State president role held by local studentSarah Miller has always been into politics, but it wasn’t until she started at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College that she decided to get involved. She’s come a long way.
By: Jackie Grumish, New Richmond News
Sarah Miller has always been into politics, but it wasn’t until she started at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College that she decided to get involved.
She’s come a long way.
Miller, a Baldwin resident, is now the president of the Wisconsin Student Government, a student-run organization that represents more than 406,000 technical college students across Wisconsin.
Miller got involved in the Wisconsin Student Government about two and a half years ago, she said. She was elected vice president this year, but resumed the presidents seat in January when the former president accepted an offer to study abroad.
“It’s empowering,” Miller said of her president position. “It’s important to me for students to have more of a voice.”
Miller said that’s exactly why she got involved.
“It should be us telling them what we need versus someone telling us what we need,” she said.
The statewide student government meets five times a year to discuss student issues, Miller said. Most of the discussions focus on financial aid issues.
As president, Miller said it’s her responsibility to run meetings, keep up with educational issues and attend district board meetings and state board meetings.
She got involved in the Wisconsin Student Government through the Student Association at WITC.
The goal of the governing body is to “advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability and quality of the Wisconsin Technical College system.”
• Actively participate in governance and policy development
• Formulation and review of policies concerning student life, services and interests
• Disbursement of student fees
• Organize and select representatives
Miller will vacate the presidents position in April, when her term is up.
It’s estimated that one in nine Wisconsin adults are enrolled in a Wisconsin technical college.