About

Purpose:

Grand Valley State Universitys Student Senate works to ensure that the students voice is continually heard by the University. The Student Senate is comprised of 50 students who all serve on one of seven different committees. The committees are Senate Resources, Finance, Campus Affairs, Educational Affairs, Diversity Affairs, External Relations, and Public Relations. All seven committees work to enhance student life, academics and the overall student experience at Grand Valley.

Preamble:

"We, the members of the Grand Valley State University Student Senate, being determined to ensure the conveyance of the student voice to university governing bodies, the administration and the Board of Trustees in matters of institutional policies; to establish an effective and efficient, responsible and responsive student government; to retain the sole authority to appoint and remove student representation to all university standing committees and advisory boards; to be a body of dedicated, proactive leaders; to represent all students and their diverse, ever-changing needs."

Looking Deeper:

Student Senate is composed of 50 representatives who are all elected by students every spring (with the exception of first-year representatives, who are appointed shortly after fall classes begin). These individuals come from every corner of campus; they are charged with establishing Student Senate's official position on a variety of issues, as well as advocating for and carrying out its objectives.

Student Senate works to investigate and resolve common student problems; advocate for the inclusion of students in the overall policy and decision-making processes of the university community; promote awareness of the role students play in the academic community; enhance the quality and scope of education at the university both inside and outside the classroom; and empower students with leadership opportunities.

We invite you to join us. Contribute your ideas, bring your unique perspective and talents, and be a part of the big things we do. All students should feel empowered to speak during the public comment portions of our General Assembly meetings or reach out to a Senator with a concern. The Student Senate represents every Laker.

For more information, please contact our office at senates@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-2333, or stop by and visit us! We are located on the Lower Level of the Kirkhof Center in room 0040.