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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
* denotes leadership position

District 1

Name Email Committee
Alexander, Lashawn  Environmental Affairs
Bolden, Naomi*  University Services
Cary, Da'Janae  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Hobson, Tijhana  University Services/Environmental Affairs
Johnson, Antonio  Rules and Procedures/Public Affairs
Kamp, Cassandra*  Rules and Procedures/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
Hoffman, Ethan  Environmental Affairs
Khoje, Aditi  University Services
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
Hays, Lance  Rules and Procedures
Johnson, Darnell  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Lesnicki, Brandon*  Rules and Procedures
McCormick, Devin  Rules and Procedures
Valles, Karina  Rules and Procedures/Finance

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
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