Welcome to the Bryn Mawr College Community! The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time on campus. Having the opportunity to introduce and share a place that Bryn Mawr students are so proud to be a part of is always a wonderful experience.
Bryn Mawr is unique in many ways. Perhaps, though, the most defining characteristic is our resounding spirit of self-governance. We are frequently asked what self-governance means. The phrase, much like one’s education, is developed through action; what you put into it warrants its return and meaning for you as an individual. We have a sense of autonomy and authority over the changes at our institution that gives Mawrters an unparalleled connection and sense of belonging to Bryn Mawr. As a student, however, I have learned that self-governance is much more than that. It is the sense of respect and responsibility that has been entrusted in students by their peers, administrators, alumnae and other community members. It is the sense of confidence that our thoughts and ideas are valid, important, and hold weight for others. It is the sense that we are capable of being strong, independent individuals with the support of a community behind us. The concept of self-governance is rather simple, but its depth in our community is what carries its true value.
The Self-Government Association (SGA) is a manifestation of this permeating spirit. The SGA became the first organization of its kind when it was founded in 1892. Today, the organization takes on many roles within the Bryn Mawr College community. From allocating club funding, to upholding the Honor Code, the SGA is the overarching organization that helps students remain accountable and responsible for themselves while still maintaining a commitment to the greater community. In addition, SGA is a major resource for student advocacy to administration, faculty, and staff.
Being a self-governing student body requires patience, commitment, and support from all community members. As new stakeholders in our community, we hope that you will take the time to understand what holds us all together.
For more information about SGA please visit our blog at: sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu
Or feel free to contact the Executive Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes for the upcoming year!
SGA President 2012-2013