Joining Student Senate
Any current student at Pitzer College is eligible to join Student Senate. All positions are either elected by the student body or appointed by the Executive Board. Most positions, including appointed positions, are filled during three different elections throughout the year. The largest takes place at the end of the spring semester to select members for the upcoming year. The other two are at the beginning of each semester to fill vacancies. Elections for the Executive Board take place separately, near the middle of the spring semester. Opportunities to join at other times during the year sometimes emerge if there are vacancies.
You may apply for both elected and appointed positions using the form below, which is open whenever an election is approaching or when there are vacancies. The application form will also be distributed via email. Applicants for appointed positions should submit a brief statement of their qualifications, while those running in elections may submit a blurb that will appear on the ballot. For more information about elections, visit the elections page of the website.
For more information, contact the Vice President of Internal Affairs at senateVPin@students.pitzer.edu.
There are currently no open positions on the Student Senate. Vacant positions will be filled for the spring semester during the January election and appointment cycle.
If a vacancy occurs in an appointed position, then the Executive Board will simply appoint a new person to that position. That newly appointed member will serve for the remainder of the term of the original member. You can apply to fill a vacancy using the form above.
If a vacancy occurs in an elected position, then that position will be filled by an interim member until the next designated election period. Interim members are chosen by the Legislature; candidates submit their applications to Senate using the above form, and then the Legislature chooses from among them by a secret ballot. Interim members will be replaced by normally-elected members at the next election period—unless the interim member also runs in that election for the same seat and wins.
Expectations of Senate Members
Before applying or running for Student Senate, you should make sure you are prepared to fulfill the duties of your position. Student Senate typically takes at least two hours of your time per week, and it can easily take up more depending on your position and on how involved you wish to be.