» 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.
Mai is an active member of Moneythink and Chapman Radio.
“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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Kristi Kayoda
ACES Senator
Kristi Kayoda is an Integrated Educational Studies (IES) and English double major pursuing a 4+1 in the Masters in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program.
She is currently the President in Nikkei Student Union (NSU), a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education, and the Editor-In-Chief of ACES Undergraduate Leadership Council.
“I am excited and privileged to serve as the ACES Senator this year. I will dedicate myself to represent each unique student voice in my constituency. A few goals I have as senator are to improve overall access to the ACES Undergraduate Leadership Council, strengthen faculty, alumni, and student relations, bridge ACES programs to content majors, and improve diversity curriculum and awareness.”  

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Erin Mason
Student Organization Senator
Erin Mason is currently undeclared.
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!”