Student Senate has a number of committees which focus on specific parts of the Gustavus experience. A student who is not a member of Senate may apply to join the Ethics and Finance committees as a Student-at-Large. If you have any questions about a committee, please contact the appropriate chair listed below.

Academic and Student Affairs

The Academic and Student Affairs committee is devoted to the academic and student endeavors of the students of Gustavus. This committee focuses on academic issues such as the honor code as well as student affairs such as the new printing policy at Gustavus.

  • Chair: Senator Hathy
  • Senator Ruble
  • Senator Shahi
  • Senator Moe

Inclusive Excellence

The goal of the Inclusive Excellence Committee is to assist the Diversity Leadership Council with the needs of their groups. This committee acts as the liaison between the DLC and Senate to make sure that finance guidelines are understandable, PR needs are taken care of, senate participates in DLC events when necessary, and that basic questions are answered about Student Senate. Additionally, the Inclusive Exellence committee dedicates its time into creating a safe campus environment for all students of any race and/or ethnicity. This committee recognizes the racial injustice in our society as a whole and strives to bring the Gustavus community closer to racial justice.

  • Chair: Senator Walock
  • Senator Dimler
  • Senator Kelley
  • Senator Schaaf

Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability committee aims to connect students and the administration in their efforts to reduce the College’s environmental impact. This committee emphasizes inclusion and intersectionality in these efforts, and collaborates with an array of student organizations to promote sustainable behavior. Every semester, the committee will release a public report on Senate’s progress.

  • Chair: Senator Maurer
  • Senator Kelley
  • Senator Schaaf
  • Senator Shahi


The primary purpose of the Ethics Committee is to see that the operations of Senate are carried out in an ethical manner in accordance with the Constitution, its by-laws, and College Policy. All Ethics Committee meetings shall be closed and all actions require the consent of a majority of the Committee’s membership.

  • Ombudsperson: Madison Bailey
  • Parliamentarian Davison
  • Speaker Lavan
  • Senator Kelly
  • Senator Harlan


The purpose of the Finance Committee is to allocate the student government fee to student groups in their pursuit of quality activities and events that provide enrichment not only for themselves, but also for the entire Gustavus community. Any member of Senate may attend Finance Committee meetings, but the meetings shall be closed to the general public. The Finance Committee reviews all student organization budget requests and forwards them to the full Senate with a recommendation.

  • Director: Jenna Wyum
  • Controller:  Hunter Thompson
  • Senator Forsberg
  • Senator Antinoro
  • Senator Guckhool

Health and Housing

The Health and Housing Committee works with various campus offices, such as Residential Life, Dining Services, and Health Services, to address student needs that fall under the Health and Housing category.

  • Chair: Senator Joerger
  • Senator Dimler
  • Senator Moe
  • Senator Swenson
  • Senator Woods

Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee’s goal is to facilitate communication between Student Senate and the students we represent. This committee keeps students informed through regular projects, such as the display case outside of the cafeteria, the monthly publication of The Gavel Gazette, and additional projects.

  • Chair: Katie Allard
  • Senator Cochran
  • Senator Lesch
  • Senator Ronnebaum
  • Senator Schelmeske


The Technology Committee focuses on everything related to technology on campus. We maintain the Senate website, address issues involving technology on campus, and pursue new initiatives while maintaining an emphasis on accessibility.

  • Chair: Abbie Doran
  • Senator Ruble
  • Senator Swenson
  • Senator Woods