The Legislative Branch

Kate Carpenter
(She/Her/Hers)

Executive Vice President (EVP)

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The Student Association serves as both a direct communication for the

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student body to GW's administration and as a beacon for school spirit. Through meeting with students, writing legislation, investing in the community, and developing relationships with administration, we are here to serve you and make GW the school we have always dreamed about.

The Student Senate

The SA Senate is composed of both undergraduate and graduate senators, representing every college within the university. Senators draft and vote on bills and resolutions, allocate money to student organizations, and work on policy projects.

 

The Student Senate meets biweekly on Mondays at 8:30 p.m.

To follow its happenings, click on the graphics below.

All of our Senate meetings are live-streamed on Facebook.

Meeting agendas are posted 48 hours prior to Senate meetings.

Meeting minutes are posted after the next full-Senate meeting.

Senate legislation can be tracked throughout the legislative process.

The Senate Staff

The Senate Staff is appointed by the Executive Vice President and  confirmed by the Senate. They assist the EVP with carrying out all administrative tasks of the Legislative branch.

Chris Johnson

Chief of Staff

David Lee

Deputy Chief of Staff

Grace Pedersen

Parliamentarian

Jared Levy

Policy Director

Melanie Campbell

Senate Secretary

Jessica Zhao

Senate Secretary

Katie Miller

Senate Communications Director

Ishani Patel

Deputy Senate Communications director

Daria Nastasia

Community Liason

The Senate Committees

 

Within the Senate body are five committees and one assembly, which are headed by student chairpersons and cater to distinct needs of the legislature. Committees meet bi-weekly via Zoom and are open to the public.

See committee meeting minutes and agendas here! Reach out to individual committee chairs for meeting zoom links.

Financial Services & Allocations Committee

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The Financial Services and Allocations Committee allocates more than $1.7 million in Student Association fees to over 500 undergraduate and graduate student organizations. In addition to allocations, the SA accepts funding requests in the form of spring allocations, co-sponsorships, micro-loans, and line-item transfers to support events and operational expenses for student organizations.

 Meet the Financial Services & Allocations Committee 

Physical Facilities & Urban Affairs Committee

The Physical Facilities and Urban Affairs Committee focuses on issues and legislation concerning campus facilities and services. This includes Housing, Dining, Transportation/Parking, Campus Buildings, Disability Support Services, Mail Services, GWPD, and more. The Physical Facilities & Urban Affairs committee also encompasses the Permanent Subcommittee on Sustainability.

 

Learn more about the Physical Facilities & Urban Affairs Committee 

Student Life Committee

The Student Life Committee advocates for improvements to on-campus issues outside of the classroom. In the past, the committee has worked on projects ranging from expanding dining options, to changes in Safe-Ride, to improving school spirit. 

 Meet the Student Life Committee 

Education Policy Committee

The Education Policy Committee focuses on issues surrounding advising, libraries, and all other aspects of academic life on campus. The committee has routinely advocated for projects concerning course descriptions, syllabi access, and the cost of textbooks.

 Meet the Education Policy Committee 

Governance & Nominations Committee

The Governance & Nominations Committee is responsible for filling Senate vacancies, overseeing proposed amendments to the SA Bylaws, and keeping the EVP informed of the progress of the three permanent committees. The Chairperson of the Governance & Nominations Committee is the Senate Pro Tempore.

 Meet the Governance & Nominations Committee 

Diversity & Inclusion Assembly

The Diversity and Inclusion Assembly works closely with the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement to advocate on behalf of multi-cultural student groups on campus. The assembly also creates strategic plans to ensure representation and foster multi-cultural community outreach.

 Learn more about the Diversity & Inclusion Assembly 

The Senators

Popularly elected by their respective school, SA Senators directly represent the interests of undergraduate and graduate students at GW. Senators embody the Student Association's mission: to advocate, allocate, advertise, and assist.

Interested in advocating on behalf of your school?