2017-2018 BACCHUS Student Advisory is Committee Ready to Move Mountains

The 2017-2018 Student Advisory Committee is ready to work!

Summer has arrived and so has the newest Student Advisory Committee (SAC) class. These students serve the vital role of providing unique student voices and perspectives when national staff consider goals, objectives, and programmatic initiatives to implement throughout the year. The SAC is comprised of representatives selected in the spring from each of NASPA’s seven regions, and two directors elected at the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly in November. Previous SACs have shaped the way conference programs have been developed, reviewed resources that were published and presented to NASPA’s membership, and have even served as panelists on NASPA Live Briefings.

In June the full committee was able to join the BACCHUS Initiatives team in Denver, Colorado to start their journey as the incoming SAC. The team spent two and half days covering everything from the basics of the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA through planning and setting goals for the upcoming year. Additionally, the SAC were able to visit the site hotel for the upcoming 2017 General Assembly this November 16-19 at the Denver Marriott City Center. Now that the 2017-2018 SAC have gone through training, they are ready to move some mountains!

With General Assembly just a few months away, the SAC is thinking strategically about the development of its role at the conference. These students are integrally shaping the way the conference will look, including their goals of reviewing and selecting programs, engaging as members of the conference committee, committing to co-present breakout sessions, to unique in-person and technological ways of incorporating the theme “Moving Mountains, Making Change.” If you haven’t been to General Assembly before, consider it this coming year. It’s a can’t miss event for peer educators and their advisors. 

While the SAC spent quite a bit of time discussing their goals for General Assembly, they also planned their goals for their entire term – recognizing the responsibilities they have throughout the year. The 2017-2018 SAC walked away from training with several goals to accomplish over the next year. These goals include:

  • Increasing communication and feedback from regions
  • Increasing social media engagement and followers
  • Increasing attendance at General Assembly and quality of presentations submitted
  • Recruiting members for the 2018-2019 SAC 

This year’s SAC is excited and eager to get to know all of you, and we as the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA can’t wait to see what they achieve over this next year.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in joining the SAC, consider running for SAC Director this coming November at General Assembly, or applying to be an SAC next Spring. For more information – including application materials – contact [email protected]. For more updates, follow BACCHUS on Facebook, Twitter, the SAC Instagram account, and the BACCHUS blog.