» 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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Tyler Brooks
Speaker of Senate, ASBE Senator
Class of 2021
Tyler is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship. 
Brooks serves as a Resident Advisor to the Sandhu Building. 
"During my term, I will advocate and create initiatives based on student input that will benefit the Chapman community. Also, I hope to guide individuals and student organizations through the SGA funding process and provide resources for more intuitive navigation of the procedure." 
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Regina Bryant
COPA Senator
Class of 2020
Regina Bryant is a Screen Acting Major.
She is involved in Greek life, ChapTones, Black Student Union, and work as an office assistant for Residence Life and the Theatre Department.
“I joined SGA to give a voice to students who feel like that they do not have one, and to advocate for a more inclusive campus. Furthermore, I am currently advocating for more Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-free options on campus and in Residence life, starting an initiative for unlimited printing in the music building, and organizing a seminar to teach successful resume/cover letter writing in regards to Center Theatre Group’s paid and credit-worthy internships.” 
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Jamie Chang
School of Pharmacy Senator
Class of 2022
Jamie Chang is a Pharmacy major Chapman University.
She is currently an active member in the University Program Board, Future Pharmacists Club, and Korean Student Association.
“I am excited to serve as the Pharmacist senator this coming year. I hope to attain commuter-friendly adjustments, priority registration for pharmacy students, and more study spaces. I am excited to work in SGA and achieve my advocacies within the next academic school year.”
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Saba Amid
Wilkinson Senator, University & Academic Affairs Chair
Class of 2021
Saba Amid is a Political Science and Peace Studies double major.
She is currently an active member in Alpha Phi, United Nations Association, and Women’s Diversity Project Task Force.
“I am very excited to serve as your Wilkinson Senator. This is my second year in SGA, and I have many initiatives to implement this coming year. After serving on SGA the past year, I have seen how much of an impact we have as an organization, and I am excited to continue implementing change on this campus. I look forward to a successful year, and please feel free to reach out with any comments or concerns!
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Alexander Ballard
Upperclassmen Senator, Allocations Chair
Class of 2020
Ballard is a triple major in Political Science, Economics, and History with a minor in the University Honors Program.
He is currently involved in Kappa Alpha Pi (Pre-Law Fraternity), Mortar Board, Gamma Beta Phi, and Beta Gamma Sigma.
"Beginning my third year in SGA, this has been an incredible experience being able to serve the student body and see tangible changes on campus. I am excited to continue speaking with students and find out what they want to see on campus, as well as making progress on specific initiatives related to senior activities, career services, and academic policies/advising."
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Grant Sewell
School of Communications Senator
Class of 2020
Grant Sewall is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Visual Journalism.
Sewall is currently involved with House of the Arts, Lab 140 Photo Magazine and The Panther.
“I joined SGA to help the School of Communications grow and to facilitate better networking opportunities between Chapman undergraduates and alumni.”
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Carolyn Mai
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Senator
Class of 2020
Carolyn Mai is currently a Psychology major and Business Administration minor.
“As Crean senator, I am hoping to increase Crean College's visibility on main campus and increase access to academic, career, and program advising within the college. I would also love to increase alumni engagement and faculty-student interactions. Lastly, I would love to continue the mental/physical health initiatives that SGA has been working on and promote self-care on campus.” 
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Abigail Tan
Schmid Senator
Abby Tan is a Computer Science major with a Game Development minor.
She is the President of Chapman Kapamilya and Chapman Rotaract. Tan is involved in LatinX, APSA, VSA, Chapman Feminists, QTPOCC+, and the SSLC.
“I am so excited to serve as Schmid Senator and to implement beneficial changes for the student body. I hope to represent my constituents to the best of my ability by using every resource at my disposal to bring about change and cater to the needs of my constituents. Feel free to come visit me during my office hours, and we can have a nice chat about things you want to see changed around campus!”
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Lindsey Ellis
Dodge Senator
Class of 2021
Lindsey Ellis is a Film Production major at Chapman University.
She is an active member of Delta Delta Delta, Cru, and the University Honors Program.
