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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 Chief of Staff, 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 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

Kayla Glenn

Kyla Glenn

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

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Commerce City, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined Student Senate to help bridge the gap between professors and upper administration with students here at UNCO. I think building this bond will help student be able to get the resources needed to better their college experience. I want to be a voice for the students and their concerns in order to make the university a better place. I also joined Student Senate to implement the things the students want. Student Senate has provided a way for students to be able to see that there are many others out there with similar concerns.
Goals for Student Senate: 1. One goal I have is to work on creating better communication between the students and higher administration in order to provide multiple perspectives on concerns and issues impacting campus. Another goal is to create more student awareness about various events/activities on campus. Engaging more students on campus will help build connection and provide experiences that students will remember forever.

Savannah Rivera

Savannah Rivera

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

Year: Fourth Year
Major:Psychology
Hometown:Longmont, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined Student Senate because I believe student voices matter. I have not always been the best advocate for myself and I have learned the importance of self advocation. In Student Senate I believe I will be able to help others who have had trouble advocating for themselves.
Goals for Student Senate: My biggest goal this year is to help students navigate coming back to campus as it can be extremely stressful during this pandemic. I hope to show students the value in both physical and mental health.
Involvement on Campus: Family Support Organization, Upper Division Honors Program, Psychology Club, Psi Chi.

Jasmine Rodriguez

Jasmine Rodriguez

Education & Behavioral Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
jasmine.rodriguez@unco.edu

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Center, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I want to make a change for all students, especially those who are first-generation and Latinos.
Goals for Student Senate: Being able to be seen as trusty person who anyone can feel comfortable to talk to me about issues. Another Goal is figuring out my role and making sure I am well educated and planned for this position. Lastly, having a positive/healthy environment for all members.
Involvement on Campus: I am involved in Caminando Unidos, MAS Society, CHE and I work in the World Languages Department on campus.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Caitlin Hass

Caitlin Hass

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
caitlin.hass@unco.edu

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Communication Studies with minors in Sociology & Business Administration
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I want to help other students have a voice and feel heard.
Goals for Student Senate: I want to help advocate for issues that affect the students in my college and across the university. I hope that I can build relationships more with my fellow peers and classmates.
Involvement on Campus: Peer Mentor for UNCO GOAL Program

Erin Pettorino

Erin Pettorino

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
erin.pettorino@unco.edu

Year: Second Year
Major: History for Secondary Education
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I love planning and creating things to better my community, and seeing the changes that it brings to my peers!
Goals for Student Senate: I want to work on the inclusion of all people, to make sure all voices are heard. I also want to improve the safety of students, and experience in this post-pandemic lifestyle.
Involvement on Campus: I work at Coffee Corner in Michener Library!

 Casey Randall

Casey Randall

Humanities & Social Sciences Senator
He/Him/His
casey.randall@unco.edu

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: To represent my fellow students and to make a difference here at UNC.
Goals for Student Senate: To get UNC back to normal following the pandemic.


College of Monfort College of Business

John Carter

John Carter

Monfort College of Business Senator
He/Him/His
john.carter@unco.edu

Year: Third Year
Major: Finance
Hometown: Denver, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined to be a voice for my peers and to build Momentum for the University going forward.
Goals for Student Senate: To build new relationships with my peers across campus, to discover new perspectives and help improve Student life on campus.
Involvement on Campus: Member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

Andrew Gardalen

Andrew Gardalen

Monfort College of Business Senator
He/Him/His
andrew.gardalen@unco.edu

Year: Second Year
Major: Business Finance
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined student senate to help out the community and make an impact in a positive way.
Goals for Student Senate: My goal is to become an effective communicator and leader. I also want to work with the student senate team to make a great impact for UNC.
Involvement on Campus: Currently, I am a member of the Navigator's Bible Study group, Intramural tennis, and Investment club.

