The SSS Student Advisory Council is a standing council supporting the Office in achieving its mission and is comprised of students who represent the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools. The purpose of the Student Advisory Council is to:
- Elevate important issues regarding the experiences of low income, first generation, and undocumented students on campus, particularly as they relate to diversity and inclusion.
- Develop new ways to engage and support students, with a focus on strengthening self-efficacy, resilience, and sense of belonging.
- In consultation with the Director, interface with University leadership on a regular basis and promote collaboration.
Goals and Objectives
- Actively seek feedback from SSS students about their experiences on campus and identify opportunities for collaboration with student organizations.
- Support the Office in advocating for the concerns of SSS student communities within the University administration and the student body.
- Advise the Office in its pursuit of student development by providing feedback on programming (health and wellness, financial, social, professional, and academic), engagement with the community (particularly students, faculty, and staff), and direct individualized and group support services.
- Provide feedback to the Office at regularly scheduled meetings on University-wide issues, including topics pertaining to the financial, academic, career, and social needs of SSS students.
- Advocate for, stand in solidarity with, and support SSS students during crises.
- Create forums and seek invitations for the student body to offer input and express concerns related to diversity and inclusion.
- Identify University stakeholders, including students, faculty, and staff, and engage with those partners to promote the Office's mission and objectives.
Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountability
The Student Advisory Council will consist of 8-12 members who are expected to participate in all council meetings and contribute to standing committees (when created) and program planning. We are deliberate about seeking students from any combination of first-generation, low-income, undocumented/DACA recipient, and veteran identities within the College, graduate, and profesisonal student populations. There will be 4 meetings per quarter.
Council members who are unable to attend meetings should notify the Director in advance. Members who miss more than 2 meetings over the course of the academic year and/or are unable to actively participate may be asked to step down in order to ensure continuity.
Each council member will serve for one academic year, with the opportunity to reapply. There are no term limits, as experience and familiarity with University structures are important assets. Returning applicants will be asked to reflect on their involvement over the past year of service, including attendance at meetings, active participation, and personal/professional growth. The Office will review written materials and make final decisions.