SESP Student Board Highlights New Projects

SESP Student Board Highlights New Projects

SESP Student Leadership and Programming Board 2014

The SESP Leadership and Programming Board is planning an array of events and projects to make the School of Education and Social Policy an even better place to be for undergraduates. The board of 12 student volunteers advises the SESP Office of Student Affairs on programs and events.

For example, as students look ahead to careers, the Professional Opportunities Committee is planning events to help undergraduates network with alumni. Starting winter quarter, the committee will host information sessions where alumni in specific fields will visit with students over lunch — either in person or online. A mentorship program for career guidance and networking events are also being planned.

“Our vision is to cultivate a relationship between students and alumni from the minute students join the SESP community and aid in maintaining those relationships long after students leave Northwestern,” says junior Nicola Rhyan.

The Academic Opportunities Committee will offer students resources related to research, academics and study abroad. For example, a pre-registration pizza party on November 11 featured tips on courses along with socializing. The committee is now working with the Office of Undergraduate Research to connect students with research opportunities. In the future, the committee plans to organize a study abroad information session, a student survey and a faculty dinner where students can interact with professors outside the classroom.

Events planned by the Community Engagement Committee will help to reinforce the sense of community that draws students to SESP. A mentorship program will pair first- and second-year students with upperclassmen. The committee also intends to establish a tradition to bring the senior class together, such as a senior class shirt or gift item. Sharing food in the Student Affairs Office once a month is also part of the committee’s plan.

“I believe we're in a really valuable position in which we are able to act as liaisons between the SESP student body and our advisers. We are able to connect with other students through events and other opportunities to gain a sense of what resources are useful as well as what gaps may exist that we can help fill,” says board president Anisa Mian.

The SESP Leadership and Programming Board began in 2013 as a new way to provide undergraduates with meaningful programs and events. Any questions or comments for the SESP Leadership and Programming Board may be sent to

Photo: Members of the 2014-15 SESP Leadership and Programming Board include (front row, left to right) Karen Wilber, Ashley Boval, Yair Sakols, Luke Cianciotto; (back row, left to right) Rabeya Mallick, Ian Pappas, Anisa Mian, Emily Bird and Nicola Rhyan. Sanchita Kanthadai, Alex Tom and Weronika Wasilewski are not pictured.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/18/14