Emmy Scott

Emmy Scott

Monfort College of Business Senator
She/Her/Ze
morgan.scott@unco.edu

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Environmental Sustainability Students & Business Management
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined student senate to ensure all students are being heard. On student senate I can be a voice for underrepresented groups and individuals on campus. I get to listen and learn about what our fellow bears values and needs. Most importantly, I get to help bring positive change to campus.
Goals for Student Senate: My goals are to create more inclusive space, where students feel safe and brave enough to let their voices be heard. As well as establish more representation of marginalized groups on campus, such as increasing staff diversity and cultural courses. I even hope to see murals across campus that depict our diverse student population: our disabled, LGBTQ+, military, parenting, and students of color -just to name a few.
Involvement on Campus: Co-president of Earth Guardians, Grant Coordinator of Student LEAF, and Facilities Management Sustainability Student


College of Natural Health Sciences

Christa Harvey

Christa Harvey

Natural Health & Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
christa.harvey@unco.edu

Year: Third Year
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and where I could help others.
Goals for Student Senate: More opportunities for service and better mental health resources as we navigate going back to in person.
Involvement on Campus: I was a member of Air Force ROTC for my first two years of school, and I participated in multiple intramural sports.

Gabi Swize

Gabi Swize

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

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Human Services
Hometown: Palm Desert, CA
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I wanted to continue to serve our student body, and make sure students voices and faculty voices are amplified. And to make UNCO a great place for all students to grow, learn, and become well educated students.
Goals for Student Senate: My goal is to make sure the 2021-2022 school year has plenty of activities and events for all students, and we continue to have a safe and healthy year.

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Natural Heath & Sciences Senator
She/Her/Hers
hannah.wilson@unco.edu

Year: Third Year
Major: Biology with Pre-Health and Biomedical Sciences Emphasis
Hometown: St. Luis, MO
Reason for Joining Student Senate: I joined Student Senate because I want to help make a difference for my peers at UNC. This position would grant me the opportunity to work with students, faculty and staff within the College of Natural and Health Sciences as well as the university at large in order to continuously improve our school and community. I want to encourage and motivate those within my college, offer help and guidance for whatever issues that are brought to me and overall create a welcoming environment that generates positivity, growth and acceptance. By being a member of Student Senate, I have access to resources that I need to be an advocate for students and to make an impact on the UNC community
Goals for Student Senate: My goals are to promote growth and communication within the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the UNC community as a whole. I will strive to create an open line of communication between students, faculty, staff and administration so that problems can be solved and progress can be made. I plan on creating an environment in which students are encouraged to voice their opinions or concerns between the different senate members and the faculty within the college to ensure that positive change can and will be made for the benefit of all those involved.
Involvement on Campus: Student Ambassador, New Student Orientation Leader, Outreach Team Member for the Office of Admissions, Phi Sigma Pi, Pre-Health Professionals Club, Psych Club, Honors Program, Undergraduate Research.


College of Performing and Visual Arts

Chaya Jensen

Chaya Jensen

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

Year: Fourth Year
Major: Music Business – French Horn Emphasis
Hometown: Independence, MO
Reason for Joining Student Senate:
I want to help create a healthy environment in the PVA schools and help make each of the individual schools feel more connected with each other and with the university.
Goals for Student Senate: I hope to help create a warming community among us in Student Senate, along with working to have our organization involved more with the UNC community and students as a whole. I want to make sure we are hearing the student body’s voices and opinions and doing our best to help them in any way we can.
Involvement on Campus:
Performing in the UNC bands and choirs, former student cook at the dining halls.

Bailey Walder

Bailey Walder

Performing & Visual Arts Senator 
She/Her/Hers
bailey.walder@unco.edu

Year: Fourth Year (Senior)
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Reason for Joining Student Senate:
I wanted to join Student Senate because in the past I have been heavily involved on many different sides of campus, which helped me develop a love for this university and a passion for making it the very best it can be for every bear
Goals for Student Senate: I would like for other students on campus to get to know Student Senate more and know more about the work we are doing through events we are holding on campus. I also want to continue to build a positive relationship with UNC administration and help them empathize with the student perspective. Lastly, I hope to continue to foster a safe and inclusive environment for all UNC students
Involvement on Campus: 
Sigma Kappa Sorority, Student Ambassadors, Order of Omega, American Choral Directors Association


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