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Undergraduate Association
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Type of Group: Student Government
Founded: 1893
Office: W20-401
Website: http://ua.mit.edu
President: Allan Miramonti '13
Vice President: TyShaun Wynter '13

The Undergraduate Association (UA) is MIT's undergraduate student government.

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Structure

All undergraduate students are considered members of the UA. Students can take on official responsibilities by running for office or receiving appointments to committees. Most direct involvement in the UA is through the executive committee, the senate, and the class councils.

Executive officers include the president, vice president, chief of staff, treasurer, secretary general, speaker of the senate, and vice chair of the senate. Their responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the UA and acting on behalf of students at meetings with administrators.

The senate is the legislative body of the UA. Senators are elected by living group affiliation. Meetings of the senate often feature prominent administrators as guest speakers and are open to the MIT community. Meetings are held in the Senate Chambers (room W20-400), located on the fourth floor of the Student Center.

The class councils represent each year of undergraduates at MIT. Each council is comprised of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, publicity chair(s), and social chair(s). Class councils are primarily responsible for planning large-scale study breaks, like pizza and soda at the Student Center or trips to local restaurants.

Councils and Committees within the UA:

  • Class Council
    • Class of 2014
    • Class of 2015
    • Class of 2016
    • Class of 2017
  • Election Commission
  • Executive Committees
    • Committee on Alumni Relations
    • Committee on Athletics
    • Committee on Communications
    • Committee on Dining
    • Committee on History
    • Committee on Housing
    • Committee on Space Planning
    • Committee on Student Life
    • Committee on Sustainability
    • Student Committee on Educational Policy
  • Institute Committees
    • Committee on Student Life
    • Committee on Academic Performance
    • Committee on the Undergraduate Program
    • Committee on Curricula
    • Faculty Policy Committee
    • Committee on Discipline
    • Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement
    • Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement
    • Corporation Joint Advisory Committee
    • Commencement Committee
    • DAPER Advisory Board
    • Committee on Race and Diversity
    • Womens Advisory Board Council on Family and Work
    • MIT Council on Educational Technology
    • Recreation Advisory Committee
    • Hobby Shop
    • CAC Advisory Board
  • Finance Board
  • Nominations Committee
  • Senate

Programs

The Undergraduate Association has the power to allocate funds to projects that benefit the undergraduate community. Weekend grocery shuttles provide free transportation from the dorms to Star Market, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods. The MIT Produce Market brings fresh, affordable produce to campus year-round. Student-alumni and student-faculty dinners allow small groups of undergraduates to be reimbursed for a meal at a restaurant of their choosing with a faculty member or alum.

History

The precursor to the UA was the Institute Committee (later called Inscomm), which first met on February 11, 1893. The object of the committee was to promote the welfare of the Institute at home and abroad and to form a responsible body through which communication could be made directly between students and faculty. Albert Farwell Bemis 1893 organized the plan and submitted it in 1893 to the undergraduate classes. The plan was endorsed by the faculty in the same year. The committee met bi-weekly and was made up of ten members during the first term and twelve during the second, including four class presidents and two members of each class. Honorary members included the President and Secretary of MIT plus one member of the faculty. Senior and junior class presidents were president and vice president, respectively, of the committee.

The committee prepared an exhibit to represent MIT student life at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and decided upon the official pin and colors of the Institute.

In 1909 representation on the committee was increased by the inclusion of one delegate from each of the student professional societies, as well as one from other major activities including the Tech Show, The Tech, Technique, the Athletic Association, and the Technology Christian Association. As the number of extracurricular activities increased at the Institute, the need for a central governing body became evident. In 1913 an Undergraduate Association (UA) was established to provide a larger forum for undergraduates. Each undergraduate automatically became a member. The first UA meeting was held on April 9, 1914. Inscomm became the legislative and executive body of the UA. The meetings of Inscomm remained open to all students, and its decisions were submitted to a vote of the student body upon petition.

In 1969 a new constitution for the undergraduate body, called the Unified University Proposal, was approved by a vote of the students. The proposal was intended to create better organized presentation of student opinion to the rest of the Institute. With the acceptance of the new constitution, Inscomm ceased to exist and in its place was a General Assembly (later renamed the Undergraduate Association) with an Executive Committee ("Exec"). Its governing body came to be called the UA Council (UAC).

Today, the UAC is called the Senate. It is composed of an apportioned number of students elected from different living groups. The Senate discusses issues, makes proposals, and has final say over UA policies and practices.

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