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President’s Welcome

President’s Welcome

Dear Students,

My name is Damian Gallagher and I am pleased to welcome you to Hofstra University!

The Hofstra University Student Government Association (SGA) is specifically designed for you, the students. SGA is an organization elected and composed of undergraduate students of Hofstra University. The Student Government Association serves students, clubs, and organizations in order to see them grow and enhance their time at Hofstra University.

The Student Government Association aims to create and improve the Hofstra community, allocate funds and provide resources to organizations with controlled, consistent, and fair measures, and investigates and answers student concerns while continuing to advocate for student life.

My Vice President, Whitney Shepherd, and I were elected by the undergraduate student body to serve as President and Vice President for the 2016—2017 academic year. Our vision as a ticket is to inspire the Hofstra community through spearheading innovative changes to help improve student life, to cultivate community through programs and advocacy, and to communicate to and for the students that we represent by being both present and accessible.

During my tenure as President, I aim to have an effective and efficient Senate and Association. After serving as Vice President in the 2015—2016 academic year, I will continue the various projects and task forces I began. Vice President Shepherd and I have a platform dedicated entirely to building community and improving Hofstra as a whole. We want to see every student find their place in university life and encourage students to reach out and introduce themselves.

During this academic year, we aim to continue to improve relations with the University Senate and represent the student voice on continued projects. We will also continue to work with various administrators on concentrated projects to improve areas such as student financial services and campus dining services.

With the Senators and Cabinet Members that compose our Senate, our Justices of our Judicial Panel, along with all of our Associates, the Student Government Association at Hofstra University works with every aspect of the University and its administrators to create and see actual changes, advocate for the student voices we represent, and make this university better than we found it. We encourage you to tell us how you feel or voice your concerns so we can bring the change you see.

Please support your Student Government by telling your Senators issues that affect you. Stop by our office in the Center for Student Collaboration in Student Center

Room 242 (right down the hall from Residence Life). If you want to join an organization, a fraternity or sorority, or start your own, do not forget that you are in charge of your own experience. And always show your Hofstra Pride at various events and of course support athletics!

Feel free to drop me an email anytime regarding your concerns or comments at SGA_President@pride.hofstra.edu or Vice President Shepherd at SGA_VicePresident@pride.hofstra.edu

I personally welcome all of our first-year students and I am pleased to welcome back all of our upperclassmen.


Damian P. Gallagher


Student Government Association, 2016—2017

SGA President