Putting the “Government” in Student Government, WIG is a program that represents Student Government Association’s Governmental Relations division, an extension designed to lobby local, state, and federal legislators on behalf of the University’s students, enhance civic awareness, promote civic engagement and build working relationships with national leaders.
- WIG organizes voter registration drives, hosts political debates and speakers, and sponsors internships at all levels of government in an effort to bring Frankfort and Washington, D.C. to Lexington.
- WIG also provides voter registration services to students through its’ partnership with TurboVote. Students can register to vote or change their voter registration, and TurboVote does the rest! Everything can be done online by clicking here!
- WIG’s flagship program, “Wildcats in Washington,” provides summer internships in the offices of our nation’s capital. WIG has also expanded to include internships in leadership offices in Frankfort. This experiential education program has proved immensely beneficial to the students who have taken part, even leading to full time positions in federal congressional offices for some participants.
- Government Relations also hosts a weekly radio show on WRFL 88.1, Radio Free Lexington. “State of the Commonwealth” airs each Friday at 2:00, and host Michael Perry welcomes guests and discussion on a wide range of topics, including SGA initiatives, campus issues, and political and current events that directly impact UK students. You can stream the show live on wrfl.fm.
- The Government Relations branch also takes yearly trips to Washington, D.C. to meet with national leaders and serve as a liaison between students and our elected representatives. Our delegation has the opportunity to meet with many congressional leaders, including Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Representatives Andy Barr, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield, and John Yarmuth.