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Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Per the SGA Governance Manual, our organization exists “to provide leadership for the student body, to promote spiritual growth, to provide opportunities for students to serve others, to support and recognize quality services and activities and to represent students before the Administration, Faculty, Board of Trustees and surrounding community.”

Though it’s difficult to succinctly capture the range of work fulfilled through SGA, our primary duties fall under the broad categories of lending leadership to student advocacy and student involvement. In addition to funding and overseeing 70+ student clubs and organizations on campus, SGA sparks and fosters conversation around topics important to the student body through events like the Civil Discourse Series and “Where Do Our Tuition Dollars Go?” Through capital purchasing, we often identify and fund physical needs on campus, with past projects ranging from the Yellow Breeches tennis courts to the Union stage and booths to new water bottle filling stations and beyond. More recently, SGA has established the Hostetter Grant for First-Year, first-generation students and the Dr. Bernando Michael Grant for students of color.

Applications to serve as an independent Student Senator are accepted on a rolling basis, as space allows. The application can be found under “Forms and Applications” on the left-hand panel. Elections for Student Body President and Student Body Vice President are held each spring, no later than the first week in March. At the same time, applications are collected for non-elected positions on the Executive Cabinet, with interviews held shortly following the conclusion of the general election. Read all about these processes and more in Section 5 of the SGA Governance Manual.

Your voice deserves to be heard! Email sga@messiah.edu to reach the Vice President of Communication, who can connect you with the most relevant contact for your concern.