President Kelly Dowker

Kelly wearing a mask on campus

President Kelly Dowker was elected in September 2020 to serve during the 2020-2021 academic year. This is in her third year on Student Senate. Kelly is a junior studying social work, with hopes to work in policy, advocacy, and program evaluation. 

During her first year as a Senator, Kelly served on the Diversity Affairs Committee and was appointed as a member of the Cultural Funding Board. In her second year, she served on the Senate Resources Committee until there was a vacancy on the Student Senate Cabinet. Kelly was then elected to the position of Executive Vice President for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

During her time on Student Senate, Kelly has attended student government conferences, completed a project to compile a list of gender-inclusive restrooms on Grand Valley’s campuses, served as a panelist for Women’s Month programming with the Center for Women and Gender Equity, and passed a resolution urging GVSU not to do business with organizations and companies that discriminate against LGBTQIA+ individuals. She led efforts in early 2020 to overhaul the Student Senate Constitution and Bylaws, which are now updated to reflect a more inclusive and functional Senate. 

Kelly is also involved in Alpha Phi Omega, the Bachelor of Social Work Student Organization, and works as a student employee at the GVSU Career Center.


September 2018, Kelly is sworn in by former President Jenkin

Fall 2018, Kelly is sworn in by former President Jenkin