The Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting the Student Government Leadership Summit at Seton Hall on Nov. 17, where a variety of local schools will network and exchange ideas and experiences.
The event will feature a large variety of student governments coming together in order to network, discuss initiatives and brainstorm new ideas and solutions for common issues. It will include local schools that share the same policies as Seton Hall in terms of funding and organization. This includes Kean University, Georgian Court University and the College of Saint Elizabeth, among others.
Christina Simon, the president of SGA, said that this summit is an opportunity to explore different perspectives and, as a result, come away with ideas on how to better serve students.
The event will start off with a breakfast followed by a welcome, two breakout sessions, the networking lunch and then the keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker is Sheena Collum, the Village President of South Orange and former Seton Hall SGA president.
Throughout the conference, the group will review various initiatives, such as how schools pair up with their local town as well as common student issues around campus. There will also be team discussions in which members are split up by position so that presidents can meet presidents and treasurers can meet treasurers, among the other positions.
In order to prepare for this event, Simon and Maggie Bach, the assistant dean of Students for Leadership Development, have been meeting frequently to discuss the curriculum, the keynote speaker, and which schools to invite. They have asked the schools that will be in attendance what they want to see from the conference so as to better guide their topics throughout the day.
Other members of SGA are preparing by focusing how they can best be ready and benefit from this conference.
Robert Serrano, Arts and Sciences senator and the Academic Affairs Committee chairman, is preparing by reviewing information about academics and technology, bringing notes with accurate information for reference and preparing questions to ask other student governments.
“In my own personal opinion, I feel that this summit is important by allowing me the opportunity to tap into resources that are not usually available,” he said.
As this is the first time SGA is hosting a summit like this, it can be difficult to gauge the success of this event.
However, Bach said that she hopes students are able to make the most of this opportunity.
“It will be successful if students leave there meeting new people, learning something new that they didn’t know and they meet their individual success goals,” she said.
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