» Senate

Every decision the Student Government Association (SGA) makes is based on students’ needs and input. With 16 senators, SGA 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 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: the Allocations Committee, the Diversity Affairs Committee, the Community Outreach Committee, and the University and Academic Affairs Committee.

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues to bring up to Senate please contact the Speaker of Senate 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. in the Argyros Forum Second Floor Boardroom. 

Meet Your Senators

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Ishani Patel

ASBE Senator, Allocations Chair
Class of 2022
Ishani Patel is a sophomore with a major in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Nairobi, Kenya. She has been involved in SGA, in her freshman year as a Student Organization Senator and has also been involved on campus as an Orientation Leader (OL) and last year she won Outstanding First Year Student. Currently Ishani is the ASBE Senator in SGA, VP of Membership for Toastmasters, involved in Tamid, and is part of Chapman Ventures - that is mentoring her in creating a skincare line- Nava. She is very excited to continue being involved on campus, advocating for students needs, and striving to make a difference.
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Abbey Umali

COPA Senator, University and Academic Affairs Chair
Class of 2021
Abbey Umali is a junior Psychology and Music double major with a minor in Disability Studies from Redlands, CA. She has held various leadership positions in NCSC, the University Women's Choir, 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 particularly looking forward to using these skills and experiences to be an advocate for the arts at Chapman and support the students in those programs.
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Alan Nguyen

School of Pharmacy Senator
Class of 2022
Alan Nguyen is a sophomore Pre-Pharmacy major from the San Gabriel Valley. He is currently a member and the treasurer of the Men of Harmony, the all-men's acapella group on campus, alongside being a member of the Vietnamese Student Association and the Future Pharmacists Club. He has a passion for learning and helping others, and is excited to work with the student body this year to help more students get involved in undergraduate research.
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Philip Goodrich

Wilkinson Senator, Speaker of Senate
Class of 2022
Philip Goodrich is a sophomore History and Integrated Educational Studies double major and Political Science minor from Santa Cruz, California. Philip is actively involved in the Chapman community as he serves as the Director of Recruitment for the Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Co-Ed Fraternity, the Wilkinson College Senator and Speaker of Senate in SGA, and a Chapman Ambassador. Furthermore, he is also a part of CRU. Philip brings a diverse background of on-campus work experience as he has worked in the Office of Legal Affairs and currently works as an Alumni Discovery Initiative Ambassador with the Office of Alumni Engagement and a Student Assistant in the Wilkinson College Dean's Office. Overall, Philip is extremely excited to tackle the important issues impacting Chapman students, and he looks forward to improving many aspects of this University. Some initiatives he plans to pursue include: establishing the Wilkinson College Student Leadership Council, creating an on-campus housing committee, streamlining the Financial Services check reimbursement process, and addressing the outrageous tuition, housing, and textbook prices.
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Jacky Dang

Upperclassmen Senator, Diversity Affairs Chair
Class of 2021
Jacky Dang is a senior double major in Peace Studies and Screenwriting with a self-design minor in Africana Studies. She's held a number of leadership roles around campus including Student Co-Chair of the Curriculum Task force, as well as Co-Leader of the Student Scholar Ambassador Program. With her passion for diversity and non-profit work, Jacky has had the pleasure of working as a tutor for the Friendly Center in Orange, California, a Summer Teaching Fellow at Uncommon Schools, a student assistant at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an Assistant Director and Director for the Commission on the Status of Women committee at the National High School Model United Nations conference and has even co-founded her own chapter in the non-profit Women for Orphans Worldwide. She's overjoyed to be able to bring the critical skills she has been able to learn throughout her time in these various roles into her position as Upperclassmen Senator and continue to improve the Chapman campus.
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Nelly Rouzroch

School of Communications Senator, Community Outreach
Class of 2021
Nelly Rouzroch is a sophomore strategic and corporate communication major from Los Angeles, CA. She is an active member of the Chapman Iranian Student cultural organization as well as actively participating in Jewish life on campus. She is thrilled to be able to hold this position and continue to improve the Chapman community.
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Gabriella Corsino

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Senator
Class of 2022
Gabriella Corsino is a junior psychology and political science double major from Boston Massachusetts. Since transferring to Chapman at the start of her sophomore year from Berklee College of Music, she has been involved in a variety of organizations on campus such as Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Pi, Chapman on Broadway, Chapman QTPOCC, the Honors Program and Crean Senator for SGA. She also works on campus as an Office Assistant for Chapman Grand. Gabriella is so excited to advocate for her fellow Panthers and pledges to relentlessly fight for the voices of the students. Paws Up!
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Peter Chen

