» 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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Alexander Ballard
Speaker of Senate, Wilkinson Senator
Class of 2020
Office Hours: T/TH 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Alex is a Political Science and Economics double major in the University Honors Program.
He is an active member of Chapman's Pre-Law Co-Ed Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Pi.
“I am excited to bring a variety of changes to Chapman this year, particularly those related to academic advancement. I want to build on progress that has been made and work with my fellow senators to serve the student body well. I hope to advocate for any and all student concerns and work tirelessly with various departments to see these changes through."
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Antonio De Pinho
ASBE Senator
Class of 2020
Office Hours: T 1-2 p.m.
Antonio is a Business Administration major.
He is an active member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and C.A.R.E.S.
“My goal as a senator is to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of Chapman. By doing this I hope to enhance my ability to represent and meet the needs of my constituency and the student body as a whole.”
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Ansley Wong
CES Senator, University and Academic Affairs Chair
Class of 2018
Office Hours: TH 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
Ansley is an Integrated Educational Studies (IES) major and is pursuing a 4+1 Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program. She is minoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) and Language and Literacy.
She has served as Vice President of National Society of Leadership and Success, Secretary of Educators in Action, and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education.
“As the College of Educational Studies Senator, my goal is to develop and enhance the CES community by strengthening faculty and student relations, bridging the CES programs, connecting alumni engagement, and fostering local partnerships. I hope to ensure more students are aware of SGA and how we can serve as a resource.”
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Ian Policarpio
COPA Senator
Class of 2020
Office Hours: W 3–4 p.m.
Ian is a Music Education major with a vocal emphasis.
He is an active member of Men of Harmony, Chapman on Broadway, Asian Pacific Student Association, Black Student Union, and Muslim Student Association.
“I love anything that has to do with the arts or helping people, which is why I am studying to be a music teacher, and also why I love my job as COPA Senator. This year, I plan to develop more classes and create more environments for COPA majors to work together and collaborate outside of their disciplines. I’m hoping to see a cultural shift in COPA, and I know that many students are eager to help me in my endeavors.”
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Alysa Buckler
Crean Senator
Class of 2020
Office Hours: T 1–2 p.m.
Alysa is a Psychology major with a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Control, and is in the University Honors program.
She is an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
“I'm so excited to serve on SGA for the 2017-18 year! I hope to continue developing the Crean Newsletter, as well as implement some more environmentally friendly initiatives within Crean and around Chapman.”
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Krista Tamares
Dodge Senator
Class of 2018
Office Hours: W 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Krista is a Screenwriting major with a minor in Women's Studies.
She is an active member of Gamma Phi Beta and serves on the executive council of the Professional Cinematic Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha.
“I transferred from Orange Coast College last fall and am now relishing every moment of my senior year at Chapman. Just a few of my goals as senator are establishing a new printing system at Dodge and obtaining more equipment for students.”
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Courtney Wong
School of Pharmacy Senator
Class of 2020
Office Hours: W 2:15–3:15 p.m.
Courtney is a Pharmacy major.
She is involved in UPB, National Society of Leadership and Success, Chapman Radio, Future Pharmacist Club, and Asian Pacific Student Association.
“I've always wanted to be a part of Student Government and be able to make a difference at Chapman. I'm excited to represent my constituency and be able to learn more about the school and how it functions. I'm willing to hear any ideas or opinions voiced on campus and want to be there for anyone who needs me! Throughout the year, I hope to create a better learning environment for the students and help facilitate any problems that may arise.”
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Alyssa Nowlen
Schmid Senator
Class of 2018
Office Hours: M 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Alyssa is a Biological Sciences major with a Leadership Studies Minor.
She is an active member of Gamma Phi Beta, Pre-Dental Society, Schmid Student Leadership Council, and Senior Legacy.
“As Schmid Senator, my goal is to improve the well-being of Schmid College, specifically by promoting positive physical and mental health in students and helping them to reach their full academic potential by creating environments on campus that are conducive to learning and academic success. While my focus may begin within Schmid, I hope to inspire change across the entire campus to improve campus sustainability, increase study space availability and promote positive mental health in students.”
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Matthew Ghan
School of Communication Senator
Class of 2020
Office Hours: T 10-11 a.m.
Matthew is a Communication Studies major.
He is an active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and Chapman Hillel, and works in the Office of Admissions.
“I served as the School of Communication Senator this past year and look forward to filling this seat again. Some of my past advocacies included creating the School of Communication newsletter and creating a student position for the school. I’m excited to be a part of SGA again this year and pursue new ways to help the student body. I look forward to meeting everyone during this upcoming term.”
