Student Senate

Student Senate

Sarah Lawrence College has two Student Senates: The Undergraduate Student Senate is the governing organization of the student body; the Graduate Student Senate is the representative committee of the graduate student body.

Undergraduate Student Senate

Members of the Undergraduate Student Senate are chosen by an election, held every fall. Senator positions include:

  • Senate chair
  • Treasurer
  • Four class presidents
  • Two student representatives on each College committee (except the Advisory Committee)
  • The chair of the Students for Students Scholarship Fund Subcommittee (SSSF) and two SSSF senators
  • Two members of the Student Activities Subcommittee
  • New Student-at-Large
  • Transfer Student-at-Large
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative 
  • Parliamentarian

Undergraduate Student Senate Subcommittees

Student Activities Subcommittee (SAS)

The Student Activities Subcommittee allocates the majority of the funds raised from the Student Activity Fee. Members meet weekly to review and approve proposals for student-sponsored campus events. The subcommittee includes two SAS senators, the senate treasurer, and the president of each class. A member of the Student Affairs staff attends meetings and acts as an advisor.

Students for Students Scholarship Fund (SSSF)

SSSF is a joint committee of the Student Senate and the Committee on Student Life. This subcommittee organizes several events and activities each year to raise money for the scholarship fund, including its marquee event, the SSSF Auction. The SSSF chair oversees this subcommittee, with class presidents and two SSSF senators serving as members. A member of the Student Affairs staff serves in an advisory capacity. The subcommittee welcomes any ideas for fundraising activities.

Graduate Student Senate

The Graduate Student Senate includes at least one representative from each of the College’s graduate programs. It plans social and cultural events for graduate students, distributes individual grants, and addresses general issues of concern to the graduate community.

To represent the interests of the graduate student body to the rest of the College, members of this committee may also sit on the following College committees: Board of Trustees, General Committee, Student Life, Undergraduate Student Senate, Bookstore, Parking, Orientation, and Commencement.