Legislative Branch

This page consists of important ASUCD information, such as announcements and senate records. The information found below is updated weekly.


The legislative branch of ASUCD is headed by the ASUCD Senate. Under it is a large support network containing seven commissions, and various committees.

The ASUCD Senate is the body which introduces, and commonly writes, legislation. Once legislation is submitted to the Senate, it gets referred to any number of the relevant commissions who scrutinize the legislation and offer their specialized opinion on it. Other committees also exist to serve specific functions.


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The ASUCD Senate meetings are held on Thursdays at 6:10PM and can be joined via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting

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Dial: +1 669 900 6833

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Passcode: 104555

Senate Members Spring 2022

Radhika Gawde [rah-dih-kuh gaw-dey]

Senate President Pro Tempore

Email: rkgawde@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: 4-6 pm (Thu) and 5-7pm (Mon)

Meeting Location: Zoom

About the Senate President Pro Tempore

The Senate President Pro Tempore shall serve as the official representative of the ASUCD Senate.  The senate must elect the Senate President Pro Tempore from amongst themselves at the first meeting of every quarter by a majority vote of the entire senate. The ASUCD Senate President Pro Tempore shall serve for that quarter and assume all responsibilities enumerated in the ASUCD Constitution and ASUCD Bylaws.

Ambar Mishra [ahm-bahr mEE-shruh]

Email: ambmishra@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 12-2 pm (Tues),  2-3 pm (Thu), 12-1 pm (Fri)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Gauis Ilupeju [gai-us ill-eh-peh-joo]

Email: gailupeju@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 2:30-3:00 pm (Mon & Wed)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Dennis Liang [deh-nis LEE-ang]

Email: djliang@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 12:00-3:00 pm (Wed)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Celeste Palmer [ceh-lest pahl-mer]

Email: ccpalmer@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: 9-11 AM (Tues & Thurs)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Sofia Saraj [Soh-fEE-uh suh-rahj]

Email: shsaraj@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: 3:30-5:30 PM (Tue), 4:00-5:30 PM (Wed)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Kelechi Orji [kay-LAY-chEE  AW-jEE]

Email: ktorji@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (Mon & Wed)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Mallika Hari [mal-ih-kah H-ah-ree]

Email: mvhari@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: 1:00-4:00 pm (Mon)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Password: 724253


Harris Razaqi [hair-is ruh-zah-kee]

Email: harazaqi@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 3:30-6:30PM (Mon), 3:30-5:30PM (Wed)

Meeting Location: Zoom

Owen Krauss [oh-wehn krouss]

Email: owkrauss@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 1:00-3:00PM (Mon) & 1:00-2:00PM (Wed) or Zoom

Meeting Location: Senate Office (MU 348)

Rashita Chauhan [ruh-shee-tuh chuh-haan]

Email: rchauhan@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: 1:00-3:00 pm (Mon, Fri)

Meeting Location:  Zoom

Sergio Bocardo-Aguilar [ser-jee-oh boh-car-doh aa-gee-lar]

Email: sjbocardoaguilar@ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: 3:00-5:00 pm (Mon) & 3:00-5:00 pm (Wed)

Meeting Location: Zoom



Senate FAQ

How can I speak during a Senate Meeting?

The agendas for Senate meetings are announced 72 hours in advance and can be found on Government Documents page of the ASUCD Website. The meetings follow Parliamentary Procedures. If you are unfamiliar with these procedures you can follow the guidelines here. To speak at a virtual Senate meeting use the virtual “raise hand” feature during public discussion.

When and where are the Senate meetings held?

Meetings are usually held on Thursdays starting at 6:10pm in the Mee Room on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union or virtually. No meetings occur during Finals Week unless a special meeting is called. 

How can I place an item on the agenda?

If you would like to place an item on the agenda email the ASUCD Vice President at vicepresident@asucd.ucdavis.edu no later than 11:59pm on the Sunday prior to the Thursday Senate meeting.

How can I contact the ASUCD Senate?

If you would like to contact the ASUCD Senate regarding any issue on campus, you may reach out to any ASUCD Senator listed below or send an email to the Senate Listserv at senate@ucdavis.edu.


Seven Commissions comprise the subordinate legislative bodies of the ASUCD Senate. The primary duty of a commission is to advise the ASUCD Senate on matters relevant to their individual specialty. Many commissions also plan events and activities that pertain to their field of expertise and benefit the student body in educational or entertaining ways.

Commissions hire new members at the end of Fall and Spring Quarter each year, though vacancies often occur mid-year as well. Each commission has nine voting members and up to four alternate members.

Gabriela Tsudik

Chair of Academic Affairs Commission

Email: aac@asucd.ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: Mondays 10-2PM

Meeting Location: Zoom

Mackenzie Field

Chair of Environmental Policy and Planning Commission

Email: ecac@asucd.ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:30- 12 on Zoom and by appointment via email.

Jared Lopez

Chair of Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission

Email: ecac@asucd.ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-12pm

Meeting Location: Zoom

Maahum Shahab

Chair of External Affairs Commission

Email: externalaffairs@asucd.ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 6-9PM

Meeting Location: Zoom

Ashley Chan

Chair of Gender and Sexuality Commission 

Email: gasc@asucd.ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office Hours: Mondays 12-4PM

Meeting Location: Zoom

Joseph (JT) Eden

Chair of Internal Affairs Commission 

Email: internalaffairs@asucd.ucdavis.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays 1-2pm & 3-4pm or in-person by appointment

Meeting Location: https://tinyurl.com/jteoffice 


The ASUCD Senate several permanent committees. The primary duty of each committee is to delegate responsibilities of the ASUCD Senate into smaller components in order to efficiently handle administrative roles and tasks. Each committee is administrative and has a scope pertaining to its field of expertise. Most of the committees consist of members of the ASUCD Senate, Commissions chairs, and career staff.