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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.

Members of Student Senate hold a variety of responsibilities such as being advocating for students' voices at Board of Trustee, Faculty Senate, and other campus board meetings. In addition to that, Student Senate provides additional funds for undergraduate students to attend conferences, campus departments to start new pilot programs and provide technology to campus. 

Overall, Student Senate works collaboratively with various campus partners to represent student interests in an equitable manner. If you have any additional questions please reach out to our members below.

If you are interested in speaking at a Student Senate Meeting, please email the Student Senate Administrative Assistant, Katlyn Lucas with the information below:

  • Name and Organization
  • Purpose of Visit
  • Any documents or presentation materials needed to be projected

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

Student Senate Members

All office hours will be held on Zoom until further notice.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Student Senate will be holding all office hours online for the for-seeable future. We hope to be back in the office soon, but the safety of our team and students on campus is our top priority.

Please join us on Zoom during any of our office hours.

Student Senate Office Hours

All office hours will be held on Zoom until further notice.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Student Senate will be holding all office hours online for the for-seeable future. We hope to be back in the office soon, but the safety of our team and students on campus is our top priority.

Please join us on Zoom during any of our office hours.

For any "Vacant Positions" please reach out to Elena Griego, Director of Student Affairs for more information!

Student Senate Senators

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

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Your Senators: Katlyn Frey, Kyla Glenn and Savannah Rivera
2020-21 Goals: Finalize a CEBS Anti-Racism Action Plan, in collaboration with the Equity and Diversity Committee and Dr. Tobias Guzman. Create a CEBS snapchat that the senators will use to (1) connect with current and prospective students, (2) release self-care reminders, encouragements, and positive psychoeducation messages for students, and (3) release monthly spotlights on CEBS schools, where we'll interview people from the schools. And lastly, to connect more with current students; let them know that we are a resource for them.

Katlyn Frey

Katlyn Frey

Education & Behavioral Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
katlyn.frey@unco.edu

Office Hours
Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Year: Second Year, PhD Student
Major: School Psychology
Minor: Statistics
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I hope I can use my senate membership to build a bridge between undergraduate and graduate student affairs. I want us to work as a unified team, rather than stay in our separate quarters.
Goals for Student Senate: 1. Increase transparency between UNC leadership and faculty, staff, and students 2. Allocate more funding to graduate assistantships and research 3. Create more opportunities for UNC students to engage with local organizations, politics, and advocacy. 4. Work towards improving the quality of online classes
Involvement on Campus: Treasurer of School Psychology Student Organization, Research Assistant to Professor Dunn and Professor Hess

Kyla Glenn

Kyla Glenn

Education & Behavioral Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
kyla.glenn@unco.edu

Office Hours
Mondays: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fridays: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Year: Third Year
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Commerce City, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined Student Senate because I want to bridge the gap between professors and upper administration with students in this university. I think by being able to build this bond will help students to be able to reach out to the resources around them to better help them during their college experience. Through hearing from other peers in the university about making the environment more accommodating with working to reach more students and allowing them to know what is happening in their university. Through being a part of Student Senate I want to be a way for students to be able to voice their concerns about the university and see that this university is not complete without it's students since the students should be the ones to change their university to make it the most beneficial to themselves and their education. Also I joined because Student Senate is more than just helping students to voice their concerns but actually implementing what the students want and discussing it with the higher administrators to find a solution. Through being a part of Student Senate it creates a way for students to be able to see that their concerns are shared by many others.
Goals for Student Senate: A goal I have for Student Senate is to help serve the student body by working on better communication between the students and higher administration to make sure that the student’s are given multiple resources to help them with any concerns that they might have. My goal is to help serve the student body by creating more student awareness about different events or activities that are happening in the university to help to reach more students. Through reaching more students allows for them to be engaged in events to show them what this university has to offer them and can create experiences for these students that they will look back on and will remember forever as being a university that strives for student success.
Involvement on Campus: CIE International Ambassador Program

Savannah Rivera

Savannah Rivera

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

Office Hours
Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fridays: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Year: Third Year
Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined student senate because it give me the opportunity to be more involved with campus and the students. This position allows me to help students and give a voice to my college.
Goals for Student Senate: My goals for student senate includes to meet as many new people as possible and to make sure that they know they can find a resource in student senate.
Involvement on Campus: Psi Chi, Upper Division Honors Program, Psychology club, and Student Senate.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Your Senators: Brenda Vargas, Enrique Benavide and Gio Esparza
2020-21 Goals: Our senators of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are looking to create a more inclusive and unified campus and advocate for the needs of our diverse student body.  They are working with the Diversity Advisory Board of HSS hoping to create faculty policies, inclusive syllabi, and faculty evaluations more representative of student opinion. They are also planning on encouraging more participation in places where decisions are being made such as Town Halls and Student Senate meetings, especially in the age of COVID -19.

