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.


 #Save Our Education Continues...Join the Movement!


Get On The Bus…Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Calling  Clubs & Organizations, Student Groups, Honor Societies, and all Students!

The Student Senate is currently organizing students to travel to Springfield on Tuesday, October 20 as a continuation of our #SaveOurEducation.  This time we are joining  students from all of the Illinois public institutions as we converge on Springfield to let Governor Rauner and the legislators know that they need to invest in higher education by passing a budget. We need all students to let their voice be heard as we rally for the State of Illinois to support higher education, this issue affects every student.  Join the Student Senate on the #SaveOurEducation bus to Springfield to show that GSU students support this important endeavor, our education is at risk!

To sign-up for the bus


Be sure to sign the petition  and share information with other students. 





    • 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 22, 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.   

      Let your voice be heard, sign-up at for the trip to Springfield

      For more information visit us at or contact Sheree Sanderson at

      Sign Governors State Student Senate petition:      

      Visit us on Facebook at:

      Follow Us on Twitter:  @GovernorsSenate



    • 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

      Mychael Vanarsdale, President
      David Gethers, Vice President
      Darren Heldt, Treasurer
      Erica Mitchell, Secretary
      Addison Jackson, Jr. 
      Kevin Green
      Shaniqua Jones
      Evan Nave
      Doria Scott 
      Arnett Lewis, IV
      Gina Kates-Mitchell
      Lisa Garman
      Marie Penny
      Yolanda Pitts, BOT Trustee Representative
      Lisa Wallace, IBHE Student Representative


      Sheree Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students



    • Student Senate Schedule


      Student Senate meetings are held on the second and the fourth Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. 

      Come to the next meeting and get involved.


      Student Senate Meeting Schedule

      Friday, September 11, 2015, 3:30 p.m. --  E- Lounge

      Friday, September 25, 2015  3:30 p.m. ,  --  Cafe Annex

      Friday, October 9, 2015,  3:30 p.m.  --  Hall of Governors  * Meeting moved due to FF Weekend   
      Thursday, October 15, 3:30 pm -- Room A2110 

       Friday, October 23, 2015, 3:30 p.m.   -- Room A2110

      Friday, November 13, 2015, 3:30 pm  --  E-Lounge

      Friday, December 4, 2015, 3:30 pm A2110



    • 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 3:15 - 4:15 pm in the Cafeteria Annex.  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

        • August 11, 2015 -- Student Clubs & Organizations Officers Training Luncheon (Hall of Honors Room D1490)
        • September 1, 2015--A2110
        • October 6, 2015--Cafe Annex
        • November 3, 2015--A2110
        • December 1, 2015--A2110

      • 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.

        Budget Request Packet FY16

        FY 2016 Budget Hearing Schedule
        July 13, 2015            9:00am-2:00pm                Room B1241

        July 14, 2015            9:00am-2:00pm                Room A2110

        August 3, 2015         9:00am-2:00pm                Room B1241

        August 4, 2015         9:00am-2:00pm                Room B2200

      • 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