The UMDSG seeks to represent its student body through a variety of means: programs, services, representation and advocacy in both the social and academic life of the student. The body was established as a spin-off of two other (smaller) organizations when it was clear that establishing such a united body would make more sense and generate more power, ultimately for the students. Today the UMDSG comprises: the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Over 5,000 students are represented by today’s UMDSG. Whatever is important and beneficial to students in general, will be addressed. If a student has a particular issue he or she wants to air, this can be brought up to the UMDSG too. It is important to this body to work as a cohesive unit between all student-, academic- and social-related bodies that are connected to the university, leading to the best student life from all points of view.