First-Year Programs

Incoming first-year students at the University of Georgia have a unique opportunity to get involved with Student Government Association from the start. SGA's First-Year Programs (FYP) are three groups of driven, diverse, and dedicated students who work to make a real impact on the campus and enhance the first-year experience. Each program is led by accomplished UGA upperclass students who serve as directors and mentors throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to build community through meeting new people while learning their strengths and becoming a more confident and passionate leader. In addition to their contributions to the Student Government Association, members also complete a core curriculum designed enhance their own personal first-year experience that includes topics on transition into the institution, academic success, leadership and involvement, campus traditions, inclusion, and resume-building and career preparation. FYP alumni also go on to fill leadership roles in various student organization across campus, and projects accomplished by members of First-Year Programs continue to affect UGA for years to come.

First-Year Senators

Freshman board

First-Year Senators serve as the legislative representatives for the first-year class. The program is dedicated to teaching first-year students the ins and outs of the Student Government Association. It consists of no more than 20 students who discuss, author, contribute, and vote on legislation designed to better the university. Throughout the year, members hear from speakers from around campus to better understand the role SGA plays and the prospective leadership opportunities available.


Connect is an opportunity to impact student life on campus through participation in SGA's projects and initiatives led by the SGA Cabinet and executive officers. Connect is designed to equip approximately 30 outstanding first-year students to make great impacts on the UGA campus and their own personal lives while fully embracing what it means to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things. All members of Connect are partnered with members of Cabinet to work on respective tasks throughout the year, not only contributing the perspective of first-year students but also receiving mentorship from their Cabinet member(s).


Forum is a group of nearly 100 leaders whose main focus is to create and participate in service opportunities on campus and in the Athens community. Comprised of multiple small groups, each member not only benefits from large-group interaction, but also receives more focused interaction from mentors and directors.


Program Chairs/Directors Number of Members Time Commitment
First-Year Senators

Griffin Hamstead

Yazmarr Williams

5 - 20

Weekly meetings on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Bi-Weekly Senate meetings on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

One SGA general body meeting a month on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

One weekend retreat in September


Lolade Akintunde

Jack Henry Decker

Dara Ogunsakin

28 - 36

Weekly meetings on Monday at 7:30 P.M.

One SGA general body meeting a month on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

One weekend retreat in September


Keegan Householder

Isabella Nixon

No more than 100

Weekly meetings Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Various community service projects throughout the year

​One SGA general body meeting a month on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

One weekend retreat in September