Spring 2005 Senate Meeting

The ASUCD Senate consists of 22 elected and non-elected students who collectively adopt and manage the association's 21 million dollar budget, considers bills and resolutions and individually and jointly undertake various projects designed to enhance the quality of life for students on campus . Senate meetings are open to the public, and usually held every Thursday during the school year, in the Mee Room (3rd floor of the Memorial Union) starting at 6:10pm. Minutes and agendas of each meeting are typically available in SGAO (3rd floor Memorial Union) and online on the documents section on the ASUCD website.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASUCD Senate meetings are held as Zoom Webinars, information of which can also be found on the ASUCD website.

As for elections, all undergraduate students at UCD can vote for anyone they want. In addition to independent candidates, there are "slates" here at UC Davis — akin to political coalitions that dissolve after each election cycle. 

See Senate History for historical information, or see Slates for newly formed, inactive, or past slates that do not currently have elected officials.  If you are interested in running for Senate and don't know much about the process, this could be a decent resource.


Presiding Officer: ASUCD Internal Vice President: Aarushi Raghunathan

(1, elected, breaks affirmative/negative ties)

Senators (12, elected, voting)

Senator Slate

Jonathan Ng

Katia Bouali The Olive Branch
Curtis Chen  
Yara Kaadan The Olive Branch
Jacob Klein  
Leah Jung Renaissance
Binh Do Just "DO" it
Trinity Chow Launch!
Danielle Nicole A Antonio MOOve
Nur Ambaw ASPIRE
Gabriel Gaysinsky  
Chasa Monica  

* President Pro Tempore of the Senate
**Interim Senator

Commission Chairs (6, appointed, non-voting)

Commission Chairs are ex-officio members of the senate and senators are ex-officio members of commissions.

Commission Chair Commission
Megan Chung Academic Affairs
Mehalet Shibre Ethnic and Cultural Affairs
Ashley Chan Gender and Sexuality
ThuyAnh Truong Internal Affairs
Daniel Mojica External Affairs
Mackenzie Field Environmental Policy and Planning

Other Ex-Officio Members (5, non-voting)

Francisco Ojeda  ASUCD President
Allyson Francisco ASUCD Controller
Celene Adririn ASUCD EAVP
Kaito Clarke ASUCD TSR
Asif Ahmed ASUCD ISR

The Senate is responsible for voting on and creating bills that say how ASUCD should operate. Senators are additionally able to pass resolutions asking University administration to address an issue or to suggest the implementation of a change. Senators vote to approve or reject the President's proposed budget each spring. Being a Senator is a very important job because of the sheer size of ASUCD. Also, ASUCD Senators and other executives are often invited, through the University, to various important social and political functions. An example of this is the summer 2005 function "Perspectives on Poverty", which featured Colin Powell, John Edwards, and John Ashcroft.

In the past senate seems to have had a bit of an attendance problem. This led 4 past senators to write a letter to the editor in the Aggie.

Senators also hire staff, who serve as volunteers to understand the workings of the Senate table and skill-build. Despite the fact that these are always advertised in elections as qualifications, they are typically sinecure offices.

Power Structure

Due to recent elections reforms, no slate possesses a majority. In the event of a tie, Vice President Ragunthun, holds the tie-breaking vote.

Election Information

The Elections Committee is responsible for elections matters. The Senate is elected using the Choice Voting method.

  • Check ballot data for Senate and Presidential Elections since Winter 2013. 


ASUCD's legislative body wasn't always so contentious.

The ASUCD Senate has generated some interesting scandals recently. These include:

Common Beginnings and Campus Affiliations

Greek Life:

ΔΣ: Darnell Holloway

ZBT: Atanas Spasov

KKΓ: Daniella Aloni

: Alisha Hacker

ΔΔΔ: Meital Machulsky

ΑΓΡ: Micheal Gofman, Ryan Wonders

AXΩLauren Smith, Mallika Hari, Kristin Mifsud

AΣΦ: Michael C. Navarro 

ΣΧ: Andrew Bianchi, Danny Garrett, Lamar Heysteck, Trevor Taylor, Devin Whitney, Mahan Curduny, Lucas Fong, Alec Pitts

ΘΧ: Artem Senchev

ΧΦ: Roman Rivilis, Lee Weissman, Josh Dalavai

ΦΑΔ: Lula Ahmed-Falol, Naomi Amaha, Sergio Blanco, Aarom Bloom, Eli Yani, Tracey Zeng

Campus Organizations:

Afghan Student Association at UC Davis: Harris Razaqi

Muslim Student Association: Maahum Shahab

Project Rishi: Ambar Mishra

Model United Nations at UC Davis: Mohammad Qayum, Alisha Hacker, Alexis Ramirez, Edgar Masias Malagon, Maria Martinez, Camille Randolph, Lauren Smith, Kristin Mifsud

Mock Trial at UC Davis: Maria Martinez, Ashley Lo

Davis Anime Club: Miles Thomas, Maxwell Kappes

Davis College Democrats: Kevin Rotenkolber, Khalil Malik, Tariq Azim

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán: Ivan Carrillo, Miguel Espinoza, Abrham Castillo-Ruiz, Beatriz Anguiano, Armando Figueroa, Nicholas Sanchez and Andrea Velazquez.

DUGG / HvZ (so NERF): Maxwell Kappes


Business and Finance Commission: Ryan Meyerhoff, Artem Senchev, Parteek Singh
Internal Affairs Commission: Maxwell Kappes, Gareth Smythe, Roman Rivilis, Radhika Gawde, Juliana Martinez Hernandez, Ambar Mishra
External Affairs Commission: Felicia Ong, Azka Fayyaz, Amelia Helland, Brendan Repicky, Erica Padgett, Anabiah Syed
Academic Affairs Commission: Liam Burke, Rashita Chauhan
Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission: Nicholas Sanchez, Mariah Kala Watson, Casey Nguyen, Ricardo Martinez, Shreya Deshpande, Kabir Sahni

See ASUCD Elections for more in-depth information on past elections.