Call to action: Mental Health & STEM

  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead Earlier this week, we made strides toward setting reasonable standards relating to mental health counseling & toward providing opportunities for students and professionals across the state. HB 920, our mental health bill, was referred to the House Health & Mental Health committee, chaired and co-chaired by major proponents of the bill. HB 1135 and SB 471, were referred to the House Workforce Development committee and the Senate Ways and Means committee, respectively. Why…Continue reading Call to action: Mental Health & STEM

Enjoy your fall break!

UM Community, On behalf of ASUM, I hope everyone is having an excellent break so far. Whether you’re catching up on work that has accumulated over the past weeks (like me) or taking this time to enjoy friends, family and good food, I sincerely hope this week serves whatever purpose you intend it to. Classes will be wrapping up in earnest when we return next week, and that’s the time to study hard and demonstrate what you’ve learned this fall. While you’re away, the team and I are still hard at work advocating for you. In just over a month…Continue reading Enjoy your fall break!

ASUM Board Convenes for Annual Retreat

Written by Jordan McFarland, Assistant Legislative Director COLUMBIA, September, 7, 2016—At the end of last month, the Board of Directors of ASUM convened at the annual Board Retreat to finalize the 2016 legislative platform. Focusing on University System unity in the effort, the Board put forth student centric tangibly progressive platforms capitalizing on the success of ASUM in the past. With the 2016 November elections fast approaching, the Board put forth compelling strategies to increase student voter registration, aiming to shatter previous numbers. Furthermore, in an effort to be more transparent, the Board set forth an innovative initiative to engage…Continue reading ASUM Board Convenes for Annual Retreat

ASUM State Internship Applications Open Today

ASUM is searching for a diverse, dedicated team of 8-12 interns for its State Legislative and Communications internship programs. These internships are unique opportunities to engage directly with a myriad of state lawmakers and key administrators within the University of Missouri System, and is a way to push yourself outside your comfort zone to do work that truly matters.   By submitting an application, you are taking the first step towards becoming an effective student advocate. These internship positions are available to students from all UM System campuses. We can’t wait to work with you.   Check out our Internship page to…Continue reading ASUM State Internship Applications Open Today

Changing ASUM together

As is true for many student orgs, a lot of ASUM’s history isn’t entirely clear to me. I know we started in Columbia, Mo. in 1975 and gradually got UMKC, UMSL, and Missouri S&T on board over the ensuing decade and a half via student referendums. And I know that we’ve had some notable wins. We lobbied for a student to sit on the Board of Curators and then for them to be able to sit in private sessions, and we won on both accounts. We lobbied for the creation of the Bright Flight Scholarship, and then helped to get…Continue reading Changing ASUM together