United States Student Association
The United States Student Association (USSA), founded in 1947, bills itself as the oldest and largest student association in the United States. It has a historical and current commitment to diversity and breaking the barriers to educational access imposed by inequality and discrimination. It strives to build a movement that is representative of the diversity lacking in political institutions, and organize to alter the relations of power.
Its political activism was cited in a 1995 lawsuit concerning the University of Wisconsin's mandatory student fee. In University of Wisconsin v. Southworth 529 U.S. 217 (1999), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the university's right to subsidize political speech with student fees.
The student members of the United States Student Association work together with a vision for a just society in which generations of representative leaders understand their power and engage and empower diverse communities to create social change.
The United States Student Association, the country's oldest and largest national student-led organization, develops current and future leaders and amplifies the student voice at the local, state, and national levels by mobilizing grassroots power to win concrete victories on student issues.
The United States Student Association Foundation ensures the pipeline of effective student leadership by facilitating education, training and other development opportunities at national, state, and local levels in advocating for issues that affect students.
USSA believes that education is a right and should be accessible for any student regardless of their socio-economic background and identity. They believe people who are affected directly by issues of access to higher education should be the ones identifying the solutions that make education accessible to them. Therefore, USSA is dedicated to training, organizing, and developing a base of student leaders who are utilizing those skills to engage in expanding access to higher education and advancing the broader movement for social justice.
Regions, affiliations, and caucuses
- Golden Pacific
- Pacific Northwest
- Rocky Mountains
- Great Lakes
- Great Plains
- New England
- Empire Garden
Affiliations and coalitions:
- National People of Color Student Coalition
- National Women's Student Coalition
- National Queer Student Coalition
- State and System Student Association Coalition
At its annual National Student Congress, The USSA elects two officers to manage the organization full time.
- President (elected by general membership) - Sophia Zaman (2013-2014)
- Vice-President (elected by general membership)- Maxwell Love (2013-2014)
Additionally, the organization hires both a D.C. and Field Staff. Currently staff includes
- Legislative Director- Kalwis Lo
- National Field Associates- Anthony Delarosa
- Student Labor Action Project Coordinator- Isaiah Toney
- Empire Gardens Regional Field Associate- John Aspray
- West Coast Field Associate- Chirag Bhakta
- Oregon Student Association
- University of California Students Association
- Jobs with Justice
- Student/Farmworker Alliance