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Senate constantly asks students “What’s your issue?” Every decision the Student Government Association (SGA) makes is based on students’ needs and input. With 25 senators, SGA persistently works to solve your concerns. It meets with school officials, researches possible solutions, and creates and passes legislation.

To ensure that the entire student body is heard, every Senator represents a specific constituency: There are 14 school senators, 4 class senators, 3 student organization senators, and 4 at-large senators.  See a visual outline of the structure.

Each senator sits on at least one of the four standing committees: the Allocations Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, the Campus Inclusion Committee, and the Student Life Committee.    

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues to bring up to Senate please contact the speaker of Senate, Austin Kernan. 

If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to come to a meeting! Senate meets every Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Argyros Forum Second Floor Boardroom. 

Meet Your Senators

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Austin Kernan
Speaker of Senate, Student Org Senator
TH 2-5:15 p.m
Austin is a Junior year Creative Producing and Business Administration double major from San Diego, California.
He is involved as the Vice President of Finance for Delta Tau Delta, Associate Producer for the Chapman Sports Broadcast Network, and Student Assistant for Special Events.
“I can’t thank Chapman enough for the amazing opportunity to attend such a prestigious university. In my four years here, I hope and plan to make this school into a place that other schools will aspire to be. From great food establishments, incredible facilities, and helpful professors, Chapman has it all. However, no university is flawless. My mission is to voice every student’s opinion to fix any and all imperfections that Chapman University may have. As the Speaker and a senator, I have taken an oath to place other student’s concerns above my own and to advocate persistently for positive change on campus. And that is exactly what I plan to do.”
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Mia Baybayan
Student Org Senator, Student Life Committee Chair
T 11:30-12:30 p.m. & 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Class of 2017
Mia is a junior Business Administration major from Ewa Beach, HI.
She is a Resident Advisor in Henley Hall and a Tutor for the Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center. Mia is also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Chapman50 Student Scholars, and Pua'ikeana.
"I love Chapman because it provides so many opportunities for growth as individuals and as a community. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of many people in the Chapman community."
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Madisen Dewey
Sophomore Class Senator
M 1-2 p.m.
Class of 2018
Madisen is a Public Relations and Advertising Major and Educational Studies Minor from Santa Clarita, CA.
She is involved as a campus tour guide, PRVP of The Panther Pack, a member of Gamma Phi Beta and is on the Chapman Cheer team.
"I love Chapman because of the student body. We really are a community comprised of uniquely driven individuals. Not only do the students care about each other, but the faculty genuinely care as well. Being able to have such a strong relationship with the entire Chapman family allows for us to make positive changes and grow together. "
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Emmi Schlaefer
Crean Senator
TH 10-11 a.m.
Class of 2016
Emmi is a Health Science major with a double minor in Psychology and Spanish from San Jose, California.
She is Co-President of the Pre-Physical and Occupational Therapy Club, and a Supplemental Instructor (SI) Leader for Behavioral Statistics. She has also done Psychology research at Chapman.
“I grow to love Chapman more and more each day due to the endless opportunities to get involved, make lasting friendships, and connect with knowledgeable professors about their area of study. From the moment I stepped onto campus for Freshmen Orientation, I have seen myself grow and progress each and every year. I am honored to represent the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences as a Senator for my final year at Chapman.”
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Skylar Goss
ASBE Senator
T 10-11 a.m.
Class of 2019
Skylar is a Business Administration major from Scottsdale, Arizona.
“I love Chapman because the university’s friendly community and lively atmosphere.”
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Gracie Truex
COPA Senator, Campus Inclusion Chair
M 11:20-12:20 p.m., TH 7:50-9:50 a.m.
Class of 2016
Gracie is studying Theatre Performance with a Law and Social Control cluster from Seattle, Washington.
She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and C.A.S.T.
“Chapman is continually striving to be better and I am so thankful that I have the incredible opportunity to be on SGA and work to make Chapman the best it can be. I think it’s important to listen to a multitude of voices on this campus so all students feel that they are being heard.”
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Helen Garcia
Freshman Class Senator
M 2-3 p.m.
Class of 2019
Helen Garcia is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major from Los Angeles, California.
She is involved in the Sodexo Student Board Committee.
"I love Chapman because it is filled with passionate and beautiful people, driven to make a difference in world one day at a time. This institutions offers a variety of opportunities to have a voice. Thanks to Chapman, I have the opportunity to grow. I'm learning that my voice has the power to make a positive change in the world and I can't wait to see what else my journey here has in store."
