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Your Student Senate

Student Senate is a governing body dedicated to serving the students of UNC. It is composed of 23 members: 8 cabinet members and 15 senators (3 from each college at UNC). Members of other areas of campus also sit on senate including representatives from the Residence Hall Association, Graduate Student Association, UNC Faculty, Professional Administration Staff Council, and Classified Staff Council.

Senate holds their meetings every other Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Council Room on the second floor of the University Center. These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend!

Members of Student Senate hold a variety of responsibilities like being the students’ voice at Board of Trustee and Faculty Senate meetings, providing funding for students to attend conferences, assisting clubs and organizations with funding student programs, and representing student interests across campus.

If you are interested in speaking at a Student Senate Meeting, please email the Student Senate Administrative Assistant, Teresa.castro@unco.edu, with the information in the right side column.

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We will send you a confirmation email shortly after we receive your email. Business meetings are every other Wednesday at 5:30p.m. In order to be on the Agenda, you must make sure to have your email sent in by 5:00p.m. the day prior.

GA & Senate Members' office hours are listed on their respective profile pages. Click a "Read more about..." link to view hours.

Graduate Assistant

Student Senate Members

For any "Vacant Positions" please reach out to Selene Ortiz, Director of Student Affairs (selene.ortiz@unco.edu) for more information! 

 Teresa Castro

Teresa A. Castro

Administrative Assistant
She/Her/Hers
teresa.castro@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 10AM - 1PM 
Wednesday: 2:30PM - 5:30PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Psychology 
Minor: Gender Studies/Sociology
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate gives me a different perspective as a student and as a student staff member. I love that I am able to help students to reach their dreams often when those dreams may seem unachievable.
Involvement on Campus:  President, Treasurer, Community Service Coordinator, and Performance & Recreational Affairs Coordinator for Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc., Stryker Institute for Leadership Development Participant, and Student Coordinator for the University Program Council. 

Alexis McCowan

Alexis McCowan

Director of Campus Relations
She/Her/Hers
alexis.mccowan@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 11AM - 3PM
Wednesday: 1PM - 3PM

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate serves as a lifeboat in the big sea of university. Through advocacy, resources, and some bear spirit , Senate is a home for all UNC students.
Involvement on Campus: Residence Hall Association- Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator
Fan and Marketing Experience- UNC Athletics

Trevor Johnson

Trevor Johnson

Director of Finance
He/Him/His
trevor.batin-johnson@unco.edu

Office Hours
Monday: 8:30AM - 9:30AM, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Wednesday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Business Finance
Minor: Economics 
Hometown: Greeley, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate to me is a responsibility on helping the student population. I think that this governing body on campus should be aware of what students need, and therefore should be the eyes and ears of the school. I believe Student Senate should also be a bigger voice for students and what they want to change. The world is ever changing and so I believe this University should be adaptive to the benefit of the students. I know Student Senate can be a huge part in that.
Involvement on Campus: Most of my time on campus is within the University Center as I am always working and studying there. I work as a Student Assistant Manager for the University Center. I am also Treasurer for Financial Management Association. I actively volunteer for High Plains Library District and with different clubs and organizations around campus.


Selene Ortiz

Selene Ortiz

Director of Student Affairs
She/Her/Hers
selene.ortiz@unco.edu

Office Hours
Monday: 1PM - 4PM
Wednesday: 1PM - 4PM


Year: 3rd Year
Major: Elementary Education with a TESL Endorsement
Minor: Mexican American Studies
Hometown: Rocky Ford, CO

Sheridan Snapp

Sheridan Snapp

Election Commissioner/Parliamentarian 
She/Her/Hers
sheridan.snapp@unco.edu

Office Hours
Monday: 1:15PM - 2:15PM, 3:30PM - 5PM
Wednesday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Thursday: 9AM - 10:30AM
Friday: 1:15PM - 2:15PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Communications
Hometown: Denver, CO

Mika Tancayo

Mika Tancayo

Student Body President
She/Her/Hers
Michaella.Tancayo@unco.edu

Office Hours
Monday: 10:45AM - 11:45AM
Wednesday: 9AM - 11AM
Thursday: 9AM - 10AM
Friday: 9AM - 11AM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Business Marketing & Graphic Design
Hometown: Kaunakakai, HI
What does Student Senate mean to you: An opportunity for progress and growth for the University
Involvement on Campus: Housing, Fraternity and Sorority Life, & New Student Orientation


