The Executive Board of the Senate of College Councils (SCC) serves as the primary leadership and administrative body responsible for steering the organization's direction and ensuring SCC meets its objectives. Collectively, they work to foster a robust academic culture, drive effective communication, manage financial resources, develop policies, and ensure that SCC remains a student-led platform in academic affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
As the central figurehead of the Senate of College Councils (SCC), the President is charged with guiding the overall direction and strategy of the organization. They provide both overarching leadership and serve as the primary representative of SCC in official capacities. Their responsibilities include overseeing the organization's activities, collaborating closely with other executive board members, and ensuring that the SCC's objectives are met with integrity and intention.
The Vice President of the SCC plays a crucial role in supporting the President as well as the Senate representatives of the college councils. They are the second-in-command and are responsible for stepping in and leading during the President's absence. Additionally, the Vice President oversees the university-wide appointees, among other tasks as stipulated in the governing documents or delegated by the President.
The Financial Director manages the fiscal health of SCC. They are entrusted maintaining SCC's financial accountability, transparency, and sound economic practices. Additionally, the Financial Director coordinates the Financial Directors Committee, ensuring that the college council's financial practices align with SCC's objectives.
The internal operations of SCC fall under the Internal Director. They ensure that the organization's many moving parts, including committees and boards, function harmoniously. Their role is foundational in maintaining cohesion, streamlining internal processes, and ensuring that all organizational structures are working in tandem towards SCC's goals.
The SCC's stance on various academic policies and its advocacy efforts are spearheaded by the Policy Director. Their role is both strategic and collaborative, as they work with relevant stakeholders to craft, refine, and champion academic policies. They ensure that legislation aligns with SCC's mission and the academic interests of the college councils.
Handling the administrative backbone of the SCC, the Administrative Director ensures the smooth operation of day-to-day tasks. From compliance and documentation to record-keeping, their role is essential in ensuring that the SCC functions efficiently, adheres to its organizational rules, and maintains its institutional memory.
Ensuring that the SCC's voice is consistently and effectively broadcasted is the responsibility of the Communications Director. From publicity efforts and announcements to engaging with various communication channels, the Communications Director ensures that the narrative and messaging of the SCC are coherent and impactful.
The vibrancy and representation of SCC's membership base are the core responsibilities of the Membership Director. They drive efforts related to recruitment, retention, and engagement, ensuring that the organization remains accessible and representative of the college councils. Their role is central in making sure that all members feel valued and engaged within SCC's framework.
Championing accessibility and student advocacy the Community Advocacy Director works to develop and execute strategies to ensure all members and councils feel adequately represented, heard, and respected. Their work is foundational in fostering an environment where every voice is valued.
Coordinators & Committees
Coordinators & Committees
Four Coordinators are appointed to work closely with the Executive Board and with the Leadership Team to facilitate progress in internal Senate affairs. These positions include the Policy Drafting Coordinator, the Community Advocate Coordinator, the Technology Coordinator, and the Social Coordinator.
The Community Advocacy Chair oversees all events, initiatives, and legislation hosted by Senate Internal ensuring they're representative of the student body through committee check-ins, event approval, and more.
The Community Advocacy Coordinator position is also responsible for hosting biweekly Advocacy Subcommittee meetings which are now open to all students, regardless of Senate affiliation. Meetings are educational teach-ins relating to student advocacy on the Forty Acres featuring guest speakers, organization highlights, and field trips.
23-24 Community Advocacy Coordinator: Nickoll Garcia
To empower any UT student, regardless of their involvement with Senate and/or the College Councils, to realize their vision for campus improvement through policy. This includes advocating for more involvement in policy from students not directly involved with the College Councils, facilitating policy revival initiatives, ensuring as close to full implementation of outstanding policies as possible, providing consistent and extensive policy education to any interested UT students, and working closely with Policy Director and Academic Policy Committee to fully realize Senate’s policy goals for the academic year.
23-24 Policy Drafting Coordinator: Sanjana Kumar
The Social Coordinator is responsible for improving and expanding the social culture of Senate to be more fun and welcoming. Their tasks include creating the social calendar for the year, planning intramurals, and working with the Internal Director to ensure that SCC's organizational practices support the development of a strong culture of support. This role is necessary to support the longevity of SCC's advocacy as a positive environment helps sustain difficult work.
23-24 Policy Drafting Coordinator: Sam Sutorus
The mission of the Technology Coordinator is to ensure seamless technological operations, effective communication, and data-driven policy and decision-making to empower the Senate of College Councils in the pursuit of its goals.
Additionally, the Technology Coordinator ensures that the Senate of College Councils is an environment with enhanced communication, decision-making, and overall efficiency, as well as collaboration, enabling SCC members to effectively address the evolving needs of the student body.
23-24 Technology Coordinator: Isaiah Rodriguez
About Committees: The Senate of College Councils includes eight standing committees. Each committee is thematically focused on a particular academic issue. Committees play a major role in setting Senate’s legislative agenda and are frequently responsible for researching, writing, presenting, and ultimately implementing the legislation introduced during Senate General Assembly meetings. Additionally, several committees coordinate major programming events throughout the year to raise awareness on campus regarding their particular academic focus.
Committee Makeup: Committees are comprised of two co-chairs and several general members. Senate’s Incoming Member program is composed of a select group of passionate new members that actively seek to improve the world around them through university-wide initiatives. Each Member is matched with one of the committees shown below. These members oversee and contribute to ongoing projects and regularly attend meetings and assemblies.
The Academic Enrichment Committee elevates students’ academic experience by providing supplementary educational programs and targeted resources.
The Academic Policy Committee aims to be a voice for students in academic legislation through identifying students’ academic concerns and developing tangible solutions.
The Engagement and Outreach Committee strives to support all Internal Committees and External Councils by promoting events and fostering relationships.
The Community Advocacy Committee is committed to instilling accessibility and student representation into every aspect of college life, from admissions and recruitment to campus resources and programming.
Focused on fostering positive student-faculty relationships, FAC hosts events and panels, honors distinguished faculty, and addresses issues to propose campus-wide resolutions.
The Fundraising Committee's mission is to improve and advocate for the financial wellbeing of the UT community while offering members professional development opportunities.
Also known as R&R, the Recruitment and Retention Committee strives to make the college application and admissions process attainable for all students.
The Undergraduate Research Committee aims to bridge the gap between university students and the resources needed to support their individual journeys through their research.