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.
Academic Planning Committee (1)
This committee is responsible for considering and/or recommending policy changes concerning academics, admissions, and allocation of academic funds, particularly concerning long-term strategies and developments at Pitzer College. As a body, they are also responsible for promoting integration and interaction between different aspects of Pitzer College’s academic programming.
Academic Standards Committee (2)
This committee is responsible for assuring that students adhere to the academic standards of the College, for considering student requests for waivers of academic requirements and for approving the completion of degree requirements.
Appointments, Promotions, & Tenure Committee (1)
This body is charged with making recommendations and advising the President in matters of faculty appointment, contract renewal, promotion, granting of tenure, and periodic reviews of tenured faculty. Two student representatives (one junior & one senior) are appointed to serve on this committee for a two-year term.
Campus Aesthetics Committee (1)
This committee is tasked with reviewing and approving all proposals for the installation of paintings, murals, sculptures, or hung pieces of art from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other individuals or groups that are in any way affiliated with Pitzer College.
Campus Life Committee (3)
This committee is focused on enhancing the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the College; promoting and supporting close faculty-student relationships; and encouraging the involvement of alumni in the campus community. They may allocate funds for special events, activities, programs, and projects that will enhance campus life.
Curriculum Committee (1)
This committee is responsible primarily for coordinating and reviewing the annual curriculum of the college, for recommending on an annual basis the addition of courses, for approving special majors and independent studies and for approving new program and major requirements.
External Studies Committee (1)
This group is tasked with formulating policy relating to the college’s Study Abroad programs, for overseeing the programs, and for approving students for participation.
Student-Alumni Relations Committee (1)
This committee works to maintain positive relationships between students and alumni, and the members serve as the official student liaisons to the the Pitzer College Alumni Board during their regular meetings every semester.
Teaching and Learning Committee (3)
This group aims to help faculty improve their teaching, to help students improve their learning, and to develop and facilitate opportunities for conversation and reflection among faculty, students, and staff around topics of teaching and learning.
First Year Class Rep (1)
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.