The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice of the student body at Georgia State University. As the elected representatives, the SGA accepts students’ charge to maintain and improve the student experience at Georgia State University. This year marks the most exciting moment in the university’s 103 year history. With the recent consolidation with Perimeter College, Georgia State welcomed thousands of new students to the Panther family. Now, Georgia State University is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country. But more importantly, it is one of the best. There are several areas of focus for the SGA this year.
First, the SGA is looking forward to the new opportunities brought by the consolidation, including unifying student government leadership and the student body and moving forward on a path to success. The addition of the five new campuses in the metro Atlanta area is not the only area of expansion. The Atlanta campus is expanding with new buildings and projects. Georgia State is working with private developers on a plan to build student housing, athletic facilities, additional parking and much more on the current site of Turner Field. I look forward to working with university leadership on ways to make the Turner Field project one that will benefit students for many years to come.
Second, campus safety is at the forefront of the student community’s concerns, including crime on campus and the Campus Carry legislation, which was vetoed by the Georgia legislature. As the SGA president, I will work with the six executive vice presidents, President Becker, interim Georgia State University Police Chief Mullis and other senior leadership to make sure that campus safety is, and always will be, a top priority. I welcome your suggestions, large or small, on how we can ensure that students on all of the campuses are safe.
Third, one of my goals is to engage the entire student body in supporting our student athletes at athletic events and to continue to build school spirit and traditions. We are Georgia State University, one institution and one Panther family who bleeds blue.
Fourth, I would be remiss if I failed to mention our academic endeavors. Ultimately, students attend college in order to prepare for their futures. Georgia State University prides itself on student success and graduates more students of color than any other university in the United States of America; that’s a huge accomplishment. As the SGA president, I will work to make sure students continue to receive a high quality education and that our degrees prepare us for our future careers.
The challenges and opportunities ahead are significant. As stakeholders, it is important for students to be engaged in the decision making process. Georgia State University students are all an integral part of the SGA and are encouraged to provide input on the spending of student fees. The elected officials are looking forward to hearing from students, since it is their future. This is our future. Let’s make it happen, together.
President Fortune Onwuzuruike