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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 AHSS-SAC?

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

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

Our officers for 2017-2018

Allison Grossberg, President

Year at DU: Third Year
Majors: Psychology and Biology
Minor: International Studies

grossbergWhat is your platform? What key issues do you wish to address if you are elected to be a SAC leader?
Students make decisions about what major to choose and what career to pursue based on their academic experiences here. As they adopt values, set goals, accumulate knowledge and learn new skills they will be shaped into curious, engaged learners who will become the leaders, thinkers and innovators of the future – but they won't be able to do it alone. I would like to create an environment in which students feel connected to peers, professors and alumni, and are supported and inspired by a rich network of individuals who strive to put their education to use in a complex world. While I don't yet have any leadership positions on campus of this type (see other leadership experience below), I am eager to get involved, and this is an issue that I am passionate about and willing to devote my time and energy to. I do have experience in leadership positions outside of DU that would help me excel in one of the open positions.

Why is liberal arts education important to you?
As the name suggests, a liberal arts education can liberate the mind and challenge students to think in new and complex ways. A liberal arts education is important to me because classes taught in a liberal arts framework go beyond simply teaching about history, mathematics, or psychology. Rather, my classes and professors have instilled in myself and my peers, the ability and desire to think critically, deeply and independently and to write, reason and communicate with clarity and ease, as well as the power to connect the unconnected through creativity, curiosity and innovation.

Leadership/Volunteer Positions:
Puksta Scholar: In this program, I work with peers, faculty members and the Denver community to address relevant social issues; Vision, Perception, Emotional and Cognition Lab Research Assistant: I have worked in this lab for a year now, and oversee teaching the new research assistants how to run participants through studies and how to analyze data; Sisterhood Co-Chair, Delta Zeta Sorority: In this role, I plan sisterhood events for my sorority sisters to foster feelings of community.

Rachel Ledon, VP of Alumni Relations

Year at DU: Fourth Year
Major:
Journalism Studies
Minor:
Leadership Studies

ledonWhat is your platform? What key issues do you wish to address if you are elected to be a SAC Leader?
Hundreds of thousands of students have walked DU's campus since the University's founding. There is an entire network of alumni that are share a passion for the University, its history, and its culture. These alumni are doing extremely important work for our communities, our businesses, and our city. Yet many students go through their four years at DU without ever connecting with these alumni. My main goal as VP of alumni relations would be connect alumni with students and the DU community. They are an invaluable resource to students and tremendously knowledgeable about the world outside of DU.

Why is liberal arts education important to you?
I am an adventurous learner. I have enjoyed exploring many of my interests at DU from politics to writing, from theatre to history. My experiences in the classroom are utterly thrilling. Each subject interacts with the world in a unique way and reveals new modes of thinking. With my liberal arts education, I'm learning to use channels of creativity and logic to express ideas. I'm in the process of mastering (with some proficiency) the art of debate, the craft of writing prose, and the practice of holistic understanding.My liberal arts education is truly invaluable as is the passion it inspires.

Leadership/Volunteer Positions
I have volunteered at Porter Hospital. I was a captain of my Mock Trial team earlier this past fall. I write for the Clarion. I am in the Pioneer Leadership Program.

Andi Schlut, VP of Communication & Social Media

Year at DU: Third Year
Majors:
Political Science and Socio-Legal Studies
Minor:
Writing

schlutWhat is your platform? What key issues do you wish to address if you are elected to be a SAC leader?
I would love the opportunity to both be a leader for and humbly represent my fellow students while also representing the University of Denver on a larger scale. I have loved my time at DU thus far and hope to continue to make it a welcoming and exciting environment for all students.

I would also love to see more alumni networking opportunities like the talks occurring on campus in the next few weeks. These events present amazing chances for students to learn more about their prospective fields and gain valuable knowledge from their peers.

Why is liberal arts education important to you?
I know that a liberal arts education is crucial to crafting a well-rounded individual. The critical thinking skills, research opportunities, and leadership abilities that are developed via a liberal arts education are unparalleled and incredibly useful in the "real world". Nothing is more important to me than spreading the word about the benefits of pursuing a liberal arts education.