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Adam Cash
TH 12-1 p.m.
Class of 2016
Adam is a Creative Writing major and a Music minor from Sisters, Oregon.
He is involved in The Players' Society and Men of Harmony.
"The thing that I have appreciated most about Chapman is how it has provided many opportunities for me to explore my identity, my beliefs, and my work. I've been able to take advantage of several different opportunities to learn, whether it is through academic work, student organizations, or simply being a part of the community."
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Crystle-Joie Agbayani
Crean College Senator
T 12-1 p.m.
Class of 2017
Crystle is a Psychology major and Human Biology minor from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
She is the Fenestra Community Assistant (FCA) for Crean College and Schmid College freshmen, and a Public Relations/Advertising Co-Chair for Floor 13. She also does social psychology research under Dr. David Frederick here at Chapman.
“I love Chapman University because it provides me with such a well-rounded education. Not only do I feel that I am growing academically, but also creatively and as an individual. I've had the opportunity to explore so many new interests and network with amazing staff and faculty who want students to succeed. I'm far from home, but I've definitely found a second one here at Chapman."
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Pammie Wong
School of Pharmacy Senator
M 11-12 p.m.
Class of 2019
Pammie is a freshman Pharmacy major from Valencia, California.
"Chapman University has presented me with one of the greatest opportunities I have ever been ever been given. Now I am a part of something bigger than just a community - I am part of a loving family that genuinely cares about each other's well being. As a member of SGA, I will be able to stand up for my family here at Chapman and make their experience here one of their fondest memories. "
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Emily Miller
CES Senator
FRI 12-1 p.m
Emily is a double major in Integrated Educational Studies and English Literature from San Jose, CA.
She is a Chapman cheerleader, a member of Delta Delta Delta, a panhellenic delegate, a member of National Society of Leadership and Success, and in the Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction.
"I love Chapman because of all of the opportunities that it provides. The Chapman community is so small that I can't walk from one class to another without saying hi to at least 3 different people. I love the community feel and the ability to foster such amazing relationships."
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Set Motamedi
Wilkinson College Senator, Academic Committee Chair
M 5-6 p.m., FRI 10-11 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.
Set is a Philosophy and News and Documentary double major from Santa Clarita, California.
She is involved on campus as a member of the Curriculum Task Force Committee, Pre-Law society, Philosophy Club, and Alpha Phi.
"My favorite thing about Chapman is the sense of community that exists here. As a Chapman student I am surrounded by ambitious individuals who believe not only in themselves but in each other. I have learned so much from both students and faculty at Chapman and I am grateful to have the opportunity to represent such an amazing community."
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Jayetha Panakkadan
Schmid College Senator
M 11-12 p.m.
Jayetha is a Biological Sciences Major and Mathematics minor from Norwalk, California.
She is involved in Schmid Student Leadership Council, AMSA, Global Medical Brigades, Chapman Radio, and Kappa Alpha Theta, and is a volunteer at CHOC Children's.
“My favorite thing about Chapman is the unending opportunities it offers. Being at a smaller school like Chapman, we all value the small class sizes and the personal relationships we have with our professors. As a science major, fostering these student-professor relationships are very important to me because I see many of them as my mentors and role models for my future. I am constantly thankful to be able to call Chapman my home away from home.”
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Rob Nelsen
Student Organizations Senator
M 4-5PM
Class of 2018
Rob is a Political Science Major from Irvine, CA.
He attends Chapman on a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship and is on the Chapman Men’s Basketball Team. Rob is also a representative on Chapman’s NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a student in the University Honors program, and an active member in Beta Theta Pi.
“I value Chapman’s unique lifestyle and campus life. It is encouraging to be around other students who all want to be successful. I have made friendships and connections at Chapman that I will forever cherish. I am honored to represent the student body and the student organizations, and I am excited to contribute to Chapman’s legacy.”
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Amanda Moore
CES Senator
FRI 12-1 p.m.
Amanda is a junior Integrated Educational Studies major from Anaheim Hills, CA.
She is a Peer Advisor for the College of Education and Vice President Membership of Delta Delta Delta.
"I am so fortunate to attend such an amazing school with unlimited possibilities. I have grown so much since I first started at Chapman and it is thanks to the amazing professors, compassionate staff and the inspirational peers I meet every day. I am so thankful to be on SGA and able to represent the best college!"
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Mitchell Rosenberg
