Leading up to our February 23 Elect Her – Campus Women Win training, the Women’s Center is featuring some of the women currently participating in student government to shed light on the myriad of ways to get involved in governance and campus leadership. Today, we are profiling Meghan Mason.
1. Describe your involvement in student government (roles, organizations, responsibilities, etc.).
This year I am the Co-Chair of the Student Representatives to the Board of Regents, and the Vice President for Administrative Affairs in the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). Previously, I have served as the Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the School of Public Health (SPH) Student Senate, as well as a member of the board of the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP) executive council.
2. What sparked your interest in participating in student government?
I initially became involved in SPH student senate to meet other students across the different departments across our school, and similarly, joined CHIP to work with students across the Academic Health Center disciplines. Eventually, as president of the SPH student senate, I was required to attend GAPSA meetings. Historically, GAPSA has been a very dysfunctional organization, and I pursued applying for the student representative to the Board of Regents position both to represent graduate and professional student concerns to the administration, but also to work toward making GAPSA a more structured and productive organization.
3. What is most rewarding about your involvement?
The most rewarding part of my involvement is being able to truly speak to administrators face-to-face to work toward meaningful solutions to student concerns and encourage their support for student endeavors.
4. What is challenging about your involvement?
The biggest challenge to my involvement is balancing my research and student government duties.
5. What tips do you have for other women students interested in student government?
My tips are to be very cognizant of your time and effort that you are putting into working with the student government organization. Choose 2-3 issues/events that you really want to be involved with, and then let the rest of your organization pick up the rest. Schedule time weekly to work on these 2-3 things so that you can give them the attention they need, but also so that they don’t overwhelm your work, class, or studying schedule.
Want to learn more about getting involved in student government and leadership? Apply to participate in the Elect Her training by February 8.