The Jesuit Student Government Alliance, founded in 2018, consists of the Student Government Presidents from all 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). The JSGA serves to provide a platform of collaboration and advocacy for members. Members meet in-person twice a year, at the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) during the summer and the Winter Summit during the winter, and participate in virtual calls throughout the year. These opportunities provide ways for the group to discuss best practices, campus initiatives, and voice the opinion of their collective, Jesuit student bodies.
Next Meeting: National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC)
Location: University of Detroit Mercy
Dates: July 10-14, 2019
Co-Chair: Katlyn Martin, Saint Louis University
Co-Chair: Patrick Marta, Creighton University
Mission: As stewards of our respective student bodies, it is our duty to cultivate students to their fullest potential, embodying the Jesuit mission and ideals. Having subscribed to a common program of higher learning and purpose according to the Jesuit Catholic mission, it is in the best interest of all Jesuit colleges and universities to foster robust collaboration and act as a common resource for one another. This partnership will ensure representation of all AJCU students and a unified promotion of Jesuit principles. Greater connection between Jesuit colleges and universities will strengthen our commitment to the broader Jesuit Catholic mission while providing opportunities to share unique perspectives on campus issues, government structures and processes, and global concerns. Making an impact in today’s world while protecting the interests of all students requires a unified voice and spirit. The establishment of a Jesuit student leader coalition such as this provides a vehicle for national understanding and solidarity.
On January 4-6, Saint Louis University (SLU) hosted the the inaugural Winter Summit of the Jesuit Student Government Alliance (JSGA). This organization, consisting of the Student Body Presidents of all 28 AJCU member institutions, held its first formal, three-day meeting to discuss a variety of topics. In addition to ratifying their Constitution, the group discussed sustainability, diversity and inclusion initiatives across their campuses, as well as best practices regarding organizational structure and student advocacy. Twenty-one schools were in attendance at this year’s summit; the goal is to have all 28 schools present at the next meeting!