UCS/UFB Elections 2017

Election Dates: March 21-23, 2017

Campus-wide Elected Positions:

UCS President: The head of the Council and chief liaison between the Council and the administration. The President is the external face of UCS, managing the Council's relationship with external stakeholders. The President also presides over the General Body and Executive Board meetings.

UCS Vice President: The second-in-command of the Council, mainly in charge of the internal functioning of UCS- particularly maintenance and smooth operation of its committees. The Vice President also works closely with President to set the agenda of the Council. The VP also chairs the Outreach and Advocacy Committee. 

UCS Chair of Academic Affairs: The chair of this committee focuses on a broad range of issues that pinpoint ways for Brown students to better engage with their curriculum and to utilize advising resources across campus. This translates to a committee emphasis on, but definitely not limited to, initiatives that improve advising networks, increase diversity in the classroom, emphasize social engagement within the curriculum, increase relevant course offerings, and extend interdisciplinary opportunities. Our committee works closely with the Office of the Dean of the College, the Meiklejohn Program, the Curricular Resource Center, and academic departments to ensure that students have (and recognize) all the resources they need to take advantage of Brown's academic offerings.

UCS Chair of Campus Life: The chair of this committee works to enhance the lives of students by focusing on dining, residential life, and safety on campus. This committee works closely with Dining Services, the Office of Residential Life, and the Department of Public Safety to ensure that students’ voices are represented as new initiatives are put into effect. Additionally, this committee overseas student services that do not fall into other committees' program areas, such as the mailroom, Brown id cards, and campus shuttles. 

UCS Chair of Student Activities: The chair of this committee shall have the responsibility, along with the rest of the Student Activities Committee, of overseeing UCS's interaction with student groups. This committee organizes the constituting process both for new student groups and for existing groups seeking to attain a higher category. The chair serves as a representative on the Undergraduate Finance Board and is one of the two official UCS liaisons to all UCS recognized groups.

UCS Chair of Student Wellness: The chair of this committee is responsible for the Council's advocacy work associated with improving students' mental and physical well-being on campus. This includes but is not limited to initiatives related to mental health, sexual assault prevention, and campus accessibility. As such, the committee collaborates with Counseling and Psychological Services, Title IX Office, Student and Employee Accessibility Services, Health Services, Office of Student Life, and the Chaplains Office. 

UCS Treasurer: The person in charge of the budget and resources for the Undergraduate Council of Students, which includes managing the New Initiatives Fund and working closely with the UCS Executive Board to organize and plan all of UCS' monetary functions.

Ivy Council Head Delegate: This position is not a formal part of UCS, but leads Brown's chapter of Ivy Council, an advocacy group across the Ivy League. 

Undergraduate Finance Board (UFB) Chair: This position is responsible for leading UFB in the allocation of the Student Activities Fund to UCS-categorized student groups

UFB Vice Chair: This position supports the UFB Chair in the budgeting and funding processes. 

UFB At-large Representative (8): These representatives support student groups as they navigate the budgeting and funding progresses. 

Elections Timeline:
Candidate Information Sessions (Must attend one)
---Sunday, March 5th, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, JWW 203
---Monday, March 6th, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, JWW 203
---Tuesday, March 7th, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM, JWW 203
Candidates' Meeting (Must attend)
---Tuesday, March 15th, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Petteruti Lounge
UCS/UFB Candidate Debate
---Sunday, March 19th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, BERT (85 Waterman), Room 130
Student Group Endorsements Due
---Monday, March 20th, by 12 PM at elections.ucs@gmail.com
Voting Period (Through Qualtrics & Backed by Shibboleth)
---Tuesday, March 21st at 12 PM to Thursday, March 23rd at 12 PM
Results Announced
---Thursday, March 23rd at 10 PM, Faunce Steps

See the UCS Elections Code and the 2017 Elections Handbook for all official election information. 

2016 Elections Board:

Katherine Barry (katherine_barry@brown.edu), Chair
Kathryn Stack (kathryn_stack@brown.edu), Chair

Summary of Changes to the 2016 Elections Process:

1. Voting: All Candidates must be elected by a majority vote with at-large balloting. We will be using the Instant Run-Off Voting mechanism for all positions in the event no candidate receives a majority of votes. That way, we won't have to go into a separate run-off election. Exception: if after one instant run-off for UCS President and/or UFB Chair, no candidate attains a majority of the vote by a margin of greater than 1.00%, Elections Board reserves the right to call for an actual run-off election between the two candidates for each position with the highest number of votes.

2. Financial Aid: To ensure there are no barriers deterring a candidate from running for a position, students with demonstrated financial need can contact Tim Shiner (timothy_shiner@brown.edu) of the Student Activities Office, and their $40 budget for campaign materials will be covered.

3. Endorsements: ALL student organizations -- including uncategorized student groups -- can endorse candidates running for UCS President and Vice President (with the exception of individual Greek houses, athletic teams, and uncategorized organizations of an academic nature). Umbrella groups, such as emPOWER and Queer Alliance, may either make an umbrella endorsement or permit subgroups to endorse independently.