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Student Senate

The Hennepin Technical College Student Senate is the voice of the student body in matters affecting student activities. It exists to initiate consideration of student problems, and to communicate action or recommendation to the designated school authorities.

As well as representing students, the Student Senate members are actively involved with LeadMN. LeadMN serves to add the Student Senates as well as lobbying the Legislature and Minnesota State.

Any currently registered student is invited to attend meetings and participate in Senate activities.

Interested in Joining?

Getting involved in any club or organization can be one of the greatest, most rewarding experiences you will have while you are in college. By joining Student Senate you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network and socialize with students, staff, faculty and administrators
  • Build experience for your resume.
  • Gain invaluable skills for future employment.
  • Build social skills by interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Enhance communication skills.
  • Develop leadership skills by learning to take responsibility and manage challenges.
  • Make friends and have fun!

To become a voting member of the Student Senate, students must attend two consecutive meetings.

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Elections

Students may nominate themselves for up to two executive board positions:

Nominees must attend the April Student Senate meeting and deliver a speech about their qualifications and vision for their position. Or, send a video recording of their statement if they can't attend.

Nomination Criteria

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Hold at least one (1) credit in the current semester
  • Must be in good academic standing with the college
  • Any additional requirements as laid out in the position descriptions

Note: All students elected to Executive Board positions must complete a training with the Student Senate Advisor and Director of Student Life and Career Development. Upon completion of training and on-boarding Executive Board Members will receive a $200 per month stipend for completing their assigned duties.

Election Timelines

Event Brooklyn Park Eden Prairie
Nominations Open Aug 28, 12:00 pm Aug 30, 12:00 pm
Nominations Close Sept 5, 3:00 pm Sept 11, 11:59 pm
Candidate Speeches Sept 6, 12:00 pm Sept 13, 12:00 pm
Voting Opens Sept 6, 1:00 pm Sept 13, 1:00 pm
Voting Closes Sept 19, 3:00 pm Sept 24, 11:59 pm
Swear in Sept 20, 12:00 pm Sept 27, 12:00 pm

Meetings

Meetings are held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on the following dates and locations.

Brooklyn Park Campus

On Campus Location Room H195

Zoom Link: minnstate.zoom.us/j/4344082081
Passcode: Senate

Spring 2024

  • January 10
  • January 17
  • January 31
  • February 21
  • March 6
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 24
  • May 8

Eden Prairie Campus

On Campus Location Room E101

Zoom Link: minnstate.zoom.us/j/95397409267
Passcode: Senate

Spring 2024

  • January 10
  • January 24
  • February 14
  • February 28
  • March 20
  • April 3
  • April 17
  • May 1

Policy

The Student Senate is the Campus Student Organization as defined by the Minnesota State Policy 2.1. The policy assigns the following duties to the Student Senate:

  • That the Student Senate is the official representative for all students
  • That the Senate has the sole authority to recommend the chartering of all clubs to the President of the College

Minnesota State Policy 2.3 and 2.3.1, and 2.8.1, that the Student Senate has the authority to appoint students, to all college committees, such as Finance, Policy, and Facilities. The policies also require the administration to consult with the Student Senate.

Reports & Minutes

Student clubs and organizations are expected to report their activities to the Student Senate each month by completing the Student Clubs and Organizations Report Form.

2023-24 Student Senate Executive Officers

Brooklyn Park

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Michael Engstrom
President

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Emmanuel Bewaji
Vice President

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Taylor Oswald
Treasurer

Tiffany-Jo Hedican headshot

Tiffany Hedican
Public Relations Coordinator

Zachary Callahan

Zachary Callahan
Secretary

Eden Prairie

Ken Orozco

Ken Orozco
President

Michael Birkaya

Maeve Oldre
Vice President

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Samuel Bjerkeset
Treasurer

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(Vacant)
Public Relations Coordinator

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(Vacant)
Secretary

Contact Information

Student Life & Career Development

Brooklyn Park & Eden Prairie campus | Room F120
Phone: 952-995-1300
Email: SLCD@HennepinTech.edu