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As the legislative body of the Student Association, the senate is integral to the university’s mission of shared governance as an advocate for the student body.

The senate officially reviews and verifies any executive branch actions and confirms any new appointments. Additionally, the senate is also responsible for formally recognizing new student organizations and approving the appropriations of funds for each SA-recognized organization. The senate is ultimately responsible for the Student Association budget of over $6.5 million dollars, providing services such as the Huskie Bus Line, Campus Recreation Services, Student Legal Assistance, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Event Production Services, among others.

The senate is comprised of up to 40 senators, separated into four districts and is responsible for the creation, drafting and passage of policies that deal directly with the NIU Constitution and Bylaws. Each senator serves on at least one standing committee and may also serve on an additional University Council committee, all assigned at the discretion of the speaker. During the year, senators also serve the campus and community through community service and even by lobbying in Springfield for policies that benefit higher education. Elections are held in the spring of every academic year and appointments are made when needed to fill vacant senate seats.

Every student deserves to have their voice heard, we will not hesitate to ensure that that right is upheld. Our office is always open to anyone.

Speaker of the Senate


Christine Wang
Campus Life Building 190M
815-753-9918
cwang6@niu.edu

Meet the Senators

District 1

Name Email Committee
Bolden, Naomi nbolden@niu.edu
Cary, Da'Janae z1765969@students.niu.edu
Halliburton, Taqori z1798581@students.niu.edu
Hobson, Tijhana thobson1@niu.edu
Hoffman, Ethan z1789473@students.niu.edu
McCormick, Devin z1767617@students.niu.edu
Owoeye, Victor z1811596@students.niu.edu
Recinos, Bryan z1796907@students.niu.edu
Wang, Christine cwang6@niu.edu

District 2

Name Email Committee
Barys, Christopher z1775116@students.niu.edu
Bowie III, Edward z1749337@students.niu.edu
Diallo, Ibrahima z1717307@students.niu.edu
Gonzalez, Alicia z1773043@students.niu.edu
Khoje, Aditi z1806688@students.niu.edu
Perez, Adriana z1763631@students.niu.edu
Sandoval, Melanie msandoval4@niu.edu

District 3

Name Email Committee
Cannistra, Nicole z1759820@students.niu.edu
Gates, O'Neal ogates@niu.edu
Gutierrez, David z1650364@students.niu.edu 
Johnson, Darnell z1672822@students.niu.edu
Lesnicki, Brandon z1764297@students.niu.edu
Pfeiffer, Brendan z1759995@students.niu.edu
Siaw, William z1765791@students.niu.edu
Valles, Karina z1737238@students.niu.edu 
Wilson, Adam z1790756@students.niu.edu 

District 4

Name Email Committee
Martin, Tristan tmartin6@niu.edu

Contact Us

Student Association
Campus Life Building, Suite 180
815-753-0483
studentassociation@niu.edu