Student Rights Advocate - Yessica Rodriguez

Yessica Rodriguez  

Student Rights Advocate
She/Her/Hers
yessica.rodriguez@unco.edu

Office Hours

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Biology - Pre-Med
Minor: Leadership & Communication
Hometown: Greeley, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate means being involved and having the ability to interact and communicate through all branches of campus.
Involvement on Campus: Mortar Board President, TriBeta Vice President, McNair Scholar, Ornithology Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant, Natural and Health Sciences Student Ambassador, LEAP Peer Mentor, Chemistry Club Secretary, SACNAS Secretary, Pre-Health Professionals Club Secretary, and MAST Student Employee



 

Malaika Michel-Fuller

 Malaika Michel-Fuller

Student Trustee
She/Her/Hers
malaika.michel-fuller@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 10:30AM, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 10:30AM, 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: English Endorsements in Secondary Education
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
What does Student Senate mean to you: The US Department of the Interior holds a principle that public servants are asked to uphold: "Public service is a public trust". I see Student Senate like this; I get the chance to come back every year and do justice to the people who put me here by listening, learning, and leading. You, fellow Bear, put your trust in me to find ways to make your time at UNC safer, better, and brighter, and that is exactly what makes my student experience so fulfilling, exciting, and meaningful.
Involvement on Campus: What I love most about my job is that it keeps me tied to the pulse of campus. The work we do touches every area of UNC, and I have been so lucky for 4 years of opportunities to pour life and light into the place I love so much. Some of my favorite memories include working as a facilitator for the LeadOn summer camp, judging UNC's Got Talent, and serving on the search committee that brought President Feinstein to campus.

Student Senate Senators

Senators act as representatives of their various colleges. Each college receives one vote in the senate meetings and the senators all serve on a senate committee including the Student Affairs Committee, Academic Affairs Committee and Finance Committee.

Eric Goering

Eric Goering

Education & Behavioral Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
eric.goering@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 4PM - 5PM
Thursday: 4PM - 5PM

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology and Communications

Ely Roldan

Ely Roldan

Education & Behavioral Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
ely.roldan@unco.edu

Office Hours
Wednesday: 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Special Education
Minor: Culturally Linguistic Bilingual Education
Hometown: Denver, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student senate means having the opportunity to voice the concerns of the student body to higher ups. Student senate means representing what it means to be a bear. Student senate means having a common goal to make each individual student seen and make them feel safe.
Involvement on Campus: 
Multicultural sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. I am part of Academic Bridge program, Cumbres, Stryker Institute for Leadership Development, International Ambassador for Center for International Education, and now a senator for Student Senate.

Savannah Rivera

Savannah Rivera

Education & Behavioral Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
savannah.rivera@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 2PM - 3PM
Thursday: 2PM -3PM

Year: 2nd Year
Major:
Pyschology
Minor:
Criminal Justice
Hometown: Longmont, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: To be able to represent peers and encourage diversity of people and ideas on campus. To help make campus a safe and encouraging place to grow and learn. 
Involvement on Campus: Psychology Club, Psi Chi Honor Society.


Ashley Amaro Martinez

Ashely Amaro Martinez

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
ashley.amaro-martinez@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 11AM - 12PM
Thursday: 11AM - 12PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Psychology and Mexican American Studies
Minor: Multicultural Anthropology
Hometown: Evans, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: As a first generation Latina college student I understand what it feels like to feel that your voice isn’t heard or validated. But we are here to support you and help you find your voice.
Involvement on Campus: Former president of MAS Society, a student worker at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center, and a sister of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.

Hunter Miller

Hunter Miller

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
hunter.miller@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 8AM - 10AM


Year: 2nd Year
Major: Economics with an emphasis in Environmental Policy and Geography
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate is a way to advocate on behalf of the students at the University of Norther Colorado to help create an exceptional experience for everyone. For me, Student Senate is a way to give back to the University that has been so great for me. I want to help other students' find their home at UNCo.
Involvement on Campus: Resident Assistant at North Hall, Upper Division Honors Program, Student Senate, Intramural Volleyball, and the Economics Book Club.

 Jonathn Mata

Jonathan Mata

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
jonathan.mata@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 3:30PM- 4:30PM
Thursday: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Year: 3rd Year
Major:  Geography with an emphasis in Global and Area Studies
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate to me is a way to not only get more involved on campus, but to grow both as an student advocate and as a leader. As a senator, I hope to use this platform to empower students on campus to reach their highest potential. I also hope to help our campus continue to be environmentally sustainable. 
Involvement on Campus: I am a Producer for Operation: Cheesecake, which is a student group who focuses on theatre for social change. Student Senate. Geography & GIS club.Teaching Assistant last summer for a physical geography class. 