Brenda Vargas

Brenda Vargas

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
brenda.vargas@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesdays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Year: Second Year
Major: Mexican American Studies and Sociology 
Hometown: Denver, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined Student Senate to advocate for my peers, for marginalized communities on campus. I joined because I want to be part of a community that is equitable and transparent. I want to see change on campus and I thought Student Senate would be a great place to start that change.
Goals for Student Senate: I hope to create a campus atmosphere that is united and encourages diversity. I hope to encourage students to voice their opinions and concerns, and I hope changes are made.
Involvement on Campus: I currently am a Founder and Co-President of a recognized student organization on campus called “Movimiento Radical de Cultura,” that hopes to empower Latinx leaders through Culture, Advocacy, and Community.

Enrique Benavidez

Enrique Benavidez

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
enrique.benavidez@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Year: Second Year
Major: Mexican American Studies
Minor: Human Services
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: Joining a program that brings together people, and provides a sense of community has always been a goal of mine. And I aim to find that here at UNC, and more specifically in student senate. I am a leader and I am not afraid to voice my thoughts and ideas. Along with that sense of leadership I would do anything for my peers, and would tackle the hard tasks along the way.
Goals for Student Senate: Oftentimes the issues marginalized students face are the same issues that our professors and faculty of color face as well. Professors in the Mexican American Studies program and Africana Studies are not only teaching their students, but they also play the role of advising their students, counseling students, creating cultural activities/providing community engagement, as well as the recruitment of students due to the lack of support from the university. A school that is truly committed to a multicultural philosophy would generally examine the public policies, attitudes, and behaviors of its staff and faculty to determine and understand how these might discriminate against students. My goals would be to advocate for my collage, my professors, and piers. Constantly striving to make a more inclusive place.
Involvement on Campus: Member of Mas society, student organizer, Vice President of Nu Alpha Kappa, Co-founder of Movimento Radical de Cultura (Student Group)

 Gio Esparza

Gio Esparza

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
giovanni.esparza@unco.edu

Office Hours
Wednesdays: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Year: Third Year
Major: History for Secondary Education
Minor: Anthropology/ Special Education
Hometown: Berthoud, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I have been inspired by the students to be more of an activist here on campus which is why I've been supporting the causes that mean so much to everyone. I wanted to be a part of student senate so that I can help lead these movements by addressing these issues and having tough conversations. I want to give a voice to those who don't feel they have one.
Goals for Student Senate: While on Student Senate my number one priority will be to make sure every student feels they have a place to express their feelings about issues they see around campus. My goal is to become a change agent here at UNC by listening to students concerns in hopes to resolve issues they see in the community. Only through communication will student morale go up and that’s ultimately what I’m after. The first step in that process is recognizing that we are already a strong, united UNC community.
Involvement on Campus: Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, MAS Society, and the Center of Human Enrichment and I was involved in University 101 and History Club in the past.


College of Monfort College of Business

Your Senators: Dakota Perez, Emmy Scott and Michael Costell
2020-21 Goals: To advocate for more diversity within the college, as well as to push for more inclusive spaces, such as family-friendly rooms or spaces where different identities are represented and respected. They also want to advocate for LGBTQIA+, as well as black and brown rights and assist in developing better company relations. Finally, they plan to advertise and expose the GRSC’s Safe Zone trainings to Faculty members within the College to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Dakota Perez

Dakota Perez

Monfort College of Business Senator
He/Him/His/Él
dakota.perez@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesdays: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Year: Third Year
Major: Marketing
Minor: Spanish & Music Technology
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I want to be a voice for myself and those within my college with all of the uncertainty and change that is happening right now.
Goals for Student Senate: I want to make sure that students can come to me with general concerns and speak up on issues that will come up regarding COVID-19 and its effect on UNC and MCB.
Involvement on Campus: Along with being a member of Senate, I work for the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and the Alumni Center. I have also worked with New Student Orientation (go Silver Squares) and been a part of the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band and Symphonic Band.

Emmy Scott

Emmy Scott

Monfort College of Business Senator
She/Her/Hers
emmy.scott@unco.edu

Office Hours
Mondays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Business Management and Sustainability and Environmentalism
Minor: Communication
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I want to be a voice for underrepresented groups, as well as smaller groups, on campus. I believe the student’s voices shape our university and are essential for a truly inclusive institution.
Goals for Student Senate: My personal goals are to generate equity and create opportunity for students. Through the changes the student senate can make, I hope students attend UNC and have their expectations of their experience exceeded.
Involvement on Campus: I serve as President of an environmental activist club, called Earth Guardians. Our club spreads awareness of local and global environmental issues, as well as empowers out students to take action to solve those issues. In addition, we are dedicated to defending human rights. I’m also involved with an organization on campus, called Student LEAF. I serve as the Grant Coordinator, meaning I get to help organize proposals for sustainable capital projects on campus. Projects we fund are proposed by students! The organization’s focus is student-driven so we can provide the tools to lead sustainable lives. We have completed projects such as creating a unified recycling system on campus, placing water bottle fillers in all buildings, multiple solar projects, and more.

