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About Us

ASUM is an entirely student-led organization advocating for positive outcomes for the 76,000 students of the UM System. While we work with the administration on many issues—like funding for higher education—we are not formally affiliated and answer ultimately to our fellow students. Lobby lawmakers, executive agencies, and administrators.

The Associated Students of the University of Missouri

Founded in 1975, ASUM is the student lobbyist organization for all 70,000 students across the four University of Missouri System Campuses: 

  • University of Missouri – Columbia (MU) 
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) 
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) 
  • University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) 

Each campus has their own chapter of ASUM that works towards civic education and advocacy for the students on their respective campus. As a whole, these four chapters make up ASUM Central, which is a collaborative effort to advocate for all students in the UM System. ASUM Central holds the Legislative Internship Program, where a team of interns from each campus works at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City every legislative session. This Legislative Team spends their time with Missouri lawmakers to advance ASUM's platforms, which are created in response to the needs of UM System students.

You can find more information on the Internship Program here, or you can contact your campus' ASUM chapter president (contact information found here). You can get a sense of what interns help to accomplish by clicking here, and you can learn about our platforms under the “platforms” tab on our website. 

Reviewed 2024-01-12