Joshua Coleman

Joshua Coleman

Monfort College of Business Senator
He/Him/His
joshua.coleman@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 12PM - 2PM

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Denver, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student senate is a group of elected leaders who act as a voice to student who feel unheard constantly pressing to better the Campus and student life for all students, colleges and faculty
Involvement on Campus: Black Student Alliance, Student Senate, Intramural Sports

Bear

Briauna McFadden

Monfort College of Business Senator
She/Her/Hers
briauna.mcfadden@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Year: 2nd Year
Major: Accounting
Minor: Global Business and Leadership
Hometown: Haxtun, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate is a place where students get to express their concerns and help create a positive impact and invoke change around UNC's campus. We as students all have a voice, and with Student Senate, we are able to make our voice known and heard.
Involvement on Campus: Presidential Leadership Program, International Ambassador Program, Concert Band, University Singers Choir

Elena Griego

Elena Griego

Monfort College of Business Senator
She/Her/Hers
elena.griego@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 11AM - 1PM

Year: 2nd Year
Major: General Business
Hometown: Fort Lupton, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: To me being a part of Student Senate gives me the opportunity to connect with the community and listen to the concerns of my peers and help voice those to others in the community. I want to help change the things at UNC that make people feel unwanted and like this is not their school and help them find a voice. UNC has an amazing community and I think it is important that everyone feels welcomed here.
Involvement on Campus: Student Senate


Bear

Tri Duong

Natural Health & Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
tri.duong@unco.edu

Office Hours
Wednesday: 12PM - 2PM

Year: 2nd Year
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Biology
Hometown: Loveland, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: The development of a community that transforms and innovate progress throughout multiple groups on campus.
Involvement on Campus: Student Assistant Manager for the University Center, Natural and Health Sciences Student Ambassador, Plant Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant, SACNAS, Esports Competitive - Rainbow Six Siege


Cody Dorman

Cody Dorman

Natural Health & Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
cody.dorman@unco.edu

Office Hours
Thursday: 10AM - 12PM

Year: 5th Year
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Denver, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: A place for students to express their goals, advocate for their needs, and help build a stronger campus community.
Involvement on Campus: ASAP Advocate, Student Nurses Association

Balkissatou Boukary Saidou

Balkissatou Boukary
Saidou

Natural Heath & Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
balkissatou.boukarysaidou@unco.edu

Office Hours
Friday: 10AM - 12PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Human Services
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Niamey, Niger
What does Student Senate mean to you: A place to connect with other bears and a place to assure that every student voice is heard and being able to address student needs to make them feel welcomed and acknowledged. 
Involvement on Campus: 
Stryker Scholar, African Students United, Americorps Member


Hanna Gollan

 Hanna Gollan

Performing & Visual Arts Senator She/Her/Hers
hanna.gollan@unco.edu

Office Hours
Wednesday: 12:30PM - 2:30PM

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Theatre Education
Minor: TESL Endorsement
Hometown: Aurora, CO

Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

Performing & Visual Arts Senator 
He/Him/His
jose.hernandez@unco.edu

Office Hours
Thursday: 8AM - 10AM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Theatre Education
Hometown: Aurora, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: I joined Student Senate in order to voice the concerns and opinions of the student body, as well help empower our UNC community. I want to help ensure that UNC is a great place for everyone and that we are making it as equitable and socially just as possible. overall, I want to have a positive change on the campus and the community.
Involvement on Campus: New Student Orientation, Student Coordinator at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Undergraduate Representative for the Catalyst Planning Committee

Zoie Tollison

Zoie Tollison

Performing & Visual Arts Senator
She/Her/Hers
zoie.tollison@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesday: 3:15PM - 4:15PM
Thursday: 11AM - 12PM

Year: 4th Year
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
What does Student Senate mean to you: Student Senate means a great deal to me. Student Senate acts as a way that the student body can share their needs and wants to UNC faculty/staff and Administration. Student Senate is constantly helping UNC grow and I am so excited to be a part of that.
Involvement on Campus: I am a Student Ambassador and Student Event Coordinator in the Office of Admissions. I am also the Treasurer/Secretary of American Choral Director Association (ACDA) and I’m a member in Mortar Board.