Michael Costello

Michael Costello

Monfort College of Business Senator
He/Him/His
michael.costello@unco.edu

Office Hours
Fridays: 12:00-3:00 p.m.


College of Natural Health Sciences

Your Senators: Gabi Swize, Spencer Evans and Yessica Rodriguez
2020-21 Goals: The NHS college is determined to advocate for those in the department, and to listen to students voices and concerns. We are also determined to bridge the gap between students, faculty, and staff. They wish to make a positive impact on campus, and to make UNC an inclusive, and safe community for all bears.

Gabi Swize

Gabi Swize

Natural Health & Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
gabi.swize@unco.edu

Office Hours
Mondays: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Year: Third Year
Major: Human Services
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Palm Desert, CA
Reason for Joining Student Senate: Joining Student Senate will allow me to be an advocate for UNC bears, strengthen our community, and make a positive impact on campus.
Goals for Student Senate: My goals are to make sure that we bring positive changes to UNC, and make sure the voices of students are heard and we take action. Another goal is to grow as a senate, and make memories with each other.
Involvement on Campus: University 101 Class Leader, Student Senate

Spencer Evans

Spencer Evans

Natural Health & Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
spencer.evans@unco.edu

Office Hours
Mondays:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Year: Third Year
Major: Biology/Pre-Health
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined the student senate to represent the College of Natural Health Sciences and be an advocate for its constituents.
Goals for Student Senate: To improve the quality of student life at UNC in all aspects from academics to campus involvement.
Involvement on Campus: Outdoor Pursuits Trip Leader, Undergraduate research assistant in the Neurobiology Lab, Brother of Pi Kappa Phi

Caleb McGrath

Caleb McGrath

Natural Heath & Sciences Senator
He/him/His
caleb.mcgrath@unco.edu

Office Hours
Mondays:
12:15.-1:15 p.m.
Tuesdays:
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Wednesdays: 12:15.-1:15 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Year: First Year
Major: Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science and Pre-Health
Hometown: Durango, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined the student senate to take a leadership role on campus, be a voice for the students to administration and faculty, and positively impact the University of Northern Colorado community.
Goals for Student Senate: I hope to create an open and welcoming space where students feel welcomed and encouraged to express their ideas and feelings about what is happening on campus. Additionally, I aim to represent these feelings accurately to help bring positive change that students desire.
Involvement on Campus: In addition to being a student senator I am a member of the football team.


College of Performing and Visual Arts

Your Senators: Micah Wilborn and Sam Sherman
2020-21 Goals: One of the goals of the PVA Student Senators involves bringing the three schools together in a unified statement against racism and bigotry in the form of an Anti-Racism Plan for PVA. The School of Theatre Arts & Dance are making great strides, and we'd like to ensure their continuity with the School of Music and the School of Art & Design.

Micah Wilborn

 Micah Wilborn

Performing & Visual Arts Senator 
He/Him/His
micah.wilborn@unco.edu

Office Hours
Wednesdays:11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Year: Third Year
Major: Theatre Education
Minor: Film Studies
Reason for Joining Student Senate:
Communication is key, and I believe Student Senate is the most effective way for voices to be heard on campus. Every voice matters, so I want to serve as a microphone for my peers, making sure their words reach the people who matter.
Involvement on Campus:
I am currently serving as an Officer for SOAPBox Productions, an on-campus student group that focuses on exploring social issues through theatre and movement.

Sam Sherman

Sam Sherman

Performing & Visual Arts Senator 
He/Him/His
samuel.sherman@unco.edu

Office Hours
Tuesdays:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thursdays:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Chaya Jensen

Chaya Jensen

Performing & Visual Arts Senator
She/Her/Hers
chaya.jensen@unco.edu

Office Hours
Thursdays:
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Fridays:
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Year: Junior
Major: Music Business with an Emphasis in French Horn
Hometown: Independence, MO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I want to help make mine and everyone else's voices heard and to better our community throughout the PVA buildings. Aside from that, I am striving to improve my own skills as a leader and to be a good representative for my peers and classmates.
Goals for Student Senate: My goals for Student Senate are to help make mental health services more accessible and for students to feel comfortable getting the help they need, especially after a lot of the mental trauma that COVID-19 has impacted on people.
Involvement on Campus:
Along with the Senate, I am on the board of UNC's chapter of CBA (Collegiate Bandmasters Association). Currently, I perform in many of the university's bands and choirs and have also worked with dining services as a student cook.


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