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  • #ILLINOISInvitesObama

    When I walk across the graduation stage in May with all of my closest friends and classmates, my highest honor will not be getting a diploma – it has been and always will be serving as your Student Body President. Though it’s tough to beat the joy of finishing college, talking with students, running Illinois Student Government meetings, and working with University leadership mark the happiest moments of my college career. Yet, as we share a moment together to celebrate our graduation, who should be there to celebrate with us?

    I am joining other leaders on campus in an effort to bring Barack Obama to #ILLINOIS to be our 2017 commencement speaker. Join the cause by visiting Invite Obama to Illinois 2017 Commencement . There, you can sign a petition (, Tweet at President Obama using #ILLINOISInvitesObama, or write your very own letter.

    If there is anyone in America who embodies what the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign stands for, it’s Obama. A man who built his own career, fought for all of us, and a champion of the great things our generation cares about. He should be the one sharing his story with us, and helping mark the end of our time at Illinois and the beginning of our careers and futures. Help bring Obama back to Illinois. #ILLINOISInvitesObama

    View the letter I wrote to President Obama: Student Body President Lewis' Letter to President Obama
    Sign the petition:

  • Apply now for ABTS!

    The Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS) is an alliance of student governments from all Big Ten institutions. Each year, the ABTS hosts two conferences as well as a spring lobby day "Big Ten on the Hill" in Washington, D.C. Through its collaborative action, the ABTS works to advocate for over 500,000 Big Ten students.

    The 2017 Winter Conference will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio during February 3rd - 5th, 2017. The conference will consist of keynote presentations, workshops and discussions, and setting a legislative agenda for Big Ten on the Hill. All members of the Illinois Student Senate are encouraged to apply, including committee members, staff, interns, and senators. The applicants selected will act as Illinois Student Senate delegates to the ABTS for the winter conference.

    The application will close at Noon on Saturday, November 12th. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the winter conference or the ABTS in general. I look forward to reviewing your application!

    Click here to apply:

  • Sign Now! New Constitution!

    The Commission on Constitutional Reform of the Illinois Student Senate has put forth a proposed Constitution. In order for this Constitution to appear on the Fall 2016 Student Referendum, the commission must obtain the required number of signatures, which is equal to 5% of the student body. Please consider signing the petition to get the Constitution on the referendum. Note that by signing this petition you are not necessarily indicating your support for the Constitution, but you are indicating your support for it to be voted on by the entire student body. 

    The Constitution and associated Transition Document may be viewed here.
    Major changes between the proposed Constitution and the current Constitution include, but are not limited to:
    • The Student Body President and Student Body Vice President will be popularly elected by the students of the campus in the annual Spring Student Elections and Referendum.
    • The Student Senate will have the flexibility to include representative seats from constituencies other than academic colleges. This will not have any impact on representation in the Campus Senate.
    • The Student Court will be organized from scratch as a co-equal branch of the student government.
    • The Government as a whole will be better structured to provide input to campus policies and meaningful programming.


    Questions on the content of this petition or the proposed documents should be directed to the Illinois Student Senate via Spencer Haydary, Vice President Internal, at


  • GRAD, and LAS-C Vacancies

    The Illinois Student Senate still has vacant seats for GRAD, and LAS-C Senators. To apply, complete the form here. Your application will be reviewed by the Illinois Student Senate Committee on Internal Affairs. Afterwards, you will be notified of the status of your application and selection.

    Eligibility Requirements

    GRAD Vacancy

    You must be a graduate student to fill the GRAD seat vacancies, and you may be appointed to both the Illinois Student Senate as well as the Urbana-Champaign Campus Senate.

    LAS-C Vacancy

    You must be majoring in one of the following to be eligible to apply for the LAS-C vacancy:

    Actuarial Science
    Chemical Engineering
    Chem Curric (Specialized)
    Chemistry—Teacher Education
    Combined Science & Letters/Education
    Program Math—Teacher Educ.
    Computer Science—Teacher Education
    Earth Science—Teacher Education
    Geology Curriculum (Specialized)
    Mathematics—Teacher Education
    Math and Computer Science
    Physics—Teacher Education
    Physics Curriculum (Specialized)
    Statistics, and/or
    Statistics and Computer Science

  • Welcome to our new Website!

    Welcome to our new Website! After much work, it has finally arrived. Here you can learn more about the organization and structure of the Illinois Student Senate, review our documents (including budgets, governing documents, resolutions, and more), meet your elected Senators, and learn more about getting involved.

    If you have any questions, feel free to use the "Contact Us" feature, located at the top right of your screen. One of our staff will respond to your question within 24 hours.

    Happy browsing!