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 

 Lester Van Moody, President

Derrick Brown, Vice-President

German Cutz, Treasurer

Jasmin Garner, Secretary


Hillary Chadare

Juan Gutierrez

Angel Jackson

Lalit Pranay Karnam

Isaiah Moore

Cariesha Singleton

Board of Trustee Student Representative 

Linda Coleman

Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative

 Juan Gutierrez

Upcoming Events

2019 Spring Events 

Student Senate meeting dates:

February 13

March 13

April 10

 * All meetings are held at 3:30pm in Engbretson Hall.



2018 Fall Student Senate Elections- Begin Tuesday!

Voting for the Student Senate candidates begins Monday, October 15th - Friday, October 19th.  Access Jaguar Connection to cast your vote.  Candidates info will be posted after the October 10th Senate meeting.  


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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



September 20th

Voter Registration - Hall of Governors

12pm - 5pm

Your Voice Matters w/Ja'Mal Green

3:30pm - F1622

October 4th 

Voter Registration – Hall of Governors

12pm - 2pm


October 11th

7pm, Engbretson Hall




    • Student Senate Members


       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

       Vice President- Derrick Brown

       Treasurer- German Cutz 

       Secretary- Jasmin Garner

       Board of Trustee Student Representative 

       Linda Coleman

       Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Representative 

        Juan Gutierrez

       College of Arts & Sciences

       Isaiah Moore

      Cariesha Singleton

      Hillary Chadare

       College of Business

       Juan Gutierrez 

      College of Education 


       College of Health & Human Services 

      Lalit Pranay Karnam

       Student At-Large 


       Freshman Co-Hort  


       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.