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The Associated Students of the University of Missouri

Mission:

The mission/purpose of ASUM is:

  • Educate students about the political process
  • Increase political awareness, concern and participation among students
  • Provide the public with information concerning student interests
  • Channel student energy and interest in the governmental process

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About ASUM:

ASUM (Associated Students of the University of Missouri) was founded in 1975 by the University of Missouri-Columbia Missouri Student Association. MSA felt that students needed a specific legislative arm and requested that a fee be administered to support the program which came to be known as ASUM. ASUM has now functioned for nearly 40 years.

In a national survey conducted in 2004 (Building the Student Voice, Student Empowerment Training Project, March 2004), forty-one state student associations in thirty-four states were identified. ASUM, when compared to similar student associations across the country:

  • Is one of four system organized associations
  • Is one of seven state student associations that has an internship program
  • Of the seven internship programs, ASUM has the second highest number of interns annually

ASUM´s mission is to advocate and lobby for student interests while educating students on the importance of involvement in government. ASUM lobbies of behalf of UM student interests and provides meaningful student leadership and hands-on learning experiences in the area of policy development, higher education concerns and processes, and day to day operations of state and federal government.

Missouri Representative Sam Page (and ASUM alumnus) says of ASUM, "ASUM introduced me to the legislative process. I quickly learned that state government makes decisions that have a direct impact on the University; I learned how to influence those decisions."

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Structure:

ASUM has a student Board of Directors, representative of each UM System campus. Students are elected/selected by their campus Student Government Association. Each campus is represented by three board members, comprising a total of twelve members.  ASUM also hires central organization staff and campus-specific staff.

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Applications for 2012-2013 State Legislative Communications Internship program:

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Contact Information

Central Office
Associated Students of the University of Missouri
309 University Hall
University of Missouri System
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-9522
Fax: (573) 884-4204

Columbia
Associated Students of the University of Missouri
2500 MU Student Center
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-2701
Fax: (573) 882-5515

Kansas City
L19 University Center
Phone: (816) 235-1231
Fax: (816) 235-6581

Rolla
218 Havener Center
Phone: (573) 341-4970
Fax: (573) 341-6972

St. Louis
381 Millenium Student center
Phone: (314) 516-5835
Fax: (314) 516-7307