The mission and purpose of the Utah Student Association (USA) is to:
- Represent the interests and preserve the rights of the students of higher education in the State of Utah
- Work with various government entities to initiate positive changes and be a voice for the students
- Foster the educational goals and promote citizenship and civic responsibility among students
- Advocate for the students!
The USA aims to promote citizenship and civic responsibility among students statewide and fostering the educational goals of the students of Utah.
Meet the Association
As student body presidents throughout the state of Utah, we believe in the power of student voice and want to make sure your voice is heard!
Michael Scott Peters
Michael Scott Peters is the Student Body President of Utah State University. He was raised in West Jordan and studies International Business and Marketing. He enjoys marathon running, snow skiing, and traveling. Michael also has a passion for people and believes everyone has a story to share. As a representative of the USU Diversity Cabinet, Michael seeks to promote minority groups on campus; he demonstrates service through his involvement with Special Olympics and Best Buddies; and he advocates against sexual assault as a member of the President’s Cabinet. Michael will work this next year to improve mental health services and help Everyone Belong in the Aggie Family.
Aulola Moli is a double major in criminal justice and organizational communication planning to pursue a Master of Professional Communication degree at WSU. She currently serves on the Student Fee Recommendation Committee, Utah Student Association and WSUSA Student Council. Born and raised in West Valley City, Moli is of Tongan descent and places great importance on her culture. Her goals include being a resource for students to achieve higher education and helping the local community, including her Polynesian community. She is excited to serve in her position and work with her executive team to continue supporting the university’s initiatives.
Legislative Vice President
Born in Gilbert, AZ, Hayden currently serves as SUUSA’s Student Body President. He has resided in Cedar City for the past 2 years after serving a 2 year service mission for his church in Salt Lake City, Utah. With an an end goal in religious teaching, Hayden is pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. Hayden has previously served in SUUSA as Chief of Staff. He has also served on the Latter-day Saints Student Association (LDSSA) Institute Council (2016-17), the Sigma Chi International Fraternity Executive Council (2016-17), the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success Executive Council (2016-17), and also as an Orientation Team Captain (Fall 2016). Hayden also serves as a student mentor in the local 4-H Mentoring Program. He enjoys lacrosse, playing guitar, and hiking.
Brigham Young University
Dillon Ostlund is from West Jordan, Utah and is the 2016-2017 President of the BYU Student Service Association. Dillon is the second oldest of five boys, and is studying English in preparation for graduate degrees in Law and Public Policy. He loves to read, watch movies, and take photos of the gorgeous Utah landscapes.
Dixie State University
Ezra Hainsworth is a senior communication studies major from St. George, UT. He has been involved in student leadership for his entire college career and building relationships with people is his passion. As student body president of Dixie State University, Ezra plans to continue and improve upon the rapid progress that Dixie State has made in the past several years. He wants to facilitate a “work hard, play hard” culture wherever he is. More than anything else, he wants students of all diverse backgrounds to feel included and welcome in any and all campus activities.
Salt Lake Community College
Aynoa Rincon serves as the president of Salt Lake Community College and is an international student double majoring in Political Science and Economics. Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela, Aynoa moved to the US in 2015 at the age of 17 to study English in Harvard Square, Boston – Massachusetts. She joined Salt lake community college in 2015 and at the beginning of 2016 joined SLCCSA as a liaison in Clubs and organization to a variety of clubs from honor societies to engineering clubs. She is the first Latina women elected student body president in Salt Lake Community College Student Association. Aynoa believes that education is the key for success.
Seth Robertson was born and raised in Utah and has strong ties to his Icelandic heritage. Seth has interests in government, technology, and almost everything else that can benefit mankind. He learned at an early age that the most important things in life involve the people around him. As the second of seven children Seth knows how necessary it is to lead by example. He is proud to be a Badger and lives by this motto: “enjoy here while you’re here because there is no here there.”
University of Utah
Zach Berger was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended East High before matriculating at the University of Utah. He is a BA candidate in Honors English and is also pursuing a minor in Political Science. The goals of his administration include improving campus safety, revitalizing campus events, and facilitating campus involvement.
Utah State University Eastern
Dean Thacker, 20, is currently in his second year of school at USU Eastern. He is originally from a small town in Southeastern Idaho, called Ririe. During his time at Eastern he has been involved with choir, written for the school newspaper “The Eagle”, and has served the students of Price as the EUSA Student Advocate. Dean is very grateful to be given the opportunity to help the students of USU Eastern as well as the students across the state of Utah. He is currently studying geology, and wants to be a geothermal engineer in the future. Dean is very proud to be an Eagle!
Utah Valley University
Born and raised in Orem, Utah, Rob has been involved in multiple ways at UVU through the LDS Institute Council and most recently as a Presidential Intern. He served as the lead intern in the Presidential Intern program having the opportunity to work with UVU’s Cabinet and specifically with the Chief of Staff. He has found a great love for the institution and plans to serve in helping it continue on to new heights. Rob is currently studying Political Science with a History Minor. He intends to go on and get a Master’s in Public Administration with hopes of pursuing a career in Higher Education. Rob is happily married to his wonderful wife, Kati, and they are the proud parents of their son, Thomas.
Ben Pok is the student body president at Westminster College. Pok is an Honors student triple-majoring in Pre-Law Political Science, Justice Studies, and Communication. Born and raised in Cambodia, Ben moved to the US at the age of 15 to finish his last year of high school at Juan Diego Catholic High School. Ben has been a fighter against gender discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence and corruption. He hopes to focus on combating these issues in the Westminster community, amongst a host of other important concerns that students may bring up and face.
Chief of Staff
Haven Thorson is currently a Junior at Utah State University from Kaysville Utah. She has enjoyed being a part of the orientation process with new students through the university’s A-Team, has worked as a Peer Mentor for Utah State’s freshmen, has served in various roles through LDSSA and is pursuing a degree in the health sciences field. She values friendship, family and loves meeting new people! Haven is a firm believer in helping all to feel welcome and accepted. She looks forward to learning from and serving with those involved in the Utah Student Association.
Alex Trujillo is a senior working on a bachelor’s degree in digital marketing at Utah Valley University. Trujillo was born in Mexico, but grew up in Utah Valley. He has served in numerous student involvement positions throughout his college career such as a Presidential Cabinet Intern to UVU and the Service Council VP of Communications in the UVU Student Association. He is actively involved in the Woodbury School of Business Latino Leadership Council at UVU as a council member. He also helped found an empowerment group called Generacion Mas to inspire those of underserved populations (specifically people of indigenous backgrounds) to enter and complete higher education. His active involvement is driven by his passion for the success of his community.