gemini 2 review Committees





The Committee on Student Life handles any non-academic issues or concerns that students may have around the school. We handle issues such as parking, food quality, increasing school pride, among a large list of other things. We commit ourselves to bettering the life of UMD students on campus. If anyone has any suggestions, would like more information, or would like to help out with any of our initiatives, please feel free to come to any of our Student Life meetings.

Contact: Cody Brumbaugh



The charge of Academic Affairs is to identify problems or concerns regarding the educational experience of students at UMD and to work to improve those concerns. Whether it’s improving University or collegiate policy and procedures, providing information about academic resources available, or establishing events aimed at making studying less stressful, Academic Affairs has a powerful voice at UMD. We have representatives from each college who understand the unique academic concerns across a wide variety of majors.

Contact: Liz Prokop –



External Affairs Committee strives to gather student input on issues and allows students’ voices to be heard at the local, state and federal levels of government. We work locally to strengthen ties with the Duluth community and the students at the University of Minnesota Duluth. A majority of the advocating is based on Higher Education Funding. The three major events involving the External Affairs Committee are Duluth-St. Louis County Days, Life After the Dorms Bulldog Day and Support the U Day, which all take place during second semester. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to help with our initiatives, please feel free to come to any External Affairs Committee meetings.

Contact: Mike Purtell –



Public Relations engages with the student body of the university by communicating interpersonally and managing the social media of UMDSA on Facebook and Twitter. The Public Relations committee assists the committees of SA and student organizations on campus with promoting events. We open our expertise and connections to all students of UMD who desire our help with advertising an event on campus. Public Relations also manages tabling in Kirby and posting flyers around campus to bring additional awareness of events. The Public Relations Director manages the UMDSA cases by decorating them with events and information that is relevant to students. As a committee, we host our own events and also co-host events with other committees within UMDSA.

Public Relations meets Wednesday’s at 7pm

Contact: Kalley Erickson –



The Marketing, Analytics and Research Committee focuses on developing surveys, focus groups, and strategies for the UMD Student Association. We work close with all committees, and our goal is to provide the best strategies and statistics to better understand the UMD Students.

Contact: Katie

Student Organization Grants

The Student Organization Grants is a committee that is responsible for redistributing Student Service Fees to deserving student groups on campus. Our goal has been to continue to increase the amount we give as well as the number of groups we give to, and we have been successful in doing so.  This year we have set aside $72,000 for student groups. Overall, the Fund Allocation Committee hopes to provide student groups with the funding they need to achieve their goals, and get as much out of their experience at UMD as possible.

Contact: Nathan Herman –


Senate is a body of Senators from every coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system. There are three different Senates. Faculty Senate, Student Senate and University Senate which meet once a month. Within Student Senate there is a total of 50 Senators. Each of these Senators represent their respective Colleges.

Contact: Zane Bloom –


The Rules & Elections Director’s purpose is twofold, just as the name suggests. It’s primary duty is to start and end each school year with elections, on for Freshman Representatives in the fall and then the general Student Association elections in the spring. Between elections, the Rules & Elections Committee focuses on the Student Association’s bylaws and constitution to improve internal structure, increase efficiency, and to revise any rules or guidelines that are outdated.

Contact: Paval Arkhipenko –