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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 23 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 12 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, Lord Ryan Lizardo.


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 Argyrous Forum Second Floor Boardroom. Or, look at the attendance record if you have questions about your representation. 

Meet Your Senators

Lord Ryan Lizardo
Lord Ryan Lizardo
Senior Class Representative
Speaker of Senate
Class of 2014
Lizardo is an Integrated Education Studies major and Sociology and Anthropology double minor from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
He works part time in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. He is also involved in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and The Center OC.
"Chapman has given me a huge opportunity to grow as an individual. I've met so many people here that I am willing and ready to call family outside of Chapman. My goal is to give back to Chapman what it has given back to me."
John Demshki
John Demshki
At-Large Representative
Allocation Committee Chair
Class of 2016
Demshki is an Accounting and Business Administration double major from Riverside, California.
He is a member of Delta Tau Delta, and the Chapman University Investment Group.
"I joined SGA because I truly love Chapman. I love the area, the culture, and the people. I wanted to give back to this community that I love so much and try to help make the student experience as much fun as I am having at Chapman."
Spencer Berry
Spencer Berry
ASBE Representative
Academics Committee Chair
Class of 2015
Spencer is majoring in both Economics and Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate, from Menlo Park, California.
He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Last spring, he interned at Harvey and Company, a buyside private equity advisor.
"I love Chapman because of the numerous opportunities to gain leadership experience and make strong connections with faculty and advisors. The Southern California weather is enough to keep me loving the location, but the people of Chapman are what make this University so special."
Jenny Bowen
Jenny Bowen
Schmid Representative
Campus Inclusion Committee Chair
Class of 2015
Jenny is majoring in Chemistry and Environmental Science & Policy, with a minor in Art, from Thousand Oaks, California.
She is a Student Research Assistant and Lab Manager, and a School of Earth and Environmental Science Supplemental Instructor for General Chemistry.
"I could not be more grateful for the countless opportunities I have been presented with at Chapman University. I have been involved in as many ways possible and I love helping in any way I can to better the development of the university. Overall, Chapman has allowed me to be truly passionate about educating and engaging with great people in all communities on campus."
Evan DeVries
Evan DeVries
Student Org. Representative
Student Life Committee Chair
Class of 2016
Evan is studying Business Administration and is a member of the University Honors Program.
He is involved in the Interfraternity Council, Phi Kappa Tau, Student Engagement - Civic Engagement Initiatives, and Men of Harmony.
"Chapman is the ideal environment to whole heartily pursue your passions. No matter your interests there will be a group of students and even faculty to support what you care for and push you along the way. Everyone at Chapman has an interesting and unique back story and big dreams for the future. The campus is inspirational on a daily level and I find myself growing with every new experience I take on."
Allison  Schneider
Allison Schneider
CES Representative
Class of 2015
Evette Minsun Kim
Evette Minsun Kim
Wilkinson Representative
Class of 2016
Evette is majoring in Political Science & Peace Studies and minoring in French & Holocaust Studies,
She is a Civic Engagement Initiative as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
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Nicole Zakheim
Dodge Representative
Class of 2016
Nicole is a Film Productions major from Chicago.
She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Kappa Alpha, and the Chapman Equestrian Team.
"Chapman SGA fosters a collaborative and innovative environment where students can develop, discuss, and implement initiatives that benefit the student body. I'm so excited to be apart of the process!"
Mia Baybayan
Mia Baybayan
Student Org. Representative
Class of 2017
Mia is a Business Administration major with a Digital Imaging and Design minor.
She is a Pralle-Sodaro Hall Office Assistant as well as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and Pua'ikeana.
"Being in SGA helps me maintain a balance between being a student and being a Senator. As a student, I can listen to the concerns of my peers, and as a Senator, I can advocate for my peers in order to make a positive change at Chapman."
Devon Hillard
Devon Hillard
Dodge Representative
Class of 2015
Devon is majoring in Political Science, and Public Relations and Advertising, from San Diego, California. She is also a member of the University Honors Program.
