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Boards + Committees Structure


The Congress of the South 40 accomplishes most of its activities — particularly its programming — through its boards and committees.  Any resident can serve on a board if they so desire – it is one of the best ways for freshmen to get involved without an enormous commitment.  Students may sign up for boards as soon as they arrive on campus by contacting the execs in the CS40 office, located centrally across from Bear’s Den in Umrath Hall.

The Boards are advised by the Director of Development and Director of Services.  Each board addresses specific areas of programming.  Each area is headed by a Chair, but each Chair works collaboratively with the other Chairs their respective Board.  Assembly representatives are required to serve a board and will attend the meetings each week. Other college council members, though, are also able to serve on these boards.  Each board usually plans around 1 major event a semester.  Descriptions follow:


Development Board

Comprised of Scholastic, Community Services, St. Louis Culture, and Diversity and Inclusion committees. Relates to the advancement of the Washington University Campus and the St. Louis Community cultures and environments. Development Board meets weekly on Thursday nights at 9pm in Lien Seminar A. Please direct any questions to the Director of Development (


The Scholastic Chair works closely with Faculty Fellows and Faculty Associates on the Forty.  Events may include the showing of a documentary or a speaker on a current event, with an informal discussion to follow.  Traditional programs from this committee include the January Reading Program in the Fall and Last Lecture (a lecture given by a WashU professor as if it were his or her last) in the Spring. Please contact Scholastic Chair ( for more information.

Community Service

Community Service serves as a resource to  South 40 residents with an interest in volunteerism and works to incorporate community service components into CS40 events.  The chair is responsible for helping individual residential colleges perform community service.  The chair may also work collaboratively with other Washington University service organizations.  Safe Trick or Treat is one of many programs traditionally overseen by the Community Service Chair. Please contact the Community Service Chair ( for more information.

St. Louis Culture

The purpose of the committee is to provide our students with opportunities to explore the city and experience St. Louis culture.  Transportation will be provided and tickets to such events as the Symphony, Fox Theater, COCA, City Museum, and the St Louis Art Museum will be available subsidized through CS40.  This is a great opportunity for RA’s to collaborate with their College Council to provide a meaningful programming experience. Please contact the St. Louis Culture Chair ( for more information.

Diversity and Inclusion

The purpose of this committee is to cultivate a community of inclusion with all the diverse backgrounds that students have come from. It will give opportunities for students to discover, discuss, and meet with other students in a safe space. Along with this committee, they often Co-program and are involved in the planning and implementation of programs all across the boards to promote an inclusive environment in all that we do. Please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Chair ( for more information.


Services Board

Comprised of Social, Swamp, Competitions, and Sports and Recreation committees. Relates to large activities and programs on the South Forty. The Services Board will meet Sunday nights at 4pm at Ursa’s Fireside. Please direct any questions to the Director of Services (



Every year, the Congress of the South 40 hosts a widely attended formal dance for the residents of the South 40. The Social Committee is responsible for planning every aspect of the event, including location, music, food, theme, ticket sales and promotion. They also continue to program other social events such as a Destress with CS40 throughout the school year. Please contact the Social Chair ( for more information. 


Outdoor competitions make up the bulk of this committee’s programming.  Their largest event is the Residential College Olympics, a tournament where residents compete for their Residential College in everything from Scrabble to Basketball.  Each Residential College is responsible for sending at least 2 co-captains to weekly meetings with the coordinator to plan for the Olympics. They also plan other competition-type programming such as a Mario Kart Tournament and Battle of the Jams. Please contact the Competitions Chair ( for more information.


This committee focuses on large events utilizing the Swamp, such as movies or tournaments.  The committee will work with College Councils and other campus organizations on co-sponsorship.  At the legendary WUStock, a major event during Spring South 40 Week, the committee brings a high profile band to perform on the Swamp.  Student band performances, food, student art, and activities accompany the event. This committee also puts on monthly Friday events that bring students out onto the Swamp and out of their dorms. Please contact the Swamp Chair ( for more information.


Operations Board


This committee plans environmentally oriented programs and initiatives on the South 40 and works to make all CS40 events sustainable.  It also collaborates closely with the Washington University Sustainability Office and the Student Green Council.  Events planned by Sustainability include Green Cup, a competition between Residential Colleges to use the least amount of energy during the month of February.  The committee  also advises other groups on how to make their events more sustainable. Please contact the Sustainability Chair ( for more information.

Internal Operations Committee (IOC)

This small committee, headed by the Internal Operations Chair and comprised of the College Council Vice Presidents, works in conjunction with the Speaker to review and enforce the Constitution of the Congress of the South 40.  The committee also oversees all CS40 elections and election petitions. They are responsible for reviewing the CS40 Constitution and proposing amendments to the Constitution as necessary. The IOC may make recommendations for constitutional amendments. Along with that the committee will recognize their programs and members of CS40 through Of the Month (OTM) bids. IOC will meet TBA. Please contact the IOC Chair ( for more information.


Finance Board

College Council Treasurers work closely with the Director of Finance to ensure responsible and properly tabulated spending by the Congress of the South 40.  The Finance Committee also screens campus funding requests from student groups looking to program on the South 40 and presents reasonable cases to the Assembly, where the measure is voted on.  Funds granted then transfer from the Finance request account, which is pre-designated in the budget.  Finance request forms are available on the CS40 website, and parties may appeal for up to $1000. The Finance Board will meet TBA. Please contact the Director of Finance ( for more information.


Promotions Board

Comprised of the Director of Public Relations and College Council Public Relations Representatives, the Promotions Board works to coordinate publicity for CS40 events. Promotions board members work to maintain the CS40 bulletin board located in Bear’s Den and the paint the Underpass for larger events. The Promotions Board meets as necessary to advertise (i.e. flyer and paint the underpass) for larger CS40 events, approximately once a month, as determined by the Director of Public Relations. Please contact the Director of PR ( for more information.


Resident Student Advisory Board

Comprised of the Speaker and College Council Presidents, RSAB works to advocate for students living in Residential Hall. Meeting monthly, the Board calls in representatives from different sectors of Washington University such as Dining, Financial Services, Housing, and Washington University Police Department, to hear updates, give input, and ask questions that students would like to know. This gives an outlet for Presidents to go back to their Residential Halls and inform their peers of what is going on throughout the University. Please contact the Speaker ( for more information.