Student Senate Committees


All Student Senators sit on one of the following committees. Each committee meets weekly and discusses respective topics of expertise.
Academic Affairs

Chair: Ginger Gordon | Email:

Members: Adam Richenberger | Email:
      Cameron Werner | Email:
      Emma Johnson | Email:
      Emma Nelson | Email:
      Harper Taylor | Email:
      Emily Okief | Email:
      Sarah Bentzin | Email:

The Academic Affairs committee reviews all legislation dealing with academic affairs. This committee is responsible for maintaining relations with each academic entity and for advocating on behalf of all academic issues. The committee also has the authority to allocate money for these purposes in accordance with the normal allocation process.

Campus Improvements and Affairs

Chair: Piper Latham | Email:

Members: Ben Garvis | Email:
      Camille Casillas | Email:
      Christine Phan | Email:
      Hunter Walker | Email:
      Marissa Watson | Email:
      Elizabeth Palmer | Email:
      Alejandra Tijenrina | Email:
      Madison Grace McNeece | Email:
      Shea Berthelot | Email:

The Campus Improvements and Affairs Committee works to tackle on-campus issues relating to parking, recycling, sustainability, safety, and buildings. Bills relating to physical improvements to Baylor’s campus shall come through this committee. The committee also reviews non-allocation legislation dealing with student life and external issues. This committee shall be responsible for visiting and evaluating all events that are funded by the Student Government Allocation Fund. The Community Affairs Committee shall also play a large role in fostering relationships between Baylor and the Waco community.

Diversity and Inclusion

Chair: Katy Crawford | Email:

Members: Addison Knight | Email:
      Gunilla Diza | Email:
      Jackson McNeece | Email:
      Sarah Lee | Email:
      Veronica Penales | Email:
      Marisol Villarreal | Email:
      Bethal Tesfai | Email:

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee primarily focuses on improving the Senate structure to be more representative of all students at Baylor. This year, they are responsible for the revision of senate seats’ distribution, in hopes of a complete restructuring. They also write and see legislation that is associated with addressing any concern of discrimination, or efforts of creating a more fair and equal student life.


Chair: Kyla Fergason | Email:

Members: Clay Jeha | Email:
      Josie Peterson | Email:
      Kate Pitcher | Email:
      Lynley Sharum | Email:
      Ruhi Thapar | Email:
      Trevor Rogers | Email:
      Thomas Sigall | Email:

The Finance Committee reviews all bills involving allocations from the Student Government Allocation Fund, and, in particular, committee bills greater than $2,500. They are also responsible for reviewing the Student Government operating budget upon submission by the Student Body President. This committee shall be composed of at least five, but not more than nine, Senators.

Operations and Procedures

Chair: Alex Lawrence | Email:

Members: Anthony DeLauro | Email:
      Carlie Dill | Email:
      Carter Burns | Email:
      Elise Morgan | Email:
      Oscar Salguero | Email:
      Tate Korpi | Email:

The Operations and Procedures Committee views all legislation involving internal issues and the official documents of the Student Government. The Operations and Procedures committee also interviews all nominations to Student Government positions subject to senatorial confirmation or approval, and requests any information that contributed to the nominator's decisions including, but not limited to, applications.

Public Relations

Chair: Ashleigh Hines | Email:

Members: Ansley Nevil | Email:
      Greg Welch | Email:
      Lindsey Fancher | Email:
      Meredith Montgomery | Email:
      Sarah Miller | Email:
      Cayleigh Nelson | Email:
      Heidi Valstar | Email:
      Heidi Valstar | Email:
      Gillian Beebe | Email:

The Public Relations committee is in charge of relaying an accurate image and message of Student Government to other students and campus organizations. This can be done by visiting organizations throughout the semester to remind them of the Student Government Allocation Fund, and planning campus-wide events. They are also responsible for publicizing the Student Government Allocation Fund to organizations on campus.

Senate Executive Council

Chair: Matt Cole | Email:

Members: Alex Lawrence | Email:
      Ashleigh Hines | Email:
      Ginger Gordon | Email:
      Katy Crawford | Email:
      Kyla Fergason | Email:
      Piper Latham | Email:
      Tate Korpi | Email:

The Senate Executive Council consists of the President of Student Senate, the six Committee Chairpersons, the Legislative Secretary, and is chaired by the President of Student Senate. The committee meets to decide policy for the Legislative branch, hear disputes, and remedy corrective sanctions for members for violations and absences. All SEC meetings are held in executive session.