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As the Speaker of the Senate I chair the Student Senate and act as its main spokesperson. My main objective is helping the AS senators reach out to their constituents so we can more fully know and understand the needs of the student body. I work with my team to organize the agenda for Senate. I also assist in coordinating the activities leading to the convening of the Senate, as well as budgeting for the various expenses. I have been elected by the undergraduate student body to lead the work of 30 Senators representing residential and academic areas. The different committees that compose senate are Academics, Inclusion & Diversity, Student Life, and Student Organizations. In addition to serving as a voting member to the AS executive team, I represent the student body in one of the standing committees of the Board of Trustees, which deals with student affairs.

I am currently a senior, majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in philosophy. This will be my fourth year at USD and my second year serving as a member of Associated Students. Throughout my time at USD I have been fortunate enough to become very involved. I have been a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, The International Buddy Program, and a Preceptorial Assistant. Also while at USD, I have had the opportunity to study abroad twice. I took a winter course in Barcelona, Spain, which was then followed by a full semester of traveling on Semester at Sea. Being a student at USD has allowed me to take advantage of so many opportunities and I am truly blessed to be able to call myself a Torero!

When I’m not doing Senate work or homework you can almost always find me down at the beach. I love playing beach volleyball, swimming, and just having fun with my friends. One of my main passions in life is traveling. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to many countries all over the world. I love to get to know new people and am more than willing to set up times to meet anyone to discuss issues about USD and Senate, or just life in general. Feel free to stop by my cubicle in the SLIC anytime to say hi!

Speaker of the Senate

Mendenhall, Trent

Trent Mendenhall

Phone: 619.260.4600 ext. 2590

AS Speaker of the Senate Job Description