The Philanthropic Assembly proudly continues the rebellious tradition of Society father David Gillespie, who led the organization to break away from the Debating Society just twenty-nine days after its foundation. The Phis follow the ideal of libertas (hinting at a long-standing point of disagreement between the two Societies) in addition to the old Di values of virtus and scientia. Phi President Jack Watson currently leads the Phis in the continual search for self-betterment. Find a list of current active Philanthropic Senators below.The Philanthropic Constitution may be viewed here.


Christina Lim, Senator

Senior | Environmental Science
Joined: October 26, 2015

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.'”

– Dave Barry

Luke De Mott, Joint Senate President

Senior | Political Science and History
Joined: April 18, 2016

“But why think about that when all the golden land’s ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?”

– Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Chris Lurie, Senator

Senior | Health Policy Management
Joined: April 25, 2016


Claude Wilson, Senator

Junior | History
Joined: November 28, 2016

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

– Oscar Wilde

Katrina Smith, President Pro Tempore

Senior | English
Joined: November 28, 2016

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

– Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady


Kevin Gauch, Treasurer

Junior | Economics & History
Joined: January 23, 2017

“Tell them I said something.”

– Pancho Villa

Jack Watson, Phi President

Junior | Geography & Public Policy
Joined: September 18, 2017

Noah TobiasSenator

Sophomore | Global Studies
Joined: November 6, 2017

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”

Hunter Thompson

Christina BartaSergeant-at-Arms

Sophomore | Computer Science & Philosophy
Joined: November 20, 2017

“I am sure I am far enough ahead to have some small immortality if I can keep well.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Peyton FurtadoSenator

Sophomore | Media and Journalism & Dramatic Art
Joined: December 4, 2017

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

– Proverbs 16:24

Kristen RoehrigSenator

Senior | Religious Studies & Spanish Literature
Joined: March 5, 2018

“Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.”

Grateful Dead

Hope CarySenator

Junior | Philosophy & Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Joined: March 5, 2018

Sidharth SirdeshmukhSenator

Sophomore | Biology & Philosophy
Joined: April 9, 2018

Gayathri RaghavendraSenator

Sophomore | Computer Science & Public Policy
Joined: April 29, 2018

Nathaniel Jacobs, Senator

First Year | Political Science & American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Joined: October 2, 2018

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. “

Sitting Bull