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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

Meet the Senators

District 1

Name Email Committee
Bolden, Naomi
Cary, Da'Janae
Halliburton, Taqori
Hobson, Tijhana
Hoffman, Ethan
McCormick, Devin
Owoeye, Victor
Recinos, Bryan
Wang, Christine

District 2

Name Email Committee
Barys, Christopher
Bowie III, Edward
Diallo, Ibrahima
Gonzalez, Alicia
Khoje, Aditi
Perez, Adriana
Sandoval, Melanie

District 3

Name Email Committee
Cannistra, Nicole
Gates, O'Neal
Gutierrez, David 
Johnson, Darnell
Lesnicki, Brandon
Pfeiffer, Brendan
Siaw, William
Valles, Karina 
Wilson, Adam 

District 4

Name Email Committee
Martin, Tristan

Contact Us

Student Association
Campus Life Building, Suite 180