Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Government Association

Student Government Association

Purpose of SGA
The Student Government Association of Stephen F. Austin State University was established to be the voice of the students. The SGA is made up and administered entirely by students and is the representative body of the students at SFA. The purpose of Student Government is to be the voice of the student body at SFA, to serve as a model government (through the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches), and to foster leadership development.

Branches of Student Government

The Legislative Branch is comprised of the Senate of SGA and facilitates in the writing and passing of campus-wide initiatives in the form of resolutions and bills. Students elected by their peers represent their respective colleges and classes.

The Executive Branch is comprised of the Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Speaker of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who serve as the official voice of the student body. The executives make reports on behalf of the student body to the Board of Regents, design leadership opportunities for fellow SGA members, and administer the SGA budget.

The Judicial Branch is the Supreme Court that presides over the student Traffic Court and Conduct Board. It also serves as a presiding body to interpret the SGA Constitution in cases of organizational violations. Oftentimes, the Supreme Court is used to rule in student conduct cases not associated with SGA.

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Students with Disabilities

The Student Government Association of Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or meetings you are encouraged to stop by room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-6401, TDD: (936) 468-1004.

If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. No accommodations can be provided until a request has been made through the Office of Disability Services.

To the greatest extent possible, the Student Government Association, shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.

Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process.

About the Executive Board

Madison Gartman, president

Madison Gartman is the 2022-2023 Student Body President Elect. She is an Agribusiness Major and a Pre-Law Minor. She is a Junior from Huntington, TX. Madison is excited for the upcoming year with Student Government as she plans to rebrand and conquer. Madison also enjoys working with young kids and their livestock projects and public speaking opportunities. Madison is an aspiring law school student.

Udeme Ekanem, vice president

Udeme Ekanem is a self-motivated, diligent, career-driven, and result-oriented Graduate student of Social Work who is passionate about impacting lives and transforming systems. She is an international student from Nigeria and a member of the SFA International Student Association. She had her law degree from Nigeria before coming to SFA. Udeme finds joy in helping people and has been a great resource for other international students at SFA. She likes to sing, and dance and enjoys cooking some of her national delicacies. Her best moments are when she spends time worshiping God. Udeme hopes to take the American Bar and continue helping the vulnerable.

Cayenne Alexander, speaker of the senate

Cayenne Alexander is a first generation college senior getting her masters in accounting, with a minor in legal studies. She is from a small town called Plantersville Texas, home to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Cayenne hopes to be part of the SGA until her graduation. She plans to initiate a change in the advisor process across campus. Cayenne likes to try new food and spends her free time hanging out with friends.

Jackie Martinez, chief justice

Jackie Martinez is currently a junior and majoring in political science with a minor in pre-law. She grew up in New Braunfels Texas where she attended school at Canyon High School. Jackie have always been super involved through her time here at Stephen F. Austin State University. She enjoys helping others and lending a hand when needed. Any time she is able to give back to my community, she takes the opportunity to do so. Jackie makes sure that everyone she works with is having fun while doing so. Some of her most productive times are when she was having the most fun as well.

Carmen Cervantes, sergeant-at-arms

Carmen Cervantes is a junior majoring in Mass Communications. She is from Celina Texas. Carmen likes nature and astrology. Her outstanding quality is optimism.