Standing Committee Chairs


Academics Committee

Shelby Bice



College: McMurtry
Email: slb10@rice.edu

Vision Statement: To provide students with a voice in the shaping of academics at Rice and to encourage a well-rounded education for all students at Rice.

Mission Statement: The mission of the 2016-2017 Academics Committee is to gather and record students' opinions on Rice academics in order to make improvements, to promote and encourage the humanities disciplines, to work toward improving student wellness in regards to academics, and to help connect students to graduate mentors.

Environmental Committee

Conrado Asenjo



College: Hanszen
Email: caa4@rice.edu

Akash Ghosal



College: Wiess
Email: ng11@rice.edu

Vision Statement:

  • Understand how the triple bottom line framework plays into the decisions Rice makes, especially in regard to ecological sustainability
  • Reduce the University’s environmental footprint in the local community
  • Create cultural changes toward sustainability through the residential college system
  • Serve as a model for sustainability for other universities across the nation / be a pioneer in our efforts to minimize impact
  • Build a community of sustainability, both within and beyond the hedges

Mission Statement: The mission of the Rice University Student Association Environmental Standing Committee is to aid the university in meeting its carbon neutrality goals and establishing a more well-rounded approach to their 4 core values - responsibility, integrity, community, and excellence - as they apply to environmental stewardship. More specifically, the committee aims to approach sustainability issues across a wide spectrum, including everything from helping in creating dialogues about environmental issues to analyzing operations at Rice beyond residential college life and facilities.

Undergraduate Advisory Boards

Anjali Bhatla



College: Baker
Email: ab60@rice.edu

Swapnav Deka



College: Sid Rich
Email: sd55@rice.edu

Vision Statement: We envision a future with seamless engagement between students and faculty to create a cohesive intellectual atmosphere while better serving the undergraduate community at Rice University.

Mission Statement: To create undergraduate advisory boards in selected departments in order to facilitate communication between faculty and students and improve the undergraduate experience for Rice University students

Student Life Committee

Brianna Singh



College: Hanszen
Email: bs42@rice.edu

Michelle Tran



College: Sid Rich
Email: mat12@rice.edu

Vision Statement: The Student Life Committee is dedicated to implementing sustainable on campus that improve student life.

Mission Statement: The Student Life Committee's mission is to enhance campus life translating students' desires for change into tangible improvement. We will work to actively listen and gather suggestions from students and implement them through communication with university administration and community involvement. This year, potential committee projects include expanding healthier on-campus late-night snack options, lengthening library hours, and creating a practice room scheduling system for the Shepherd School of Music.

Wellbeing Committee

Sanjana Ranganathan



College: Wiess
Email: sr38@rice.edu

Carolina Hatanpaa



College: Lovett
Email: hc5@rice.edu

Vision Statement: Working towards a healthy, happy student body that is educated about issues of wellbeing and how these issues can affect them and their peers, and promoting a campus environment that is conducive to practicing lifelong wellness habits.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Wellbeing Committee shall be to discuss issues related to wellbeing at Rice, to foster dialogue among organizations with missions and purposes related to improving wellbeing, to update organizations and students on events related to wellbeing, to plan or assist in planning campus-wide initiatives, and to improve communication between students and the administration on matters of wellbeing.

Future Alumni Committee

Won Hee Cho



College: Lovett
Email: wc31@rice.edu

Alexandra Du



College: Baker
Email: ad55@rice.edu

Vision Statement: To provide opportunities that encourage and promote student-alumni interactions and prepare the current student body for life after graduation.

Mission Statement: The Future Alumni Committee strives to carry out opportunities to strengthen the relations between the student body and alumni. We will work hand-in-hand with Rice's Center for Career Development to plan events in which students have opportunities to closely interact with the alumni, such as the Life after Rice lunches, and find other ways to encourage current students to reach out and take advantage of Rice's alumni network. administration on matters of wellbeing.

Diversity Committee

James Carter



College: Brown
Email: carter@rice.edu

Vision Statement: The mission of the Rice University Student Association Diversity Committee is two-pronged: 1) to bring awareness to diversity and inclusion issues on campus and 2) to provide initiatives and a framework to aid the University in creating a more inclusive community. More specifically, the committee aims to approach diversity and inclusion topics across a wide spectrum, ranging from but not limited to: class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Mission Statement: The vision of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to help create a Rice where all students feel included, reflected, and respected in the community.