Vassar Student Association

VSA Representatives & Committees

Vassar College's committee system is the centerpiece of its joint governance. Students, faculty, and administrators sit together on a wide variety of issues to solve common problems. Here, view the elected student members of all VSA and joint committees.

Fall 2017: The following information is in the process of being updated. Please contact the Vice President at for more information about committees.

Committee Descriptions:

VSA Senate Committees

VSA Senate maintains four open standing committees and one closed committee to consider and recommend to senate new policies, legislation, and action. The vast majority of the VSA's work occurs through committees. Members of senate serve on at least two committees; a Vice President from the Executive Board chairs each committee.


Meetings:Friday 3-4
Chair: Joaquim

Equity & Inclusion

Meetings: Friday, 3-4pm


Meetings: Friday, 2-3pm
Chair:Pat DeYoung


Meetings:Wednesday 3pm onwards


Meetings:Saturday, 12-1pm

Health and Wellness

Meetings:Monday, 3:30-4:30pm


Meetings:Thursday, 7-8pm


Meetings:Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm

Judicial Committees

Judicial Board

Judicial Board Chair: Amreen Bhasin
Student Board Members:
2016: Mira Motani, Tatiana Londono, Zoe Kurtz, Maggie Donolo
2017: Vanessa Hung, Lucas Kautz, Trent Berg, Josean Melendez
2018: Sophie Tohl, Joshua Perlin, Noah Webster, Mercedes "Mercy" Arndt
2019: Violet cole, Makeba Walcott, Nicole Gonzalez, Maxwell Canty-Hilchey

The members off the Judicial Board are comprised entirely of elected students. It convenes to hold trial for students accused of violating VSA Bylaws and mandates. Decisions are made by a majority vote, with the chair only voting in case of a tie. The VSA Vice President for Operations serves as a non-voting, Constitutional Advisor. Appeals of its decisions may be submitted to the VSA President for consideration of a re-trial. Members of this Board also serve on the Academic Panel and the Interpersonal Violence Panel.

Student Committees

Student Committees are the similar to joint-committees except they consist of and are chaired solely by students instead of both students and administration together.

Board of Elections and Appointments

Chair: Adam Ninyo
Student Board Members:
2016: TBD
2017: TBD
2018: Bethany Semblante, Apostolos Anyfantakis
VSA Council: To be determined.

Joint Committees

Admissions and Financial Aid Committee

Chair: Art Rodriguez, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Students: Joshua Sherman '16. Sophia Burns '18. D'Angelo Mori '19.

Members truly determine how effective this committee is, as they suggest the topics. Past agendas have included the FOCUS recruitment of students of color, the use and training of student tour guides, the alumni-admissions program, early decision, international recruitment, financial aid packaging methods, student employment and work study wage/hour limitations, the impact of possible changes in federal and state aid policies, etc. Recently there has been discussion on the diversity of the applicant pool and recruitment.

Campus Investor Responsibility Committee (CIRC)

Chair/Contact: Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources
Students: Juan Fernandez, Alexia Garcia
Meets: 5-6 times annually

The CIRC review issues of social responsibility related to companies in Vassar’s investment portfolio, and makes recommendations to the Trustees. Each member selects 2-3 topics (global labor standards, defense, tobacco, etc.) In the past, the CIRC's activity has been famously effective and has caused the college to send a letter to GE about PCBs in the Hudson River and to issue a full divestment in South Africa during the 1980s.

Campus Life Resource Group

Chair/Contact: Ed Pittman, Dean of Campus Life and Diversity
Meets: To be determined. Open to all students.

This vital committee provides forums for dialogue and discussion for all members of the Vassar community on a range of campus life matters. In this vein, CLRG plans Conversation Dinners throughout the year and the Annual All College Day. Membership is open to all members from every area of the college and students should feel free to contact members and ask to attend meetings or Conversation Dinners.

College Committee on Sustainability

Chair/Contact: Alistair Hall, Coordinator of Sustainability
Student: Elaina Peterkin
Meets: Once per month, in the Faculty Parlor

Formerly known as the Committee on Recycling and Sustainability, this group has no set membership among faculty, administration, and students other than the five busy interns who do much of the legwork from meeting to meeting. Issues under its prevue related to accessing local foods, wind power on campus, recycling and overall environmental awareness on campus. The Sustainability works very closely with Greenway to help waste management and composting and just recently acquired control of the SWAPR program. Its success varies according to membership but it has been very productive as of late.

Committee on College Life (CCL)

Chair: Christopher Roellke, Dean of the College
Students: Christopher Brown (Student Life), Mark Lawson and Ashley Hoyle (BHP Co-Chairs), Laura Schachter '16, Samatha "Sam" Hoher '17, Ryan Maher '18, Elise Shea '19.

This is a voting body, with the Chair only voting in case of a tie. This committee instilled with the power to review and alter nearly all college regulations, aside from academic, including alcohol policies, party policies, parking policies, and the legal definitions of punishable offenses.

