University Life Council (ULC)


The University Life Council is responsible for the quality of university life outside of the formal instruction program, which is recognized to have significant impact on the overall educational experience. In addition, this group will recommend policies to the Senate governing university community conditions that affect the overall health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff. For further information: Please refer to the Charter of the University Senate, Section X.9.2

Membership 2020-2021

Abdul Samassa, Abigail Adams, Alexander Buyantuev, Andrew Byon, Christine Priest, Clarence McNeill, Ekow King, Estela Rivero, Gary Ackerman, Jared Enriquez, Jess Chong, Joane MacMillan, Mark Benson, Michael Christakis, Monika Piotrowska, Piotr Szpunar, Regina Testa, Todd Foreman.

ULC Chair: Deborah LaFond
Administrative Assistant: Nicolle Quinonez

Resolutions Passed:


Fair Trade Certification for University at Albany Passed May 2019

Resolution to Promote and Disseminate to Faculty and Senate Members, Trauma Informed Campus Training, Programs, and Fora Addressing the Social Factors Producing Trauma and Impacts for Socially Marginalized Groups and Protected Classes. Senate Resolution 1819-02R

Resolution to Urge the University at Albany, State University At Albany, New York to Act in Regards to Childcare for Students. Senate Resolution 1819-01R


ULC has been addressing the following:

Collaborations and Dialogues for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives on Campus
Climate Action Resolution
Student Fees Concerns
Communicating Pathways and Resources for Student Emergencies
Indigenous Peoples' Day Recognition and Campus Education
East Campus Access
University Libraries Community Access
Senate Forums
Racial Trauma 


University Senate Forum April 26, 2021 12:30pm-2:30pm 


Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast: Past, Present and Future

We invite all of the UAlbany community to come learn more from some of the leading scholars
and voices from Indigenous communities in the Northeast today!

RSVP - Register in advance for this meeting:
Use zoom link to register and receive confirmation email.


  • Fair Trade University Task Force
  • The Committee on University and Community Relations (CUCR)
  • The Committee on Health, Safety, & Well-Being
  • The Committee on Athletics
    The Committee reviews and makes policy recommendations to the Council on athletics programs, including, but not be limited to, intercollegiate and intracollegiate sports programs. In addition, the committee oversees policies governing the development and maintenance of education, facilities and resources for recreational physical activity and health maintenance programs for all students and other University members. For further information: Please refer to the Charter of the University Senate, Section X.9.6
  • The Committee on Residential Life
    The Committee shall review and make policy recommendations on all matters concerning the quality of student life in campus residences, including both academic and co-curricular activities taking place in University residential areas. For further information: Please refer to the Charter of the University Senate, Section X.9.7

Meetings 2020-2021


Meetings 2019-2020

Spring 2020 Meetings:
Friday, February 21st 2020 CC Board Room 2:30pm
Fall 2019 Meetings:
Monday, November 25th, 2019 CC Board Room 1:00pm-2:30pm
Monday, November 4th 2019 
Monday, October 7th, 2019 CC OBR 3:00pm-4:30pm