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Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver.

Student Advisory Council (SAC)

What is the purpose of CAHSS-SAC?

The purpose of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Advisory Council is:

  • To facilitate communication and relationships between the College students and faculty through event programming and professional events;
  • To foster increased awareness and visibility of the CAHSS identity;
  • To develop a student voice in CAHSS event programming;
  • To be actively engaged in improving CAHSS student spirit and university school spirit as a collective whole.

Our 2018-2019 officers

Andi Schlut, President

Year at DU: Fourth Year
Primary Major:
Political Science
Secondary Major:
Socio-Legal Studies
Minor:
Writing Practices

Andi SchlutWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
My most impactful experience in CAHSS was working on research regarding prisoner reentry programming via my Political Inquiry class. In this class, we conducted focus groups with formerly incarcerated individuals and produced a report based on what the participants in those focus groups said they needed upon being released from prison. This experience was incredible because I could see, firsthand, how my research done in this required course was directly impacting the public good and contributing to sound public policy decisions.

 

Kaity Young, VP of Alumni Relations

What Year at DU: Third Year
Primary Major: Communication Studies
Secondary Major: English

Kaity YoungWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
I have been most impacted by a Communication Studies course I took called "Intergroup Dialogue." This course, taught by Ben Boyce and Daelena Tinnin, really opened my eyes to the value of dialogue to unveil different perceptions across cultures, spaces, and identities. I think much of what I learned in this course would be valuable to AHSS leadership.

 

 

 

Hayley Emerson, VP of Career & Professional Development

Year at DU: Fourth Year
Primary Major:
History
Minors:
Theatre; Spanish

Hayley EmersonWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
Writing my thesis with the history department has changed my whole college experience. It was a daunting task, and I sometimes felt overwhelmed or that I had miles of work left to go, but Professors Campbell and Melleno were so kind and encouraging in the process. Especially when we presented our theses, it was amazing to see the department come together and for the students be so supported. I am beyond proud that I was able to write 30 pages, and now I feel more dedicated and confident in my studies than ever before.

 

Danielle Gualtieri, VP of Communication & Social Media

Year at DU: Fourth Year
Primary Major:
Religious Studies
Secondary Major:
Molecular Biology
Minors:
Chemistry; Anthropology

Danielle GaultieriWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
I have an epiphany in every class I take in this department, but the ones that really change me and how I operate in my life are the religious studies theory classes. Dr. Dixon's Culture, Psyche, and Religion class really flipped my concept of myself in relation to the world upside down. I think that class deconstructed my current concepts and really challenged me to connect many dots and build up a new understanding of the relationship between the individual and their surroundings.

 

Kelli Klipka, VP of Finance

Year at DU: Third Year
Primary Major:
Political Science
Secondary Major:
Finance

Kelli KlipkaWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
I have had so many amazing classes and experiences in CAHSS. I find the professors in CAHSS to be dynamic and inspiring. The most impactful class I have taken thus far in CAHSS was Intro to Political Thought with Professor Chadwick. In that class we studied everything from enlightenment thought to the social critiques of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. After every class, I left feeling inspired and challenged to face the world differently. This experience ultimately led me to choose political science as my major.

 

Tina Payne, VP of Programming

Year at DU: Fourth Year
Primary Major:
Psychology
Minors:
Sustainability; Geography

Tina PayneWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
The classes which will always stay with me is my WRIT 1122 and WRIT 1133 classes. I had Professor Megan Kelly for both sections. She fostered my writing passion and presented relevant and interesting assignments. We are still good friends today. Earlier this week I went to her house to plant seedlings; we both share a passion for gardening! I look up to her both as a role model and friend.

 

 

Clint Cordova, Chair of Campus Outreach Committee

Year at DU: Third Year
Primary Major:
Sociology

Clint CordovaWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
Raul Perez has had a drastic impact on my outlook on society, and the problems inherent to our society. Quite frankly, when I leave his classes, I feel inspired to get out and become involved with local movements addressing these issues. It's the main reason why I took a job canvassing for the ACLU.

 

 

 

Amanda Martinez, Chair of First Year Engagement Committee

Year at DU: Second Year
Primary Major:
Business Management
Minor:
Psychology

Amanda MartinezWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
My most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far has been my FSEM. I took Gender, Feminism, Power & Pop Culture, Decoding: Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Dr. Kreider and it exposed me to interesting concepts, and showed me how tight-knit a class could be. Our discussions were always so open and welcoming of varying perspectives and really made me appreciate the opinions of other people. I was also able to attend the 2018 Whedon Studies Conference (a Buffy tVS conference) and present on my final project from the class!

Syndey Plaskett, Chair of Networking & Connections Committee

Year at DU: Third Year
Primary Major:
English: Textual Studies
Secondary Major:
Socio-Legal Studies
Minor:
Spanish

Sydney PlaskettWhat has been your most impactful experience in CAHSS thus far?
A particular class that has impacted me greatly was my Philosophy of Religion class taught by Sarah Pessin. I enrolled in this course in order to expand my knowledge about the concept of God, and upon finishing this course, I felt as though I had gained invaluable knowledge about not only religion but the perspectives that both divide and unite societies. This class promoted productive, respectful discussion about religion that I had not previously encountered outside of the classroom. Sarah Pessin did an extraordinary job providing her students with a broader understanding of religious motives.