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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 and we will not hesitate to ensure that that right is upheld. Our office is always open to anyone.

Agendas and Minutes

Speaker of the Senate

Christine Wang
Campus Life Building 190M

Meet the Senators

District 1

Name Email Committee
Alexander, Lashawn  Environmental Affairs
Bolden, Naomi  University Services
Bowie, Edward  Rules and Procedures
Cary, Da'Janae  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Hobson, Tijhana  University Services/Environmental Affairs
Johnson, Antonio  Public Affairs/Mass Transit
Kamp, Cassandra  Public Affairs
Moore, Matthew  Rules and Procedures
Owoeye, Victor  Public Affairs
Wang, Christine  Rules and Procedures/Finance

District 2

Name Email Committee
Barys, Christopher  Public Affairs/Mass Transit
Burkhardt, Ashley  Environmental Affairs
Diallo, Ibrahima  Environmental Affairs
Gates, O'Neal  University Services/Finance
Gonzalez, Alicia  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Halliburton, Taqori  Environmental Affairs
Hoffman, Ethan  Environmental Affairs
Khoje, Aditi  University Services/Mass Transit
Recinos, Bryan  Public Affairs
Siaw, William  Rules and Procedures/University Services

District 3

Name Email Committee
Aguilera-Perez, Adriana  Public Affairs
Berg, Ryan  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Gutierrez, David  Rules and Procedures/Finance
Hays, Lance  Rules and Procedures
Johnson, Darnell  Campus Life and Greek Affairs/Mass Transit
Lesnicki, Brandon  Rules and Procedures
McCormick, Devin  Rules and Procedures
Sandoval, Melanie  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Valles, Karina  Rules and Procedures/Finance
Wilson, Adam Campus Life and Greek Affairs

District 4

Name Email Committee
Martin, Tristan  University Services/Mass Transit
Pontious, Matthew  Environmental Affairs
Puebla, Sandra  Public Affairs
Rollins, Braden  University Services
Sanchez, Ivan  Public Affairs
Singleton, Donnell  Public Affairs
Smith, Skylar  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Valentin, Marisol  University Services
Werner, Layla  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
West, Charles  Environmental Affairs

Contact Us

Student Association
Campus Life Building, Suite 180