Senate

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As the legislative body of the Student Association, the senate is integral to the university’s mission of shared governance as an advocate for the student body.

The senate officially reviews and verifies any executive branch actions and confirms any new appointments. Additionally, the senate is also responsible for formally recognizing new student organizations and approving the appropriations of funds for each SA-recognized organization. The senate is ultimately responsible for the Student Association budget of over $6.5 million dollars, providing services such as the Huskie Bus Line, Campus Recreation Services, Student Legal Assistance, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Event Production Services, among others.

The senate is comprised of up to 40 senators, separated into four districts and is responsible for the creation, drafting and passage of policies that deal directly with the NIU Constitution and Bylaws. Each senator serves on at least one standing committee and may also serve on an additional University Council committee, all assigned at the discretion of the speaker. During the year, senators also serve the campus and community through community service and even by lobbying in Springfield for policies that benefit higher education. Elections are held in the spring of every academic year and appointments are made when needed to fill vacant senate seats.

Every student deserves to have their voice heard and we will not hesitate to ensure that that right is upheld. Our office is always open to anyone. View agendas and minutes.

Speaker of the Senate


Christine Wang
Campus Life Building 190M
815-753-9918
cwang6@niu.edu

Meet the Senators

* denotes leadership position

District 1

Name Email Committee
An, I Younan z1759984@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Albavera, Neil z1821832@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Bolden, Naomi * nbolden@niu.edu  University Services
Cary, Da'Janae z1765969@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Johnson, Antonio* z1827345@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Public Affairs
Kamp, Cassandra z1819242@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Public Affairs
Lightle, Morgan z1837382@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs/Mass Transit
Powell, Terrance z1794576@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Wang, Christine* cwang6@niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Finance
Wilson, Phillip z1740699@students.niu.edu  University Services/Mass Transit

District 2

Name Email Committee
Barys, Christopher z1775116@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs/Mass Transit
Burkhardt, Ashley* z1819233@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Diallo, Ibrahima z1717307@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Flores, Patricia z1762307@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Gosnell, Clayton z1826026@students.niu.edu  University Services
Hoffman, Ethan z1789473@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Rader, Alex z1805315@students.niu.edu  University Services
Recinos, Bryan z1796907@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Siaw, William z1765791@students.niu.edu  University Services/Rules and Procedures
Wright, Steven z1783585@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs/Finance

District 3

Name Email Committee
Aguilera-Perez, Adriana* z1763631@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Berg, Ryan z1800106@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Hays, Lance z1824934@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
Johnson, Darnell z1672822@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Kane, Michael z1650476@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs/Finance
Lesnicki, Brandon* z1764297@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
McCormick, Devin z1767617@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
Morales, Thomas z1773600@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Pearson, Ian ipearson@niu.edu  Public Affairs
Valles, Karina z1737238@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Finance

District 4

Name Email Committee
Astorga-Rollins, Braden* z1766054@students.niu.edu  University Services
Martin, Tristan* tmartin6@niu.edu  University Services/Mass Transit
Pontious, Matthew z1790341@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Puebla, Sandra z1774344@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Sanchez, Ivan z1817188@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs/Sanchez
Smith, Skylar z1823489@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Valentin, Marisol* z1745390@students.niu.edu  University Services
Werner, Layla z1760195@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
West, Charles z1832107@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs

Contact Us

Student Association
Campus Life Building, Suite 180
815-753-0483
studentassociation@niu.edu