» Senate

Every decision the Student Government Association (SGA) makes is based on students’ needs and input. With a total of 16 senators, SGA works to solve these concerns. 

To ensure our student body is heard, each Senator represents a constituency: There are 9 school senators, 5 student organization senators, 1 upperclassman senator and 1 underclassman senator.

Each senator sits on at least one of the four standing committees: Allocations Committee, Diversity Affairs Committee, Community Outreach Committee, and University & Academic Affairs Committee.

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues to bring up to Senate, please contact the Speaker of Senateb, Abbey Umali, by email at speaker@chapman.edu

If you’re interested in learning more, come to a meeting! Senate meets every Friday from 1-3 p.m. via Zoom for this fall semester. Be sure to follow our instagram @chapmansga for the Zoom link. 

Meet Your Senators

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Arianna Benitez

Academic Organizations Senator | Diversity Committee Chair
Class of 2022
Arianna Benitez is a Junior Sociology student with a minor in Broadcast Journalism from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is involved in several organizations and clubs on campus, and holds leadership positions such as Alumni Relations Chair for Kappa Alpha Pi Pre Law Co-ed Fraternity, and Student Scholar Ambassador for the Center of Undergraduate Excellence. This upcoming school year masks her first year with the Student Government Association as Academic Organizations Senator and Diversity Committee Chair, and she is working towards creating a more inclusive atmosphere on campus where we encourage diversity and promote a safe and welcoming environment for all.
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Abbey Umali

Crean Senator | Speaker of Senate
Class of 2021
Abbey Umali is a senior Psychology and Music double major with a minor in Disability Studies from Redlands, CA. She has held various leadership positions in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the University Treble Choir, the CoPA Student Leadership Council, and is especially involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a small group leader and a member of the worship team. She is also an active member of Kapamilya (Filipino club) and the Advisory Group on Disability & Accessibility, and has worked in the Office of Admission since her freshman year. She is looking forward to using these experiences to be an advocate for Crean students during her second year in SGA.
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Journey Cordero

School of Pharmacy Senator | University and Academic Affairs Chair
Class of 2024
Journey Cordero is a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from La Mirada, California, with an expected graduation of 2024. She is involved in a variety of organizations on campus such as Kapamilya (Filipino Club), Future Pharmacists Club, and Chapman Ambassadors. Journey hopes to bring a positive change to campus and fellow constituents and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Chapman community.
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Victoria Mas

Wilkinson Senator
Class of 2022
Victoria Mas is a junior Sociology major with a minor in Political Science from Corona, California. She is involved in numerous organizations on campus and holds leadership positions such as Treasurer of Chapman Feminists and previously served as the Director of Rituals of Kappa Alpha Pi, Chapman’s Pre-Law Fraternity. This school year as the Senator of Wilkinson College, she looks forward to creating change and raising awareness on topics she holds near to her heart, such as diversity and representation. Victoria is determined in contributing to how Chapman can do better for all students and is excited to take on the fall!
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Olivia Wagner

Upperclassmen Senator
Class of 2022
Olivia Wagner is a junior from Chicago, Illinois double majoring in History and Peace Studies with a minor in Honors. She is involved in multiple different organizations on campus, including Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, and Secretary for Mortar Board Senior Honor Society; additionally, she holds a job in the Office of the Provost. This year serving as Upperclassmen Senator will be Olivia's first experience with the Student Government Association, and she is eager for the opportunity to enact tangible change on campus through active listening and advocacy.
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Steele Viverette

School of Communications Senator | Community Outreach Committee Chair
Class of 2022
Steele Viverette is a junior pursuing a double major in Global Communication and World Languages and Political Science. He is from Richmond, Virginia. He is involved on Chapman’s campus in a variety of different ways including as a Tour Guide and Admissions Fellow for the Office of Admission, Vice President of the French Club, a member of the School of Communication Student Advisory Board, and a Research Assistant. This will be his first year serving in student government, and he is excited for the opportunity to help strengthen the Chapman community and its relationship with the surrounding Orange community, which he has grown close with through his work at the Starbucks in the Orange Circle.
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Nikki Trippler

College of Performing Arts Senator
Class of 2022
Nikki Trippler is a junior Theatre Studies and Strategic & Corporate Communication double major with a minor in the University Honors Program. She has been involved in a variety of different organizations on campus including the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, the Iranian Student Cultural Organization, and a dance group on campus called Twilight. She has been involved backstage for various productions with the Theatre Department as well. As the CoPA Senator, she hopes to bring more awareness to the student voice within the College of Performing Arts this school year.
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Macy Dexter

