NACA® Student Government West - Student Government Institute West
The NACA® Student Government Institute West 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.

University of Colorado Denver
June 14-17, 2022

Registration is now closed.
Please consider attending Student Government East.

General Information

Dates: June 14-17, 2022

Location: University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO

Registration Cost:

  • NACA Member Rates
    • Early by May 16: $635
    • Regular by June 1: $725
  • Non-Member Rates
    • Early by May 16: $790
    • Regular by June 1: $905

Registration includes the following:

  • Housing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights
  • Dinner on Tuesday, June 14
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Wednesday, June 15
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Thursday, June 16
  • Breakfast on Friday, June 17
Attendees must be 18 or over to participate.


Flying to Denver, CO

CU-Denver is located in the heart of downtown Denver and is just 26 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN). Visit the Denver International Airport website for airline information.

Driving to CU-Denver

When planning your route via online map services (Google Maps, etc.), input the following central destination on the CU-Denver campus: 1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204. Additional driving and parking information will be provided to registered participants prior to arrival.

What's New for 2022?

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

COVID-19 Information

All participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 PCR test to participate. This policy follows guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as many businesses, organizations, entertainment venues, and college campuses. These protocols are for the protection of all NACA-sponsored event, conference, and institute attendees, as well as their communities as we travel to and from in-person events. For more information visit the Vaccination/Testing requirements website.


All participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask during the institute (unless required by state/local entities).

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