Student Senate

Meet the Senate, who exists to communicate the needs and wants of our students.

Student Senate Spring 2020

Photo by Max Moore

About the Student Senate

Each year, 30 students from across campus are elected as Senators to help bridge the gap between faculty, staff, and students. Our job is to allocate funding to clubs and organizations, address living environment concerns, and overall, work to mold Coe College and its students' dreams.

Some of our favorite Senate ideas implemented on campus are:

  • LoCoe - an annual fall event that brings Cedar Rapids life to Coe with local food trucks and musical artists.
  • Senate Seats - events ranging from local live concerts to theatre productions in large quantities of tickets handed straight to Coe students for amazing discounts, or even for free.
  • Feminine Hygiene Project - to help anyone ever caught by surprise, Senate stocks all of the bathrooms in academic buildings with free tampons and pads.
  • Dropboxes - installed in centralized locations around campus, Dropboxes allow easy access to providing Senate with living environment concerns and feedback.

Funding

Student Senate is fully funded by the $142.50 Student Activies fee that every full-time student pays in their tuition each semester. Biannually, we allocate upwards of $180,000 to support clubs and the improvement of student life.


Meet the Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Student Senate helps to facilitate subcommittees and maintain order in meetings. At the beginning of each calendar year, student pairs are given the opportunity to run for the elected seats of the Student Body President and Vice President. The new leaders appoint the rest of their board with the approval of the Senate. The full Executive Board for the 2020 year is as follows:

  • Student Body President - Madeline Fink
  • Vice President - Kayden Dangremond
  • Chairperson - Luke Vanderschaaff
  • Recording Secretary - Monet Malone
  • Treasurer - Jack Rey
  • Communications Officer - Kaci Rausch

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The Fink & Dangremond 2020 Platform

  • Safety & Security
    • Updated cameras surrounding dorms and parking lots
    • Increased lighting across campus
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff to promote Title IX sexual assault prevention
  • Consistency
    • Host 3rd annual LoCoe with new food and music artists
    • Expand feminine hygiene initiative
    • Expand Student Senate Dropbox project
    • Continue collaboration with donors for The Nest
  • Transparency
    • Increase campus attendance to general Student Senate meetings
    • Collaborate with clubs & organizations on events
    • Bridge gap between faculty and students
    • Promote and assist with club budgets
  • Living Environment
    • Increase greenery and trees on campus
    • Update furniture in study spaces
    • Update bathrooms and shower heads
  • Etc. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Increased recycling on campus (separate combined bins)
    • Promotion of cultural events on and off campus
    • Increasing diverse dining options

For any questions involving Student Senate or your Coe experience, please contact senate@coe.edu.


Getting Involved

At the beginning of each academic year, a petition will be sent out to the full student body and students who want to join must obtain a predetermined number of signatures from their residence community. Once that is completed, a school wide poll will be emailed out and qualified candidates are elected in by members of that community.

All meetings are open to members of the Coe community. Anyone can address their concerns during the Open Forum section of Senate meetings. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Cherry Auditorium, and copies of our minutes are available on our Moodle page!

Governing Documents

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