The Senate of College Councils at UT Austin is more than just a representative body —
it's a dynamic community of passionate students working tirelessly to foster a productive and welcoming academic environment. We welcome you to join us, contribute your voice, and make a difference on campus.
Each year, the Senate of College Councils holds elections for executive positions. These positions offer an unparalleled opportunity to gain leadership experience, drive organizational strategy, and create tangible impact at UT Austin.
Did you know that all UT Austin students, regardless of their membership status with the Senate, have the power to write and propose legislation? This is your chance to bring your innovative ideas to life and effect meaningful change in our university. You don’t need to be an expert in policy or legislation - we have resources and guides to help you through the process.
Remember, no contribution is too small. The Senate is a platform where your ideas can become initiatives, and your voice can promote change. Reach out to us to discover more ways to get involved. Let's make a difference at UT Austin, together!
Learn how to get involved:
Make positive change at UT and learn how to join our team! As a student governance organization, our mission is to work with university leadership to improve the academic culture of our campus and advocate for students' academic needs.
See something around campus that you wish was different? Have an Idea about something you want to change on campus? See below on how you can put your ideas on paper!
Join the conversation and have your voice heard at our General Assembly. Here, students engage with Senate and other college councils, contributing to the rich tapestry of academic discourse at UT Austin.
Hear from some of our recent alumni…
I wanted to find a family on campus and learn more about the university to push for positive change! The energy and passion of the people that you are surrounded by in Senate is truly incredible and is something that I always want to be around.
- Steven Ding, President 2021-2022, UT ‘22
“I always wanted to have a part in student leadership and didn’t have the chance to in high school, and I saw that Senate was an organization that had shown tangible work and wasn’t just for show and wanted to be a part of that. The wonderful friends and memories that I have gotten from Senate are more than enough to make me want to stay, and the resources that are available through Senate further help with initiatives I had.”
- Andrew Spires, Funds Co-Chair 2021-2022, UT ‘23
“I joined Senate because I wanted to find a community where I could truly be myself as a Queer South Asian Muslim woman. When I got to UT, I had a hard time finding a place that fully understood and embraced my experiences, but in Senate I found a welcoming and supportive environment where I felt accepte. It also gave me the opportunity to advocate for the issues I care about and recognize the connection between academics and the intersectionality of identities. If you’re searching for a home away from home, I highly recommend joining Senate.”
- Sameeha Rizvi, Vice-President 2022-2023, UT’23
“I joined Senate because I wanted to learn about campus issues and work to fix them. Throughout my four years in Senate, I made lifelong friends and witnessed transformative change to make this campus a better place. I can’t imagine my college experience without Senate and am so grateful for all the memories.”
- Echo Nattinger, President 2022-2023, UT’23