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The purpose of the EIU Student Action Team (SAT) is to represent the interests of EIU students and to present those interests. SAT strives to work closely with state and local lawmakers in Illinois to improve the quality of education and financial support for EIU students.
SAT is not just for political science majors; all majors are eligible and encouraged to participate. SAT needs a diverse group of students from all academic fields of study, and each major may have a specific reason for advocating for students on campus. Here are a few examples of a few majors that SAT would love to have representation from. This list is not complete, it is just to show how diverse SAT could potentially be.
You can apply to become a member of SAT here.
Business administration and economics majors may be concerned with the costs of higher education, both on part of the student and the university. They may be concerned about whether the state and the university are using their resources most effectively and efficiently. They may take a deeper look into the fiscal side of policy in higher education.
Education majors, along with political science majors may be the most interested in SAT. Education majors may be interested in learning how the state of Illinois tackles higher education issues in order to gain that experience to bring with them to their future careers. They can also gain valuable experience learning how to advocate for students on a larger scale.
Health administration, health communication, and public health majors would be able to bring their knowledge to SAT and help advocate for mental health legislation geared towards improving mental health resources on campuses. They could also advocate for better health services to improve the lives of students on campus.
Journalism majors may be able to put their writing skills to work by working with SAT in putting our positions in writing to help us effectively communicate with representatives in Springfield. In addition to that, they may help make laws currently filed with the Illinois State General Assembly become more well-known by writing about them in opinion articles. They also may help advocate for better protections for student publications across the state.
Nutrition and dietetics majors would be able to highlight the importance of tackling food insecurity and the importance of having access to a balanced diet on campus to our representatives in Springfield.
The purpose of the Voter Outreach Committee is to assist with voter registration efforts in Coles county, and to help encourage students and the local community to participate in the political process at all levels.
The purpose of the Legislative Research Committee (LRC) is to assist the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) with preparation of our trips to Springfield by providing the LAC with information about various bills and resolutions that could potentially improve the lives of students and their environment on campus.
The purpose of the Legislative Action Committee is to use the information provided by the LRC to effectively communicate with our elected representatives in Springfield to accomplish the goals of the SAT.