The Student Senate represents you on campus. The Senate advocates for policies that benefit every student and supports more than 72 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.

 The Jaguar Connection link 

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.


Student Senators

 Executive Board 

 Justin Smith, President

Derrick Brown, Vice-President

Lester Van Moody, Treasurer

Cariesha C. Singleton Secretary


Toi Bowers

Janelle Butler

Trauvell Crawford

Akya Gossitt

Angel Jackson

Chicarin W. Mallett

Isaiah Moore

Brian Stone

Kendall Wright

Jeremy Williams

Stephanie Zwartz 

Board of Trustee Student Representative 

Linda Coleman

Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative/SAC 

 Juan Gutierrez

Upcoming Events


2018 Spring Student Senate Elections- Begin Tuesday!

Voting for the Student Senate candidates begins Monday, March 26 through Friday, April 2, 2018 .  Access Jaguar Connection to cast your vote for Student Senator,  Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative, and Board of Trustees - Student Representative.  Online voting will remain open until Friday, April 2 at 5:00 pm.

 Student Senate Election Packet 


If you have problems accessing the ballot contact


College Town Hall Meetings -- Senators from each college (CAS,COE,COB,  & CHHS) will conduct a Town Hall Meeting. 

S.O.T.S. (Senate On The Street) -- Senators will introduce timelines that senators will be at different stations and locations to talk with students.

Active Citizenship Initiatives -- Engaging students in the election process; voters registration, watch parties, and getting to know the candidates.

Town Hall Meeting -- Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -- 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

All In One Campus Symposium -- TBA


GSU Rocks the Vote!

In partnership with Illinois Campus Compact,  the American Association of State Colleges and Universities(AASCU), CEEP, and  GSU’s Civic Engagement and Community Service Center the Student Senate has taken an active role to engage students and community members in the democratic engagement.  Through the GSU Rocks the Vote campaign the student senate members are deputy registrars and can register anyone residing in the state of Illinois, no matter what county you reside in to vote and/or update voters registration information 
 Student Senate will hold voter registration drives at Governors State University in the Hall of Governors.  The event is open to the public. 

GSU Rocks the Vote Schedule

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hall of Governors

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, Friday 20, 2018

Hall of Governors
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.


    • 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 

       Executive Board Members 

       President- Justin Smith

       Vice President- Derrick Brown

       Treasurer- Lester Van Moody

       Secretary- Cariesha Singleton

       Board of Trustee Student Representative 

       Linda Coleman

       Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative 

        Juan Gutierrez

       College of Arts & Sciences

       Isaiah Moore

       Kendall Wright

       College of Business

       Trauvell Crawford

       Juan Gutierrez

       Chicarin Mallett

        Jeremy Williams

       College of Education 


       College of Health & Human Services 

       Toi Bowers

      Akya Gossitt

       Student At-Large 


       Freshman Co-Hort  


       Student Senate Advisor 

       Sheree Sanderson, Ed.D.




    • Student Senate Schedule


      Student Senate meetings are held on the second and the fourth Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m.  All meeting are held in A2110.  Meetings are open to all GSU Students. 

      Student Senate Meeting Schedule 

      January 12, 2018

      January 26, 2018

      February 9, 2018

      February 23, 2018

      March 9, 2018

      March 23, 2018

      April 13, 2018

      April 27, 2018

      May 11, 2018   

      *Meeting may be reschedule


    • 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 Student Senate. The Council discusses information as it pertains to the nuances of club life here at the University. Meetings are mandatory for active clubs.

      President's Council Meeting Schedule


      •  1st Tuesday of each month


                    February 6, 2018

                     March 6, 2018

                     April 3, 2018

      HALL OF HONORS ---- 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. 

      • 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 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 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.

        FY 2018 Budget Packets were distributed at the January 11, Advisor and Officer Luncheon Training.  Packets must be submitted to Student Life by February 28.

        FY 2018 Budget Hearing Schedule
        March 21, 2018            9:00am-3:00pm                Room-A2110

        March 22, 2018            9:00am-3:00pm                Room-A2110

        March 23, 2018            9:00am-3:00pm                Room-A2110


      • 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 March 7, 2018. Campaign Week will be held March 19 - 23.  Senate elections will be held March 26- April 2. There's still time for you to get involved.  


        Board of Trustee Student Representative Election Packet    

        Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative Election Packet 


      • 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.

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