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Student Leadership Retreat

Each year, members of SAC organize a student leadership retreat in the spring that includes: open meetings with members of the Board of Higher Education and its staff, guest speakers, and workshops that promote student leadership.

2018 SAC Retreat Agenda

October 4, 2018, 10:30am—3:00pm
Fitchburg State University, McCarthy Center, Forum Room

Public Higher Education: Overview and Goal Setting

Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

The SAC was joined by Commissioner Santiago. He talked to the SAC about the growing enrollment gap in public higher education and funding. He also lead students through a discussion to help set an FY19 goal.

Commissioner's Complete Presentation on Students First! >

Breakout Sessions

Student Trustee Training

Matt Noyes, Director of Trustee and Government Relations, MA Department of Higher Education
Dena Papanikolaou, General Counsel, MA Department of Higher Education

The student trustee discussion focused on best practices to include the most important issues facing students on campus in board meeting agendas and how to disseminate information from board meetings to the student body. The experiences of the student trustees on both fronts varied widely from campus to campus. Moving forward, the students will utilize the SAC Facebook group to continue the discussion online and to share methods that they have found to be effective.

Complete Presentation >
Student Trustee Discussion Questions >

Student Government/Senate Training

Ignacio Chaparro, Project Specialist, MA Department of Higher Education, UMass Boston Alum

In this session, Student Government leaders participated in a round-table discussion of ethical leadership, representation and advocacy, community building, and fostering growth and continuity. At the end of the discussion, student leaders were broken into four small groups to discuss and answer the following four questions:

  1. How do ethics play a role in Student Government?
  2. How do you build relationships?
  3. How can you build your Student Government?
  4. How are you “future proofing” your Student Government?

Complete Presentation >

Feature Presentation

Advocacy & Engaging Students

Dave Koffman, Director of Communications & Policy, MA Community College Executive Offices
Jake Oliveira, Assistant Executive Officer, State University System Council of Presidents

Dave and Jake provided an overview of public higher education in Massachusetts, including the need for further investment in our public colleges and universities. Students leaders were asked to familiarize themselves Massachusetts's need for a highly educated workforce and the important role that public higher education plays to create that workforce. Due to the lack of investment, campuses have been forced to raise the cost of a post-secondary education leading to further student debt.

Complete Presentation on Advocacy and Engaging Students >

To register for the 2019 Student Leadership Retreat, contact Stacy Bougie at

Meetings & Events

Oct 19

Board of Higher Education Meeting

Nov 5

Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Climate Surveys Meeting

Nov 30

Academic Affairs & Student Success Advisory Council Meeting

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