Office for Student Involvement

Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-2400
osi@oakland.edu

OSI Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OSI Service Window Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Congress

Oakland University Student Congress strives to represent the student body and increase pride and unity on campus through dynamic leadership, a commitment to diversity, and an ongoing devotion to the quality of university life. We aim to meet the needs and address the concerns of our fellow students and encourage students to voice their ideas to help us create the best possible "Oakland experience".

Visit OUSC on GrizzOrgs at https://oaklandu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/student-congress.

Membership

Executive Board

 

Jeremy Johnson 
Interim Student Body President
jeremyjohnson@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4294

 

Dylan Pescarolo
Interim Student Body Vice President
dylanpescarolo@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4294

 


Chief of Staff

(248) 370-4291


Director of Financial Affairs

(248) 370-4338

 

Alex Garcia 
Student Activities Funding Board Chair
alexgarcia@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4298

 

 
Director of Student Services

(248) 370-4290

 


Director of Civic Affairs

(248) 370-4291

 


Director of Marketing

(248) 370-4338


Director of Sustainability

(248) 370-4338

 

Murryum Farooqi
Director of Diversity & Inclusion 
mfarooqi@oakland.edu

(248) 370-4290
 

Jean Ann

Jean Ann Miller
OUSC Advisor
jam@oakland.edu

Legislative Members

Jordan Tolbert 

Legislative Affairs Director 

jtolbert@oakland.edu

Judiciary Chair 

Brennan Smith 

Research and Review Chair 

brennansmith@oakland.edu

Andrew Romano 

Scholarship Chair 

romano@oakland.edu

DJ Lester 

Legislator 

dlester@oakland.edu

Kaylee Hall

Residence Life Association Representative 

kayleehall@oakland.edu

Committees

If you are interested in getting involved with Oakland University's Student Congress for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact us at ousc@oakland.edu for more information. If you are interested in joining a specific committee, contact the person named at the end of each committee posting.

Elections Commission
The Elections commission is a group of students working with the Administrative Assistant during the election season. The Commission is responsible for various tasks related to the candidates throughout the elections in addition to events such as the Elections Kickoff, and the President and Vice President debates. Contact the OUSC general email at ousc@oakland.edu. 

Scholarship Committee
The scholarship committee is a group of creative and motivated individuals creating new scholarships and awards for OU students. These scholarships can help a graduating senior get their bachelor's degree or help a new freshman out financially. These scholarships include academics, athletics, financial hardships, leaderships, and many more! Be more involved around campus and join the Scholarship Committee. This is your chance to give back! Contact Judah Lindsey at jlindsey2@oakland.edu.

Judiciary Committee
The Judiciary Committee serves as the judicial branch of the congress. As such, it is responsible for making sure that the congress is following the rules and regulations outlined in our constitution and bylaws. Typically the committee convenes on a weekly basis to review any absences filed by legislators, and discuss the current happenings of the congress. When needed, the judiciary committee is responsible for bringing together the official court, which will pass judgment on issues regarding the constitution. Contact Stephanie Recknagel at srecknagel@oakland.edu.

Research and Review Committee
The Research and Review Committee looks into problems or issues that the Legislature brings forth to it, can pass issues to other committees where the topic pertains, submits feedback and reports on various issues or researched initiatives, and assists the Student Body President in assigning legislators to any University-wide committees. Contact Brennan Smith at brennansmith@oakland.edu, or fill out the Google form included on our website. 

Civic Affairs Committee
Interested in politics? As a committee member, you would have the opportunity to research student issues for lobbying efforts as well as take part in vote registration drives. This committee can also meet and work with Student Governments at the state and federal level. Contact Aaeshah Siddiqui at aaeshahsiddiqui@oakland.edu. 


Marketing Committee
As a committee member, you would assist the Director of Marketing in brainstorming different promotions, post fliers throughout campus, and pass out promotions in the Oakland Center when OUSC has events coming up. Contact Jadah Fletcher at jcfletcher@oakland.edu. 


Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Oakland University accepts and celebrates all students of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and ethnicity. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, you would be engaged in actively representing every student group on campus while pursuing University-wide policy change and initiatives that are aimed at transforming Oakland University. If you want to push your university forward and be a part of change on campus, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee welcomes you with open arms and mind. Contact Murryum Farooqi at mfarooqi@oakland.edu. 

Student Services Committee
As a member of this committee you will work alongside the Director of Student Services to resolve any concerns students may have during their time here at Oakland. At the meetings, committee initiatives are discussed, project liaisons give updates, and the members propose new initiative ideas. If you have a desire to make a lasting impact with your time here at Oakland University, this committee invites you to help us bring about positive change. Contact Bailee Gierman at brgierman@oakland.edu. 

Campus Health Committee
The Campus Health Committee gives students a chance to advocate for healthy living and environmentally awareness. Members of the Campus Health Committee can engage in committee meetings, participate in committee events, and get involved with various initiatives. Contact ousc@oakland.edu for more information on joining. 

Sustainability Committee
The Sustainability Committee consists of students interested in events and initiatives promoting campus wide sustainability as well as dedication to advancing Oakland University's environmental health. For interest in joining, contact Mallory Kean at mkean@oakland.edu. 

Steering Committee
Most public governing bodies have a steering committee. It is the duty of the Steering Committee to compile the agenda that is used for all University Student Congress General Body Meetings. Members of the committee would decide whether or not proposed items (such as bills, proposals and member approvals) should be placed on the upcoming agenda based on bylaws, constitution, etc. Contact Jeremy Johnson at jeremyjohnson@oakland.edu. 

Archival Committee
The Archival Committee of the Oakland University Student Congress was originally established in 2005 under the direction of Former Student Body President Michael McGuinness for the purpose of maintaining the paper trail of Student Government records for each administration. The committee is also responsible for preserving all student government history and maintaining a connection between the current administration and alumni of the Student Government. Contact Abbie Austin at abigailaustin@oakland.edu for more information on joining.

Campaign Initiatives
While running their campaign for the presidency and vice presidency of Oakland
University Student Congress, Ethan Bradley and Annabella Jankowski thoughtfully created
initiatives that they planned to implement during their administration. The following is a
list of initiatives promised through their campaigning efforts:

Mental Health Services 

When designing their campaign, Ethan and Annabella focused in on their commitment to providing mental health services to students. They are working on reinstating the iPause stress management program as well as working with OU Recreation and Well-being to spearhead the Green Bandana project. 

Additionally, Ethan and Annabella hope to work with Graham Counseling center to provide accessible mental health services to students amidst the COVID-19 closures.

Grading Scale

As of Fall 2018, Oakland University has instated a new grading scale. Ethan and Annabella are working with upper administration to assist with the implementation of the new scale.  

Transparency with Upper Administration

Ethan and Annabella have the goal of students having a positive association with upper administration. With constant communication between Ethan and Annabella and upper administration, OUSC plans to build a strong relationship as well as show more transparency between OUSC, University staff, and faculty.

Other Active Initiatives

Open Educational Resources
OER is an initiative that has been advocated by past administrations of OUSC, as well as the Bradley/Jankowski Administration. Ethan and Annabella understand that affordability for course materials is a big factor that affects success rates in the classroom for many students.

* More initiatives will be added to this list as Ethan and Annabella move forward with their
administration.

Current Services

As of summer 2012, a Scantron machine is available in the lower level of the Oakland Center across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. This Scantron vending machine offers school supplies such as pencils, note cards, headphones, and much more.

In the fall of 2014, Student Congress has expanded this initiative and began offering free Scantrons to students. We ask that to receive a Scantron, students follow us on social media sites (Grizz Orgs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so they see our updates. Students who come to the Student Congress office can receive two Scantrons for free, everyday. If our office is closed, our Scantron machine is right down the hall! We offer the following types of scantrons for free:

  • 882-E (long green scantron)
  • 815-E (short green scantron)
  • Blue Books

Student Congress also offers free printing for students! Everyday students are eligible to print
up to 5 pages (front and back) in color or black and white. Visit the Student Congress office
during our business hours to utilize this cost-saving initiative!

