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 Illirik Smirnov 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.




Michael Raybuck, Senator

Senior | Mathematics
Joined: February 17, 2014


Sasha Gombar, Senator

Senior | Global Studies
Joined: March 17, 2014

Ah, good conversation – there’s nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

Edith Wharton

Esteemed guests: In my time at DiPhi, I’ve learned that nothing brings people closer together than sharing great ideas. Please come out to our meetings and share yours with us!


Michael Johnston, Joint Senate President

Senior | Biology
Joined: March 31, 2014

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

– Henry David Thoreau


Trent Hollandsworth (left)Treasurer

Senior | Mathematical Decision Sciences
Joined: April 21, 2014


Rishi Kumar (right), Senator

Junior | Public Policy
Joined: April 6, 2015

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald


Pallavi Gulati, Senator

Junior | Business Administration, Japanese
Joined: April 6, 2015

“Be kind, for every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”


Illirik Smirnov, Philanthropic Society President

Sophomore | Computer Science, Economics
Joined: April 13, 2015

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it is not to enjoy ourselves.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein


Sam Sockwell, Senator

Senior | Philosophy, Chemistry
Joined: August 24, 2015


Christina Lim, Sergeant-at-Arms

Sophomore | Biology
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


 Samantha Hutchings (Left), Senator

Sophomore | English
Joined: November 2, 2015

“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Connor Brown, Senator

Junior | 
Joined: November 30th, 2015

Quinn Gross, Clerk

Junior | Computer Science and Chemistry
Joined: January 11, 2016

“Sedet, aeternumque sedebit”



Michael Krantz, Senator

Sophomore | Economics and Computer Science
Joined: March 21, 2016


Michael Sanders, Senator

Junior | English and History
Joined: March 28, 2018

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without accepting it.



Luke McGinty, Senator

Junior | Economics
Joined: March 28, 2018

“For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal.

James Joyce

James Cressen, Senator

Sophomore | 
Joined: April 11, 2016

Luke DeMott, Senator

Sophomore | 
Joined: April 18, 2016

Matthew Hardin, Senator

Junior | 
Joined: April 25, 2016

Chris Lurie, Senator

Junior | 
Joined: April 25, 2016

Antoine Lopez, Senator

Joined: August 29, 2016