Devon is involved with Chapman ImPRessions, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.
"Chapman has the resources of a big school with the personalized attention of a small school. I know the people I have met and the opportunities I have been given will have an indelible effect on my future."
Chelsea  Davis
Chelsea Davis
COPA Representative
Class of 2017
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Stephanie Pfingsten
Student Org. Representative
Class of 2016
Stephanie is a Business Administration major.
Ryan Rodriguez
Ryan Rodriguez
Freshman Representative
Class of 2017
Ryan is a Business Administration major with an emphasis in Marketing.
His involvements include Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and the Player's Society.
"I came to Chapman because I believe it is a school filled with many opportunities not just for me, but for the entire student body."
Jaycie Rowe
Jaycie Rowe
Sophomore Representative
Class of 2016
Jaycie is a Business Administration Major, from Carlsbad, California.
She is a part of the Civic Engagement Initiative Team, a DJ on Chapman Radio, Panthervision, the American Marketing Association, and an NCAA Division III athlete on the Women's Track and Field Team. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
"I love Chapman because of the numerous opportunities to gain leadership experience and make strong connections with faculty and advisors. The Southern California weather is enough to keep me loving the location, but the people of Chapman are what make this University so special."
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Yassie Golbadi
Junior Representative
Class of 2015
Darpan  Singh
Darpan Singh
Schmid Representative
Class of 2016
Darpan is majoring in Chemistry, from Dublin, California.
She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and Chapman's Track and Field team.
"I love Chapman because of the great community that has been made here. The faculty genuinely cares about the students and wants to see them succeed. We have great programs here like academic advising, the career development center, and student and campus life whose only goal is to help students get the most out of their college experience and become prepared for whatever lies ahead for them after college."
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Kayla Velloso
Wilkinson Representative
Kayla is a freshman communications major.
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Sebastian Nuta
At-Large Representative
Class of 2017
Sebastian is a Film Production Major from West Hills, Calif.
He is a member of Phi Kappa Tau, IFC delegate, and member of Chapman Radio
"Chapman astonished me with the amount of opportunities they offered the second I began my first day there and I feel that SGA is the perfect way to continue improving campus life and provide even more opportunities for students."
Gagan Sandhu
Gagan Sandhu
At-Large Representative
Taylor Krause
Taylor Krause
At-Large Representative
Taylor is a Chemistry major with an Environmental Science minor.
She is a member of the American Chemical Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Global Medical Brigades, and Tri Delta sorority.
"I love Chapman because it has helped me become the person I am today and still helps me continue to grow into the person I strive to become. It has given me opportunities and qualitative skills necessary in accomplishing all my goals that I know I would not have been able to obtain on my own."
Taylor  White
Taylor White
At-Large Representative
Taylor is an Athletic Training major.
He is a Student Engagement Guest Relations Assistant as well as a member of Chapman Hillel and affiliated in the Greek Community.
"Coming to Chapman has easily been the greatest decision I have ever made. The supportive environment here is so welcoming and opportunities for your future are endless, which is why I love this school so much."
Josh Nudelman
Josh Nudelman
At-Large Representative
Josh is a Communication Studies and Political Science double major from Lake Oswego, Oregon.
He is involved in Chapman Cross Country, Chapman Speech and Debate Team, member of Phi Delta Theta, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
"I love Chapman because of all the opportunities and doors it has opened for me. Something I really enjoy is the fact that Chapman gives me the opportunity to be involved in actives I would only dream about being a part of. I have also created personal connections with my professors thanks to Chapman. Thanks to Chapman I know that the sky is my limit."
Christine Sanchez
Christine Sanchez
At-Large Representative
Class of 2014
Christine is a Business Administration major with a minor in Public Relations from Orange, Calif.
She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and involved in intramural volleyball.
"Chapman has given me so many amazing opportunities to grow as an individual and expand my breadth of knowledge. I am incredibly thankful for the enriching experiences I have had at Chapman. I can't think of a better way to thank the community that has given me so much than by serving them."