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.


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 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 you become a GSU student.

      Student Senate Members

      Lisa Wallace, President
      Shawnta Young, Vice-President
      Darren Heldt, Treasurer
      Betty Campbell, Secretary
      Michelle Adeniyi
      Michael Alexander
      Critisha Ashley
      April Grammar
      Regina Haynes
      Addison Jackson, Jr.
      Shaniqua Jones
      Ricca Louissaint
      Bianca Mangabhai
      Christopher Otten
      Codjo Padonou
      Madeline Rademaker
      Kayla Randolph-Clark
      Amanda Ziaja

      Kayla Randolph-Clark, Board of Trustee Student Representative
      Douglas Nanfeldt, IBHE Student Representative



    • We are the public square


      The Student Senate believes that GSU is a public square and reaches out to the community for involvement. The group developed the GSU Rocks the Vote campaign that registered 370+ people to vote. During this process, Senate members became deputy registrars and began registering citizens to vote including students, faculty, staff and members of the community. 

      Some of the other Senate projects include providing grants to students for the Family Development Center, FINALS Release Packages, the Annual Holiday Celebration and Sports Outings as well as establishing and maintaining the GSU Food Pantry for students who need assistance.


    • Student Senate Schedule


      Student Senate meetings are held on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month. Come to the next meeting and get involved.


      Student Senate Meeting Schedule

      Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6 pm

      Thursday, September 26, 2013, 3:30 pm

      Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6 pm

      Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6 pm

      Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 3:30 pm

      Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 3:30 pm