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Committees and Departments

Committees and Departments

The Advocacy Committee works directly with University administrators to ensure that the student voice is heard. Members of the Advocacy Committee present data as collected by the Outreach Committee and strategize with University professionals in relevant decision-making. The Advocacy Committee Chair for the 2011-2012 academic year is Jack Moriarty, reachable at advocacy@buunion.org


The Outreach Committee is dedicated to actively seeking the student voice. By conducting multimedia surveys, this body collects and records data on what exactly students want and need to enhance their experience at BU. Data collection is usually done with respect to specific aspects of student life needing attention. This Committee often partners with the Events Committee and Public Relations team to ensure that it is able to reach a large number of students. Alyssa Sarkis is the Outreach Committee Chair for the 2011-2012 academic year and is reachable at outreach@buunion.org .


The Events Commitee plans and presents engaging activities for all members of the organization and for the undergraduate community at large. To enhance a sense of unity at BU, Student Union events are planned with the intention of providing a common ground for all. Additionally, all events are designed with the goal of receiving feedback so that Student Union can accurately advocate on behalf of the students. Kimmy Hammett, Events Committee Chair for the 2011-2012 academic year, can be reached at events@buunion.org .


The Environmental Affairs team is responsible for partnering with environmentally relevant student organizations as well as making Student Union and its efforts as sustainable as possible. As members of both the BU and global communities, this position ensures that we conduct all business with awareness and responsibility. Jaime Silverstein is the Director of Environmental Affairs for the 2011-2012 academic year and can be reached at environmental@buunion.org .


Student Union’s department of Social Affairs is operating differently this year than ever before. Headed by Director of Social Affairs Stephanie Castro, this team is dedicated to the entire student body. Through the new ActivateU campaign, individuals on this team will ensure that the undergraduate student government establishes and maintains relationships with student leaders and members of their groups on a personal basis. Student leaders can expect to meet and always contact a representative from this team when in need of anything at all to best serve their constituencies. Contact social@buunion.org  for information.


The Director of City Affairs is charged with the responsibility of connecting Boston University to the City of Boston. By establishing rapports with city officials, relaying their services to students, and in turn promoting the University and its potential to serve the city, this department of Student Union extends beyond the campus borders. Prutha Patel, Director of City Affairs, is reachable at cityaffairs@buunion.org .


The Off-Campus Council ensures that students residing off-campus are provided with the resources necessary to thrive as members of the Boston University community. Be it staying up-to-date on tenant rights or finding spaces conducive to studying late at night, the Off-Campus Council in conjunction with Student Union serves as a constant resource. Alisha Tubis, Chair of the Off-Campus Council, is reachable at offcampuscouncil@buunion.org .


The Public Relations team is responsible for promoting the name and presence of Student Union. Through use of social media websites, physical media, and interpersonal interactions, the PR team effectively communicates the initiatives of the organization at large. This publicity is especially necessary around times of planned events and outreach efforts and therefore collaborates with other Student Union Committees as is appropriate. The Director of Public Relations oversees and facilitates all work in this field. The Director of Public Relations for the 2011-2012 academic year is Andrew Wasserstein, reachable at pr@buunion.org .

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