Committee on Curricular Policies (CCP)

Chair: Jonathan Chenette, Dean of the Faculty
Students: Logan Hill (Academics), Matthew Higgins
Meets: Monthly, on Wednesday afternoons

This is a Joint Student/Faculty Committee with two professors from every academic division and one student from each academic division, plus the Academic Executive. The CCP is the primary body for the review and development of curricular (academic) procedures and policies. Significant decisions of the CCP are usually brought to the Faculty for final approval.

Computing and Academic Technologies

Chair: Andrew Tallon
Students: Jordan 'Jerd' Gotbaum
Meets: Every 2 or 3 weeks.

This group consists of faculty, administration, and students interested in discussing issues related to computing at Vassar. Recent topics of this group include the new online storage, new video conferencing system, telecommunications changes, and the Classroom Committee.

Food Committee

Chair/Contact: Sarah Sandler (Student Co-Chair)
Members: Open to all students.

The Food Committee meets to discuss different aspects of campus dining. As topics arise, the Food Committee makes suggestions for improvements that can be made in those areas. Recent topics this group has discussed include pricing of food, quality of ACDC food, and increasing healthy eating options at Vassar

Master Planning Committee

Chair: Bob Walton, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Students: Ariadne Skoufos, Antigone Delton, Benjamin Kurchin

This group considers all major changes to the campus property. Recent agendas have detailed changes to the library annex storage, general storage needs on campus, parking issues, the future of the Juliet Property, the renewal plans for student residences. This committee, rather than Res Life, is the resource to refer to if you have major ideas pertaining to housing structures and building changes and improvements.

Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC)

Chair: Renee Pabst

SWAC is a concerned group of students, faculty, administrators and staff members. The primary mission of the DEC is to promote the health and safety of Vassar students with regard to drug, alcohol and tobacco use. The committee specifically focuses on: health education based in harm and risk reduction; education regarding law and campus policies; the acknowledgement of temptation and use; the encouragement of prevention and non-use; evaluation of use and non-use on campus; recommendations for policy and sanctions related to abuse; and working with student organizations.

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Below shows the listing of current positions and representatives that fall under the purview of the VSA's Board of Elections and Appointments. . If you have any questions, please email the Board of Elections and Appointments.

This information was last updated on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. This page is currently being reorganized/redesigned.

