United States Student Association

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United States Student Association
Coat of arms or logo
Sophia Zaman
since July 2013
Vice President
Maxwell Love
since July 2013
Last election
July 2013

The United States Student Association (USSA) was founded in 1947 and bills itself as the oldest and largest student association in the United States.

USSA was formed by a merger of the National Student Association (NSA) and the National Student Lobby (NSL); and it later absorbed the National Student Educational Fund (NSEF).

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.

Regions, affiliations, and caucuses[edit]


  • Golden Pacific
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Great Lakes
  • Great Plains
  • Southeast
  • Atlantic
  • New England
  • Empire Garden

Affiliations and coalitions:

  • National People of Color Student Coalition
  • National Women's Student Coalition
  • National Queer Student 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- Justin Habler
  • National Field Director- John Aspray
  • Student Labor Action Project Coordinator- Beth Huang
  • National Training Director: Athena Matyear
  • Empire Garden Field Associate: Akin Olla

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