Student Senate at Governors State University

The Student Senate represents YOUR VOICE on campus. The Senate advocates for policies that benefit every student and supports more than 60 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.

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The mission of the Student Senate is to promote the general welfare of GovState 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 GovState and provide developmental opportunities for its members.

GovState Student Senate

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Senate please email us at  The diversity of our leadership team will bring an array of inspiration and initiative to new student programming and/or the college-wide changes implemented by the Student Senate. 

Student Senate Election Results 2024-25

  • President - Xavier Thompson
  • Vice President - Brett Porter   
  • Treasurer - Joshua Tisdale 
  • Secretary - Eraina Green   
  • Board of Trustees Student Representative - Harish Rayalapati
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education Representative - Faiza Syed
  • International Student Representative - Sama Parimala 
  • College of Arts and Sciences Student Representative - Manuel Paz-Estrada 
  • College of Business Student Representative - Vilas Jadhav
  • College of  Health and Human Services Student Representative - Nerxhivane Ramadani
  • College of Education and Human Development Student Representative - Vacant
  • Lower Division Representative - Lanetta Thomas
  • Senator-at-Large Representative - Imani Jackson 
  • Senator-at-Large Representative - Nancy Cordero 
  • Senator-at-Large Representative - Parthavi Patel
  • Senator-at-Large Representative - Kahleem Mathews 
  • Student Auxiliary Services Representative - Jalyn Woodard
  • Student Veterans Representative - Jonathan Cooper 

We encourage all GovState students to engage with the Student Senate by keeping us informed of any concerns you have. Meetings are open to the public and all students are encouraged to attend.  

For more information about the Student Senate or to reach a senator, please send a message to

  • 2024 - 2025 Student Senate


    Student Senate Elections

    Are you interested in serving on the GovState Student Senate during the 2024-25 academic year?

    Please email with questions.

  • Student Senate Meetings


    Student Senate is the premiere campus organization that represents and serves the student body. Becoming a member of the Student Senate allows you to help GovState reach higher heights in providing the collegiate experience every student deserves through your leadership. Now more than ever, your leadership is needed during this unprecedented time to serve as advocates for the student body and to create change.

    2023-24 meetings have concluded.

    Check your student email during August for the 2024-25 meeting schedule.