Final Schedule


Zoom links and other information required to join the conference will be provided to registered participants on Thursday, October 15, 2020,

All Time in Central Daily Time

Friday, October 16, 2020

Time Program  
9-9:30 am Conference Networking Paul Mintner &
Madaí Rivera
  Meet presenters, share expectations and goals for the conference, make connections, and see who is here.
9:30-10:15 am Opening session – Welcome and Keynote Dr. Pat Bosco
Making SGA more relevant than ever during a time your students need you the most  
10:20-10:30 am Break  
10:30-11:00 am Breakout session 1 (Choose one of the options)  
  • Building an effective SGA-Unprecedented times call for extraordinary student governmentsYour SGA wants to adapt to the new norm.  Learn how to become more engaged and increase effectiveness than ever before.
Dr. Bernard Franklin
  • Building a marketing and promotion plan that has stickinessLearn about the critical parts of an effective communication and marketing plan.Learn the importance of building a strong student government brand and then creative ideas on how to promote that brand through a public relations plan focused on planning, action and evaluation.
Mary Heinrich
  • Building and maintaining relationships with the student body and college administration under the new normProjects and initiatives require buy-in from not just students, but also administrators.  In this session, we will discuss what productive relationships with administrators look like, provide tips for engaging with administrators, and work through  a couple case studies of projects that actual student government and leaders have collaborated with faculty on in response to COVID-19.
Nathan Bothwell &
Tel Wittmer
  • Advisor session
Paul Mintner &
Rachel Esses
11:05-11:35 am Breakout session 2 (Choose one of the options)  
  • Going virtual: campus programming that worksBe prepared to learn about a variety of virtual programs and activities that increase student engagement and student involvement.
Dr. Levi Esses
  • Making allies. LGBTQ -How welcoming is your campus?
    An open format session enabling participants to share ideas and strategies in being ally with/for other diverse groups.  We will also offer ways to partner and ally during current and future political, social & civil movements.
Terri Houston &
Trum Simmons
  • Being the best leader you can be – Building teams, being authentic and getting things done working together
Dr. Pat Bosco
  • Advisor session continued
Paul Mintner &
Rachel esses
11:35 am-Noon Break, Grab Lunch and Bring Back to Zoom   
Noon-1:00 pm Conference Panel – Working Lunch Moderator: Madaí Rivera
It’s not black versus white. It’s ALL of US versus racism.  Everything you want to know about racism but are afraid to ask.  Dr. Bernard Franklin,
Terri Houston &
Trum Simmons
1:00-1:10 pm Break  
1:10-1:30 pm Making Connections and getting acquainted Paul Mintner &
Madaí Rivera
1:30-2:00 pm Breakout session 3 (Choose one of the options)  
  • Healing through change: Surviving CV19, Racism and Me
    We will discuss Strategies for engaging in Courageous Conversations and hosting similar discussions on campus virtually and/or personally.
Terri Houston
  • How to partner with your Office of Diversity to meet the needs of your diverse student body.
    Learn about how Kansas State University’s SGA partnered with Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs to create a joint Intercultural Leadership Council.
Adrian Rodriguez
  • Who’s Next? Recruiting and retaining student leaders who care as much as you
Dr. Pat Bosco
2:00-2:45 pm Virtual Tours and Panel  
Tour three student government-initiated programs that would not exist without the blood, sweat and tears of student leadership – a multicultural student center, food pantry and personal financial services for students and families.  These services celebrate diversity, increase student success and address the needs of the most vulnerable. Adrian Rodriguez
2:45-3:00 pm Break  
3:00-3:30 pm Breakout session 4 (Choose one of the options)  
  • Leading critical and difficult conversations that makes us all stronger
Chris Bosco
  • Get our knee off our necks – Responding to campus and social media when bad things happen
Dr. Bernard Franklin
  • Interviewing during and after a pandemic – what changes?
Henry Nugent
3:30-3:45 pm Roundtables will be organized including selecting leaders Dr. Emily Lehning
3:45-4:30 pm Breakout session 5 – Peer Roundtables – Sharing successes and challenges  
  Executive leadership, legislative leadership, campus services, judicial leadership, campus programming, budget and fee allocation, communication and marketing, and advisors.
4:30-5:30 pm Town Hall and Hot Topics Discussion Dr. Pat Bosco &
  How are we doing? Are we meeting your needs? What would you like to hear? How can we help you?
5:30 pm Adjournment for the evening  

Saturday October 17, 2020

All Time in Central Daily Time


9:30-10:20 am Opening session

Paul Mintner &
Madaí Rivera


Dr. Pat Bosco

  From Courageous Conversations to Courageous Leadership – Change Starts with Us

Dr. Bernard Franklin &
Terri Houston

10:20-10:30 am Break  
10:30-11:15 am Going Retro – Learn from past SGA student leaders (panel discussion) Jack Ayres, Michael Leverett,

Jordan Kiehl &  Indu Seerharaman

11:15 am-Noon The Next Big Idea – All Conference Rolll Call Conference Participants
  Everyone will be asked to share at least one conference ‘take away’ AND a signature program that champions relevancy at your school.
Noon-12:30 pm All Conference Town Hall and Wrap-Up  Dr. Pat Bosco & Presenters

We welcome guest presenters at this year’s conference. Advisors or student leaders who have a program or topic proposal may contact Dr. Bosco at

Past Attending Schools