Meet Your Senators


Jordy Barry is a senior studying Economics, Political Science, and German.  She is a New Zealand native currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. An active member of campus, she has served on the executive boards of Senate and SAC, founded the Speech and Debate team, and is President of the Model United Nations.               


William Slauson is a 22-year old junior accounting major from San Antonio, Texas. He’s ridden his bicycle across the country twice, Washington to Virginia and Canada to Mexico. He was a national merit scholar for the PSAT and is a member of the Luther Men's College Soccer team.

Senior Class Representative

Claudia Calderon is an international student from Bolivia. She is a double major in Economics and Management. She is a member of the Student Activities Council where she is currently Co-Chair for Publicity and former Race and Ethnicity Representative. She is a UWC alumna and she graduated from UWC Red Cross Nordic in Norway.

Dietrich Jessen is studying Business Management at Luther. Dietrich is a member of the Nordic Choir and very active both around campus and in the Decorah community. He currently serves as Student Senate Treasurer, a member of the Traffic Hearing Board, chair of the Student Senate Finance Committee, and Vice-President of the Student Activities Council.

Lydon Smit is the President of ISAA at Luther, and describes his years here at Luther as intellectually invigorating and culturally unique. He has taken full advantage of the diversified campus life at Luther by joining several student organizations and participating in campus-wide activities. Living in the dorms has allowed him to mingle with people of many different backgrounds and experiences. He strongly believes that his education and involvement at Luther will prepare him for medical school and beyond.

Junior Class Representative

Ryan Goos is majoring in Spanish and International Studies. He is involved in various groups around campus: He is a member of Concert Band, and is on Executive Board for the student organization “HOLA-Enlaces”.

Philip Hanson has faithfully served as Co-Chair of the communications Committee, and currently serves as Chair of the newly formed Student Leadership Committee, charged with assisting and empowering Luther student organizations.  As Chair, he also played a key role in planning and coordinating Happiness Week.

Ashley Kappers is a Communications Studies major and Religion minor and is currently involved in Student Senate, Cantorei and KWLC. In Senate, she serves as Communications Committee Chair, representative for Human Subjects Review Board, and is on the Student Senate Executive Board.

Sophomore Class Representative

Emily Alcock is a Decorah native, and has been active in Luther’s community her entire life. She’s studying International Studies and Spanish in hopes of attending law school to become an immigration lawyer. She enjoys exploring Decorah’s nature with friends, dancing for Dance Team, playing violin in Philharmonia, and participating in HOLA-Enlaces.

Andrew Carlson is a pre-medical student from Onalaska, Wis. He graduated from Holmen High School after four years in student government, including service as Student Council president. At Luther, Andrew is involved in Norsemen, Health Science Club, American Medical Student Association, and will be an admissions assistant next year.   

Luigi Enriquez is from Racine, Wis. and is a Music major at Luther.  In his spare time, he loves attempting to play tennis, flying kites, singing and playing music, and spending time with his friends. He currently serves the Student Senate as a Freshmen Representative.

Diversity Representative for Race and Ethnicity

Derah Egbuna is a Nigerian and currently a Chemistry and Biology major. Her hobbies are dancing and listening to music.  She also spends her free time catching up on series and hanging out with friends.

Fabian Pop is a Sophomore majoring in Economics and International Studies. He is originally from Guatemala and went to high school in Norway, where he took part in several humanitarian organizations. In his home country, he has worked in projects focused on children’s education.

Diversity Representative for Gender and Sexuality

Zora Hurst, hailing from Iowa City (often referred to as Little Portland) loves dogs. Hurst is also fond of Indian food, dismantling patriarchal rhetoric, and creating safe spaces for those who spend much of their time on campus feeling under-represented and/or overworked.

Jesus Lucero is a Junior majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Music and Women’s and Gender Studies. He is from Colorado. If he isn’t out at a great organizations’ event, then he is hitting the books hard. Jesus enjoys great talks, hiking, and simply being outdoors.

Diversity Representative for Culture and Religion

William Hatungimana was born in Rwanda, his mother is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and his father is from Burundi. During the genocide in Rwanda, his family had to flee and moved from country to country until they settled in a Refugee Camp in Swaziland where they lived for 16 years. Most of his schooling was done in Swaziland, from his first grade to the last grade of high school. After getting an opportunity to join a UWC school in Swaziland, where he spent two years, he came to know Luther, he applied and got accepted. So far he is having a good time at Luther.

Nana Ama Odame is from Ghana but has lived in Swaziland all her life. She is majoring in Economics and Management with a French Minor. She is a member of ISAA, E-club, MUN and BTQ. She is an open minded person and very accepting of differences and uniqueness.

Liaison to the Decorah City Council

 Sam Ward