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PCC's student senators

Student Senate

Want to take your college experience to the next level? Do you wish to make a difference in your school and community?

The Student Senate is an integral part of Pima Community College. Senators are responsible for creating a bridge between the student body and the college administration, advocate for the common interests of students and provide support and guidance on student activities. Student Senators strive to create an inclusive environment within the college, create and maintain open lines of commutation between students and leadership and above all become leaders of change.

P.A.S.S. Structure and Functions

two students in student government

Each spring semester, elections are held district-wide. Student Senate consists of up to two student representatives from the following Pima Community College campuses and one appointed representative from Adult Basic Education:

  • Desert Vista Campus
  • Downtown Campus
  • East Campus
  • Northwest Campus
  • West Campus
  • Online

Student representatives would bring issues and concerns of students, staff, program leaders, et cetera to Pima Administration. These student representatives also meet once a month to continually improve the college experiences for those mentioned above.

Once admitted, these students will vote for one other to fulfill leadership roles which is found in the P.A.S.S. by-laws.

Three of the 14 representatives are elected to join the All College Council. This council, made up of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, makes recommendations to the Chancellor to improve student success and support Pima’s mission. One of these three is then elected to serve as the Student Representative to the Pima Community College Governing Board. Check out a list of P.A.S.S. duties.

Goals of P.A.S.S.

  • Encourage student representatives to use their voice to make a difference and reassure them of the value of that voice.
  • Create realistic goals for projects they wish to complete during their period in office.
  • Establish a professional relation with each member.
  • Equip students with the skills necessary to be an effective leader.
  • Develop skills and knowledge through leadership development, education and engagement through the mentorship program

Qualifications

For credit or degree-seeking students, you must meet the following criteria to be a P.A.S.S. member:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 each semester
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credits of college-level courses. Three of those credits must be completed on the campus you represent.
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Have no Code of Conduct violations, including the P.A.S.S. by-laws.

If you are an Adult Basic Education or non-credit student, you must meet the following criteria to be a P.A.S.S. member:

  • Maintain an 85% attendance rate in your courses
  • Have no Code of Conduct violations, including the P.A.S.S. by-laws.

As a P.A.S.S. representative, you not only serve your fellow students and learn valuable skills to add to your resume, but you also have the opportunity to grow professionally and sharpen the skills you already possess. To get involved, contact the Student Life Office on your campus today or email your student senators at pcc-studentsenators@pima.edu.

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