How to become an ASCSU Senator:
Contact the Senate Outreach officer: ASCSU_Senate_Outreach@mail.colostate.edu
Outreach Officer: check for openings in their college, and depending on how full it is, explain that they can be an associate senator (less work but no voting rights) or a full senator (more work, but voting rights). Collect: email, name, year, college, and phone if possible. If they have a lot of questions that you are unsure about, direct them to nearest Senate Officer (preferably Membership Officer).
Have Outreach Officer give potential new senator’s name to Kim Grubbs, so she can check their GPA and get them added to the ASCSU mailing list to receive emails. When Kim signals approval, move onto the next step.
Have Outreach Officer provide college council details to potential new senator, and have them go to a meeting for the college council. Tell them to be prepared for a few questions asking about their involvement and why they want to be a senator. Tell them that if they are approved, they need to contact you to follow-up and become ratified.
Before potential new Senator arrives, contact college council president alerting them that [insert name] will be coming to their future meeting in hopes of becoming a Senator.
If Senator is approved, bring them to the next Senate session (in business casual dress at the minimum) to be ratified.
That Senate session, after adjournment, have new senator meet with the Membership Officer. Membership Officer: make appointment with them to sit down and go over Green and Gold book (approx. 30min-1hour).
Membership Officer: during meeting with new senator, go over the book and also get them put on an internal and an external committee. Help them understand office hours as well. Answer any questions they have. If possible, introduce them to others in the office. Give them the “New Senator Start-up Guide”.
Make sure they are coming to sessions; if no one is talking to them, go over and chat and encourage others to as well.
I'm a Senator, now what?
Get in contact with the Senate Membership Officer and create a bio! (email@example.com) The Senate Membership Officer is your go-to person for any questions. A major portion of the Membership Officer position involves connecting new ASCSU officials to networks, resources, and information. When you become a new Senator or Associate Senator, you are required to meet with the Membership Officer. During the meeting, the Membership Officer will get to know you better and explain the Green and Gold Book, which is the how-to guide for much of Senate activity, rules, and involvement.
There are three internal committees, which deal with issues mainly inside of Senate. Those committees are Internal, External, and University Issues. There are multiple external committees, which vary each year. Ask the Speaker Pro Tempore, Parliamentarian, or Membership Officer about the current external committees. Committees meet for an hour each week to help ASCSU accomplish goals. A Senator is required to attend both an internal and external committee each week, and an Associate Senator only has to attend one each week. Ask the membership officer to help you find the committee(s) you can attend.
There is a RamLink page specifically for ASCSU. Ask the Speaker Pro Tempore or Membership Officer to put you on the list of officials. Important governing documents and other resources are located there.
Also, look through the ASCSU website, and the ASCSU records site to familiarize yourself with the workings of the organization.
Talk to the front desk about getting a placard and magnetic name tag, which both have your name on it and your position. Both should only be used during official ASCSU business.
A Senator must hold at least three office hours each week. The ASCSU office is the most common place office hours are held. Missing office hours will be taken into account by the Membership officer and Speaker Pro Tempore, and reflect negatively upon you as an official.
ASCSU members are very involved, passionate, and intelligent individuals. It is beneficial to form friendships and bonds with those around you, since you’ll be spending a lot of time together!
What do you care about? Why did you decide to get involved in ASCSU? What is it that you would want to change at CSU? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself, partly because legislation often arises from this process. Additionally, each new official of Senate is required to fill out a Goal-Interest Worksheet, in order to promote personal growth and focus future steps to be taken. You can receive this from the Membership Officer.
As an official of ASCSU, you are expected to represent those around you, particularly those in your college. How can you know how the student body feels about a certain issue if you don’t ask? It is essential to reach out to others and ask for opinions on current legislation and debates.
Since Senate is part of the legislative branch, get involved in the legislative process! You aren’t required to sponsor, endorse, or write, but it is a great way to express your opinion and help make a change at CSU.
And most importantly: Keep Asking Questions!
We all have questions that we need answered. Never feel shy about asking for help or clarification. No one expects perfection or ultimate knowledge!