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
Additionally, one standing committee exists whose membership is allotted in a different manner than the other four:
- Student Initiative Funding 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
- Reviewing weekly all recommendations from the Judicial
Board regarding legislation and considering appropriate
revisions to legislation.
- Maintaining the official file of standing policies for
- 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
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
- 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.
The Student Initiative Funding Committee shall be concerned with the Senate’s Student Initiative Funding Committee Account (SIFC Account). The Student Initiative Funding Committee shall be responsible for
- Attending all meetings.
- Following the ASUCI Code of Ethics and UCI Code of Student Conduct.
- Accommodating the needs of students.
- Approving the ASUCI Student Initiative Funding Committee budget annually.
- Making recommendations relating to the ASUCI Student Initiative Funding Committee’s purpose.
- Making recommendations relating to the ASUCI Student Initiative Funding Committee’s guidelines.
- Reviewing and making necessary revisions to the By-Laws.
- The ASUCI Student Initiative Funding Committee survey.
Senate Standing Committee Members
- Liam Withrow – Chair
- Alexis Artounian – Vice Chair
- Priyanka Saba
- Saul Lopez-Pulido
- Evan Luu
- Andrea Martinez
- Brian Damavandi
- Julie Lim – Chair
- Bryant Gunaman – Vice Chair
- Sergio Cervantes
- Jonathan Krebs
- Mebin Kuriakose
- Tin Math
- Rodrigo Quintas
- Nikita Patel
- Amrita Sandhu – Chair
- Devin Gill – Vice Chair
- Saad Siddiq
- Eiman Abdoalsadig
- Shawn Archbold
- Inkiad Ahmed
- Randy Yan – Chair
- Sofia Munoz – Vice Chair
- Kulsoom Naqvi
- Jo Hannah Faith Chua
- Lincoln Nelson
- Ivan Fonseca
The Student Initiative Funding Committee was created via an act of the Senate, Resolution 54-121, passed on May 21st, 2019. The Committee shall begin operating in the next session of the Senate, the 55th session (Academic Year 2019-2020). A member list shall be available once the committee begins operating.