The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) is a student government created to enrich the lives of students attending Boston College. Its purpose is to serve on behalf of students' interests and to help cultivate an engaged and caring student community.
UGBC Programs & Divisions
Diversity & Inclusion
The Division of Diversity and Inclusion (DI) shall be tasked with addressing student concerns regarding diversity
and inclusion on campus
It is the purpose of the Division to address student issues and concerns in regards to diversity and inclusion including, but not limited to, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, disability, and socioeconomic status. Through programming, policy work, and community outreach, the Division seeks to foster a Boston College community where all students feel safe, welcomed, and supported.
The Division consist of the AHANA+ Leadership Council (ALC), the Council for Students with Disabilities (CSD), the GLBTQ+ Leadership Council (GLC). Collectively, the Division hosts campus-wide events such as AHANA+ Celebration Week, Pride Week, ALC Ball, GLC Formal, and ALC Showdown.
Taylor Morales, Director of Diversity and Inculsion
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion advocates for inclusion and equity within UGBC and the greater student body. Additionally, they oversee and promote collaboration between the three diversity and inclusion councils
Deena Mohamed, Chair of the AHANA+ Leadership Council
AHANA+ Leadership Council (ALC) provides a space and advocates for AHANA+ student inclusion on campus through event programming, meeting with administration, and peer interface. The Chair of ALC works to make sure AHANA+ students voices, beliefs, and concerns are being accurately represented and amplified through ALC.
Wells Arkins, Chair of the GLBTQ Leadership Council
The GLBTQ+ Leadership Council (GLC) provides a space and advocates for GLBTQ+ rights and inclusion on campus through event programming, meeting with administration, and peer interface. The Chair of GLC works to make sure GLBTQ+ students voices, beliefs, and concerns are being accurately represented and amplified through GLC.
Sarah Farnan, Chair of the Council for Students with Disabilities
The Council for Students with Disabilities (CSD) advocates for accessibility and inclusion of disabled students on campus through event programming, meeting with administration, and peer interface. The Chair of CSD works to make sure students with disabilities’ voices, beliefs, and concerns are being accurately represented and amplified through CSD.
The Division of Student Initiatives (SI) shall be tasked with devising and executing issue-driven campaigns and programming that demonstrate, to the greater Boston College community, that the undergraduate population has interest in a particular area of concern.”
Student Initiatives addresses student issues and concerns by executing advocacy programming and issue campaigns in coordination with Senate policy. Advocacy programming consists of large-scale programming, such as speaker events or film screenings, and small-scale programming, such as workshops, topic-specific dinner series, or publicity campaigns. Issue campaigns are initiatives meant to bring awareness to a specific issue over a sustained period of time.
Topic Areas within Student Initiatives include:
Health and Wellness
Women and Gender
Meghan Heckelman, Director of Student Initiatives
The Director of Student Initiatives leads the division to put on events and programming that engage with and meet the needs of the student body.
The Division of Environmental Sustainability shall be tasked with advancing the interests of the student body with respect to environmental issues on campus and within the greater Boston Community.
The Division of Environmental Sustainability advocates for green changes to Boston College’s campus through working with the Office of Sustainability, directing the Sustainability Action Committee, and other avenues
The Finance division has the primary responsibility of assisting the other divisions within UGBC in the processing and assessment of their allocated budgets. The Finance division seeks not only to improve the financial transparency of the organization, but also to provide guidance in creating and managing division budgets. The Finance division serves as a resource to UGBC divisions and their leadership, and to any student who wishes to understand the financial processes of our student government.
Andy Bonilla, Director of Finance
The Director of Financial Affairs works with the President, Vice President, and the Joint Finance Committee to maintain and recount the budget allocated to UGBC each year. In doing this, they ensure funds are utilized in a manner that benefits and prioritizes the student body.
The Division of Communications (COMM) shall be tasked with promoting and publicizing the work and initiatives of the UGBC through those means it deems reasonably appropriate.
The Communications division handles event marketing, media, branding, and outreach for all the divisions in UGBC. The role of this division is to get the word out about what UGBC is doing, capture memories through photography and videography, and design and order flyers, banners, and UGBC merchandise (cardholders, sweaters, stickers, etc) for various UGBC events. Applicants who are interested in the intersection between advocacy and design are encouraged to apply for Communications.
Caitlin Martin-Whelp, Director of Communications
The Director of Communications oversees the division and all UGBC public relation material. In conjunction with the Community Relations Committee (CRC), they make every effort to ensure UGBC is clear and transparent in its actions so that it may be held accountable and truly represent the student body.
The Division of Environmental Sustainability shall be tasked with advancing the interests of the student body with respect to environmental issues on campus and within the greater Boston Community.”
The Division of Environmental Sustainability advocates for green changes to Boston College’s campus through working with the Office of Sustainability, directing the Sustainability Action Committee, and other avenues.
Giovanna Eichner, Director of Environmental and Sustainibility
The Director of the Division of Environment and Sustainability directly oversees efforts of the division's members and chairs the Sustainability Action Committee.
UGBC Student Assembly
The Student Assembly (SA) acts as the legislative branch of the UGBC by working to enact legislation, conduct surveys, and address student concerns and needs on campus. The SA structure consists of four standing committees that work toward the aforementioned goals in an effort to better the BC student experience within their respective policy areas. These committees include the Academic Affairs Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Intersectionality Committee, and the Student Life Committee. Each committee is overseen by a SA representative who serves as a committee chair. Please refer to the “Contact Your Representative” tab to learn about your representatives and the “Meet Your Committee Chairs” tab to learn more about the chairs and their respective committees.
Julia Spagnola, Vice President
The Executive Vice President serves as the President of the Student Assembly, presiding over the assembly meetings and overseeing the work of the assembly.
UGBC Student Assembly Mission Statement & Standing Rules
In order to have an effective and transparent student government and Student Assembly, it is critical that all students have access to and understand the Constitution which their representative government functions upon. Therefore, the current UGBC Constitution and Standing Rules can be found here.
- Coming soon.
A Resolution Concerning the Provision of Free Menstrual Products in High-Traffic Women's and Gender-Inclusive Restrooms
A Resolution Concerning Eagle Escort.
Resolution Concerning the Institutional Preventive Measures Against Coronavirus Risks, Racist Sentiment, and the Provision of Adequate Mental Health Care