What is the Stout Student Association?
We’re here to represent YOU, the student. The Stout Student Association is the student government at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Granted authority under Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5), we have the authority to represent the entire student body on issues surrounding student life, services, and interests.
You become a member of the Stout Student Association simply by enrolling at UW-Stout. This means that you can get engaged with campus right away! All students are eligible to run for positions or vote in elections and referendums, and each fall there are a variety of open positions that can be filled by students. By getting involved with the Stout Student Association, you can make and meet other passionate student leaders and integrate yourself into the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The mission of the Stout Student Association is to elevate student voices and to protect the rights student hold in the governing of the university. Since our inception in 1923, we have been a student-led organization advocating for students.
We fulfill our mission and responsibilities to the students through representing the students through participation in policy development and shared governance, allocating of various student fees, and developing initiatives and programming for the benefit of the student body and the university as a whole.
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.
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.
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 the state government in order to represent students at all levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.