Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois
Major: Political Science with minors in Economics and Criminal Justice
Year in school: Senior josh eastby uis sga
SGA Position: Treasurer
Why did you run for SGA?
I have been involved in various organizations and groups around campus, and I have come to appreciate the great work that students can do when they try to make a difference on campus and in the community. The student body’s voice in the governance of our campus, the Student Government Association, is the best way in which students can have a positive impact on the situation of students at UIS, and this is why I ran for SGA. I want to improve the campus in whatever ways I can, in order to make UIS the best community, both in- and out of- the classroom.
What are your goals for the upcoming year on SGA?
My goals are threefold: I would like to see the SGA work to increase communication between the student body and the administration. To continue to make improvements to the campus climate and the programs and services offered to UIS students. And finally, to increase ties between the campus and the Springfield community.
What other organizations/activities are you involved with at UIS?
I am involved with the Student Organization Funding Association (SOFA) as vice-chair, and I will be serving on various campus senate and SGA committees in the upcoming year. I am also involved with Pi Sigma Alpha, Model United Nations, and the UIS Squash Club.
What is your favorite thing about UIS?
My favorite thing about UIS is the abundance of opportunities that are available for students to explore and get involved in what they are passionate about. From academic clubs, organizations, honor societies, and experiential learning opportunities, to social and extracurricular organizations and clubs, to athletics, and everything in between, UIS truly has wonderful opportunities for students, and the SGA can and should play a key role in ensuring the quality of these opportunities. The opportunities for student work positions is also a component of the UIS community that is essential and a strong component of why UIS is a quality institution.
What are your career aspirations?
Following graduation I plan on attending law school and eventually becoming involved in law and politics at the federal level.