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The Student Assembly Senate at the College of William and Mary is in the midst of its 321st session!

The Senate is granted all legislative powers of the Student Assembly. This includes writing and debating resolutions which aim to improve the campus and student’s lives. The Senate also approves the annual student activities budget of nearly $700,000, distributed to over 100 undergraduate and graduate student organizations. Senators also act as advocates of their respective constituencies–representing the needs and fighting for the rights of the students they serve. The Senate is divided into seven committees which focus on particular areas of student interest: Finance & Budget, Outreach, Policy, Public Affairs,  Student Life, Code Revision and Executive.

The 22-member Senate is composed of four members from each undergraduate class and a member from each of the graduate schools. This year’s chair is William McConnell of the Class of 2014 (wlmcconnell@email.wm.edu).

Click on Senate Bills to view all the bills that have been passed this year!

MEET THE SENATORS

  • William McConnell
    William McConnellClass of 2014 Senator/Chairman of SenateCommittee Assignments: Chairman of Executive Committee, Finance, Student Life Hey! I am Will and I am a proud member of the Class of 2014. Although I am a native of Boston, MA, I grew up in Catania, Italy and now reside in Palm Beach County, FL. I am a Government major and History minor. On campus I am involved in a variety of activities and organizations including Virginia21, Kappa Alpha Order, and the Reves Center for International Studies, where I work during the year and help with Orientation at the beginning of each term. This year I will be serving as Chairman of the Senate, so please reach out to me if you are interested in helping out or have questions. Go Tribe!
  • Chandler Crenshaw
    Chandler CrenshawClass of 2014 Senate (Public Affairs Chair)Committee Assignments: Public Affairs
  • Peter Lifson
    Peter LifsonClass of 2014 Senator (Policy Chair)Committee Assignments: Policy, Public Affairs I’m a Senior majoring in Government. My hometown is Huntington, NY. I believe I am a compassionate and hardworking individual. I will work hard to accomplish things that you, the students, want and I’ll try to help make your experience at William and Mary as enjoyable as possible. In my free time I enjoy watching sports and staying up to date on current events and politics. I am really looking forward to working with everyone to make this a great year for all of us.
  • Joseph Scholle
    Joseph ScholleClass of 2014 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Finance and Outreach Committees I am a proud member of the William and Mary Rugby Football Club. Saturday is a rugby day. I was inspired to run for Senate by the luminous examples of Joe Mehan, Michael Wagner, and Matt Gardner.
  • Colin Danly
    Colin DanlyClass of 2015 Senator (Finance Chair)Committee Assignments:
  • Jimmy Zhang
    Jimmy ZhangClass of 2015 Senator (Secretary of Senate)Committee Assignments: Public Affairs and Student Life I am thrilled to be representing the Class of 2015 in the Student Assembly Senate for the third year in a row, serving on the Public Affairs and Student Life committees, and as Secretary of the Senate. Major goals for this year include establishing a speaker series on behalf of the SA's Public Affairs Department, implementing a runoff voting system to make the SA Presidential Elections process fairer, more accessible, and more representative of student body interests, and improving SA large scale programming and campus engagement. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, jogging, playing video games, working on political campaigns, eating pasta, hugging trees, hanging out with friends, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.
  • James Walker
    James WalkerClass of 2015 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Outreach and Policy I'm from Burke, Virginia and I enjoy reading, playing ukulele, and basketball.
  • Dan Kennedy
    Dan KennedyClass of 2015 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Outreach and Student Life Committees I'm from McLean, VA, and I'm Vice President of Kappa Sig and am involved with Catholic Campus Ministry. I also aspire to be a great juggler.
  • Daniel Ackerman
    Daniel AckermanClass of 2016 Senator (Student Life Chair)Committee Assignments: Student Life and Finance Committees Hello--I am a W&M sophomore, originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. My favorite hobbies back home include just about anything related to cars, while my favorite activities activities in Williamsburg include hanging out with friends and meeting new people. Over this next year, I want to ensure that the W&M administration pursues the interests of us students--please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, concerns, or new ideas!
  • Seth Opoku-Yeboah
    Seth Opoku-YeboahClass of 2016 Senator (Outreach Chair)Committee Assignments: Outreach and Policy Committees I grew up in Manassas, Virginia and went to Osbourn Park High School. As you've probably noticed, I have a rather unique last name. That is because my parents are from Ghana, so my last name is of Ghanian descent. I'm a big soccer fan with Chelsea F.C. being my favorite team and Zinedine Zidane being my favorite player.
  • Yohance Whitaker
    Yohance WhitakerClass of 2016 Senator (Senate Undergraduate Representative)Committee Assignments: Finance and Public Affairs Committee Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, I am a sophomore at the College majoring in Government. In addition to my roles in the Student Assembly, I am involved in several organizations including: the Kappa Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, NAACP, Literacy for Life, Young Democrats, and Virginia 21. I look forward to a great year and serving you in the Senate!
  • Gabriel Morey
    Gabriel MoreyCommittee Assignments: Policy and Student Life Committees Hello Tribe! My hometown is Harrisonburg, Virginia, at the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I'm an avid runner, novice cyclist, political junkie, grocery-store employee, off-and-on-again musician (I'm a bit out of practice) who is studying Public Policy and History. I hope someday to work with or in the public sector--poverty alleviation, economic growth, clean energy, human rights--as long as I'm helping people, I'm happy with it.
  • Emily Thomas
