Senate Standing Committees

Senate Committees are specialized groups within the regular Senate that allow Senators to focus on key subjects related to governance and other essential functions within this branch of ASUCI.  A senator shall always be a part one committee and are expected to carry out the functions detailed within that committee.

The four main, permanent committees that are a part of all Sessions of the Senate are:

  • Rules and Oversight Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Public Info Committee
  • Advocacy Committee

Please read “Senate Standing Committee Duties” to learn more about their specific roles in Senate.

Senate Standing Committees Duties

The Rules Committee shall be concerned with the regulations and
policies of ASUCI operation and services, being responsible for:

  • Reviewing and revising the Senate By-Laws, Elections
    Code, and Judicial Board Procedures as members of the
    Governance and Internal Policy as per Article 11 Section 3
    of the ASUCI Constitution.
  • Handling internal Senate discipline in conjunction
    with the President of the Senate.
  • Nominating students to fill vacant Senate seats.
  • Handling business related to the operations and
    services of ASUCI.
  • Reviewing the structure and working of resolutions and
    bills for their justifications and reasons, in order to recommend
    reasonable changes referred to it by the Senate.
  • Reviewing nominees for appointed student
    representative positions.
  • Reviewing weekly all recommendations from the Judicial
    Board regarding legislation and considering appropriate
    revisions to legislation.
  • Maintaining the official file of standing policies for
    ASUCI Senate.
  • Updating all governing documents subsequent to the
    passage of any amendment and ensuring that the most
    current version is publicly available on the ASUCI website.
  • Evaluating UCI’s enrollment data at least once
    annually, and adjusting the distribution of seats on Senate
    as necessary.

The ASUCI External Vice President, ASUCI Internal Vice President,
Student Advocate General, Internal Deputy Student
Advocate General, Senate Secretary, Senate Parliamentarian, shall
be non-voting members of the Rules Committee.

The Finance Committee shall be concerned with all financial
affairs of Senate, being responsible for:

  • Handling business involving financial allocation
    and other budgetary matters.
  • Monitoring the accounts of the ASUCI and making reports
    to the Senate in conjunction with ASUCI Business Manager.
  • Reviewing all Bills for its justifications and reasons in
    order to recommend reasonable expenditures referred by
    the Senate.
  • Requesting financial audits and financial documentation
    from the ASUCI Executive Officers.
  • Meeting with the ASUCI Executive Director and/or
    Business Manager at the beginning of every Quarter in order
    to learn about the budget in detail.
  • Making a copy of the ASUCI budget and monthly
    updates available at the ASUCI website.

The ASUCI President, ASUCI Student Services Vice-President,
ASUCI Chief Accountability Officer, and the
ASUCI Internal Deputy Student Advocate General shall be
non-voting members of the Finance Committee.

The Public Information Committee shall be concerned with the
Senate’s public relations, being responsible for:

  • Academic and Administrative concerns.
  • Serving as a catalyst for the generation of ideas and
    producing ASUCI publicity.
  • Publicizing Senate meetings and topics of discussion
  • Shall maintain a written and computer data file history of all
    Senate standing documents and legislative actions, as well as
    keep records of the actions of ASUCI.

The ASUCI Vice President Academic Affairs and Vice
President of Student Services shall be non-voting members of
the Public Information Committee.

The Advocacy Committee (also known as or referred to as the
Committee-on-Committees) shall be concerned with the activities and
projects of all Senate ad-hoc committees and the Academic Year’s advocacy
agenda, being responsible for:

  • Thoroughly reviewing the creation of each ad-hoc committee.
    Each ad- hoc committee will present a proposal to the Advocacy
    committee, which will include the following:

i. The name and general purpose of the ad-hoc committee

ii. The names of two (2) or more fellow Senators who wish to
participate in the ad-hoc committee (the number of names will
be determined by the scope of the ad-hoc committee’s project
as approved by the advocacy committee).

iii. The names of possible non-Senate partners in the
fulfillment of the ad-hoc committee’s projects (faculty,
departmental heads, student-interest organizations).

iv. Proposal for individual projects (if applicable), for the
fulfillment of each ad-hoc committee’s mission statement.

  • Checking the progress of each ad-hoc committee
    throughout the academic year, which will include the following:

i. Collecting written reports from each ad-hoc
committee chairperson regarding the activities of the
committee for the respective week.

ii. Presenting a report on the state of all the
aforementioned committees at the first Senate meeting
of each Quarter.

The ASUCI President, ASUCI External Vice-President, ASUCI
Internal Vice-President, ASUCI Academic Affairs Vice-President,
ASUCI External Deputy Student Advocate General, and ASUCI
Internal Deputy Student Advocate General shall be non-voting
members of the Advocacy Committee.

Senate Standing Committee Members

  • Luke Barbarita – Chair
  • Zachary Griggy – Vice Chair
  • Elizabeth Hafen
  • Alisha Patel
  • Kabeer Bahl – Chair
  • Jun Jang- Vice Chair
  • Hugh Young
  • Julia Lin
  • Dani Gurian-Halpern
  • Sina Shahrood – Chair
  • Henry Vu – Vice Chair
  • Melissa Cruz
  • Nandini Sharma
  • Roxana Pishdadian
  • Fiorela Palacio
  • Vincent Carluccio
  • Shirley Wu
  • Sarah Semaan – Chair
  • Sandra Sandria – Vice Chair
  • Elizabeth Montoya
  • Lucian Jackson Edwards
  • Nico Allemann
  • Mariam Shenouda
  • Kyle Van