Student Government

The Stout Student Association | Elevating Student Voices
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So, what is the Stout Student Association?

We’re here to represent YOU, the student.  The Stout Student Association (SSA) is the collective student governing body at UW-Stout. Granted authority under Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5), we make sure to represent the entire student body on issues surrounding student life, services, and interests.

You become a member of the SSA simply by enrolling at UW-Stout.  This means that you can get engaged with campus right away.  Students can vote in elections or referendums, apply for a Senator position or run in an election. There are multiple ways to use your voice and advocate for students.

So, what does the SSA do?

Well in short, a lot!  We focus on a few key issues that are really important to us but we also leave room to engage in timely issues happening now.   Based on your interests you can decide what issues and initiatives you’d like to get involved with.

A number of positions exist within the Stout Student Association.  Use your voice in positions such as the Senator of Transfer Relations or the Senator of Technology. Or try something new and serve on the University Court!

Want to know which position is right for you?  Contact the Stout Student Association for more information.

Our Basic Tenets

Uphold and promote Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5)

As dictated in Wisconsin State Statute §36.09(5), the students hold the right to having their voices heard in campus decisions. The SSA is regularly in contact with administration, staff and faculty, and we work with those groups to make sure all campus decisions creates a better environment for the student body.

Meeting with U.S. Senator to discuss the student loan debt crisis / Brett T. Roseman

Allocate segregated, tech, green and access to learning fees

SSA allocates segregated fees paid by students to sustain the campus. These fees better the University through funding student organizations, campus departments, lab improvements, technology updates, and sustainability efforts.

One of the many labs funded by student fees
Board of Regents
Representing student voices at a Board of Regents meeting / Brett T. Roseman

Represent student interests with administration, UW System, and State Government

SSA representatives are in constant contact with Deans, Administration, the Chancellor, UW System leadership and other UW student governments.  SSA also lobbies to the state government in order to represent students at all levels.

Students apply printed graphics to Dunn County transit buses / Brett T. Roseman

Provide Alternative Transportation Solutions

The SSA regularly meets with Dunn County Transit and other parties in order to ensure accessible and sustainable transportation options for students in the community.

Engage in Sustainable Campus Initiatives

The SSA's Sustainability Council works with the campus and the Sustainability Office to promote and implement sustainable efforts such as solar panels, clean energy solutions, compostable dining options, and campus gardens.

student gardeners are collecting compost from local residents for use in the garden. Pictured dumping fresh compost on the pile is Christina Hammerstrom.
Student gardeners collecting compost from local residents for use in the campus garden / UW-Stout
It's on Us Campaign Pledge
Signing a pledge for the It's on Us Campaign / UW-Stout

Work toward campus diversity & inclusivity

The SSA's Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Council works to address topics of difference as highlighted by the Campus Climate Survey. They collaborate with intercultural development ambassadors, the Diversity Bridge Team, and the cultural student organizations to create a more inclusive campus.

More than 100 people gathered to participate in a Silent Peace March organized by student organizations / Brett T. Roseman
Lending student voices at a Strategic Planning Group retreat / Brett T. Roseman

Serve on campus shared governance and other critical committees

The SSA appoints students to sit on various committees and shared governance bodies to ensure that student voices and opinions are represented and considered. Decisions across campus at various levels gain student input through these committees.

Backyard Bash
Students talking with the Society of Automotive Engineers at Backyard Bash held annually each fall / Brett T. Roseman

Oversee student organization recognition and the organization budget process

The SSA's Organizational and Financial Affairs committees support student organizations and the various functions they perform. They exist to ensure that student organizations continue to thrive in the years to come.

Students attend the spring Involvement Fair to check out the 160+ student organizations / Danielle Magnuson

$598,000 Amount allocated to student organizations


50+ Number of campus committees SSA serves on


95 Number of years representing student voices