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
      Natasha Dillard, President-Elect
      Addison Jackson, Jr., Vice-President
      Darren Heldt, Treasurer
      Betty Campbell, Secretary
      Doria Scott
      Yolanda Pitts
      Johnathan Viverette
      Arnett Lewis, IV
      Fred Hamilton, Jr.
      Gina Kates-Mitchell
      Mychael Vanarsdale
      Lisa Garman
      Dawn Prince 
      April Grammar
      Ricca Louissaint
      Marie Penny
      Critisha Ashley
      Jeremy Joyce, BOT Trustee Representative
      Michael Alexander, IBHE Student Representative


      Sheree Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students



    • Student Senate Schedule


      Student Senate meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. All meetings are held in Engbretson Hall.

       Come to the next meeting and get involved.


      Student Senate Meeting Schedule

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:00 p.m.  

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Tuesday, March 10, 2015,  6:00 p.m.  

      Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

      Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

      Wednesday, April 29, 3:30 p.m.



    • 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 3:30 - 4:15 pm in Student Row, Room 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

      • January 22, 2015 -- Student Clubs & Organizations Officers Training Luncheon
      • February 3, 2015
      • March 3, 2015
      • April 7, 2015
      • August 20, 2015 -- Student Clubs & Organizations Officers Training Luncheon
      • February 3, 2015
      • March 3, 2015
      • April 7, 2015

    • 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.

      FY2015 Student Club Budget Packet

    • GSU Rocks the Vote


      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 in the 2012 Presidential Election. During this process, Senate members became deputy registrars and began registering citizens to vote including students, faculty, staff and members of the community. 

      Look for future Rock the Vote efforts!  Student Senators, DDP, and RA's will once again register students, faculty, staff and community members.

      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.

    • 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 February 27, 2015.  Campaign Week will be held March 23 - 27, with the candidates fair taking place March 26.  Candidates will be provided space in Hall of Governors to engage voters and create awareness about their campaign.  Senate elections will be held March 30 - April 3.  There's still time for you to get involved.


      Student Senate 2015 Election Packet

       Board of Trustee Student Representative Election Packet

      Illinois Board of Higher Education - SAC  Student Representative