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Tyler Brooks
Student Organization Senator
Class of 2021
Office Hours: W 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Tyler is a Business Administration major with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.
He is pledging at Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and is a junior magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to help, advise, and work with the many clubs and organizations that Chapman has to offer. I look forward to facilitating and guiding all organizations through the process of receiving funding from SGA as well as advocating for initiatives my constituents are in support of. Lastly, I want to be approachable and easily accessible to all students and organizations for any specific needs or questions that they may have. I really want to get to know as many people as possible!”
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Wil Harris
Student Organization Senator, Allocations Chair
Class of 2019
Office Hours: T 1–2 p.m. and W 2–3 p.m.
Wil is a Political Science major with a double minor in Peace Studies and Law, Justice, & Social Control.
He is an active member of Young Americans for Liberty, Chapman College Republicans, Chapman Young Democrats, and Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity.
“It is a privilege to be able to serve the Chapman community as a member of the Student Government Association, and I fully intend on using this opportunity to represent the interests of my constituency to the best of my abilities. I promise that I will use every resource available to me to achieve change, advocate for student organizations, and make senate as accessible and easy to understand as possible. Being involved in Student Organizations at Chapman has given me so much, and I look forward to being able to give back to the community at Chapman through my service as a senator."
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Erin Mason
Student Organization Senator
Class of 2021
Office Hours: T 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Erin is an undeclared major.
She is a leader in training for Young Life and involved in BSU.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to make beneficial changes for the student body. As Senator, I want every student at Chapman to know that their opinion matters and that I am here to serve them. I look forward to being the voice for the students and learning more about Chapman. I want to continue positive change and cater to the needs of my constituents.”
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Jackie Palacios
Student Organization Senator, Diversity Affairs Chair
Class of 2019
Office Hours: W 3–5 p.m.
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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Maytal Sarafian
Student Organization Senator
Class of 2021
Office Hours: W 3-4 p.m.
Maytal is a Business Administration major.
She is an active member of the University Program Board, Henley Hall Council, and Hillel Undergraduate Council.
“As Student Organization Senator, I look forward to getting student involvement to an all-time high. Whether that is through clubs, sororities and fraternities, or voicing their opinions to their senators, students have the power to create a warm, inclusive and powerful campus.”
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Saba Amid
Underclassmen Senator
Class of 2021
Office Hours: M 2-3 p.m.
Saba is a Political Science major.
She is involved in United Nations Association, and Chapman Democrats.
"I am very excited to be serving as the Underclassmen Senator this year and look forward to representing the freshman and sophomore classes in Student Government. I will strive to have each and every student opinion taken into consideration, and will pursue initiatives that make college life a better experience for everyone on this campus. In the future, I hope to learn more about the way Chapman’s student body interacts, and making this university the best place to learn. I look forward to the upcoming year!"
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Lisa Kang
Upperclassman Senator, Community Outreach Chair
Class of 2018
Office Hours: TH 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lisa is a Strategic and Corporate Communication major with a Leadership Studies minor.
She is a Provost Student Advisory Board Member and Epic Movement Leader.
“As an Upperclassmen Senator, I’m excited for the opportunity to address any problems that students may have, and make sure that everyone's voices are heard. I want to be the voice for not just upperclassmen but for the rest of the Chapman community as well. Therefore, I promise to give my all in everything that I do in Student Government by dialoguing with students about issues on campus, reaching out to City of Orange officials and actively participating in all discussions at Student Government meetings. I want to be a best friend, sister, and role model that the students have always wished for.”

Minutes

All past senate meeting minutes can be found below. If you have any questions regarding the content of minutes, please email sgastu01@chapman.edu.

Fall 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

Fall 2015

December 11, 2015

December 4, 2015

November 20, 2015

November 13, 2015

November 6, 2015

October 30, 2015

October 23, 2015

October 16, 2015

October 9, 2015

October 2, 2015

September 25, 2015

September 18, 2015

September 11, 2015

September 4,2015

Spring 2015

February 9, 2015

February 13, 2015

February 20, 2015

February 27, 2015

March 6, 2015

March 13, 2015

March 20, 2015

April 3, 2015

April 10, 2015

Fall 2014

December 12, 2014

December 5, 2014

November 21,2014

November 14, 2014

November 7, 2014

October 31, 2014

October 24, 2014

October 17, 2014

October 10, 2014

Sept. 26, 2014

Spring 2012

February 24, 2012

February 17, 2012

February 10, 2012

February 3, 2012

Fall 2012

November 2, 2012

October 19, 2012

October 12, 2012

October 5, 2012

September 28, 2012

September 21, 2012

September 14, 2012

September 7, 2012

August 31, 2012