About Student Senate

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

Senator Welch and President Kidd high five after he is sworn in
Student Senators tabling for the Teach-In 2022
Fall themed bonding at the apple orchard

Why do we need a student government?

Grand Valley State University's Student Senate works to ensure that the student voice is continually heard by the University. Each of our 40 Senators serve on one of five different councils:

-Allocations Council 
-Public Relations Council
-Diversity, Equity Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Council
-Policy Council
-Events Council

Students participate in service project at Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids
Student Senators walking at convocation
General Assembly Meeting

More on Our Purpose

Student Senate works as a liaison between students and faculty 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 all 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 GVSU Student Senate represents every Laker.

For more information, please contact our office at [email protected](616) 331-2333, or stop by and visit us! We are located on the Lower Level of the Kirkhof Center in room 0040 in the Kirkhof Center Suite 0008.

Student Senate Organizational Structure

Please check back Summer 2024 for updated graphics for the revised Student Senate structure.

Page last modified March 17, 2024