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UNITED COUNCIL IS THE STATEWIDE STUDENT ASSOCIATION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM REPRESENTING STUDENTS FROM CAMPUSES ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE OF WISCONSIN. UNITED COUNCIL IS A NON-PROFIT, NON-PARTISAN ORGANIZATION THAT LOBBIES, ADVOCATES, AND ORGANIZES ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES AT THE CAMPUS, STATE, AND NATIONAL LEVEL.

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What we Do


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Since 1960, we have led the effort to protect access, value and quality of higher education in Wisconsin.


United Council serves all Wisconsin Students. I know of no other group that represents students as well.
— Tammy Baldwin, Congresswoman
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

Our Mission

WE STRIVE TO REPRESENT ALL STUDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM. WE ADVOCATE FOR OURSELVES ON ISSUES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PERTAINING TO THE QUALITY OF THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE VIA EDUCATING AND ENHANCING THE PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS IN SHARED GOVERNANCE (OUR STATE SANCTIONED RIGHT TO IMAGINE AND FORM CHANGE ON UNIVERSITIES IN REGARDS TO OUR EXPERIENCES).

OUR VISION

WE IDENTIFY INJUSTICE INCURRED WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM AND WORK COLLABORATIVELY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL IMPACTED COMMUNITIES AND THOSE WITH DECISION MAKING POWER TO RESTORE JUSTICE. IT IS THROUGH A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FRAMEWORK THAT THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED.

WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED

  • Both student seats on the Board of Regents.
  • "Michelle's Law" allowing students to retain health insurance if they drop below full-time enrollment due to illness.
  • Tuition Remission for Wisconsin Veterans.
  • A UW- Colleges tuition freeze for an unprecedented third year in a row.
  • Increases in financial aid that effectively freeze tuition for all students from families making less than $60,000.
  • Wisconsin's sexual assault statutes to include alcohol as an intoxicant.
  • Preventing the passing of the Badger Partnership in its entirety.
  • Ensuring that students' rights to legal representation in non-academic conduct hearing are upheld.
  • Increase in financial aid funding by $20 m. in the 09-11 Biennial Budget.
  • Domestic Partnership Benefits for UW System Employees.
  • 'Wisconsin Dream Act' allowing certain undocumented students in Wisconsin to attend the UW System at in-state tution levels.
  • Rights for UW System faculty and staff to collectively bargain.
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When and How we do it


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United Council has many ways to engage. Attending events, academic and paid internships and leadership positions in several areas of the organization that correspond to Our interests, majors and skill-sets are the main venues through which student get involved. 

Several times a year UW students from across the state come to United Council's Statewide Action Gatherings (SWAGs).  At these gatherings we work to better issues that impact our student experiences. These are campus-based issues and world-issues that exist on campus too. This gatherings facilitate networking, campaign work, development, idea sharing, organizational accountability, elect student leadership and work on topics we students have chosen. Work is done in United Council with an ever-present restorative justice framework that focuses on making higher education safe and accessible to all students. Friendships made at United Council last a lifetime!

GET IN, WHERE YOU FIT IN!

Work is done in specific areas called Service Divisions and Issue Committees. At SWAGs or any United Council event, students are encouraged to self-select into their areas of interest and/or supported by our welcoming committee and this form in deciding their areas of interest.

Service Divisions:

  • Planning and Program Development
  • Projects and Information
  • Educational Support Service
  • Human Resources and Development
  • Finance
  • Media
  • Management of Information Systems and Technology
  • Housing
  • Diversity Education Field Team
  • Support Staff and Recruitment
  • Producation
  • Distribution
  • Trainings
  • Public Administration and Community Engagment
  • Policy Practice and Reform

Issue Committees:

  • Legislative Affairs
  • Shared Governance
  • Academic & Graduate Affairs
  • Women's Issues
  • Multicultural Issues
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • University Affairs
  • Alter-Abled Issues
  • President's Council 
  • Veteran's Affairs
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