The student-elected representatives that make up the senate are the legislative arm of A.S. Student Government and serve as the official voice of CSUN students. The senate also serves as the board of directors for the A.S. corporation and advocates for students in a variety of other capacities within the campus community.
The senate is composed of 24 voting members — two lower division students, two upper division students, two graduate students and two elected from each of the eight colleges along with the vice president and president (who serves as the chair).
Members of the senate have the opportunity to develop skills in parliamentary procedure, goal setting, communications, group processing, multiculturalism, decision making and critical analysis.
Serving on the senate enables students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. They gain a more thorough understanding of fiscal issues, personnel matters, marketing and public relations.
In sum, members of the senate:
- Serve as one of the 24 students representing a student body of more than 38,000
- Gain valuable leadership experience
- Initiate and approve policy and legislation
- Preside over a multi-million dollar operating budget
- Serve on committees that affect change on campus
- Network with people from various backgrounds
- Work with faculty and campus administrators
The executive cabinet is a group of students appointed by the A.S. president to support his or her goals for the year. Cabinet positions vary annually. For more information, visit the Committees section.