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

Tristan Martin
Campus Life Building 190M

Meet the Senators

* denotes leadership position

District 1

Name Email Committee
An, I Younan  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Albavera, Neil  Environmental Affairs
Bolden, Naomi *  University Services
Cary, Da'Janae  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Johnson, Antonio*  Rules and Procedures/Public Affairs
Kamp, Cassandra  Rules and Procedures/Public Affairs
Lightle, Morgan  Campus Life and Greek Affairs/Mass Transit
Powell, Terrance  Environmental Affairs
Wang, Christine*  Rules and Procedures/Finance
Wilson, Phillip  University Services/Mass Transit

District 2

Name Email Committee
Barys, Christopher  Public Affairs/Mass Transit
Burkhardt, Ashley*  Environmental Affairs
Diallo, Ibrahima  Environmental Affairs
Flores, Patricia  Environmental Affairs
Gosnell, Clayton  University Services
Hoffman, Ethan  Environmental Affairs
Rader, Alex  University Services
Recinos, Bryan  Public Affairs
Siaw, William  University Services/Rules and Procedures
Wright, Steven  Campus Life and Greek Affairs/Finance

District 3

Name Email Committee
Aguilera-Perez, Adriana*  Public Affairs
Berg, Ryan  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Hays, Lance  Rules and Procedures
Johnson, Darnell  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Kane, Michael  Environmental Affairs/Finance
Lesnicki, Brandon*  Rules and Procedures
McCormick, Devin  Rules and Procedures
Morales, Thomas  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Pearson, Ian  Public Affairs
Valles, Karina  Rules and Procedures/Finance

District 4

Name Email Committee
Astorga-Rollins, Braden*  University Services
Martin, Tristan*  University Services/Mass Transit
Pontious, Matthew  Environmental Affairs
Puebla, Sandra  Public Affairs
Sanchez, Ivan  Public Affairs/Sanchez
Smith, Skylar  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
Valentin, Marisol*  University Services
Werner, Layla  Campus Life and Greek Affairs
West, Charles  Environmental Affairs

Contact Us

Student Association
Campus Life Building, Suite 180