The Department of City Affairs aims to connect students to the wider Boston community and local government leaders. All Terriers are also Boston residents, and as such, have a responsibility to take care of and help the greater Boston community. Some of our major projects include the institutionalization of voter registration at BU and broader efforts to support and uplift local businesses. Our aim is to foster civic engagement and community involvement at BU and beyond.

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CAS ’22


Hello everyone! My name is Niamh Stull, and I am senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying political science and classical civilization. I was born in Boston, but I grew up in the Philadelphia area. I love all things Philly - especially the food scene.


Last year was my first year in the Department of City Affairs and in student government in general. I decided to join the Department of City Affairs because I am interested in local politics and wanted to help increase civic engagement on campus and connect students to the Boston community. I am particularly excited to get students involved with the upcoming Boston mayoral election. I really enjoyed my time in City Affairs and was especially proud of our VoteBIG week.


Outside of student government I am also a member of the BU women’s water polo team (@buwomenswaterpolo) and one of the co-presidents of BU Votes (@buvotes). I am hoping to join my work with BU Votes with City Affairs to continue to bring awareness to all things politics on campus.


I am so excited to serve as a deputy director, and I am hope that we can continue to increase civic engagement on campus. Please feel free to reach out to me with ideas!


CAS ’23


Hi, hola! My name is Gabriela M. Ramirez; I'm so excited to be the Deputy Director of City Affairs. I am a junior in the College of Arts and Science, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Policy Analysis.


I am a life-long resident of East Boston, MA, and a proud daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. I am a proud Latina from East Boston, an environmental justice community. A vibrant and soulful city embellished in a colorful tapestry of cultures and traditions of immigrant families that, like my family, arrived from other countries in hopes of a better future.


Growing up in East Boston has fueled my passion for organizing, being involved in my community, and fostering relationships with those around me. Since I can remember, I have been organizing for Environmental and Social Justice, youth empowerment, immigrant rights, and justice. I cannot wait to bring my passion to the department once again this year! Previously I served as the Boston Community Liaison and helped develop and co-lead our Boston Public Schools Partnership Program.


This year, I am excited to continue with our partnership program with BPS, expand our work in engaging with the City of Boston, and allow BU students to familiarize and integrate themselves with the Boston community. I look forward to getting to know many of you and working to make everyone's experience at BU even more memorable.





In order to make the voting process easier for you, we have compiled a list of all the voter deadlines and forms required by every state in the USA. We emphasize mail-in voting as we know that many BU students come from out of state. We hope that this guide encourages you to vote and makes the process as smooth as possible!




The Boston Intercollegiate Government (BIG) is a non-partisan, student-led governance organization that represents over 60,000 undergraduates in the Greater Boston Area (GBA). Through intercollegiate collaboration, BIG hosts student-centered civic engagement events and leads advocacy initiatives on local, state, and federal levels. Learn more under Resources.