NACA® Student Government Institutes

The NACA® Student Government Institutes assist student government representatives and campus professionals in the development of strong, effective, student-driven leadership on campus. The institute is an interactive program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and strength campus governance.

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2023 Dates & Locations


NACA Student Government Institutes provide students and professional staff the opportunity to deeply explore the role of student governance on campus. Curriculum is identical for all Student Government Institutes and is written based on insight from the curriculum development team. Everyone will engage in the same experiences including hands-on experiential learning activities, large group discussions, small group processing, and personal reflection. All attendees, including students, advisors, and facilitators, are expected to actively participate and invest in all aspects of the institute. Participants are most successful when they utilize the Institute experience to expand their network of peers beyond those they regularly see or work with on their own campus.

Learning will occur in both formal and informal moments throughout the Institute. Evenings will be used for group activities and networking. Any desire to sightsee or explore off-site should be planned prior to check-in at the Institute on the first day or after you check out from the Institute on the final day. All students, advisors, and facilitators will stay on campus in the same residence hall – even if they 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?

As a result of attending a NACA Institute, all participants (students and advisors) will be able to:

  • Articulate their role in creating diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible campus communities.
  • Implement effective communication techniques.
  • Develop enhanced leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate competence in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Apply strategies for recruiting, recognizing, retaining, and transitioning student leaders.
  • Identify methods to strengthen their network of peers for support.
STUDENTS attending Student Government Institute will be able to:
  • Employ effective techniques to lead, manage change, and create unity within their organization.
  • Identify methods to strengthen relationships with constituents and other key campus and community stakeholders.
  • Implement strategies for engaging peers, gaining input, and maximizing the student government presence on campus.
  • Translate the student government experience and personal leadership skills to professional aspirations.
ADVISORS attending Student Government Institute will be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced competence in facilitating student development.
  • Apply ethical leadership practices including equitable and responsible stewardship of resources.
  • Translate the advising experience and personal leadership skills to professional aspirations.

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