The Parliament is an initiative EmpowerTU has developed to recognize, embrace, and empower all cohorts of Temple’s diverse student population. It is meant to be a representative platform to advocate for the voices of all perspectives. The goal of the Parliament is to enhance the Temple experience by engaging with students to set the agenda for new and effective programs based on the wants and needs of all Owls.
The Structure of The Parliament is designed to uplift voices of populations that may have been overshadowed in the past while maintaining an equal balance of representation. There are 37 representative seats: 12 School/College Based, 10 Year Based, 10 Issues based, and 5 At Large seats. The 10 Issues based seats include: 2 Multicultural seats,and one seat for representatives of Honors, RHA, DRS/AAL, Athletics, Sorority and Fraternity Life, Commuters, International Students, and LGBTQIA+ cohorts.
Applying to be a representative for The Parliament is applying to enact real change by advocating to better the population you represent. The characteristics of a successful Parliament Representative is one who seeks to uphold the high standards of Temple Student Government, and champion for the needs of all Temple students. Apart from being able to attend Parliament Meetings immediately after Monday General Assembly Meetings, and meeting each specific chair’s requirements, the qualifications to be a representative include: a 2.5 GPA or higher and the status of full time student with 12 or more credit hours.