Department of City Affairs

The Department of City Affairs acts as the bridge between the Boston University undergraduate community and the Greater Boston community. Our mission is to promote civic engagement and political activity on campus, as well as to encourage students to become active within the community. Members of this department will serve as representatives of the Boston University student body, and aim to establish relationships with state, local, and other public officials and organizations. For the 2018-2019 school year, the Department of City Affairs would like to strengthen its relationship with the Boston City Government and political organizations throughout the city. In addition, we would like to establish relationships with service organizations throughout the Greater Boston area. By doing these two things, the Department of City Affairs hopes to encourage BU students to become a bigger part of the community and help tackle the issues our city faces alongside other members of the community. With all of these goals, we are always interested in hearing from and working with students who can help us make these goals a reality!


Office Hours: Friday from 10-11 a.m.

Sarah Paco, Director of City Affairs

Hi everyone! I’m Sarah Paco and I’m so excited to be the Director of City Affairs for the 2018-2019 school year! I’m 21 years old and I’m from Manahawkin, New Jersey. I’m a senior studying Political Science and Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and my past three years here have been absolutely amazing! Aside from Student Government, I’m also an intern for the radio show Wild Youth on WTBU as well as an Admissions Ambassador on campus. Following my time at Boston University, I hope to go to law school and work within the fields of social justice and public policy. This year I look forward to hearing new ideas, meeting new people, and making a difference both on campus and in Boston! To find out more about the Department of City Affairs please contact Sarah.

City Affairs Projects


Swipes for Boston

This year, the City Affairs Department is working endlessly to get students involved and address the issues that are important to us here at Boston University as well as in the City of Boston. Our current project is a collaboration with the student organization Swipes for Boston. The goal of Swipes for Boston is to tackle the issues of food insecurity and homelessness by taking meals that students donate into the Greater Boston area and distributing them to those experiencing homelessness. Students are able to contribute by “donating a meal swipe”- ordering a meal through the Rhetty-to-Go service on the Boston University Dining website- which we then pick up and distribute. While Swipes for Boston is the main project we are currently working on, the City Affairs Department is in the process of planning out multiple projects and initiatives for the rest of the school year, and we look forward to working with the Boston University student body on these projects!