The University Assembly examines matters which involve the interests of, or concerns the welfare of, a substantial segment of the University community, and makes recommendations to the appropriate officers or decision-making bodies of the University.
With faculty, staff, undergraduates, and graduate or professional students appointed or elected by each of the shared governance bodies, the UA takes up issues of common interest to all members of the Cornell community. It is a stakeholder in major university policy initiatives, and works to establish and maintain open, effective, and efficient channels of communication between and amongst the community and university administration. On behalf of the community, the UA may make amendments to the Campus Code of Conduct, with approval of the president of the university.
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Brandon has worked at Cornell for over 15 Years as part of an amazing team in Cornell Dining, a division of Student and Campus Life Enterprise Services. Brandon is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need within the University, and hopes that his experience will be a great benefit to the University Assembly to have a positive impact on all of its constituents.
Jacob Joseph Feit
While currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Governance, Jacob represents the entire Undergraduate body as the Undergraduate Representative to the Cornell University Assembly. Serving his second term on the Assembly, Jacob formerly Chaired the Campus Committee on Infrastructure, Technology, and the Environment, where he advocated for Cornell's sustainable development and facilities' accountability. In May of 2021, Jacob was internally elected by his colleagues in the Assembly to serve as Executive Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Prior to his service on the University Assembly, Jacob previously served on the Student Assembly as Representative for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jacob has extensive government experience, having served in multiple capacities in the New York State Legislature. Similarly, Jacob's political experience includes prominent roles in multiple high-profile congressional campaigns, and recently served as a Political Organizer during the 2021 NYC Mayoral race. Post-graduation, Jacob looks to attend law school, in hopes of pursuing a career focused on combating environmental injustice.
Richard F. Bensel
Richard Bensel (Ph.D. Cornell University) is the Gary S. Professor of Government at Cornell University. His primary research fields and teaching interests include American political development, parties and elections, the United States Congress, comparative state formation, political culture, and institutional change. His current research includes several book manuscripts: Klans, Clans, and Culture in Reconstruction North Carolina and The Founding of Modern States.
Nikola is a PhD student in Genetics in the Van de Walle Lab at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, where he studies stem cells in various veterinary species. In addition to his research, he serves as a firefighter/EMT in the local community. His goals on the assemblies are to advocate for graduate and professional students, support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and involve more graduate and professional students in the University decision-making processes.
Ian Timur Akisoglu
Ian is a third-year student at Cornell Law School. Prior to attending Cornell, he studied History and Economics at American University and was an officer in the United States Navy.
James Augustin Martin Richards
Debra has worked at Cornell for over 20 years and is currently Director of IT for the University Library. Debra is proud to represent the veterans community on the EA and is excited to chair the Campus Welfare Committee this year as she is committed to bettering our community’s health, wellness, and welfare.
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University Assembly Campus Committee on Infrastructure, Technology and the Environment
As reflected in UA Resolution 15: Amending the University Assembly Bylaws’ Title of the Standing ‘Campus Infrastructure Committee’ (CIC) (2020-2021 term), the renamed Campus Committee on Infrastructure, Technology and the Environment reviews and approves proposed motions related to: environmental impact and sustainability; information technology; transportation and commuter policies; and, any other topic deemed relevant to campus infrastructure by the University Assembly Executive Board.More Information Apply Now
University Assembly Codes and Judicial Committee
The CJC of the University Assembly reviews any proposed motions related to the Campus Code of Conduct, and assists in staffing the University Hearing and Review Boards. The public is welcome to attend meetings in person or remotely via Zoom meeting access.More Information Apply Now
University Assembly Campus Welfare Committee
The Committee reviews any proposed motions and university policies related to diversity and inclusion; family support; health services; and, any other topic deemed relevant to campus welfare by the University Assembly’s Executive Board.More Information Apply Now