The Earlham Student Government (ESG) is responsible for representing the student body of the College. The organization and constitution of the ESG was approved by Earlham students in 2016 and is currently under review by the Constitutional Review Committee. The ESG Process Keeper office is located in the basement of Runyan Center. Student Government members are available to address problems or provide advice and support.
Earlham Student Government is comprised of the:
- Process Keepers (PKs), function as the para-professional facilitators of ESG. They are responsible for overseeing the administrative processes for ESG: archiving Senate minutes and historical documents, running the election and nomination processes, updating the website and social media, allocating student club funds, conducting Senator training, coordinating events, maintaining the Senate budget, and serve as the primary channel of communication between Student Senate and the College administration. Included in the Process Keepers are:
- Student Organizations Council (SOC), the branch of the Process Keepers that allocates funds (derived from student activity fees) to student organizations on campus. The SOC grants recognition to student organizations, determines the amount of funding each receives and oversees all activities financed through those funds.
- Nomination Co-Chairs, the branch of the Process Keepers that oversees the election processes for the Process Keepers, Senators, and Constitutional Review Committee. Furthermore, the Co-Chairs facilitate the placements of Senators on standing committees to participate in College governance.
- The College encourages contributions from its students in governance processes. Through committee involvement, the student body can voice concerns about key decisions and directly engage with the governance structure. Participation in shared governance at Earlham is perhaps one of the most rewarding and educational experiences Earlham students can take from their time here.
- For Senator Committee placements, visit the Earlham Student Senate page and click on the "Standing Committee Placements" tab at the top of the page. For more information on the Standing Committees on which Senators serve, visit the Standing Committees page.
- Earlham Student Senate (ESS), is comprised of student representatives from each class, residential hall community members, athletes, student sustainability members, international students and the Constitutional Review Committee. Senate is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members as a place to receive information of current events, voice concerns and provide community updates. Senators have voting power in the Senate; Process Keepers and and the Constitutional Review Committee do not vote but serve in an advisory role.
- Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), oversee the annual review of the ESG Constitution, which includes amendment reviews, and constitutional rewrites. The CRC debuted in 2019 and is currently working in concert with Senate and the greater student body to rewrite the 2016 ESG Constitution.