involved is through Shared Governance, which gives faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process for university operations. There are over 70 committees with student appointees, and if you are interested in being a student representative on a committee, you can find out more about the application process and what committees have open seats here.
Another way to get involved in student advocacy work is by joining one of the ASM open committees, which organize around topics such as Equity and Inclusion, Sustainability, and Legislative Affairs. These committees work on grassroots campaigns that benefit students and any UW-Madison student can join. Feel free to contact the Chair of the committee for more information about when and where they meet.
You can also participate in student advocacy by running or applying for a position on Student Council or The Student Services Finance Committee (SSFC). Student Council is the legislative branch of ASM and the SSFC helps allocate over $51 million in segregated fees. Elections for these bodies happen every spring semester.
If you want to learn more about ASM or find out other ways to get involved, fill out their interest form at go.wisc.edu/asm.
Joining Student Organizations
Other than working with the Associated Students of Madison, you can make your voice heard by joining one of the many student organizations on campus that promote student advocacy. These range from identity-based organizations like the Chinese Students and Scholars Association or The Pride Society to professional organizations like the Wisconsin Engineering Student Council. You can find a list of all the registered student organizations here, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always start your own!
Your ideas and opinions are important, and we hope that you will share them with campus!