Due to low senator count for Fall 2019, the Associated Students of Cerritos College is in need of more students to serve on senate in order to fill 26 seats and meet mandatory attendance requirements to conduct future meetings.
According to Elizabeth Miller, Dean of Student Affairs, at least 14 members are required to be present at all meetings in order to discuss and move along through agendas.
“We need enough people to vote,” Miller stated.
Without meeting the attendance requirement, senate is unable to vote on specific matters within the agenda.
Only seven out of 13 senators were present at the first senate meeting held on Sept. 18.
Nathan Williams, vice president-elect for ASCC, believes the reason for the low senator count is scheduling and many students from the previous semester stepping out to transfer to different schools for the academic year.
“There’s probably not as much enthusiasm this [time] around because we’re in the fall,” he added.
In efforts to recruit more senators, Williams will be increasing outreach and visiting different classes, informing students of the many opportunities and benefits that come with being a part of student government.
“There is a level of professionalism that separates themselves from many other competitors when it comes to transferring, applying for scholarships and getting onto the workforce,” Williams explained, “Unlike their competitors, they actually have not just basic skills but experience upon it.
Requirements for a senate position include: a minimum of 2.5 GPA, unless the student is a freshman; enrollment in five or more units for the semester; and be in good academic standing from semesters prior to application.
For students interested in applying, the ASCC Senate application is open again on FalconSync, or contact [email protected]
More information can be requested in the office of Student Activities located by the Student Bookstore, or contact Nathan Williams at [email protected]
ASCC Senate meets every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. in BK111/112.