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 $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. View agendas and minutes.
Speaker of the Senate
Meet the Senators
* denotes leadership position
|*Kyle S. Jacobson||Z1824766@students.niu.edu||Public Affairs, Campus Life and Greek Affairs|
|Carmorroa Siggers||Z1852430@students.niu.edu||Campus Life and Greek Affairs|
|Derek Gawlik||Z1883761@students.niu.edu||Campus Life and Greek Affairs|
|DeVonté Fuller||Z1853571@students.niu.edu||University Services Oversight, Rules and Procedures|
|James Holmes||Z1856490@students.niu.edu||University Services Oversight, Public Affairs|
|Shantez Branch||Z1839620@students.niu.edu||Public Affairs|
|*Brianna T. Richardson||Z1795418@students.niu.edu||University Services Oversight, Campus Life and Greek Affairs|
|Sabrina Self||Z1796174@students.niu.edu||Environmental Affairs, Rules and Procedures|
|Ashley Hines||Z1846785@students.niu.edu||Rules and Procedures, Finance|
|Masud Alam||Z1780656@students.niu.edu||Public Affairs, Finance|
|Kaelyn Nannni||Z1855050@students.niu.edu||Public Affairs, Environmental Affairs|
|*Cassandra Pilcher||Z1797230@students.niu.edu||University Services Oversight|
|Meghan Trentz||Z1813475@students.niu.edu||Campus Life and Greek Affairs, Rules and Procedures|
|Brenden Kaslewicz||Z1821711@students.niu.edu||Campus Life and Greek Affairs, Finance|
|Miguel Quiroz II||Z1877999@students.niu.edu||University Services Oversight, Public Affairs|
|*Micheal Kane||Z1650476@students.niu.edu||Public Affairs, Finance|
|Ian Pearson||Z1805333@students.niu.edu||Rules and Procedures, Finance|