Student Senate

Making a Difference

The Student Senate provides students with the opportunities to participate in the college’s shared governance process, to work with the Sierra College community to develop activities, support programs and services that promote student success and enhance our campus community.

You will find being a member of the Student Senate is both rewarding and demanding at the same time. The skills you develop working with the faculty and staff on campus, you will use long after you leave Sierra College.

The Student Senate is responsible for an annual working budget of over $275,000 in program funds. Thank you for your support of the Associated Students!

Meeting Times

Student Senate meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. During the Fall and Spring semesters, Student Senate meets every Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom Conference Call (Meeting ID: 947-7114-0478). Student Senate does not meet during college breaks or recess.

About the Student Senate

Tajinder (TJ) Bahia
Student Trustee/President
tbahia@sierracollege.edu 

Vacant
Executive Vice President 

Ethan Black
Director of Finance
eblack5@sierracollege.edu 

Inderpal Dhaliwal
Director of Communication
idhaliwal@student.sierracollege.edu 

Vacant
Director of Social Media

Vacant
Director of Campus Affairs

Iulia Tarasova
Director of Public Relations
itarasova@student.sierracollege.edu 

Ruby DeChavez
Student Senator
rchavez9@student.sierracollege.edu 

Jaqueline Bravin
Student Senator
jbravin@sierracollege.edu

The Associated Students’ Constitution defines our mission, purpose and structure. We pledge to serve Sierra College Students in their best interest. This document, Associated Students of Sierra College Constitution (May 2014) belongs to the students of Sierra College. To revise it, the Student Senate must bring it forward for a district-wide student vote.

The Student Senate Bylaws include Financial Code, Duties and Responsibilities, and Election Code. The Student Senate Bylaws (May 2014) define our organization and financial structure as outlined in the Constitution. The Student Senate votes to change and upgrade these bylaws as needed.

ASSC Elections

The Associated Students of Sierra College (ASSC) Student Senate election occurs annually in the spring semester. Currently enrolled Sierra College students have the opportunity to run for ASSC positions both on the Rocklin and Nevada County Campuses.

Holding a position on ASSC connects student leaders with opportunities to further develop their leadership, public speaking, communication, and organizational skills. Student leaders collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators on participatory governance and represent Sierra College students during the implementation of Sierra College policies and procedures. ASSC also plans, organizes, and hosts several programs and events that build community and college pride.

If you are interested in becoming involved with ASSC, please complete the 2021-2022 ASSC Election Packet.

According to California Education Code 76061, a student who is elected to serve as an officer in the student government of a community college shall meet both of the following requirements:

  1. The student shall be enrolled in the community college at the time of election, and throughout his or her term, with a minimum of five semester units, or its equivalent.
  2. The student shall meet and maintain the minimum standards of scholarship prescribed for community college students by the community college district.

It is important to note that the Student Trustee/ASSC President position has additional requirements. To learn more about these additional requirements please read Sierra Community College District Board Policy 2015.

Election information workshops provide students with general information regarding the ASSC election process, ASSC positions, and commitment/responsibilities. These workshops are intended to ensure that students are fully informed on the election process, duties, and commitments before they apply for a position. They also offer an opportunity for students to ask questions and gain clarity on all aspects of student government.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm via Zoom and Campus Life Discord 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm via Zoom and Campus Life Discord

Please note: Failure to meet any deadlines may result in your name not appearing on the Spring 2021 Ballot.

Spring 2021 ASSC Election Packets will be due: 

  • Tuesday, March 16 before 5:00 pm
    Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to have your name appear on the ballot. 

  • Monday March 22 at 10:00 am
    Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 22, 2021 to be eligible as a "write-in candidate."
All students who submit an election packet and meet candidate qualifications must attend one of two Mandatory Candidate Workshops. Important information regarding the ASSC Election process and campaigning regulations will be discussed. 
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:30pm via Zoom
  • Friday, March 19, 2021 from 2:00 pm-3:30pm via Zoom

The ASSC Election Campaign Period will be Monday, April 5 - Thursday, April 15.

The ASSC Election Campaign Period is a designated timeframe when ASSC candidates may promote their candidacy publicly. Candidates who do not follow the designated timeframe are in violation of ASSC Election procedures, which may disqualify a candidate from the election. Also, remember that as a candidate you are responsible for the actions of anyone campaigning on your behalf, so make sure that all of your campaign staff is familiar with this information.

  • Candidates may not campaign via social media, online, or in print until Monday, April 5, 2021.
  • It is the responsibility of each candidate to remove all campaigning materials before Friday, April 16, 2021.

The Virtual Candidate Forum will be on Monday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 6 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm via Zoom and Campus Life Discord

Candidate Forums provide student leaders running for ASSC the opportunity to address the student body and answer their questions. Additionally, candidates will provide their platform speeches and answer predetermined questions. Candidate Forums are a great way to inform the student body of your plans to improve the student experience at Sierra College.

Students can vote in the 2020-2021 ASSC election starting Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 am and can vote until 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 15.

Currently enrolled students will be able to vote online via a link sent to their mySierra email inbox.

  • ASSC Student Senate Rocklin Campus Meetings
    The Student Senate meets every Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm during the academic year. Students must be present throughout the entire meeting.    
  • ASSC Student Senate NCC Meetings
    The Student Senate meets every Monday from 5-6 pm during the academic year.  Students must be present throughout the entire meeting.   

Leadership Development Course

The Leadership Development course (PDEV 0052) is an optional leadership course that provides students opportunities to practice and develop important leadership skills and strategies. It is highly recommended that all newly elected and appointed student leaders register for PDEV 0052.

Faculty of the Year

The “Faculty of the Year” award is to acknowledge those professors who go beyond simply lecturing students; they bring learning alive. They are more than just professors; they are role models and mentors in and out of the classroom.

Each year the Student Senate selects nominated professors as “Faculty Members of the Year” for each of the four campuses.

Nominate Faculty of the Year 2020-2021

To all Professors, Past, Present, and Future

You challenged us to reach heights we did not think possible, you pushed us when needed and taught us to believe in our dreams. Thank you for your time, energy and enthusiasm you made a huge impact on the students of Sierra College.

Contact the Student Senate Advisor and Campus Life Coordinator

Rocklin Campus L 193

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Nevada County Campus N5 104