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 

Ethan Black
Executive Vice President
eblack@5@sierracollege.edu  

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

Vacant
Director of Communication

Vacant

Director of Social Media

Vacant
Director of Campus Affairs

Vacant
Director of Public Relations

Ruby DeChavez
Student Senator
rchavez9@student.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 ASSC Special 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

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. It also offers an opportunity for students to ask questions and gain clarity on all aspects of student senate.

  • Friday, August 27, 2021 at 12:30pm via Zoom and Campus Life Discord
  • Monday, August 30, 2021 at 2pm via Zoom and Campus Life Discord

Completed Application Due Date

Application must be submitted by Monday, September 13, 2021 at 5pm to have your name appear on the ballot.

Mandatory Candidate Workshop

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, September 16, 2021 at 12pm-1:30pm via Zoom
  • Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2pm-3:30pm via Zoom

Campaign Period

The ASSC Special 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.

  • Monday, September 20th through Wednesday, September 29th
  • Candidates may not campaign via social media, online, or in print until Monday, September 20, 2021.
  • It is the responsibility of each candidate to remove all campaigning materials before Friday, October 01, 2021.

Candidate Forum

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.
  • Monday, September 20, 2021 at 11:30am-12:30pm via Zoom and Campus Life Discord

Election Dates

Students may cast their vote in 2021-2022 ASSC Special Elections starting Monday, September 27th at 12:00am through Wednesday, September 29th at 5pm. Voting will take place online via the link sent to currently enrolled students’ Sierra College email.

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.

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