NACA® Student Government East - Student Government Institute East
The NACA® Student Government Institute East assists student governments in the development of strong, effective, student-driven leadership on campus. The institute is designed to help define the role of the student governments as liaisons for students and organizations. It is also an interactive program designed to focus both on personal leadership development and strengthening one’s organization on campus. In addition to educational sessions and roundtables, delegates will have the opportunity to work closely with each other and learn from shared resources. Additionally, there will be an advisor’s track that will serve as a resource for deeper professional development, networking, idea sharing and more. Questions? ContacMember Relations.

What's New?

Institutes provide attendees with the opportunity to dive deep into a particular topic. The in-person experience allows for hands-on skill development, networking with peers, and experiential learning opportunities. Volunteer teams provided insight on the development of curriculum for the Student Government Institute. The curriculum, which is the same for both Student Government Institute West and Student Government Institute East, was written based on the insight of the curriculum development team and is facilitated by volunteers who are professional staff.  

A new shared curriculum experience has been designed for participants, while also providing for students and professional staff/advisors to have separate small group learning/networking opportunities. With this new curriculum experience, staying on-site in the university provided accommodations is required. Everyone will participate in the same experiences including hands-on experiential learning activities, large group discussions, small group processing, and personal reflection. Everyone, including students, advisors, and facilitators is expected to actively participate and invest in all aspects of the institute. There are formal and informal components of the institute. The evenings will be used for group activities and networking. Do not plan outside, off-campus activities for the duration of the institute. We encourage you to take in some of the sites prior to check in or after you check out. We will all stay on campus in the same residence hall – even if you live nearby.

Student Government Institute participants can expect to explore the following topics:

  • Shared governance
  • Identity, belonging, and community
  • Advocacy and voice
  • Effective followership
  • Crisis response
  • Futuring
  • And more!

What can you expect to gain from an Institute?

STUDENTS will be able to:

  • Employ effective strategies to lead, manage change, and create unity within their organization.
  • Apply best practices for organization operations including recruitment, retention, elections, and leadership transitions.
  • Identify strategies to strengthen relationships with constituents and other key campus and community stakeholders.
  • Create communication strategies to engage students, gain input, and maximize the student government presence.
  • Translate the student government experience and personal leadership skills to professional aspirations.
  • Integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus
  • Demonstrate effective communication
  • Exhibit enhanced leadership skills
  • Demonstrate enhanced competence in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making 

ADVISORS will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to grow their network of student government advisors.
  • Demonstrate and communicate ethical leadership practices including equitable and responsible stewardship of resources.
  • Integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus
  • Exhibit enhanced competence in facilitating student development
Demonstrate enhanced competence in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

Behavioral Expectations Agreement

Participants of the above named NACA® Institute are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner consistent with federal and state laws and host institution policies. Violation of law or policy while at the NACA Institute will result in the immediate dismissal from the program and notification of the delegate’s institution, and may result in criminal or civil prosecution. Institute fees are non-refundable. By registering for this institute, you agree that you will not participate in the following activities:

  1. Use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs during the duration of the institute.
  2. Sexual assault or indecent exposure. Sexual assault is defined as the implied use or threatened use of force to engage in any sexual activity against another person’s will.
  3. Behavior which threatens the emotional or physical well-being and/or safety of participants including but not limited to any form of fighting, vandalism, etc. 
  4. Unauthorized use of any fire safety equipment including the activation of alarms or extinguisher without immediate cause.
  5. Use or possession of weapons. Skip educational sessions or planned activities.
  6. Behavior unbecoming of my college/university of NACA. 

Alleged violations will be reviewed by institute staff. If it is found that it is more probable that a violation has occurred than not, the delegate will immediately be dismissed from the program. A formal incident report will be filed and forwarded to the NACA Office. By registering for this program, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by these guidelines.

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