Tyler Zimmerman, Student Body President
Tyler Zimmerman is the President of CMU’s Student Government Association. He is a senior from Big Rapids, MI, with a major in Environmental Health and Safety and a minor in Leadership. Tyler has a history of involvement in SGA, having served as an RSO representative, a Senator, and as the Chief of Staff. Beyond his SGA responsibilities, Tyler is also part of the Leadership Advancement Scholar (LAS) program. In his current capacity as the Student Body President, Tyler's role encompasses the oversight of all external aspects of SGA. He is responsible for supervising all operational positions and standing liaisons, ensuring the Office of the Student Body President effectively communicates and engages with the CMU community. Additionally, Tyler chairs the Board of Trustees Student Liaison Committee, serves as a Senator in the Academic Senate, and sits on the University's Shared Governance Committee.
Email: SGA@cmich.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Biller, Student Body Vice President
Ryan is honored to serve as student body vice president this year. He is a Senior from Manistee, Michigan studying Music Education and saxophone with a minor in leadership. Ryan previously has served as the Director of the Residence Housing Association and Hall Council President. Outside of SGA, Ryan is heavily involved in the School of Music as the event staff coordinator and President of the Saxophone studio. As Vice President, Ryan oversees the internal operations of SGA as well as sits on the Board of Trustees Student Liaison Committee, and Academic Senate, and advises the SGA house, senate, and committees on creating legislation, advocating for students, and other ways to impact students on campus.
Email: SGA@cmich.edu or email@example.com
Natalie Brant, Student Body Treasurer
Natalie Brant is the Treasurer of CMU's Student Government Association. She is a senior majoring in International Relations and Philosophy with a minor in Communication from Wichita, KS. Natalie has previously served as the Student Body Vice President, Executive Secretary, and Parliamentarian in SGA. Outside of SGA, Natalie is a part of the honors college, she is a Resident Assistant, President of the Debate Team, and serves on multiple university committees. In her current role as Treasurer, Natalie oversees and organizes all of the SGA budgets, manages the allocations of the SGA and SBAC budgets, chairs the Campus Programming Fund Committee, and chairs the Student Budget Allocation Committee.
SGA body organization
The SGA Cabinet works to ensure that the organization is running efficiently and effectively. Each member of Cabinet is charged with a leadership function, and reports to either the president, vice-president, or treasurer.
Executive Cabinet consists of the executive secretary, director of internal affairs, legal clinic director, chief of staff, SBAC chair, parliamentarian, project coordinator, historian, director of equity and inclusion, elections director, digital marketing director, city commission liaison, director of external affairs, and the committee chairs. There are also appointed and elected positions that include fraternity and sorority life representatives, an athletics liaison, and the House and Senate leaders.
SGA Senate consists of 24 senators, which represent one of the following: College of Business Administration, College of Arts and the Media, College of Education and Human Services, Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, College of Graduate Studies, College of Medicine, College of Science and Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Undeclared & Global Campus.
SGA House consists of members from each registered student organization. As members of the House, RSOs are able to obtain Student Budget Allocation Committee (SBAC) funding for conferences and projects.
Academic Affairs Committee
The SGA Academic Affairs Committee seeks out academic issues, brought forth by students and relays them to Academic Senate.
• Be responsible for addressing all academic-oriented issues on campus that can either directly or indirectly affect students.
• Have at least one committee member serving as a voting member of the Academic Senate.
The SGA Diversity Committee works to foster awareness within CMU, Mt. Pleasant and SGA.
• Plan at least one (1) program per semester to foster learning and conversation pertaining to diversity education and issues amongst the campus community.
• Meet with the Vice-President for Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer once a semester within the first month of said semester to establish goals and promote CMU's inclusive programming and policy.
• Monitor university enforcement of public acts related to diversity and the Strategic Plan for Achieving Diversity.
Governmental Affairs Committee
The Governmental Affairs Committee acts as a political liaison between SGA, CMU, and all levels of government to promote awareness of student-related issues. The committee is tasked with remaining non-partisan and objective, focusing on student issues.
• Organize a program for students focused on legislative issues
• Organize trips, as needed, to the state and national capital in order to communicate the legislative concerns of CMU students.
• Establish and remain in contact with Michigan University Student Governments or other representative bodies.
Outreach and Special Events Committee
The SGA Special Events and Outreach Committee works with the vice president to strengthen the relationship between SGA and the student body, and encourages students, faculty, staff, and administrators to show school spirit by putting on programs and other initiatives.
• Create and implement outreach strategies targeted to specific audiences.
• Encourage cooperation between RSOs through programs, workshops and networking.
• Have a chair chosen in consultation with the Office of Student Activities and Involvement.
• Act as SGA's liaison to the Office of Student Activities and Involvement programming.
The SGA Sustainability Committee leads educational initiatives to encourage sustainable choices on campus.
• Have a chair who serves on the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee during their term if possible.
• Meet with Facilities Management once per semester within the first month of said semester to establish goals and promote CMU's sustainable ventures.
• Work actively with sustainability-focused organizations on campus.
• Plan at least (1) event each semester to promote sustainability.