Government and Legislative Affairs
Our advocacy doesn’t just end on campus. We also represent the student voice when decisions are being made on the federal, state, and local level in government.
What we do
On the federal level, we work as part of the Association of Big Ten Students. Representing over half a million students, we have a big voice when we meet with administration and lawmakers. ABTS has conferences twice a year with a yearly lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. in April. Our federal efforts don’t end there, however, as we work to create relationships with our Minnesota representatives and voice our concerns on other federal issues, such as sexual assault policies in the Department of Education and Pell Grants.
Because we are a public institution, a large portion of funding for University operations and buildings comes from the state of Minnesota. The last two years have been filled with hundreds of meetings to showcase why it’s important that the state continue to support the University and its students. These efforts have helped result in a tuition freeze for undergraduate residents and a bonding bill, which included the renovation of Tate Laboratory to be more student focused.
Our biggest state event each year is Support the U Day, when we bring hundreds of students to St. Paul for a huge day of advocacy. If you're looking to just do a little, this is the best and easiest way to make a difference.
On the local level, we work with community and city leaders to make sure policies and initiatives work for students. This includes working with leaders like former City Councilman Jacob Frey on getting a grocery store close to campus.
If you're interested in getting involved or learning more, contact Jude Gossens, our Director of Government & Legislative Affairs, at