The Maricopa Student Senate


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Maricopa Student Senate

The Maricopa Student Senate (MSS) is a student representative body of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and is comprised of a senator from each of the 10 colleges, including Rio Salado College. 

The MSS functions to advocate for the common interests of Rio students and all MCCCD students in order to share student achievements and concerns with their fellow students, the Governing Board, Chancellor, colleges, administrators, and the community.

Student senators take on the challenging and fulfilling duty of addressing student issues, as well as representing their student constituencies. As voting members of the Senate, senators provide for the welfare and betterment of all Maricopa students. In this leadership position, senators allow the student voice to be heard! 

Student Senators are able to . . . 

  • Enhance Maricopa’s student-focused culture 
  • Participate in the community and be recognized 
  • Develop strong leadership skills 
  • Receive training and mentorship 
  • Advocate for students’ interests
  • Incorporate guiding principles into your life

Senators are typically chosen by their schools during the spring semester of each year. If you are interested in applying for this role, look for emails advertising this opportunity in March of each year. 

The process to become a senator involves a selection process. In order to apply, you must submit an application and go through the selection process at your college. 

If you are interested in becoming a student senator in the future, we encourage you to consider the following questions: 

  1. Why do you want to be a student senator?
  2. What are your academic/career goals?
  3. How do you plan to represent the voice of students on your campus?

More Information

For general questions about becoming a student senator and/or the application process,
please email

Please Contact our office for questions about becoming a student senator at Rio Salado College, or questions for the Rio Salado Student Senator.

Office of Student Life and Leadership
: (480) 517-8050

2023-24 Rio Salado Student Senator: Beka Namachanja

Beka Namachanja

Meet Your 2023-24 Senator

Previous Rio Salado students on the Maricopa Student Senate:

2022-23: Aiyana Churcher

2021-22: Emma Harlow

2020-21: Cordero Holmes

2019-20: Van Tran Ming