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.
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.
Lester Van Moody, President
Derrick Brown, Vice-President
German Cutz, Treasurer
Jasmin Garner, Secretary
Lalit Pranay Karnam
Board of Trustee Student Representative
Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative/SAC
2018 Fall 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 SLCO@govst.edu.
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 --TBA
All In One Campus Symposium -- TBA
GSU Rocks the Vote!
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, August 30, 2018
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Senate includes three members
from the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences one member from the College of Health and Human Services, 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- Lester Van Moody
President- Derrick Brown
Treasurer- German Cutz
Secretary- Jasmin Garner
Board of Trustee Student
Illinois Board of Higher Education
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Health & Human
Lalit Pranay Karnam
Student Senate Advisor
Robert Clay, Ed.D.
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.