The United Council is a statewide
advocacy group established to unite
all students of the UW System.
Members include 12 elected officials
who serve on the board of directors
and represent all 26 UW campuses.
Officials work to advocate for
issues of higher education pertaining
to value, quality and the student
“United Council works to
identify injustice and harm incurred
within the UW system and work
collaboratively in partnership with
all impacted communities to restore
justice,” the council’s website said.
They serve students through four
platforms: advocacy, organization,
direct services and training and
leadership development. President of
Organization for the council Lamonte
Moore is a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and explains
the purpose of the council.
“The United Council’s mission
is to better the climate on campuses
and better the lives of the students on
those campuses,” Moore said.
Moore and the other members
on the board of directors decide the
priorities that United Council works
on. The board members are elected at
the Spring Convention each year.
In the past the United Council
has focused on issues such as tuition,
financial aid, recruitment and retention
of students underrepresented on
campus and student rights.
All of the hard work put forth
by the council has been stunted by
the higher authority’s decision to
freeze funds. In May, state legislators
eradicated the Mandatory Refundable
Fee, which was a $3 fee all UW
students paid in their tuition.
That money then went to the
United Council to work with organizations on all UW campuses.
Changes or additions were made to
UW organizations surrounding the
issues that directly impact students.
The council mainly works with
student governments, but has been
branching out to other organizations
such as LGBTQA groups and
women’s resources programs to better
represent all student demographics.
“The legislators attacked the
ideology of shared governance,
because the state statue gives students
in Wisconsin the power to organize
and seek changes around the issues,“
Since the incident, the money
paid by the students was taken away
and the United Council is currently
looking to find money to ensure their
organization remains operable for
years to come.
“The attack forced us to find
other funding mechanisms as of right
now,” Moore said.
Currently the council is
solidifying a fundraising plan, but
Moore says he is not worried.
”As a group, we are willing to
make it happen.”
The money is used to hold
five to seven campaigns each year
where students can come together
and discuss issues like Students
against Sexual Assault, racial justice,
LGBTQA justice and student debt.
“During one of the first weeks in
November there will be a gathering
to discuss women’s issues for the
state of Wisconsin’s campuses, and I
encourage everyone to come,” Moore
To get involved and find the
official campaign dates or current
events visit the United Council