Leadership/Volunteer Positions:
I am a member of the Marketing Committee for the DU Programming Board (DUPB) and a dedicated member of DU First Edition, the only all-female A Capella group on campus.

Dory Rosenthal, VP of Finance

Year at DU: Third Year
Majors:
Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies
Minor:
Urban Studies

rosenthalWhat is your platform? What key issues do you wish to address if you are elected to be a SAC Leader?
My focus for the Student Advisory Council would be to facilitate increased interdisciplinary events, networking/career opportunities, and increased communication between the faculty/administration and students. These goals are to help support the culture of AHSS and enrich the educational process for the students and faculty involved. The events associated with the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will be inclusive, interactive, and seek to be accessible to the public and students.

Why is liberal arts education important to you?
A liberal arts education is the foundation of not only this university, but the needs of globalized and successful students. Without this knowledge, any graduate leaving the University of Denver will be unequipped to thrive in an interconnected society and world.

Leadership/Volunteer Positions
I have worked with the Queer Student Alliance and the Women's Council in the past. Previously VP of Programming & Events for AHSS Student Advisory Council 2016-2017.

Marie Spence, VP of Programming & Events

Year at DU: Third Year
Majors:
Psychology and Sociology
Minor:
Spanish

spenceWhat is your platform? What key issues would you address if you are elected as a SAC leader?
My goal as an SAC leader would be to cater to students needs in intellectual, social, and professional developmental fields. I envision this happening through events full of interaction and dialogue, through meaningful panels and reflection, and in workshops co-programmed with other departments. This would include a focus on welcoming diversity and building community within AHSS. Due to the realization that my experience is not representative of the entire AHSS, I also plan to seek feedback on the needs and experiences of AHSS students, with the goal of better catering programming to be as effective as possible.

Why is a liberal arts education important to you?
A liberal arts education is vital for addressing pressing issues of our time, and by understanding different disciplines and their outlooks, students can develop a strong foundation of knowledge, as well as a more holistic outlook on life. This fosters a common understanding between people which is essential for developing relationships, advancing professional interests, and effectively addressing problems faced by the individual, in addition to those that plague society at large. This focus pushes students to expand their horizons and think critically about their perspective, producing graduates who are more self-aware and willing to challenge the world around them.

What other volunteer or leadership positions have you held on campus?
DU Vegan/Vegetarian Society - President; University Trailblazers (Club for First Generation Students) - Co-Founder, Co-Chair; Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning - Community Engagement Corps; Social Justice Living and Learning Community/Housing and Residential Education - Resident Assistant

Bryan Shapiro, VP of Career & Professional Development

Year at DU: Fourth Year
Majors:
Political Science and Socio-Legal Studies

shapiroWhat is your platform? What key issues do you wish to address if you are elected to be a SAC leader?
As VP of Alumni Relations, I plan on organizing events at least once a quarter to get the alumni friendly with the current students. I believe this positive relationship between the two can lead to helpful insight for the future of our students as well as perspective on what's going on in school today for our alumni. This connection would also be a great way for students to get career help from people with similar plans to what they want to accomplish.

Why is liberal arts education important to you?
Liberal arts education is important to me because I believe that to progress as a person you need different viewpoints on life. The different view points are essential to gaining positive perspective on your own choice but also understanding where other people are coming from. A liberal arts education provides you with unique opportunities to take classes and broaden your academic career that non liberal arts school students would miss out on.

Leadership/Volunteer Positions
I am a committee member of the philanthropy committee in Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and have served on a number of separate committees in the past. I am applying (for SAC) so that I can increase my role as a leader on campus and believe that if I have the opportunity, I will excel. I am an Eagle Scout and have learned how to manage both large and small projects for my community, I have also been an intern in a District Attorneys office and a Research Assistant. I believe that as a social and responsible person I will be able to bring great opportunity to our students and connect them with Alumni that will be mutually beneficial.

 

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