Senate

Chaired by the President, the Senate is the legislative body of the Association. 

Subject to the powers of the members of the Association and other limitations provided for in the Constitution, the Senate has the power to:

  1. Initiate, pass, and amend Resolutions in order to promote the interests of and improve the welfare of the members of the Association.
  2. Initiate, pass, and amend Resolutions which are deemed necessary and proper for the functioning of the Association.
  3. Issue Statements and Censures on behalf of the Association.
  4. Convene the members of the Association.
  5. Advise and consent to the appointment of members to vacant positions.
  6. Adopt and amend the Annual Budget of the Association.
  7. Initiate, authorize, and disburse the Funds of the Association.
  8. Certify and decertify student organizations recognized by the Association.
  9. Commission and populate standing and ad-hoc committees of the Senate.
  10. Populate standing and ad-hoc committees of the College.
  11. Indict any member of the Association for an impeachable offense.
  12. Initiate, ratify or adopt, and amend the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

Any powers not delegated within the Association are reserved to the Senate. The Senate may delegate its authority to any member or members, committee or committees, or body or bodies, however composed, provided that all legislative powers shall be exercised under the ultimate direction of the Senate.

Voting Members

NamePositionEmailCommittee 1Committee 2Additional CommitteesCollege Committees
Gabi JamesPresidentContactThe President serves ex oficio on all standing and ad hoc Senate committees.The President serves ex oficio on all standing and ad hoc Senate committees.The President serves ex oficio on all standing and ad hoc Senate committees.Board of Trustees (Observer), Committee on Priorities and Planning, Engaged Pluralism Initiative’s Advisory Committee
Ryan MazurkiewiczVice PresidentContactOperations (Chair)Committee on Priorities and Planning, Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (Observer)
Leslie LimChair of Equity and InclusionContactEquity and Inclusion (Chair)Accessibility Committee, Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, Committee on Inclusion and Equity, Bias Incident Response Team, Campus Climate Survey Committee and Campus Climate Education and Support Team, Safety and Security Advisory Council, Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention Committee, Engaged Pluralism Initiative’s Capacity Building Working Group and the Climate Assessment Working Group
Lola Perez-FryChair of Residential AffairsContactResidential Affairs (Chair)Committee on College Life, Safety and Security Advisory Council, Engaged Pluralism Initiative’s Working and Living at Vassar Working Group
Harman SinghChair of AcademicsContactAcademics (Chair)Committee on Academic Technologies, Committee on Curricular Policy, Library Committee, Community-Engaged Learning Steering Committee, Engaged Pluralism Initiative’s Inclusive Pedagogies Working Group and Movement for Affordable Textbooks Project Group
Ceci VillaseñorChair of OrganizationsContactOrganizations (Chair)None
Valeria Muñoz GonzalezChair of FinanceContactFinance (Chair)None
Nikolas PhamChair of Health and WellnessContactHealth and Wellness (Chair)Accessibility Committee, Committee on Disability and Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing Committee
Adriana DeLucaChair of Programming and TraditionsContactProgramming and Traditions (Chair)None
Lisberma PeraltaChair of First-Year ProgramsContactFirst-Year Programs (Chair)Orientation Committee, First-Year Experience Committee
Katie DoroskiChair of Environmental ActionContactEnvironmental Action (Chair)Committee on Climate Action and Sustainability, Green Revolving Fund Selection Committee
Lauren LeikerChair of CommunicationsContactCommunications (Chair)None
Kyle FlynnChair of AthleticsContactAthletics (Chair)Title IX Athletic Advisory Committee, Athletics Leadership Committee
Jenna HutchinsonChair of Student LaborContactStudent Labor (Chair)Committee on Admission and Financial Aid
Sophie McgrathChair of Community AffairsContactCommunity Affairs (Chair)Good Neighbors Committee, Institute for the Liberal Arts, All Building Committees of the College
Jason LeeClass of 2022 SenatorContactFinanceOrganizationsCampus Investor Responsibility
Bailey WilderClass of 2022 SenatorContactProgramming and TraditionsEquity and InclusionInclusion and Equity
Natalie HabaybehClass of 2022 SenatorContactHealth and WellnessCommunicationsAccessibility
Davis FitzGeraldClass of 2022 SenatorContactOperationsAthleticsCollege Life
Joe ManganClass of 2023 Senator (Fall)ContactEnvironmental ActionDiningCampus Master Planning
Julián AguilarClass of 2023 Senator (Fall)ContactStudent LaborAcademicsAdmission and Financial Aid, Curricular Policies
Shannon BenderClass of 2023 Senator (Fall)ContactFinanceProgramming and TraditionsCampus Investor Responsibility
Brian ScannellClass of 2023 Senator (Fall)ContactHealth and WellnessCommunicationsCollege Life
Shannon BenderClass of 2023 Senator (Spring)ContactFinanceProgramming and TraditionsCampus Investor Responsibility
Brian ScannellClass of 2023 Senator (Spring)ContactHealth and WellnessCommunicationsCollege Life
Saumya AryaClass of 2023 Senator (Spring)Contact
Jalene MedinaClass of 2023 Senator (Spring)Contact
Olivia GrossClass of 2024 SenatorContactAcademicsDiningLibrary
Elena Henderson-DowneyClass of 2024 SenatorContactCommunity AffairsProgramming and TraditionsInstitute for the Liberal Arts, Campus Master Planning
Jordan NormanClass of 2024 SenatorContactEquity and InclusionOrganizationsInclusion and Equity
Addie LongClass of 2024 SenatorContactCommunicationsAthleticsCollege Life
Aryn LeeClass of 2025 SenatorContactFirst Year ProgramsCommunity AffairsAdmission and Financial Aid
Faye StevensClass of 2025 SenatorContactFirst Year ProgramsOperationsCampus Master Planning
Noon ElmostafaClass of 2025 SenatorContactFirst Year ProgramsStudent LaborCommittee On College Life
Posey WhiddenClass of 2025 SenatorContactFirst Year ProgramsEnvironmental ActionClimate Action and Sustainability
Janet WatsonMisc Reporter