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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.

Agendas and Minutes

Speaker of the Senate


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

Meet the Senators

District 1

Name Email Committee
Alexander, Lashawn z1792699@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Bolden, Naomi nbolden@niu.edu  University Services
Bowie, Edward z1749337@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
Cary, Da'Janae z1765969@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Hobson, Tijhana thobson1@niu.edu  University Services/Environmental Affairs
Johnson, Antonio z1827345@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs/Mass Transit
Kamp, Cassandra z1819242@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Moore, Matthew z1755623@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
Owoeye, Victor z1811596@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Wang, Christine cwang6@niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Finance

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
Gates, O'Neal ogates@niu.edu  University Services/Finance
Gonzalez, Alicia z1773043@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Halliburton, Taqori z1798581@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Hoffman, Ethan z1789473@students.niu.edu  Environmental Affairs
Khoje, Aditi z1806688@students.niu.edu  University Services/Mass Transit
Recinos, Bryan z1796907@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Siaw, William z1765791@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/University Services

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
Gutierrez, David z1650364@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Finance
Hays, Lance z1824934@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
Johnson, Darnell z1672822@students.niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs/Mass Transit
Lesnicki, Brandon z1764297@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
McCormick, Devin z1767617@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures
Sandoval, Melanie msandoval4@niu.edu  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Valles, Karina z1737238@students.niu.edu  Rules and Procedures/Finance
Wilson, Adam z1790756@students.niu.edu Campus Life and Greek Affairs

District 4

Name Email Committee
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
Rollins, Braden z1766054@students.niu.edu  University Services
Sanchez, Ivan z1817188@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
Singleton, Donnell z1688597@students.niu.edu  Public Affairs
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