Position Representative
Jud Board Chair Noah Webster
Jud Board Senior Class GB Member Zuheily Quinones
Jud Board Senior Class GB Member Yvonne Yu
Jud Board Senior Class GB Member Abhideep Singh
Jud Board Junior Class GB Member Devon Wilson
Jud Board Junior Class GB Member Grace Kirkpatrick
Jud Board Junior Class GB Member Sabrina Ulsh
Jud Board Junior Class GB Member Jesse Horowitz
Jud Board Sophomore Class GB Member Yume Murphy
Jud Board Sophomore Class GB Member Claire Kendrick
Jud Board Sophomore Class GB Member Spencer Edmonds
Jud Board Sophomore Class GB Member Dylan Smith
First Year Rep to Judicial Board Josephine Schermerhorn
First Year Rep to Judicial Board Mohamad Mournir Safadieh
First Year Rep to Judicial Board Audrey Godwin
First Year Rep to Judicial Board Ali Sadek
2018 Class President
2018 Class Vice President Hallie Ayres
2018 Class Secretary Mark Lawson
2018 Class Treasurer Kyle Gray
Committee of College Life 2018 Class Rep Sophie Deixel
Committee of College Life 2019 Class Rep Patrice Scott
Committee of College Life 2020 Class Rep Alan Vision
Cushing House President Ifeacho Awachie
Cushing House Programming Director Kathryn Burke
Cushing House Secretary Katie Spear
Cushing House Treasurer David Stephenson
Cushing House First Year Representative Prashit Parikh
Noyes House President Prosper Onungwa
Noyes House Programming Director Laura Zapien
Noyes House Secretary Sharen Rivas
Noyes House Treasurer Fiona Madden
Noyes House First Year Representative Emily Chong
Joss House President Atticus Koizumi
Joss House Programming Director Joshua "Josh" Samolchuk
Joss House Secretary Louisa Kuper
Joss House Treasurer Tyler Hatch
Joss House First Year Representative Samantha Steeves
Jewett House President Kati Kim
Jewett House Programming Director Samantha "Sam" Hodes
Jewett House Secretary Maya Allen
Jewett House Treasurer Mendel Leandro Jimenez
Jewett House First Year Representative Milind Joshi
Raymond House President Noah Pliss
Raymond House Programming Director Sammy Storz
Raymond House Secretary Ryan Levitt
Raymond House Treasurer Juo-Hsi "Sylvia" Peng
Raymond House First Year Representative Nicholas Gorman
Davison House President Jaewon Kang
Davison House Programming Director Olivia Guarnieri
Davison House Secretary Erik Silver
Davison House Treasurer Maxwell "Max" Guarnieri
Davison House First Year Representative Natalie Kim
Strong House President Helen Magowan
Strong House Programming Director Mackenzie Nielsen
Strong House Secretary Yesenia Garcia
Strong House Treasurer Dea Oviedo
Strong House First Year Representative Emily Frank
Lathrop House President Parveer "Prav" Kaur
Lathrop House Programming Director Annika Rowland
Lathrop House Secretary Sana Zaidi
Lathrop House Treasurer Jo Hsuan "Brian" Lee
Lathrop House First Year Representative Andrew Luo
Main House President Simone Karuga
Main House Programming Director Maya Goodwin
Main House Secretary Kci Archibald
Main House Treasurer Ted Xie
Main House First Year Representative Joshua Lacoste
Coop Housing President Matthew "Mat" Thomas
Coop Housing Programming Director
Town House President Emily Martin
Town House Programming Director Glynnis Olin
Town House Treasurer Amber Dean
Terrace Apartment President Nora Igesund-Kyrkjebo
Terrace Apartment Treasurer Skylar Widman
South Commons President Hallie Hewitt
Town Students Treasurer Sessi Blanchard
Board of Elections and Appointments First Year Rep Ivan Gong
Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid First Year Rep Sicily McLaughlin
Committee on College Life First Year Rep Sanaya Shikari
VSA President Anish Kanoria
VSA Vice President Cody Harmon
Chair of Strategic Planning Maimuna Touray
College Planning Senator Angela Sbano
Elected Co-Chair of Equity & Inclusion Tamar Ballard
Chair of Academics Joaquim Goncalves
Chair of Health & Wellness Tanyx Madrigal
Chair of First Year Programs Kevin Arce
Judicial Board Chair Noah Webster
Chair of Organizations Pat DeYoung
Co-Chair of Finance Robyn Lin
Chair of Programming Rori-An Chuck
Co-Chair of Traditions Ashley Hoyle, Katie Shively
ViCE Executive Board Vice Music: Cheyenne Tobias, Gabi Calderon; Vice Weekly: Shigeru Kaneki, Alec Shashaty; Vice Film: Ryan Levitt
Board of Residential Affairs Representative Takunda Masiva
Senators for Activities Activities Senators: Cyrus Cohen (2018), Akili Walker (2019), Medha Venkat-Ramani (2020), Sara Shirodkar (2021)
Co-Chair of Residential Affairs Takunda Masiva
House Presidents (9) Helen Magowan, Noah Pliss, Kati Kim, Atticus Koizumi, Ifeacho Awachie, Prosper Onungwa, Jaewon Kang, Parveer “Parv” Kaur, Simone Karuga
President of South Commons Hallie Hewitt
President of Terrace Apartments Nora Igesund-Kyrkjebo
President of Town Houses Emily Martin
President of Town Students
President of Cooperative Housing` Matthew "Matt" Thomas
Co-Chair of Residential Affairs Sharika Hasan, Tamar Ballard
House Presidents Helen Magowan (Strong), Atticus Koizumi (Joss), Ifeacho Awachie (Cushing), Parveer “Prav” Kaur (Lathrop)
Committee on Inclusion and Excellence Representative Eugene Lopez-Huerta
Chair of First Year Programs Kevin Arce
ALANA Center Representative Alicia Menard-Livingston
Women's Center Representative Darci Siegel
2018 Senator for Student Affairs Yvonne Yu
2019 Senator for Student Affairs Derek Sonntag
2020 Senator for Student Affairs Hien Nguyen
2021 Senator for Student Affairs Miles "Milo" Mitchell
Chair of Health and Wellness Tanyx Madrigal
College Planning Senator Angela Sbano
Jewett House President Kati Kim
Coop Housing President Matt Thomas
Terrace Apartments President Nora Igesund-Kyrkjebo
2019 Fall Senator for Planning Robin Corleto
Main House President Simone Kawga
Chair of First Year Programs Kevin Arce
Chair of Orgs Pat DeYoung
2018 Senator for Student Affairs Yvonne Yu
2019 Senator for Activities Akili Walker
2020 Senator for Activities Medha Venkat-Ramani
2021 Senator for Activities Sara Shirodkar
Chair of Finance Robyn Lin
Co-Chairs of Finance Robyn Lin, Alissa Bringas
Chair of Programming Rori-An Chuck
2018 Senator for Activities Cyrus Cohen
2019 Senator for Activities Akili Walker
Raymond House President Noah Pliss
ViCE Weekly Chairs Shigeru Kaneki, Alec Shashaty
ViCE Music Cheyenne Tobias, Gabi Calderon
ViCE Film Ryan Levitt
Chair of Planning Maimuna Touray
2018 Senator for Strategic Planning Jacob Sowder
2019 Senator for Strategic Planning Ziyi "Yina" Wang
2020 Senator for Strategic Planning Micah Fedenko
2021 Senator for Strategic Planning Diego Betancourt
College Planning Senator Angela Sbano
2019 Fall Senator for Strategic Planning Marvin "Robin" Corleto
VSA Vice President Cody Harmon
Co-Chairs of Traditions Committee Ashley Hoyle, Katie Shively


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