February 7, 2019
You may have heard about the Associated Students of ASU (aka undergraduate and graduate student government at ASU) or seen their acronym, ASASU, but you may not know what they’re all about or all the perks they provide to Sun Devils.
Here are 10 things you should know about ASASU.
1. They represent all campuses and students.
ASASU includes the Undergraduate Student Governments from Downtown, Tempe, Polytechnic and West, as well as the Graduate and Professional Student Association. The presidents of each body make up the Council of Presidents. The elected campus leaders create priorities for student government and the student body, and they’re dedicated to representing the student voice and being advocates for each campus.
2. They can fund your conference travel.
ASASU offers grants to assist students in traveling to conferences for professional development. Visit the ASU student governments page and click on your respective government for more information if you’re interested in applying for travel funding.
3. They have three branches, including a Supreme Court.
The structure of ASASU mirrors that of the U.S. federal government — there’s an executive branch, the Council of Presidents; a legislative branch, each campus’ Senate and Graduate Assembly; and a judicial branch, the ASU Supreme Court and GPSA Supreme Court, which consist of five judges.
4. There are all kinds of opportunities to represent your community in ASASU.
University Boards and Committees make up a branch of ASASU and are appointed by the ASASU Council of Presidents. Each board or committee is made up of student members from each campus and shares reports to their respective USG or GPSA president. Being involved in a University Board or Committee is an opportunity to shape the ASU experience, share your ideas and represent your peers. Applications to run in the spring 2019 election are open now through Feb. 22.
5. You can drop by meetings.
Aside from University Boards and Committees, any student can get involved by attending public senate or assembly meetings.
6. Senator could be your new title.
Any student can run for Senate, Assembly or executive positions.
7. They’ll get you rides home and fix your wheels.
ASASU offers a variety of services to students, including bike co-ops, safety escort services, Lyft rides, child care subsidies and research grants. You can check out the full list of resources here.
8. They get you access to President Crow.
ASASU hosts two forums with President Michael Crow each semester, alternating host campuses and simulcast across the other campuses, to facilitate student feedback with the university’s president.
9. They host professional development events.
USG and GPSA help students professionally, with events like Teaching Assistants Chats and individual and group funding for student organizations.
10. They keep you in the know.
The Council of Presidents has its own website with constant updates, so you can always stay informed about what’s going on.