Stout Student Association

Your Student Government | Elevating Student Voices
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Representing the Students of UW-Stout

We’re here to represent YOU, the student. The Stout Student Association is the student government at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Granted authority under Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5), we have the authority to represent the entire student body on issues surrounding student life, services, and interests.

You become a member of the Stout Student Association simply by enrolling at UW-Stout. This means that you can get engaged with campus right away!  All students are eligible to run for positions or vote in elections and referendums, and each fall there are a variety of open positions that can be filled by students.  By getting involved with the Stout Student Association, you can make and meet other passionate student leaders and integrate yourself into the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Our Mission

The mission of the Stout Student Association is to elevate student voices and to protect the rights student hold in the governing of the university.  Since our inception in 1923, we have been a student-led organization advocating for students.

We fulfill our mission and responsibilities to the students through representing the students through participation in policy development and shared governance, allocating of various student fees, and developing initiatives and programming for the benefit of the student body and the university as a whole.

Our Basic Tenets

Uphold and promote Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5)

As dictated in Wisconsin State Statute §36.09(5), the students hold the right to having their voices heard in campus decisions. The SSA is regularly in contact with administration, staff and faculty, and we work with those groups to make sure all campus decisions creates a better environment for the student body.

Meeting with U.S. Senator to discuss the student loan debt crisis / Brett T. Roseman

Allocate segregated, tech, green and access to learning fees

SSA allocates segregated fees paid by students to sustain the campus.These fees better the University through funding student organizations, campus departments, lab improvements, technology updates, and sustainability efforts.

One of the many labs funded by student fees
Board of Regents
Representing student voices at a Board of Regents meeting / Brett T. Roseman

Represent student interests with administration, UW System, and State Government

SSA representatives are in constant contact with Deans, Administration, the Chancellor, UW System leadership, and other UW student governments. SSA also lobbies the state government in order to represent students at all levels.

Students apply printed graphics to Dunn County transit buses / Brett T. Roseman

Provide Alternative Transportation Solutions

The SSA regularly meets with Dunn County Transit and other parties in order to ensure accessible and sustainable transportation options for students in the community.

Engage in Sustainable Campus Initiatives

The SSA's Sustainability Council works with the campus and the Sustainability Office to promote and implement sustainable efforts such as solar panels, clean energy solutions, compostable dining options, and campus gardens.

student gardeners are collecting compost from local residents for use in the garden. Pictured dumping fresh compost on the pile is Christina Hammerstrom.
Student gardeners collecting compost from local residents for use in the campus garden / UW-Stout
It's on Us Campaign Pledge
Signing a pledge for the It's on Us Campaign / UW-Stout

Work toward campus diversity & inclusivity

The SSA's Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Council works to address topics of difference as highlighted by the Campus Climate Survey. They collaborate with intercultural development ambassadors, the Diversity Bridge Team, and the cultural student organizations to create a more inclusive campus.

More than 100 people gathered to participate in a Silent Peace March organized by student organizations / Brett T. Roseman
Lending student voices at a Strategic Planning Group retreat / Brett T. Roseman

Serve on campus shared governance and other critical committees

The SSA appoints students to sit on various committees and shared governance bodies to ensure that student voices and opinions are represented and considered. Decisions across campus at various levels gain student input through these committees.

Backyard Bash
Students talking with the Society of Automotive Engineers at Backyard Bash held annually each fall / Brett T. Roseman

Oversee student organization recognition and the organization budget process

The SSA's Organizational and Financial Affairs committees support student organizations and the various functions they perform. They exist to ensure that student organizations continue to thrive in the years to come.


$370,000 allocated to student organizations


50+ campus committees with SSA representation


1923 the year SSA was founded

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