We are Student Senate

Mission: Student Senate will cultivate a student body that is engaged, healthy, and empowered.

Vision: Student Senate will create collaborative working relationships with any GVSU-affiliated faculty, staff, administrator, student, or student organization as well as external resources to make the Laker experience equitable, accessible, and sustainable while representing the authentic voice of the student body.

Creed: We, as members of Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate, dedicate ourselves to cultivating a student body that is engaged, healthy, and empowered. We pledge to represent all students and their diverse, ever-changing needs. With persistency, intentionality, and integrity, we strive to create a Laker experience that is equitable, accessible, and sustainable.


Student Senate Elections for the 2023-2024 academic school year are occurring this spring! Visit our Elections Information page to learn more about how you can vote for your fellow students on the ballot this spring or to learn about the rules and regulations for campaigning if you are a candidate yourself.


Students collaborating at last year's Elect Her event
Elect Her Poster with QR code to register, link to register can also be found below
Students at Elect Her leadership event laughing and talking

Join us at Elect Her, a one-day, non-partisan workshop which encourages young women to run for office. All students are invited to join the leadership workshop which teaches young people the tricks to building confidence, marketing their skills, and developing connections with others. Attendees will be able to hear from local female elected officials and learn from the experience they’ve all gained through running for and holding elected positions in office. This event is INT 100/201 approved and will take place on Friday, March 31st from 3:00p.m.-5:30p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-Purpose Room on the Allendale Campus!

Click here to register

Celebrate Women's History Month

The Educational Affairs Committee has worked to put together links to resources of collections and journals related to Women's History, which are from our very own GVSU Library Database. We encourage you to utilize the database as a resource and to check out the links below to learn more this month in celebration of Women's History.

"Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Women's History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement soon spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women's History Week celebrations the following year."

Students in front of GVSU letters
Counseling support
Students working together at leadership strengthening event
GVSU votes pin

What is Student Senate?

As the official student government at Grand Valley State University, Student Senate works to ensure that the voice of the students is continually heard by the University.

Senate is comprised of 50 students who each serve on one of six different committees. These six committees work to enhance student life, academics, and the overall student experience at Grand Valley.

Not a Senator? Not a problem! Feel free to explore our site to see what other ways you can be involved with Student Senate!

Join us at General Assembly!

Our General Assembly meetings occur on select Thursdays in Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Room 2204. Feel free to show up and speak at public comment or just join us and listen in on what we are discussing or working on during the evening.

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Page last modified March 16, 2023