The Student Senate represents you on campus. The Senate advocates for policies that benefit every student and supports more than 70 clubs and organizations that can play a big role in your college experience. Members are active on standing Governors State University committees, offering their voice on students’ behalf to the administration and the board of trustees.

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About the Student Senate

The mission of the Student Senate is to promote the general welfare of GSU students. This is accomplished through the representation of student concerns, viewpoints and interests regarding governance issues to the administration, staff and faculty.

Through this work, the Student Senate will strive to improve the quality of the academic and co-curricular experience at GSU and provide developmental opportunities for its members.


GSU Rocks the Vote!

Student Senate will hold three voter registration drives at Governors State University in the Hall of Governors.  The registrars are able to register voters residing in any county. The event is open to the public.


 Thursday, September 1, 2016
 Noon - 5 PM


 #Save Our Education Continues...Join the Movement!


Spring Semester 2016 has arrived and the student senate continues to collaborate with Illinois public  universities student governance, to assist in creating solutions and ensuring that the Illinois government officials understand the concerns of the students.  We are steadfast that there needs to be a focused investment in higher education, and we continue to work on behalf of the GSU student population to vocalize that need for funding higher education.

Calling  Clubs & Organizations, Student Groups, Honor Societies, and all Students!

Be sure to sign the petition  and share information with other students.





    • Save Our Education- Join The Movement


       Save Our Education

      Illinois’s public universities are under attack and it’s up to US to take action to save our education!  

      Budget cuts proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner include a 31.5 percent across-the-board cuts in appropriations including Governors State University.  Governors State’s appropriations have decreased 13 percent in the last five years, while our student enrollment has increased 24 percent. GSU has the smallest state appropriation of all public universities in Illinois. Additional cuts would severely impact the positive effect GSU has on the local community and the State of Illinois. GSU serves a region that needs quality educational options. Its graduates are the educators, nurses, and other dedicated professionals who in turn serve the people of the Southland.

       When the students became aware of the state of higher education in Illinois, and how it would directly impact the continuation of their educational process, the Student Senate reacted with a call to action.  The student senate made the decision to mobilize their energy to come together in a collaborative effort to let their voices be heard. 

      The student senate will be mobilizing students to travel to Springfield on Wednesday, April 20, to let legislators know how they feel about Governor Rauner’s proposed budget cuts to higher education.  We are encouraging you all to share the information with other students and support participation in this important endeavor #SaveOurEducation.   

      Buses will depart from D-Main Entrance at 8:30am.  Follow the link below to RSVP for the Springfiled trip. 

       Click Here to RSVP for the Springfield trip.

        For more information visit us at or contact Sheree Sanderson at 

      Sign Governors State Student Senate petition:      

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    • Student Senate Members


      The Senate includes four members from each college, 10 members at large, a Board of Trustee Student representative and the Illinois Board of Higher Education Student representative. The Student Senate holds two elections each academic year, one during each fall and spring semester. This means you can get involved soon after  becoming a GSU student.

      Student Senate Members

      Justin Smith, President
      Jessica Love-Jordan, Vice President
      Lester Van Moody, Treasurer
      Linda Coleman, Secretary
      Latia Alexander
      Dwaylon Bledsoe
      Derrick Brown
      Hillary Chadare
      Trauvell Crawford
      Marcin Kuruc
      Marie Penny

      Yolanda Pitts, BOT Trustee Representative
      Dave Pitts, Jr., IBHE Student Representative


      Sheree Y. Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students



    • Student Senate Schedule


      Student Senate meetings are held on the second and the fourth Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. 

      Come to the next meeting and get involved.


      Student Senate Meeting Schedule

        Friday, January 15, 2016, 3:30 p.m. --  E-Lounge

          Friday, January 29, 2016, 3:30 p.m. --  E-Lounge

         Friday, February 12, 2016,  3:30 p.m.   --  GSU Campus Closed

          Friday, February 26, 2016,  3:30 p.m.  --   E-Lounge

          Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:30 p.m.   --  A2110

          Friday, March 25, 2016, 3:30 pm  --     A2110                                                  

         Friday, April 8, 2016, 3:30 pm -- A2110

       Friday, April 22, 2016, 3:30 pm -- A2110




    • President's Council


      The President's Council is made up of the presidents of the student clubs and organizations. This group is managed by the Vice-President of the Student Senate. The President's Council meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 3:00 - 4:00 pm in A2110. The Council discusses information as it pertains to the nuances of club life here at the university. Meetings are mandatory for active clubs.

      President Council Meeting Schedule

        • September 6, 2016--A2110
        • October 4, 2016 --A2110
        • November1, 2016 --A2110
        • December 6, 2016--A2110

      • Student Fee and Finance Committee (SFFC)


         The Student Fees/Finance Committee (SFFC) of the Student Senate is responsible for recommending fee distributions for the Student Activity Fees and the Student Center Fees to the Assistant Dean of Students.  The Assistant Dean of Students as the designated fee administrator serves as a resource/information source to the Committee. The budget for the next fiscal year is developed by the Committee and recommended to the Assistant Dean of Students.  Faculty representatives may be asked to participate in the discussions, but they are not voting members.  The Assistant Dean of Students makes the final recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

        Student Activity Fees facilitate the development and maintenance of extra and co-curricular activities on and off-campus which increase the ability of students to enrich/enhance their educational goals. The development of a “sense of community” is a key ingredient in attempts to create a sense of belonging among the student population. Student Activity Fees help support clubs and organizations, including the Student Senate and the Phoenix.


        Any student club or organization, which has been recognized by the Student Life Unit of Governors State University (GSU) is eligible for funding throughout any present fiscal year and for the following fiscal years to come. These groups are referred to as Recognized Organizations, or ROs. To become an RO, an organization must complete and submit a New Club/Organization Packet to the Student Life Unit for approval.

        Budget Request Packet FY17 

        FY 2017 Budget Hearing Schedule
        April 19, 2016            9:00am-3:00pm                Room-D1497

        April 25, 2016            9:00am-3:00pm                Room-D1497

        April 27, 2016            9:00am-3:00pm                Room-D1497


      • Get Involved in Student Governance


        If you are interested in working on behalf of the student body then you need to get involved!   The student senate is currently looking for students to join them and add to the exciting and creative new ideas and concepts on behalf of the students.

        Student Senate election packets are currently available until April 1, 2016. Campaign Week will be held April 4-8.  Senate elections will be held April 11-15. There's still time for you to get involved.  


        2016 Student Senate Application

        Board of Trustee Student Representative Election Packet  

        Illinois Board of Ed-SAC Student Rep 16