"As the Dodge Senator, my goals are to increase the collaboration between majors in and out of Dodge College, to strengthen the relationship between the students and the administration, and to have the voices and opinions of the students heard clearly and accurately. I also hope to increase professional development opportunities and create positive change."
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Summer Khatib
Student Organization Senator
Summer Khatib is a Philosophy major.
Khatib is currently a member of the Muslim Students Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Women’s Lacrosse team. She is excited to tackle her first year at Chapman and is ready to serve the student body as a Student Organizational Senator.
“I look forward to learning more about the various student organizations that are here on campus and getting to know the amazing things they have to offer to our students! This year, I’d like to implement initiatives that cater to commuter students, as I am a commuter and am passionate about generating a quality college experience, regardless of whether or not one lives in Residence Life. I plan to work on an initiative surrounding the implementation of the use of surveillance cameras in the parking structures. This is something that is important not only to the safety of commuters, but to the overall well-being of all who attend Chapman. I’m excited to get started, and feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns."
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Erin Mason
Student Organization Senator
Erin Mason is currently a Business Administration Major.
Mason is currently a Young Life leader and a member of the sorority Pi Beta Phi.
“I joined the Student Government Association in hopes to get more students involved in the Student Organizations on campus.”
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Jackie Palacios
Student Organization Senator, Diversity Affairs Chair
Class of 2019
Jackie is a double major in Screen Acting and Peace Studies.
She is the Vice President of Chapman Feminists, the internal affairs chair for MEChA, Co-Leader of a Theatre for social change organization on campus called Cross the Line, and is also involved in BSU.
“I am looking forward to addressing the concerns of diverse and minoritized students, making friendships, and not being fake. Come to my office hours to have a good time and talk about the change you want to see!”
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Dylan Derakhshanian
Student Organization Senator
Dylan Derakhshanian is a Political Science Major
Derakhshanian is presently a an executive board member of the Iranian Student Union and a current pledge to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
“I am very excited to be representing the Chapman students in the Student Government Association (SGA). I have always wanted to be in student government but never felt like I had the experience or the voice to be a connector for the governing body to the student body. Now that I have experienced an entire year of Chapman life and have learned to express myself a lot better, I believe that I can now definitely be that bridge. My main goals are to increase transparency and communication between the students and SGA. I wanted students to be able to approach me anywhere and voice their concerns. In addition to that goal, I am going to aid pushing the initiative in expanding the Chapman fitness facilities and bridge that large gap that Chapman Grand students feel being so far and disconnected from main campus. This is going to be a great year to be a Chapman Student.”
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Carly Croft
Attallah College of Educational Studies Senator
Carly Croft is an Integrated Educational Studies major with minors in Psychology and Language & Literacy.
Croft is currently pursuing her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction simultaneously with her B.A. Croft is a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. She is also the president of the Chapman Swing Cats and Swing Club.
“I am thrilled to join SGA and begin to enact change on campus by raising my voice to the concerns seen by my peers and constituents. I intend to help guide improvements into reality through building upon my own experience and reaching out for the knowledge of the student body. As the Attallah College of Educational Studies Senator, I have learned about improving education in the classrooms I have been in during my time in college and I intend to use that wisdom to supplement current educational practices here at Chapman University."
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Ishani Patel
Student Organization Senator
Ishani Patel is a freshman. Majoring in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Economics, and has a minor in the University Honors program.
Patel is an active member of Circle K, and Chapman Real Estate Association.
"I am so excited to have been given this opportunity to serve the student body as well as see what I can do to help Student Organizations specifically. My first call to action would be talking to students about initiatives they would like to see reflected on campus, as well as working towards making a change in specific initiatives like encouraging diversity and inclusivity, and dining policies. Should you need any further information, or would like to raise any concerns feel free to contact me."
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Nicole Katz
Lowerclassmen Senator
Nicole Katz is a first-year Communication Major. Katz will be an active member of the Advisory Group on the Status of Military Affiliates.
"As the lowerclassmen senator, I am hoping to bring meaningful change to all first and second year students. I want to improve dorm and other on campus amenities for those living in residence life. For those who are no longer living on main campus, I want to help them continue to feel connected to campus life by making transportation to main campus more accessible and through other initiatives that cater to the needs of the students."