Student Senate

Student Senate is the primary means for student participation in the governance of the Luther College community.

Our mission is to serve Luther students and student organizations by providing them with resources to achieve their goals and to connect faith with learning and service with responsibility.

To me, Senate is one of the best ways a student can try to give back to the Luther Community! It helped me feel connected to our campus in a deeper and more meaningful way. I loved that the people working on Senate all wanted to make Luther a better place for everyone

Maddy Lomprey '22
Former Luther College Student Senate President

Student Senate is Luther College’s student government organization. The Senate consists of twenty-seven student representatives elected each spring, with the addition of three first-year representatives elected in the fall. As always, feel free to email Student Senate if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Leadership Team

Alice Odame
President

Salomé Valdivieso Santillán
Vice-President

Alexis Johnson
Secretary

Max Holt
Treasurer

Executive Board

Alice Odame
President

Salomé Valdivieso Santillán
Vice-President

Alexis Johnson
Secretary

Max Holt
Treasurer

Landon Hoppe
Student Leadership Chair & Senior Representative
studentleadership@luther.edu

Evelyn Montoya
Student Life Chair & Diversity Representative for Race and Ethnicity
senatestudentlife@luther.edu

Hope Gilbertson
Communications Chair & Inter-Greek Council Representative
senatecommunications@luther.edu

Sebastian Zavala
Finance Chair & Sophomore Representative
senatefinance@luther.edu

This powerful document includes the rules by which Student Senate operates, groups represented on Senate through designated representative, what their duties are to the student body, and more information detailing the nuts and bolts of Senate. Check this out if you’re interested in learning how our organization is composed and discover the extent of our influence on life at Luther.

Current Student Senate Constitution

Current Student Senate Bylaws

Funding requests have been divided into three different categories: (1) Funding for Organizational Continuity, (2) Funding for On-Campus Events and Activities, and (3) Funding for Conferences and Other Off-Campus Activities. Our first priority when looking at requests will be those requests that allow student organizations to operate. A close second priority is helping organizations provide events and activities to the Luther community. Third, will be allowing organizations attend conferences and other off-campus events that further their goals and mission.

When applying for funding, we ask that organizations consider the mission and values of Luther College. Please also ensure that requests are appropriate and will not violate any rules or expectations set by the college.

The Finance Committee would especially like to call your attention to the criteria by which we are evaluating proposals so organizations can keep this in mind when they are working on their applications. Here is a link to the criteria. Finally, the online application is available. All applications must be received by Wednesday, Oct 4th midnight. Once the application’s submissions are done, leaders will be invited for a mandatory interview. After the Finance Committee review all the applications, organization leaders will receive an email decision informing them the amount of allocated funds.

Other Resources

The Student Senate Election Guidelines and Application is designed to facilitate fair and consistent Student Senate elections each year. The guidelines are not exhaustive; instead they provide the general framework for the annual Student Senate elections process.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve Luther students and student organizations by providing them with resources to achieve their goals, and to support the wider college community as it fulfills its mission.

Membership

The Senate shall be comprised of the following student members who are responsible for carrying out their duties as defined in the bylaws:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Senior Class Representatives (3)
  • Junior Class Representatives (3)
  • Sophomore Class Representatives (3)
  • Freshman Class Representatives (3)
  • Diversity Representatives (6)
  • Student Liaison to the Decorah City Council

Appointed Positions

  • Student Activities Council President
  • Luther Congregation President
  • ISAA Representative
  • Inter-Greek Council
  • Wellness Representative
  • Sustainability Representative
  • Student Support Representative
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative

First Year Student Senate Application Form

Student Activities

Jenna Mockler-Gjerde
Director of Student Activities
Dahl Centennial Union 106

Send Email

Phone: 563-387-1567