Arizona Students Association to Hold First Congress April 25-27

Arizona Students Association to Hold First Congress April 25-27
New Movement to Ensure that Student Voices are Heard

The Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) is holding its first annual Congress April 25-27, 2014 at the Tempe Transportation Center. The Center is located at 200 E. 5th Street near Forest and College Avenue at the base of A-Mountain. We will be meeting in the Don Cassano Community Room on the second floor.

Formation of the Congress is the result of work by the current ASA Board to create a diverse and representative body of community college and public university students across Arizona. Once the Congress meets and selects its Senate and House members, the current ASA Board of Directors structure will dissolve and the new governing structure will become active June 1, 2014. The new ASA will be guided by its new Constitution, adopted by the current ASA Board. 

The purpose of Congressional representation and elected student officers is to ensure that the diversity of student voices is heard in Arizona. Individuals, representatives from various clubs, organizations, and student chapters of larger institutions are encouraged to attend the Congress and direct the new ASA as it continues its mission to engage and empower the students of Arizona. The Senate will be made up of elected student governments, both undergraduate and graduate. The House will be made up of non-student government members.

There are many post-secondary education issues that transcend each college and university’s particular interests. ASA exists to advocate for those issues. ASA’s new governing structure consists of elected Executive members, including a President and Vice President, and an elected Senate and House made up of students from public colleges and universities across the state. The President will also become the compensated Executive Director of the new ASA.

If you believe you would like to become part of an engaged and re-energized independent Arizona Students’ Association and uphold the 40-year tradition of advocating for student issues to the Arizona Legislature, Arizona Board of Regents, and partnering with other institutions to ensure student voices are heard as post-secondary education policy is determined, join us for the Congress.

For students travelling from outside the Phoenix metro region, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Motel 6 on 1720 S. Priest Drive in Tempe. Twenty-five rooms with two double beds have been reserved for no more than two people to a room at no cost to participating students. Food will be provided throughout the Congress. $25 gift cards will be provided for Phoenix metro area students to help cover transportation, parking, and other meal costs. $50 gift cards will be provided out-of-Phoenix metro region students to help cover transportation, parking, and other meal costs. These gift cards are not designed to fully reimburse students for expenses. 

Once you have registered, additional information will be provided to you. To register please sign up using the following link:

http://azstudents.org/forms/view.php?id=17480

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ASA Now Hiring Canvassers and a Canvass Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ

ASA is seeking a canvassing coordinator and several canvassers in Flagstaff, AZ. This is an opportunity for passionate future leaders to gain real life, hands on experience in issue campaigns, while strengthening their understanding of the political process. Canvassers will gain invaluable experience in political campaigning and voter outreach. Canvassers will play an integral part in increasing voter participation by signing voters up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) and working on issues such as workers rights and voter protection.

View the full job description for the Canvassing position and application to apply HERE

View the full job description for the Canvass Coordinator position and application to apply HERE

37th Annual Lobby Con/ Lobby Day and USSA’s Electoral Action Training

Do you want to go down to the Arizona Capitol to Lobby for the issues that matter to students? Then you’re in luck. ASA’s annual Lobby Con 2014 and USSA’s Electoral Action Training (2014) is set for March 1st-3rd at ASU Tempe! Click here to register now!

Lobby Con 2014 is an exclusive event where student leaders get the skills they need to advocate for issues that matter to them. Lobby Con is also a chance for students to receive hands on electoral action training and network with their peers.  Registration is just $25, which covers six meals, snacks, and lodging if coming from UA or NAU.

After the conference, ASA will host its 37th annual Lobby Day at the Arizona Capitol on March 3rd, 2014! Student leaders from around the state will gather for a day at the Capitol to lobby their elected leaders on the issues that matter to them.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and register now!

UA Graduate and Professional Students- Apply to become an ASA Director today!

Arizona Students’ Association UA Graduate-Professional Student Director

State Date: June 1, 2013
End Date: May 31, 2014

Application Deadline: November 30th, 2013

Position Summary
The Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) is a statewide student advocacy association that was founded in 1974. ASA’s mission is to engage and empower all Arizona students. In 2013-2014, ASA is striving to build an organization that will provide leadership training for all students from high school students to graduate students. ASA’s activities center around voter registration, outreach, leadership training, and advocating for 550,000 Arizona students in community colleges and universities.

The ASA is led by a student-governed Board of Directors that includes student representatives from Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are represented on the board. The University of Arizona wants to and is required to fill a Graduate Board Director position with either a graduate or professional student.

Arizona Students’ Association Directors are expected to work approximately 2-7 hours weekly in order to participate in statewide email conversations, committee calls, and board meetings held every two months. It is expected that the new Board Director will work closely with the Graduate and Professional Student Body President to represent University of Arizona graduate and professional students’ needs as well as represent the needs of all Arizona community college and university students.

View the full job description and application to apply HERE

Students Release Open Letter Calling for End of Government Shutdown

Phoenix—-Student representatives from the Arizona Students’ Association, National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, and United States Students Association have released an open letter strongly opposing the federal government shutdown. “The government shutdown harms American students, the American dream, and American competitiveness around the world,” states Anthony Hessel, NAU graduate student and ASA Legislative Chair.

Work impacted by the federal government shutdown includes federal investigations into university systems that have failed to protect students on campus and properly investigate sexual assault crimes, thousands of projects that address health, science, and defense-related research, Head Start childcare services, and veterans’ education support services. In addition, 11,000 researchers are barred access to the National Archives and work with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, and United States Parks has stopped.

The full letter can be found by clicking the READ MORE link:

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Join an ASA committee!

The Arizona Students’ Association uses both standing committees and ad-hoc committees to increase the efficiency of the organization. ASA’s five standing committees are Executive Affairs, Internal Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Financial Affairs, and Graduate Affairs. All committees are open to any students, with the exceptions of Executive Affairs and Internal Affairs. Check out the new committees tab for news and upcoming committee meetings that you can join and help make important decisions!

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