How Do We Work?

Organizational Flow

General Descriptions

  • Executive Cabinet: Executive Cabinet positions are voted on by all Rice University undergraduates (i.e., all members of the Rice Student Association). These student leaders act as the at-large representatives to the Senate, and also as the administrators of the organization. Collectively, they oversee all ~120 student leaders with specific positions within the organization.
  • Executive Council/Committee: Composed of appointed positions, those who fill the roles in the executive council are meant to support the needs of the organization and the executive cabinet. This can be done either through taking on special projects the elected exec team may need assistance on, or by carrying out specialized tasks. For example, the Associate Vice President will often help with special projects, while the Director of Technology will specifically oversee website development and maintenance, technological needs of the organization, etc.
  • College Presidents: The college presidents are elected by their residential colleges to represent the college. They serve as 11 of Senate's 27 voting members, and are expected to help their college senator relay campus-wide information to the colleges.
  • New Student Representatives: The New Students Representatives program is the easiest way for freshman to get involved in the Student Association. NSR's will be chosen by their college president and senator at the beginning of each academic year. Three NSR's will be chosen per college. Typically, there are over a hundred total applications for 33 spots, so becoming an NSR has become increasingly competitive over time. These students serve on Student Association Committees, and are expected to come up with and executive an "NSR project", which usually consists of one large project that a student will focus on over the course of a year.
  • SA Standing Committees: SA Standing Committees are committees that are in the by-laws and which carry over from year to year. Committees will focus on one specific are related to the university, and will develop projects to work on throughout the year. Some committees have projects that span several years (Initiatives related to composting), while others may have events hosted on an annual basis (ex. the Wellbeing Committee hosts "SAy Yes to You" week annually). The committees each have 1-2 chairs, and then have NSRs and appointed members (chosen via application) to fill their membership.
  • SA Student Initiative Committees: Each year, the SA chooses a few "student initiative" committees, which are proposed by prospective chairs. These student initiative committees are typically on specific topics, like "best practices" or "increasing African Presence in Academia". They have the support of the SA IVP and once approved, function similarly to a standing committee.
  • College Senators: College senators serve as a liaison between the residential college and the Senate. College senators serve as 11 of Senate's 27 voting members. Senators attend Senate, a weekly Senator's dinner, and are expected to report to their college on the going-on's of Senate. They also typically take on 1-2 "Senator's Projects", which are medium-large projects that the students take on over the course of the year.
  • University Standing Committees: The University Standing Committees are campus-wide committees composed of specialized staff, faculty, and students. Every spring, the student association appoints new members to these USC Committees.
  • Tech Team: The tech team is responsible for maintaining and updating the website on a regular basis, as well as other technological needs of the organization (setting up for Senate presentations, working on apps, surveys, etc.)
  • Comm Team:
  • Director of Elections:
  • Blanket Tax Committee:
  • Deputy Parliamentarian/Treasurer:
  • Temporary Committees:
  • **for more specific role descriptions, please reference the constitution and by-laws, found under the "senate" tab**