Did You Know: Student Government

Did You Know: Student Government

Looking for a way to make a lasting impact at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), but don’t know where or how to begin? A good way to start is by getting involved and serving in an ASI Student Government position. Here is an insider breakdown of Student Government questions you might have and the opportunities that await you.

What exactly is Student Government?
ASI President Farris Hamza leads a Student Government meeting

Student Government is made up of student leaders who are either elected by the student body in the spring or are appointed by the ASI president and serve the student body by undertaking specific responsibilities. From lobbying with state legislators to advocating for on-campus services, Student Government is essentially the voice for the student body here at CPP.


If you’re interested in meeting your current student leaders, you can always stop by the Student Government office, which is located at the Bronco Student Center (BSC, Bldg. 35-1339) across from Round Table Pizza. You can also view the Student Government directory to reach out to your current student leaders.


Who is eligible to run for Student Government? Dr. Lea Jarnagin presents during a meeting

If you have a 2.0 GPA or higher, have attended at least two quarters at CPP, have taken and received credit for at least nine units, are in good standing with the Office of Judicial Affairs and have not exceeded the unit load maximum, then that means you meet the CSU system-wide requirements and are eligible to run for Student Government.


What positions get elected?
Winners of the 2017 ASI Student Government Elections pose together

Every spring, elections take place online over the course of about a week to elect 14 student leaders, which include the ASI presidentASI vice president and senators who will sit on the ASI senate.

Senators are elected to represent each of the eight colleges: Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, College of Business, Collins College of Hospitality Management, College of Education and Integrative Studies, College of Engineering, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Environmental Design and College of Science.

Students may also run to represent each of the four at-large councils Student Interest Council, Greek Council, Interhall Council and Multicultural Council.


The first step in running for office consists of attending an ASI Elections Information Session, which takes place around late winter quarter to early spring quarter and gives you a brief overview of the Student Government structure and election process. Although you are not required to run after attending a session, you are required to attend at least one session if you plan on running for office.


Which positions are appointed?
Past ASI Treasurer reads an agenda

In addition to running for elected positions, you can also get involved by applying for an appointed position within the cabinetBronco Events & Activities Team (BEAT) or ASI committees.  The ASI president appoints positions with the cabinet and ASI committees. The Secretary of Programs & Services appoints positions within BEAT.

Appointed positions within the cabinet include Treasurer, Attorney General, Secretary of External Affairs, Secretary of Internal Affairs, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Programs & Services, Secretary of Sustainability, Elections Chair, Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Secretary of Programs & Services.

Appointed positions within BEAT include Music Chair, Outreach Chair and Programming Chair.

Keep in mind that the application period for the cabinet and BEAT positions runs from late June to early July.

Don’t want to wait to get involved? You can always apply year-round for committee positions in the Facilities & Operations Committee, Elections Committee, Sustainability Committee and university-wide committees on topics such as finance, academics and athletics.

To view and download the application, click here. Once you’ve completed filling out your application, make your way to the Student Government office (Bldg. 35-1339) to turn it in.


What is the ASI Lobby Corps?
ASI Lobby Corps students attend CSSA

As the advocacy branch of Student GovernmentASI Lobby Corps allows for interested students to obtain policy experience, public speaking skills, meet with government officials, gain awareness about the important issues impacting the CSU system and attended the California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) conference in Sacramento. So if you have a passion for advocacy and would like to get first-hand lobbying experience at the local, state and federal level, then Lobby Corps is the place for you.

Lobby Corps is open to students from every major, class standing and experience level, so all you have to do is submit an application to the Secretary of External Affairs. To learn even more about Lobby Corps, feel free to stop by their bi-weekly Thursday meetings from 6-7 p.m. at the Senate Chamber conference room (Bldg. 35-1341).


Are there volunteer opportunities?
Two BEAT volunteers blow bubbles at an event

Yes! You can apply year-round for volunteer positions in the Elections Committee, Lobby Corps Board, Education Enhancement, Sustainability Board and BEAT. These positions are open to all students, all you need to do is apply. To view our volunteer applications, click here.

Are you starting to feel like You Belong Here with Student Government? Let us know how you plan on getting involved by using the hashtag #ASIYBH. And to keep up with all things ASI, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and Snapchat @ASICPP.