SGA Monthly Update: Meet the New Executives

President Grecia Portillo (left) and Vice President Aleena Sarwana (right)


What is CU Denver Student Government Association, you ask? As an organization, we are the collective voice of the CU Denver student body. Much like the federal government, SGA is made up of three branches: the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. There are four standing committees that make up the legislative branch: Events and Planning, Legislation and Outreach, Finance and Funding, and College Council.

In addition to these standing committees, SGA has advisory committees and councils, such as the Student Fee Review Committee, First Year Council, and the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board. Each committee is dedicated to serving the student body in many capacities. We are passionate individuals who seek the betterment of CU Denver and will advocate for all students to higher administration.

There are a lot of things in the works for members of SGA. With the highly-anticipated opening of the Student Wellness Center in the Spring, SGA is shifting its focus to the physical and mental wellbeing of students. Mental health is a very important discussion that needs to happen; many offices campus-wide are becoming aware of this. In the coming year, SGA will work to make CU Denver a safe and uplifting place for all students by working tri-institutionally to make Auraria Campus as crime free as possible.

Physical health is a very important initiative to pair with mental health because a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Therefore, SGA will work with Amber Long (director of the Wellness Center) and Brett Lagerblade (director of Club Sports) to motivate students to be more active through the increased involvement in Intramural Sports. Besides this, SGA will further its initiatives from last year to help Students in Crisis get students facing a crisis the help they need. This includes working with students facing housing and food insecurity, undocumented students, the food pantry, Loving Lynx Fund, and countless others.

Additionally, SGA wants to advocate for grade forgiveness—if a student retakes a previously failed class, the failing grade will not be factored into their grade point average—by working with faculty and administration. This would help students who have to pay twice for the class.

In addition to these initiatives, SGA is dedicated to promoting school spirit by hosting fun events. We have yearly events, such as the Cultural Diversity Festival and Carnival de Lynx, and we table regularly. We love giving out free food and spirit gear, so be sure to drop by and say hello.

We have regular Senate meetings every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. that are open to the public. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop by Tivoli 301 or email us at


Grecia Portillo
and  Aleena Sarwana,
SGA President
and Vice President

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