Student Advisory Group

The VPUE Student Advisory Group (SAG) advises Vice Provost Harry Elam on VPUE initiatives and brings student issues and interests for discussion. In essence, we are a standing focus group for VPUE.
 

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SAG Snapshot — What We’ve Discussed Recently

  • Creating more non-residential, social spaces on campus to foster greater student community 
  • Greek life and the alcohol policy
  • Increasing peer mentorship on campus [with the launch of a pilot program MAP (Mentor a Peer)]
  • How to adjust the configuration of undergraduate housing and roommates to catalyze stronger underclassman community

SAG People — Who We Are

  • Vice Provost Harry Elam: group leader who determines topics and guides discussion; responsible for inviting new members to SAG
  • Associate Vice Provost Shari Palmer: agenda-setter (with Student Chair) & note-taker extraordinaire; main point of connection between Harry Elam and Student Chair
  • Student Chair(s):  upperclass student(s) appointed yearly to serve as student-VPUE liaison (coordinates meeting dates and RSVPs, communicates topic ideas and helps set agenda, leads student-driven VPUE projects/pilots)
  • SAG Members: undergraduates and post-baccs who donate their time and thought leadership to provide insightful perspectives and generate novel ideas

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of SAG members? 

  • Provide perspectives, ideas, and insights in reaction to VPUE proposals and initiatives
  • Engage with student body to ascertain concerns/issues and raise them with Student Chair as potential future meeting topics
  • Thoughtfully navigate undergraduate experience with eyes open for growth and improvement opportunities


How does one join SAG?

There is one major application deadline during the fall each year; however, there is a rolling application targeted specifically for frosh throughout the winter. Applicants are reviewed by Vice Provost Elam alongside the SAG leadership team to select a diverse group of engaged students. If you are interested, please reach out to the SAG chairs to receive an application! 


Are SAG discussions secret?

No!* The goal of SAG is to provide a space for interaction between students and the VPUE. SAG members are encouraged to share discussion topics and elicit feedback from peers!

*(Only exception: if a discussion is explicitly labeled “confidential”)

SAG Structure

  • Typically two 1.5 hour-long lunch meetings each quarter
  • Opportunity for optional additional engagement including projects and follow-up discussions
 

Questions?

Contact Hope Schmalzried or Eli Wachs.