As the legislative body of the Student Government 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 SGA-recognized organization. The senate is ultimately responsible for the Student Government Association budget of over $1.2 million dollars, providing services such as the Campus Recreation Services, Student Legal Assistance and Campus Activities Board (CAB), among others.

The senate is comprised of up to 30 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. View agendas and minutes


Speaker of the Senate
Brad Beyer

Deputy Speaker of the Senate
Dallas Douglass

Senate Clerk
Dylan Moffitt

Meet the Senators

* denotes leadership position

District 1

Name Email Committee
Janai Crumbley University Services Oversight
Cole Hensley Finance
Nathan Kemnetz Public Affairs, Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Tim Moore Environmental Affairs
*Brianna Richardson University Services Oversight, Rules and Procedures
Albino Rosales Campus Life and Greek Affairs

District 2

Name Email Committee
Jacob Burg University Services Oversight, Campus Life and Greek Affairs
*Dallas Douglass (Deputy Speaker) Environmental Affairs, Rules and Procedures
*Cristian Hernandez Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Ebenezer Okpiri University Services Oversight, Public Affairs

District 3

Name Email Committee
Michael Verlinsky Public Affairs, Finance
Peter Dworzanski Campus Life and Greek Affairs, Rules and Procedures

District 4

Name Email Committee
*Brad Beyer (Speaker) Rules and Procedures, Finance
*Samantha Gurrola Public Affairs, Finance
Jennifer Oduwole Public Affairs, Finance
Khadija Sadia University Services Oversight

District 5

Name Email Committee
Alberto Briones N/A
Jeremy Pope Environmental Affairs, Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Clayton Schopfer (Sergeant-At-Arms) University Services Oversight, Rules and Procedures