International student joins Student Senate

At Thursday’s Grand Valley State University Student Senate meeting, the senators voted to appoint Raid El-Khawaja to the senate Diversity Affairs Committee. He is a Palestinian international student. At the beginning of the meeting, the senators moved appointing El-Khawaja to the Diversity Affairs Committee higher up in the agenda before President Haas came to speak, which allowed the new senator to take the oath Haas read to serve his office faithfully with the rest of the senators. This is a step toward senate’s goal to get a more diverse body this year along with adding graduate students to the body next semester.