    Emily ThomasClass of 2017 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Finance and Public Affairs Committees Hello, I'm Emily and I'm very excited to be a part of the William and Mary Student Assembly. I currently live in Culpeper, Virginia (and no it is not considered NOVA) but my family and I spend so much time in the Outer Banks of North Carolina that I could consider that my second home. As of right now I am a future Government major and contemplating a minor in History. On campus I am also involved with the organization of Virginia 21. I am excited to serve the freshmen class this year as one of their four senators, please feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions you may have! Roll Tribe!
  • Jacqueline (Yingzhu) Zhang
    Jacqueline (Yingzhu) ZhangClass of 2017 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Student Life and Policy Committees Hi everyone! My name is Jackie Zhang and I am honored to serve my fellow Tribe members as a senator of the class of 2017. I grew up in a small city nicknamed “Spring City” in China. I came to the United States four years ago and went to high school in Philadelphia. I plan to major in Computer Science and, possibly Accounting or History. Besides SA, I am also involved in Mock Trial, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Chinese Student Organization and Chinese Undergraduate Student Association. As a Senator, I pledge to work with other Senators and officers to serve the student body to the absolute best of my ability!
  • Kelvin Abrokwa-Johnson
    Kelvin Abrokwa-JohnsonClass of 2017 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Policy and Outreach Committees Hi! My name is Kelvin and I'm a member of the Class of 2017. My parents are originally from Ghana but I have been living in Northern Virginia for the past 8 years. I am hope to be an Economics major and Math minor. Apart from Senate I am involved in other activities including club soccer and running club. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve in the Student Assembly Senate! Feel free to email me whenever. Thanks!
  • Shannon Caietti
    Shannon CaiettiClass of 2017 SenatorCommittee Assignments: Student Life and Outreach Hi! My name is Shannon Caietti and I am member of the Class of 2017. I was born and raised in San Diego, California. Though I am a native of the Golden State, fun fact, I have surfed maybe twice in my entire life. I am a prospective Government and Economics double major. I am an active member of Kappa Delta here at the College. Also, I plan on writing for The Pillory, the satire newspaper on campus. I am currently researching the dynamics of political discussion conducted online and its effects on face-to-face political discussion with Professor Settle of the Government Department. I am excited to serve my freshman class and the student body as whole! Go Tribe, Go America.
  • Matthew L. McAdams
    Matthew L. McAdamsGraduate Senator (MBA)Committee Assignments: Matt grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and got a B.S. in Agricultural Business from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After graduating, Matt returned to Charlotte where he spent five years as a commercial real estate broker focusing on retail leasing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Matt recently interned with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport during the summer of 2013 where he was tasked with delivering a feasibility analysis to support the funding of a $40 million construction project for US Airways. Matt is currently a second year MBA candidate concentrating in finance and looking to work within the aviation industry.
  • Caleb Stone
    Caleb StoneGraduate Senator (Law)Committee Assignments: Finance and Policy Committees I am currently a second-year law student William & Mary Law School; I came to William & Mary from the Atlanta area, where I graduated with a degree in political science from Kennesaw State University. I am a staff member on the law school's Bill of Rights Journal, I am a Civil Procedure teaching assistant, and I am involved with the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. I interned this summer with William & Mary's Office of University Counsel, where I will continue to work throughout the school year; I look forward to further serving the College community through my position in the Student Assembly.
  • Will Ladnier
    Will LadnierGraduate Senator (Law)Committee Assignments: Policy Committee I am currently a second year student with the law school. After living my entire life in Tennessee, the College has offered a nice change of pace for my wife and I. In the next year I hope to serve the best interests of my fellow law students among the greater student population here at the College.
  • Erica Penn
    Erica PennGraduate Senator (Law)Committee Assignments: Ms. Penn is the current Environmental Law and Policy Review (ELPR) Symposium Chair 2013-14, and served as Assistant Symposium Chair the prior year. In addition, she served as 2L Class Representative in the Student Bar Association and Chair of the Black Law Student Association's Undergraduate Outreach Committee. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and two minors in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership for Non-profits.
  • Patrick Johnson
    Patrick JohnsonGraduate Senator (Arts and Sciences)Committee Assignments: I'm in my second year in Anthropology and look forward to connecting undergraduate and graduate interests by, for example, publicizing guest speakers and other opportunities across campus. I grew up in Mobile, AL, served on Budget and Departmental Committees during my undergrad at Beloit College, and got my MA at the University of West Florida.
  • Caitlin Whalan
    Caitlin WhalanGraduate Senator (Graduate Council Representative)Committee Assignments: Hi, my name is Caitlin. My hometown is Ocean City, MD, but I spent my undergraduate in Greenville, SC at Furman University where I doubled in Music and Communication Studies.
  • Ricky L. Coston Jr.
    Ricky L. Coston Jr.Graduate Senator (Education)Committee Assignments: Outreach Committee Since 2008, I have been a student at William and Mary where I earned my B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. My hobbies include martial arts, gymnastics, acting/stage combat, being a mentor, and being involved in church. I am looking forward to representing the School of Education while serving on the Student Assembly.
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