The 2015-16 academic year was very productive for University of Iowa Student Government (UISG). Projects included: establishing a campus food pantry, working to place an embedded counselor in the residence halls, funding napping stations on the ground floor of the IMU, campaigning against catcalling, promoting student safety, working towards greater diversity and inclusion, and even lobbying state legislators.
We asked outgoing Vice President Morgan Brittain to reflect on his year in UISG, and how the experience impacted him during his time at the University of Iowa.
What made you want to get involved in UISG leadership?
Honestly, at the time it seemed like the right next thing to do. I’d been in leadership roles in other student organizations, and I wanted to be in a role where I could work with other organizations to help them succeed and a role where I had the opportunity to make this incredible place just a little bit better.
What skills did you gain from participating in UISG?
The biggest skill participating in UISG has taught me is adaptability. As vice president of UISG, I constantly had meetings and events to go to. All the while, I was also working to be a good student and friend. I had to be able to switch gears from academic to professional to social quickly and often multiple times within a day. It was a lot different than going to an 8-5 job or working in other organizations.
How has being a part of UISG impacted you personally and professionally?
In terms of personal impact, the network of people I’ve built in UISG is incredible. The friends I’ve made in the organization are some of my closest and an important part of my support system. Professionally, there’s no beating the skillset it’s helped me develop—adaptability, professional communication, critical thinking—the list is vast.
What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishments during your time with UISG?
Through my time in UISG there are a lot of things I was a part of, sometimes in small capacities and sometimes in larger ones. I advocated for more staff to work on sexual violence prevention, our campus to go tobacco-free, and to bring restorative areas to campus. I was a part of early conversations about bringing Uber to Iowa City, helped develop a strategic plan to engage students in a more positive way with what campus and Iowa City have to offer, and advocated to secure old traditions and build new ones like the Beat State Pep Rally and Senior Week. My single greatest accomplishment in UISG, though, is being able to provide the friendship and mentorship that will help the new and future leadership of UISG succeed.