Beginning every Fall and Winter semester, Student Congress’ Chief of Staff offers
free IClicker rentals. The rental registration is first come, first serve. Rentals are semester long
and eligible for renewal, contingent on necessity. Please visit our office at the beginning of the
semesters to inquire about the availability of IClickers. Any further questions, please contact Chief of Staff Abbie Austin at abigailaustin@oakland.edu. 

In the Oakland Center bathrooms, you will find baskets of free tampons and sanitary napkins.
We have the privilege of offering free menstrual hygiene products to any student. Visit us
whenever our office is open to receive free tampons and sanitary napkins. Please inform us if
our supply of tampons and sanitary napkins are running low in the Oakland Center bathrooms.

Visit us daily for a variety of giveaways, snacks, and school supplies for FREE!

Successes

Previous

  • Bear Bus and Bear Bus Tracking
  • 24-hour access to Kresge Library
  • Increased Minimum Wage for Student Employees
  • On-Campus Accessibility Enhancements
  • Tuition Equality Policy for DACA Students
  • Voter Registration
  • Emergency Funding at Graham Health Center
  • Readership Program
  • Free Summer Recreation Access for Continuing Students and Recent Alums
  • Updated Locks in Academic Building
  • Affordable Educational Materials
  • Nightwatch parking passes 
  • Modification of Dean's list criteria
  • Scooter access on campus 

    Current
  • Mental health resources for students
  • COVID-19 student relief and support 
  • OER implementation and usage 
  • Tranfer meal accessibility 


* More initiatives will be added to this list as OUSC progresses towards creating an
equitable environment for all Oakland University students.

Get Involved

Be sure to follow our OUSC social media (@ouscofficial on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) for the most current updates about our events and initiatives. 

Interested in becoming a legislator? The process is easier than ever before. To apply, simply fill out the following form: 


The hammocks you see scattered throughout campus are a part of the OUSC outdoor initiative,
which includes picnic tables, benches, information kiosk and hammocks. Hammocks offer
relaxation to students and yet another location for students to spend time on campus. These
hammocks can currently be found around Bear Lake, Oak View Hall, Varner Hall, and other
popular areas on campus. During the winter season, these hammocks are taken indoors so they
don't get damaged in the harsh weather. Be sure to enjoy them in the fall, spring and summer!

Student of the Month Award (SOM) is to recognize students who have shown an outstanding
dedication through campus involvement to the Oakland University community. Interested
students can access the SOM application on the Student Congress’ portal on Grizzorgs. If
selected to be the Student of the Month, students will receive a swag pack, a bookstore shopping spree, recognition on our social media, and other exclusive rewards. Feel free to reach out to Bailee Gierman Director of Student Services, at brgierman@oakland.edu. 

Public Documents

To view our public documents, such as our Constitution and Bylaws, please visit our page on GrizzOrgs: https://oaklandu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/student-congress/documents


Agendas and Minutes
To request meeting agendas and/or minutes, please email your requests to Abbie Austin at abigailaustin@oakland.edu. 


Budget Sheets
To request budget sheets, please email your requests to Ethan Bradley at embradley@oakland.edu.

Civic Engagement

2020 Census 

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • Results determine how many seats a state gets in Congress.
  • The US Census Bureau is bound by law to keep answers confidential.
  • Students should be counted where they live at school (or where they live for the majority of the year).
  • Students should make sure that they have not already been counted by their family before filling out the 2020 Census.
  • You do not need a Census ID to complete the Census.
  • You can respond to the Census until October 31.

Voter Registration for Michigan

  • You can register online here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter
  • Proposal 3 allowed for automatic registration, so you can check here to see if you are already registered: www.michigan.gov/vote 
  • Michigan has same day registration, so you can register at the polls. We recommend you register before you vote in order to speed up the process!

Voting in Michigan

August 4, 2020 - State primary

November 3, 2020 - General Election

Voting in other states

  • If you’re not from Michigan, you can go to www.vote.org to get info on voting from your state.

Pledge to Vote

  • Fill out this google form to participate in the OUSC Pledge to Vote Campaign. You will receive reminders on upcoming elections, voter registration deadlines, and other important information on civic engagement.
  • https://forms.gle/AQuyCSSek22pDBDV8