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Student Body President

Mady Womack (she/her/hers) is a senior studying Economics with minors in Mathematics and Business. Womack’s priorities in office include reforming the University's sexual assault reporting process and the SafeRide program, expanding the Summer Venture program, and working to make the Student Senate more equitable and inclusive. Prior to being elected Student Body President, Womack served as the Student Senate Government Relations Director and advocated for affirmative consent policies and increased funding for higher education.

Office Hours: by appointment only 

Student Body Vice President

Mattie Carter (she/her/hers) is a senior studying Journalism and Political Science. In addition to serving as Student Body Vice President, Mattie serves as University Senate Vice President and Student Senate President, acting as the Parliamentarian during Student Senate meetings. Some of Mattie’s priorities include holding Senators more accountable, revitalizing the Student Senate Committees, and creating a student emergency fund. Prior to being elected, Mattie served as the Student Rights Committee Chair and worked to re-write the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities to include protections for students who experience off-campus violence.

Office Hours: by appointment only 

Charles Jetty (he/him/his) is a junior from Wisconsin majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Economics. Before serving as Chief of Staff, Charles served as a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Student Safety Advisory Board, and Vice Chair of the Student Legislative Awareness Board. During his time at KU, he has also participated in the swim club and served as a research assistant in the School of Education.

Please email senatecos@ku.edu for office hours. 

Brittany Biel (She/Her/Hers) is a Senior from Kansas studying Finance and Accounting. She is very involved in the KU School of Business, where she serves as a member of the Finance Scholars program. She is also involved outside of the classroom, where she served as Panhellenic (PHA) President.

Please email senatetreas@ku.edu for office hours. 

Policy and Development Director
Noah Ries (he/him/his) is a junior from the Kansas City area studying economics with a minor in Business. He was elected as an off-campus senator before being appointed to director of internal affairs for the 2017-2018 school year. In his time at KU, Noah has served on several committees as a student representative including the tuition advisory committee. He also holds an executive position for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi.
 
Please email senatedvlp@ku.edu for office hours. 
Communications Director

Libby Stauffer (she/her/hers) is a junior from Missouri majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Global and International Studies. Before serving as Communications Director, she was appointed to Journalism Senator. Libby is also involved in Natural Ties and her sorority. She also serves on the Student Safety Advisory Board.

Please email senatecomms@ku.edu for office hours. 

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Rusha Bajpai (she/her/hers), the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is a senior from the Kansas City area. She is on the pre-medical track and is majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and is minoring in Spanish. She is service-oriented and is highly involved in local nursing homes and animal shelters. Bajpai is the current Community Service Chair of the Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS) and is also involved in Medicine, Education and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere (MEDLIFE) at KU. She has also done research at the University of Kansas Medical Center Pathology Department.

Please email senatediversity@ku.edu for office hours. 

 

Antonio Lopez (he/him/his) is a junior from Kansas studying Finance and Supply Chain Management. Prior to serving as Assistant Treasurer for Student Senate, Antonio served as a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as a KU Student Ambassador. He is also a part of the Multicultural Business Scholars Program.

Please email senateassttreas@ku.edu for office hours. 

Graduate Affairs Director

Caleb Schafer (he/him/his) is a first year M.A. student from Indiana studying international business and foreign diplomacy. Prior to attending the University of Kansas, Caleb received a bachelor's degree in Policy Analysis from Indiana University. As an undergraduate, Caleb held a variety of different positions including president of a philanthropy, intern for U.S. Congressman Todd Young, and undergraduate programming assistant at IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Caleb hopes to increase graduate student outreach at the University of Kansas, as well as increase career services to graduate students.

 

Please email senategraddir@ku.edu for office hours. 

Government Relations Director

Eric Martinez (he/him/his) is a senior from Kansas on a pre-law track majoring in Political Science and minoring in History and Spanish. Before serving as Government Relations Director, Eric was elected as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Senator. As a first-generation student, Eric has participated and has been an advocate for the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs such as TRIO. He previously spent a semester in Washington D.C. interning for the Office of Political Affairs at the Mexican Embassy. The office is responsible for addressing human rights, education, and general political affairs that arise between Mexico and the United States. Eric has also worked with local, state, and national campaigns.

Please email senategovrel@ku.edu for office hours. 

Internal Affairs Director

Michael Shao (he/him/his) is a sophomore from Kansas City, studying chemical engineering and economics. Before serving as the Director of Internal Affairs, he was elected as a senator for the School of Engineering, the Secretary of the Finance Committee, and a member of University Senate. In addition to his role in Student Senate, Michael enjoys serving as a Music Mentors program coordinator for the Center for Community Outreach and a research assistant for the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Center for Community Outreach Executive Director

Katie Phalen (she/her/hers) is a senior from Pittsburg, KS studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in the hope of going to medical school after graduation. Before becoming Executive Director, Katie has served as Development Director and Communications Director of the CCO, as well as served as a coordinator for the program HUG (Helping Unite Generations). Outside of the CCO, she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Transportation Coordinator , KU Parking and Transit

​​Zach Kelsay (He/Him/His) is a junior from Independence, Missouri, majoring in History and Global and International Studies. He is beginning his second year as Transportation Coordinator and intends to focus on improving SafeRide pickup times by exploring the potential of Transportation Network Companies (TNC's), reducing the average age of the KU on Wheels fleet, and continuing coordination between KU on Wheels and the City of Lawrence Transportation network. He is a member of the KU Legal Education Accelerated Degree (LEAD) Program and competes in the nationally-ranked KU Mock Trial team.

Center for Community Outreach Managing Director

Insia Zufer (she/her/hers) is a junior from Overland Park, Kansas, majoring in Biology, on the pre-medical track, with minors in Psychology and Film. Before serving as CCO Director, Insia served as CCO Program Coordinator for CREATE (Arts Engagement & Education).


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