Schmid Senator
Class of 2022
Macy Dexter is a junior Biological Sciences major with a minor in Religious Studies from the Oregon Coast. Macy currently serves as a Resident Advisor with Residence Life and First Year Experience, a Guest Relations Assistant in the Department of Student Engagement, and as the Professional Chair of Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law fraternity. Outside of campus, Macy works in Disaster Management at a local hospital, educating about COVID-19. This will be Macy’s first year involved with the Student Government Association as the Schmid College Senator, and she is excited to make positive contributions to both Schmid and the greater campus.
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Sydney Edgecomb

Dodge Senator
Class of 2022
Sydney Edgecomb is a junior Creative Producing student with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Santa Barbara, California. She is involved in a variety of different organizations on campus including Chapman University's Ambassador Program, Office of Admissions Volunteer Team, University Program Board, as well as her social sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. This upcoming school year marks her first year with the Student Government Association and she is excited to use her skills, experience, and passion to represent Dodge College as well as the greater Chapman community in the fall. Paws up!
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Karmen Pantoja

Greek Student Organization Senator | Allocations Committee Chair
Class of 2021
Karmen is a senior Political Science and Peace Studies double major with a minor in Environmental Studies from New York. Karmen is currently serving in Delta Delta Delta as the New Member Education and as President for Kappa Alpha Pi, while maintaining her involvement in Mortar Board, the Office of Admission as a volunteer, PantherRec, and her job at Legal Affairs. Serving in her second term as Greek Organizations Senator, Karmen is excited to continue her work from last year and continue serving the Greek Community to enact positive change in the Chapman community!
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Rithika Muthukali

Argyros School of Business and Economics Senator
Class of 2022
Rithika Muthukali is a Junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Dance and Philosophy, hailing from Chennai, India. Alongside SGA she is also leading the lions club of Chapman as their president and an active member in several other significant Chapman organizations. This is her second term with SGA as previously she served as the Academic student organizations senator. She is driven, motivated and excited to work with our organization to continue to create an impact for our student body.
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Hannah Welsh

Attallah College of Educational Studies Senator
Class of 2022
Hannah Welsh is a junior from Orange County, California double majoring in Integrated Educational Studies and Psychology. She also is part of the accelerated 4+1 Undergraduate/Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) elementary emphasis program at Chapman. Hannah is currently involved with many organizations on campus including the Undergraduate Leadership Council for Attallah college, Chapman Ambassadors, Kappa Delta Pi honors society, and the sorority Pi Beta Phi. This is Hannah’s first year being part of Chapman's Student Government Association, and she is excited for the learning opportunity and the chance to advocate for her peers and improve her college.


All past senate meeting minutes can be found below. If you have any questions regarding the content of minutes, please email sgastu08@chapman.edu

Fall 2019

October 11, 2019

October 4, 2019

September 27, 2019

September 20, 2019

September 13, 2019

September 6, 2019

August 30, 2019

Spring 2019

April 19, 2019

April 12, 2019

April 5, 2019

April 1, 2019 

March 15, 2019

March 8, 2019

March 1, 2019

February 22, 2019

February 15, 2019

February 8, 2019

February 1, 2019

Fall 2018

December 7, 2018

November 30, 2018

November 16, 2018 

November 9, 2018

November 2, 2018 

October 26, 2018

October 19, 2018

October 12, 2018

October 5, 2018 

September 28, 2018

September 21, 2018

September 14, 2018 

September 7, 2018

August 31, 2018

Spring 2018 

May 3, 2018

May 1, 2018

April 27, 2018

April 20, 2018

April 13, 2018

April 6, 2018

March 30, 2018

March 16, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 2, 2018

February 23, 2018

February 16, 2018

February 9, 2018

February 2, 2018

Fall 2017

December 1, 2017

November 17, 2017

November 10, 2017

November 3, 2017

October 27, 2017

October 20, 2017

October 13, 2017 

October 6, 2017

September 29, 2017

September 22, 2017

September 15, 2017

September 8, 2017

September 1, 2017

Spring 2017

May 8, 2017

May 3, 2017

May 1, 2017

April 28, 2017

April 21, 2017

April 14, 2017

April 7, 2017

March 31, 2017

March 17, 2017

March 10, 2017

March 3, 2017

February 24, 2017

February 17, 2017

February 10, 2017

February 3, 2017

Fall 2016

December 9, 2016

December 2, 2016

November 18, 2016

November 11, 2016

November 4, 2016

October 28, 2016

October 21, 2016

October 14, 2016

October 7, 2016

September 23, 2016

September 16, 2016

September 9, 2016

September 2, 2016

Spring 2016

April 15, 2016

April 8, 2016

April 1, 2016

March 18, 2016

March 11, 2016

March 4, 2016

February 26, 2016

February 19, 2016

February 12, 2016

February 5, 2016