Elections for the 2020-2021 Senate will occur in October 2020. Click here to run for Senate! For more information about the elections, contact the ASLC Director of Elections at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Senate, contact the ASLC Vice President at email@example.com.
What is the ASLC Senate and What does it do?
ASLC has the mandate to represent the student body to the college administration, manage the student fee, and advocate for change on and off campus. To accomplish this ASLC consists of two main branches: Cabinet and Senate. The ASLC Cabinet is the executive branch, and is responsible for carrying out most of the day-to-day running of ASLC. Cabinet is also the branch with all the officers, President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, just to name a few.
The ASLC Senate is the legislative branch, and is public, which means that any member of the LC community can join Senate meetings as a guest - meaning you cannot vote. Being a Senator or a Representative will give you a vote and we currently have 12 seats for Senators and 9 seats for Representatives. Senators are elected through a student body wide election while Representatives are chosen by their organizations, to represent them to the ASLC Senate. Senate meetings will be livestreamed and minutes are always posted on our website so you can catch up at your pace.
Being the legislative branch, the Senate has the sole privilege to write legislation in two forms: bills and resolutions. Bills affect ASLC and the student fee while resolutions advocate for change in any non-ASLC organization. Historically, the ASLC Senate has sent resolutions strongly advocating for change to the LC administration and Board of Trustees, Portland City Council, Oregon State government, and even to the White House.
As a student of CAS, you pay a $360 student fee annually. This money goes directly to ASLC to be managed, which totals over $500,000 annually. The allocation and disbursement of these funds are handled by members of the Cabinet while the Senate has the final decision on its use.
Finally, the ASLC Senate is a platform for the student body to engage with administration, pushing student demands to the forefront and ensuring that student voices are heard loud and clear. This can be done through resolutions as mentioned above, or can be done by working with CAS staff on committees, or even requesting meetings with administrators to address concerns. The ASLC Senate will also regularly host one or more members of LC’s executive council at Senate meetings to have a Q&A session with.
Asian Student Union Representative
Black Student Union Representative
Disabled Student Union Representative
Feminist Student Union Representative
Gente Latina Unida Representative
International Students of Lewis & Clark Representative
Native Student Union Representative
Queer Student Union Representative
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
News & Events
- July 19, 2020