|(Left to right: Laura Safstrom-Lorenzo, John Jackson, Maria Galvez, Ashley Perez, Maxim Khodosevich, Shara Bien-Aime, Tomas Pendola, Samantha Hidalgo)
The Student Senate is the legislative body of the SGA. It is composed of students who are passionate about the growth and development of the University. We see and feel the areas that need attention at the St. Thomas, we pressure those that are able to implement positive change.
The Senate’s purpose is to represent the students. We are qualified because we are students and we are connected. We are people from all over Miami and the world. We are commuters, residents, club presidents, Resident Assistans, interns, and college basketball players, who study everything from Criminal Justice to Business and beyond. Because of this, we believe that we have an accurate pulse of the issues that go on around campus with our extremely diverse student population.
While the students at the STU are well represented by us, we know that we must be in touch with you all to stay focused on what is important. If you have a cause, concern, feedback, complaint, idea, or thought; please come see us in the SGA office in the Student Center. We have bi-weekly Senate meetings, a Senate Outreach program, and civic engagement projects that we sponsor. If you cannot find us on campus, which is IMPOSSIBLE, please drop us an email so we can set up a meeting to address your thought.
What Do Senators Do?
Who We Are
Speaker of the Senate:
- Act as a liaison between the students and the rest of Student Government Association (SGA)
- Represent the University outside of campus.
- Represent the student body by attending Faculty/Staff & Committee meetings.
- Propose and implement solutions to student issues.
- Create legislation for SGA policies.
- Work on special projects or resolutions to change university policies.
Student Government Constitution and Bills
Want to become a Student Senator?
- Napkin Board – The idea for the napkin board came from the trip to Washington DC, when your SGA went on the annual ASGA conference. Napkin Board is the direct communication channel between students and the cafeteria. If you have a comment about the food you liked or disliked, if you want to make a proposition to improve the service, or if you want to give a general feedback, you are more than welcome to pick up the pen, write your comment on the napkin, and leave it on the Napkin Board, which is located at the exit of the cafeteria. You shall receive a direct reply from the dining services within next 48 hours.
- Physical Plant Meeting – The topics that we discussed with the Physical Plant were: accessibility buttons problems (will be looked at and repaired), outside furniture maintenance (will be cleaned on request and at the regular cycle), shuttle bus problems (every bus stop will have a sticker with driver’s phone number and exact schedule), back gate card reader problems (will be fixed), gravel parking problems (will go through maintenance this summer), pool area furniture problems (already got fixed; will get fixed at the request).
- LED Board – On the request of the Senate, LED Board’s brightness at the front gate has been decreased by 15% to stop blinding the incoming cars at night.
- OIT Meeting – The installation of the new hardware throughout university has been finished. Access points of the Wi-Fi increased from 90 to 340. After April 21 the network will be completely refreshed (both hardware and software wise) with the ability to access torrents and online gaming.