Schmid Senator
Class of 2022
Haifan (Peter) Chen is a sophomore student pursuing Computer Science. He grew up in Shanghai, China and moved to California during his junior year of high school. He got involved in a few on-campus clubs like Chapman Investment Club, Chapman U Photo Club, and UX Society. And he is serving as the vice president of Chapman UX Society. Besides, he is also serving as a student grader for math classes. He’s very excited to bring all the skills, experience as well as great passion to Schmid College and the entire Chapman campus.
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Carter Kane

Dodge Senator
Class of 2023
Carter Kane is a freshman Public Relations & Advertising major from San Diego, CA. He has kicked off his first year at Chapman by completing the Emerging Leaders training program and by joining Chapman’s team for the National Student Advertising Competition. He looks forward to representing the students of Dodge College in SGA by drawing upon years of leadership experience and training. He is committed to advocating for the needs of those he represents with integrity, passion, and sincerity. Additionally, Carter comes from a military family and he is focused on ensuring students who serve, have served, or have family members in service are represented in Chapman’s SGA. Let’s get to work!
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Karmen Pantoja

Greek Student Organization Senator
Class of 2021
Karmen Pantoja is a junior Political Science and Peace Studies double major from New York. Throughout her time at Chapman, she has been involved and held leadership positions in Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Pi, OCFC, PFP, volunteering in the Office of Admissions, and enjoys her job at Legal Affairs. Her favorite thing about Chapman is the community, through being involved in Greek Life since freshmen year it has allowed her the opportunity to grow her family and be more immersed in the Chapman community. Karmen is so excited to be back from her time abroad and to bring all the knowledge she has acquired through her time at Chapman, to advocate for students and continue to enact positive change in the Chapman community!
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Ritu Venkatsubramani

Academic Student Organization Senator
Class of 2022
Rithika Muthukali is a current Sophomore pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Rithika is an International student from India, and came to the United States only for her college.On campus she's a passionate leader, she's hold the position as a Treasurer in Gamma Beta Phi, Director of Marketing in Chapman Consulting Club. She is also actively involved in, Chapman Accounting Society, Toastmasters, Camskeseem. She aspires to build a thriving and a productive environment on Campus and is very passionate about giving back to the community.
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Bonni Holloway

Diversity and Cultural Student Organization Senator
Class of 2023
Bonni Holloway is a freshman with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Honors from Dallas, Texas. Serving on student government since middle school, she is excited to bring her experience to Senate and work to make a difference here on campus. She has been involved in supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs and is an active member of the Key Club of Kiwanis. Currently, she works for Chapman Phonathon helping fundraise for the Chapman Fund. She is also a member of ChapFems and sits on the Honors Advisory Board She has made it her goal to help support and grow the student organizations here on campus. Although she’s just starting out, she is excited to bring her passion for diversity and cultural inclusion here to Chapman.
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Matt Liner

Recreation Student Organization Senator
Class of 2023
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Grace Henderson

Attallah College of Educational Studies Senator
Class of 2023
Grace Henderson is a sophomore Integrated Educational Studies major with a History minor from Sonoma County California. Grace is an active member of her sorority, Alpha Phi, and is the acting Attallah Senator for SGA. She is excited to represent and advocate for the Chapman community.
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Rodrigo Duran

Civic Engagement Student Organization Senator
Class of 2023
Rodrigo Durán is a freshman who began his school year in the fall of 2019 as an Undeclared major. However, Rodrigo has recently declared his preferred major, Data Analytics. Although he lived in Del Mar, CA, for his last three years of high school and was born in Miami-Dade County, Rodrigo identifies himself more as Colombian. He was raised and lived in Bogotá, Colombia, for 15 years until he moved to California to further pursue his academic interests. Rodrigo is the Civic Engagement Senator for SGA and the Community Council President for Sandhu Residence Hall,as well as a member of Panther Rec Soccer. Rodrigo's interests are, but not limited to, sports, hanging out with family and friends, and attending church every weekend. Rodrigo prioritizes the welfare of everyone and is beyond grateful to serve the institution in any way or manner.
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Abigail Finnerty

Underclassmen Senator
Class of 2023
Abigail Finnerty is a freshman Public Relations & Advertising major with a Political Science minor from Hingham, MA. Using her experience as high school class president, Abigail hopes to bring positive change to not only her constituents, but to Chapman's campus as a whole. She is also involved in Chapman Strong Girls and Chapman's French Club. Abigail is incredibly excited to begin her journey in SGA and be a voice for the Chapman community!


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