A Message from Student Body President Hajar I. Hammado:
No other institution of higher education can equal Pitzer College when it comes to our students, staff, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and trustees. Whether it’s the commitment to our success held by our faculty, the smiles and advice offered by our staff, the support from our administration, the contributions from our parents and alumni, and the guidance from the Board of Trustees, Pitzer College is one community united by our core values.
One of those core values is student engagement, ensuring that students are active members of all levels of college governance through the Pitzer College Student Senate. As the official governing body of the student body, the Student Senate boasts fifty-four student representatives serving on the Executive Board, in the Legislature, and on the Judicial Council. With over five percent of the student body serving as a student representative, the Student Senate continues to be ranked among the largest per capita student governments of higher education institutions in the world.
It is the responsibility of the Student Senate to ensure that the student voice plays a central role in the critical decisions made at the college. I am tremendously proud of all that student leaders have been able to accomplish already in the past few years: bringing gender-neutral restrooms to our buildings, selecting the first African-American president of a Claremont College, recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day, banning plastic water bottles, and divesting from fossil fuel companies. Our Student Senate has been an integral part of making change on campus.
With a commitment to empowering a diversity of student voices and perspectives to move forward on key issues, students are more organized and actively engaged in the governance process than ever before in the history of this institution.
Hajar I. Hammado ’18
Student Body President
Pitzer College Student Senate
Pitzer College Student Senate is the central governing body of the students at the college, and as such it is responsible for protecting student rights and interests. Pitzer is unique in that students can play a direct role in college governance, and Student Senate is responsible for coordinating that engagement.
Members of Student Senate sit on most of the college’s standing committees, and all Senators participate in College Council meetings. Senate also recognizes and funds all student organizations, and it is responsible for distributing more than $270,000 annually in student activities funds. Student Senate is committed to upholding the Core Values of Pitzer College in all areas of student life, and continuously strives to improve the welfare of students.
There are over fifty members of Student Senate, which makes it one of the largest per-capita college student governments in the world. The Senate consists of a five-member Executive Board, a Legislature responsible for major decisions, and the ten students who sit on the college’s Judicial Council. We encourage all pitzer students to engage with the Student Senate by keeping us informed of any concerns you have. Meetings are open to the public, and usually take place Sundays at 7:00 PM in the Pitzer Conference Room (P101) in Skandera Hall.
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