Senate Committees

Committees are the work-horses of Student Government. They take on projects, investigate and listen to students' concerns, and draft bills and resolutions to be presented to and voted on by the senate.

All senators are assigned to a committee, where they work with the chair and other members on the issues or projects at hand. Students' concerns can be addressed more effectively if they contact the committee chair to which their issue pertains.

Academic Affairs Committee

Academic Affairs Committee Chair: Ayoub Mohammed(He/His/Him)

Academic Affairs deals with problems related to classes, supplemental educational opportunities, and academic policies issued by the University. We seek to improve Comets experience in the classroom.

Current Projects:

  • Transfer Equivalency Tool
  • Consolidating and improving undergraduate academic advising
  • Increasing availability and flexibility of "Core Curriculum" classes
  • Maintaining and expanding the "Take One, Leave One" bookshelf
  • Changing and phasing out the "Change of Major" fee

Communications Committee

Communications Committee Chair: Imaan Razak Macchiwalla(She/Her)

The Communications Committee takes primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining effective mediums of communication between students and the senate body. Social media visibility and project advertisement are two of the main responsibilities of the Communications Committee. The Committee’s goal is to fully integrate these efforts through service to the University’s mission and vision.

Current Projects:

  • Establishing a Student Government newsletter
  • Creating a Comet Discount Program Instagram account
  • Improving SG social media engagement via Instagram (@utd_sg), Twitter (@utdsg) and Facebook (UT Dallas Student Government)

Graduate and International Affairs Committee

Graduate and International Affairs Committee Chair: Bhavishya Gullapalli(She/Her/Hers)

The GIA committee advocates for both the international and graduate student populations at UTD. Advocacy is done through close cooperation with the International Center, various school departments and cultural groups on campus. As a result of these relationships, we’ve been able to institute multiple recurring campus events and permanent resources for students to use.

Current Projects:

  • Exclusive Career Fair for F1 students
  • International student panel discussions
  • Hotline for emergency international student calls
  • Skills showcase platform
  • Comet Classroom donation drives

Legislative Affairs Committee

Legislative Affairs Committee Chair:Angel Hemme(She/Her)

The Legislative Affairs committee works to ensure that students are educated about policies that affect them on the local, state and national level. They also act as a voice for students when there is legislation that could potentially affect the wellbeing of students. Additionally, the committee works to provide students with pertinent information if they were to ever get into a legal situation.

Current Projects:

  • Coordinating local, state, and federal representatives to present and speak on campus
  • On-campus Collin County and Dallas county polling station
  • Hosting UT Dallas Town Halls
  • Providing voter information to students
  • Collaborating with non-partisan political engagement organizations to register voter

UT Dallas encourages students to participate in federal, state and local elections. Find out more information about the Higher Education Act and how you can register to vote.

Residential Student Affairs Committee

Residential Student Affairs Committee Chair: Blake Lawyer

The Residential Student Affairs committee serves to make living on campus the best that it can be, and put power in the hands of campus residents. The committee is the go-to for major problems concerning all students who live in the residence halls/apartments and a way for residents to communicate with administration. In addition, the committee comes up with unique projects that tailor to UTD student needs or bring innovative ideas from other campuses onto ours. The overall goal is to ensure that those who live at UTD have more control over their living situation and feel that it is a home away from home.

Current Projects:

  • Review of the University Housing Agreement/creation of an educational pamphlet about renter’s rights
  • Create outlets for residents to express housing complaints and concerns
  • Fixing sprinklers that go off while it is raining
  • Correct Student Health Center website misinformation

Student Affairs Committee

Student Affairs Committee Chair: Neha Khan(She/Her/Hers)

The Student Affairs Committee works with various departments on campus to better the lives of students, primarily addressing issues related to student life outside of housing or academics. Members of this committee focus on providing new services to students, enhancing existing resources, improving access to current services, and conveying student feedback to various departments.

Current Projects:

  • Finding new ways to help students access various campus resources
  • Partnering with student organizations to help support/promote their cause
  • Engaging with students virtually through town halls, webinars and more
  • Working with the Student Counseling Center to increase mental health initiatives on campus
  • Collecting and responding to student feedback and concerns
  • Increasing Student Government’s presence on campus

Technology Committee

Technology Committee Chair: Viggy Vasan(He/Him)

This committee oversees various resources and tools used by both the senate and students. It is in charge of updating the Student Government website. It also plays a key role representing student interests in the area of university policy regarding technology.

Current Projects:

  • WeHack and other hackathon sponsorships
  • Voter education website
  • Reddit moderation
  • Diversity and equity online brochure
  • ReadyEdu App Intergation
  • Massive Survey For Senators and Students

Green Initiative

Green Initiative Committee Chair: Allyson Deverse(She/Hers)

As defined by Student Government resolution, the Green Initiative Ad Hoc Committee is aimed at improving campus sustainability. This includes items like infrastructure and efficiency projects; recycling and waste water reduction efforts; expanding mass transit availability; sustainability-oriented internships, scholarships and research grants for students; student-focused and sustainability-oriented assistantships/staffing; or other sustainability initiatives as proposed by students.

Current Projects:

  • Comet Composting
  • Sustainble Semesters
  • Increasing accessibility to healthy and sustainble food
  • Reducing on-campus use of single-use plastic

Diversity and Equity

Diversity and Equity Committee Chair: River Bluhm(She/Her)

The Diversity and Equity Committee proactively works on making UT Dallas a more inclusive and equitable campus for all. We aim to serve the student body by being advocates for minority rights and by prioritizing initiatives that amplify the voices of underrepresented students. This is accomplished by working alongside several departments on campus that are already dedicated to the same cause, and by serving as a resource to culturally-affiliated student organizations. Our goal is to ensure that the student experience is equitable and that all students feel welcome regardless of their backgrounds.

Current Projects:

  • Instituting a cultural mentorship program for incoming students
  • Making a consolidated guidebook with various campus resources
  • Creating a “tips jar” to aid students in expressing their concerns
  • Working to get trans students the ability to change name/email with the university

Ad Hoc Committees

Student Government sometimes forms ad hoc committees to solve or investigate a specific and often urgent issue. Examples include the Textbook Savings Committee, Waterview Internet Inquiry Committee and the Standards Committee.