A Student's Guide to the Student Senate

Written by: Andeas Fields

Published on: February 18, 2020

The Student Senate is an important part of Grand Valley because it gives students a voice. The Student Senate works to represent the student body to the university administration and make Grand Valley a better place for all Lakers. With Senate elections fast approaching, it’s time to learn the ins and outs of the Student Senate and discover how you can get involved.

What is the Student Senate?

The GVSU Student Senate represents the voice of the students. It’s comprised of a variety of students who work in different committees focused on university affairs. Concerns, thoughts, and ideas are shared during General Assemblies, which are open to the entire Grand Valley community. Through these meetings and the work of the committees, the Student Senate is able to determine and address the most important issues affecting Grand Valley students.

President Mantella talking with the student senate

President Mantella speaking at a GVSU Student Senate meeting

How to get Involved

If you feel compelled to run for a position in the Student Senate, you’re in luck; election proceedings are just around the corner! After reading over the list of Student Senate Committees and deciding which one is right for you, you can begin filling out the Candidate Application, collecting your student and faculty signatures, and attending events that allow you to get to know the students better.

More Information

Election Packets are due on March 20 and the elections deadline is March 29. For a full timeline of elections events, look through the Senate Elections Schedule to make sure that you don’t miss any important deadlines.

The Student Senate is such an integral part of Grand Valley and you can make a difference at GV by getting involved. If you have any other questions, be sure to check out the Student Senate website.

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