W 11:50-12:50 p.m.
Class of 2019
Mitchell Rosenberg is a Television Writing and Production major from Calabasas, California.
He is a current pledge of Delta Tau Delta.
“I can’t wait to make a positive change on Chapman’s campus. I see so much potential to make the students here as happy as they can be and I can’t wait to make that happen. Chapman is such a great, welcoming place that I want to make feel like a second home for everybody. Always feel free to come up and say hey!"
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James Hart
ASBE Senator, Allocations Committee Chair
W 5:30-7 p.m. & FRI: 3-4:30 p.m.
Class of 2017
James is an Accounting Major from Stevenson Ranch, CA.
He is the Phikeia Educator for the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity as well as a member of the Accounting Society.
“I love Chapman because of its great students and excellent staff. Chapman provides a wonderful and nurturing environment for young adults to learn not only about their chosen field of study, but also themselves and what it means to be a Global Citizen.”
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Veda Bhambhani
Senior Class Senator
W 12-1 p.m.
Class of 2016
Veda is a Senior Public Relations and Advertising major with a minor in English from Bombay, India.
She is a Orientation Leader, Chapman University Tour Guide and Fellow and a international Ambassador. She is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity.
“I love Chapman because it has given me a home away from home. Through this position I hope to give back to the community that has given me so much!”
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Adam Breunig
COPA Senator
TH 10-11 a.m.
Class of 2016
Adam is a Senior Theatre Technology major with a Leadership Studies minor. He’s involved on campus as the President and Chair of the Alliance of Chapman University Entertainment Technicians.
Originally from Seattle, Adam is an aspiring live sound engineer and designer. In his free time, which is rare, he enjoys photography, and running.
“Chapman is was the right fit for me because of the strong theatre program, the size of the student body, and the warmth and opportunities of Southern California. I’m excited to make positive, tangible, and lasting change on behalf of my constituency and the entire student body as a CoPA Senator. I am very lucky to have spent my entire undergraduate career here, and I’m excited to be moving towards the windows of opportunity that Chapman has opened for me in my alumni years.”
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Priya Patel
School of Pharmacy Senator
TH 11:15-12:15 p.m.
Class of 2018
Priya is in the first class of Chapman’s new Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program and is from Anaheim Hills, CA.
She is a Tutor for the Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center and Treasurer of the Health Professions Society. She is also a member of Chapman50 Student Scholars, an Orientation Leader, and a Peer Mentor for the School of Pharmacy.
“The thing I love most about Chapman is that it is so easy to love. Chapman provides a foundation for students to excel in areas they didn’t even know they could. This school offers endless resources for self-development, both academically and socially, and I know that is the reason why I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me.”
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Annabell Liao
Dodge College Senator
TH 1-2 p.m.
Class of 2017
Annabell is a senior Creative Producing major from Los Angeles, CA.
She works as a program assistant for Cross-Cultural Engagement and is involved in Chapman Diversity Project's Physical Space Taskforce.
"Something I appreciate about Chapman is that the university actively seeks to grow, and there are several opportunities for students to provide input on that development. Everyone's voice matters in this community. You don't have to be on SGA to speak up and help Chapman become the best it can be - but feel free to shoot me an email if you don't know where to start."
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Christopher Nelson
M 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Class of 2019
Christopher is a Political Science and Communications Double Major.
"I am eager to develop Chapman's legacy while maintaining the university's core values. I hope to better both the community of Chapman as well as the community of Orange as a whole. What I love about Chapman is the desire to pursue the act of being a global citizen. I look forward to helping others and building a stronger connection between the students and faculty."
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Ana Vincente
M 10-11 a.m.
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Emma Cronshaw
Junior Class Senator
W 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Class of 2017
Emma is a Junior Business Administration-Real Estate major and Environmental Studies minor from Seattle, WA/Westlake Village, CA.
She is an Orientation Leader, Peer Mentor, VP of Operations of the Chapman Real Estate Association, a part of Toastmasters, and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi. After graduation, she plans to work in the real estate development industry and build high-end retail shopping centers.
"I feel so fortunate to be a student at Chapman University. I can't imagine attending any other school for 4 years. The influential community and endless opportunities have shaped me into the confident person I am today. Although I'm terrified of graduating into the real world, Chapman has prepared me to be successful in my career and future endeavors."
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Joe DeCasperis
Dodge College Senator
W 11:30-12:30 p.m.