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Student Life and Leadership

Peer Leadership Consultants 

Peer Leadership Consultants (PLC's) are SDSU students who provide services, programs and resources necessary for positive leadership growth and development of SDSU student organizations and other on-campus student groups. The purpose of the team is to develop and promote leadership to SDSU students.

Peer Leadership Consultants (PLC):

  • Present leadership workshops aimed at both students and student organization leaders.
  • Provide a variety of educational experiences and services to students, faculty/staff advisors and student organizations.
  • Serve as an involvement resource for all SDSU students.
  • Serve as a resource for students in organizations to consult, discuss and brainstorm how to create positive change in their group.
  • Strive to enable other students to be successful leaders in their individual organizations.
  • Advocate and volunteer at the SDSU Leadership Summit conference and other signature leadership events.
  • Serve as liaisons and student representatives for the Student Life & Leadership office.

 

What skills are required of Peer Leadership Consultants?        

Our student consultants are dynamic, energetic individuals who possess the ability to engage actively with their peers in learning settings. These individuals have a variety of leadership experiences to draw upon; however, targeted training is provided in order to assist PLC members in furthering their own leadership skills.

As a part of training, students learn how to improve public speaking skills, how to lead both small and large groups, and gain the facilitation skills needed to effectively conduct a great program. Consultants are trained to present on such topics as goal setting, personality, and communication styles. Not only will consultants be able to present on these topics, but in the process will become very knowledgeable about the topics themselves.

What services do Peer Leadership Consultants provide?

Leadership Workshops

The Peer Leadership Consultants present leadership workshops on a variety of topics. These workshops can be tailored for student organization meetings. For more information, please visit the Leadership Workshop page.

We ask that you give us at least 3 weeks notice when requesting a workshop for your group.  

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Individual Consultations

The Peer Leadership Consultants offer individualized consultations to help SDSU students get involved within the SDSU community. The consultations are geared toward students that want to get involved, but don’t know where to start. With specialized training in student involvement, PLC’s will help students find organizations, volunteer opportunities, and leadership experiences that interest the student. You can find the Peer Leadership Consultants in the Student Life & Leadership office, Aztec Student Union, room 210.

Student Organization Consultation

The Peer Leadership Consultants will sit down with individual students or entire student organization executive boards to discuss organizational goals, provide institutional resources, assess the health of your student organization, offer involvement opportunities, or just help brainstorm ideas on a particular topic. Peer Leadership Consultants have been trained to offer guidance on a number of issues including:

  • Goal setting for your organization
  • Successful event planning
  • Motivating your members
  • Team building activities
  • Communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution
  • Officer transition

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer PLC?

Volunteer PLCs are trained to give leadership and service workshops to different student organizations and groups on campus.  Volunteers are asked to present a minimum of ten (10) workshops per semester. 

If you are interested in the next recruitment cycle, please email Chelsea Winer at cwiner@mail.sdsu.edu to have your name added to be alerted for when applications will next be available.

Who are Peer Leadership Consultants?

Peer Leadership Consultants are SDSU student leaders who engage the campus in peer education. Consultants are trained and given the resources needed to facilitate leadership workshops and team building programs that are customized to meet the needs of student organizations and other on-campus student groups.

Many PLCs are recipients of the Rising Star Scholarship and the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) Leadership Scholarship.

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Meet the Peer Leadership Consultants:

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Ceinna Bush

Hello, Aztecs!  My name is Ceinna and I am a graduating senior majoring in Communications and pursuing a minor in Leadership. I am also a Vice President for Student Affairs Leadership Scholar. In the past, I’ve contributed to my community by tutoring at-risk children, mentoring young girls, serving as a Youth Ministry Leader at my church, and crocheting for cancer patients. I am also the President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Nu Upsilon Chapter and have volunteered with Special Olympics, St. Vincent de Paul Village, and the Boys and Girls Club. I currently work at Herbert Hoover High School as an academic adviser. I aspire to become a Communications Specialist and to establish an innovative family help/guidance center for families with caregiving needs. I strive to gain work experience, establish and meet goals, build relationships and prepare for future plans in and after college.

“Your voice can change the world.” – Barack Obama

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Panchito Martínez

Hello everyone. My name is Francisco "Panchito" Martínez. I was born and raised in Barrio Logan, a historic neighborhood in San Diego, home of Chicano Park. I am currently studying philosophy and working towards both the SDSU Leadership Minor and the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have been awarded the Vice President for Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship from Student Life & Leadership, the Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Emerging Leader Award from the Dean of Students. On campus, I look forward to serving as the Vice President of Gates to Success to help first-generation college students achieve success. Outside of campus, I work for Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) where we prepare students to enroll and succeed in college so that they may use their higher education to transform their community. Thanks to BLCI and San Diego State University I have access to a quality education, and it is my goal to see that for the rest of the world.

“If serving is beneath you, then leading is beyond you." –Unknown

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Shannon Dalton

Hi everyone! I am proud to be a second year Aztec, majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings & Events and minors in Leadership and Honors Disciplinary Studies. On campus, I am currently the Vice President of Communications for the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and a member of SDSU Rotaract. This year, I look forward to becoming involved in more projects and organizations relating to my primary passion: community service and helping those in need. Last year I was involved in a conference with Reality Changers and a Foster Youth tutor. This year I hope to become more involved with these causes, and find other groups that I am passionate about as well.

“Good leaders must first become good servants.” - Robert K. Greenleaf

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Liana Marin

Hi everyone! I am an Industrial/Organizational Psychology major with a double minor in Leadership and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. I am a Peer Leadership Consultant in Student Life &  Leadership and the Philanthropy Coordinator for Alpha Gamma Delta. I am also involved in Psychology Club and Active Minds. Off campus, I am a volleyball coach for the youth in my community and I am actively involved in different forms of community service, mainly including beach cleanups and working at a crisis and intervention hotline.

"Who I am, what I do, and how I do it makes a difference?" - James M. Kouzes

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Kate Lacina

Hey, Y’all! My name is Kate Lacina and I am a current sophomore going into my second year as a Peer Leadership Consultant and as a proud Aztec. I am pursuing a degree in Television, Film, and New Media Studies with a minor in Leadership Development. On-campus, I have gotten involved at SDSU by becoming a Hall Council Representative for my residential community during my freshman year, a charter class member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Awards Director for our Theta chapter, and an SDSU Ambassador. Off-campus, I am the founder of Literacy: Opening Doors for Life. This ongoing program creates Book Bundles for underprivileged children in the foster care system in Dallas. I was able to bring my love of service to San Diego and have enjoyed serving with the people at Urban Angel’s food kitchen.

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

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Williams Palma Sanchez

Hi everyone! My name is Williams and I am majoring in biology and minoring in leadership. I was born in Morelos Mexico but was raised in San Diego and consider it my home. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the pre-dental organization because it will help me become a strong applicant for dental school. I also want to be involved in many community service projects that will benefit others. Off campus, I am a lifeguard and help teach swimming classes. I am also part of Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) which taught me that anybody can make a difference.  

"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." – John Maxwell 


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Hanna O’Neill

Hello Aztecs! I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Television, Film and New Media Production with a double minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership Development. I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Vice President of Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship. Along with the leadership program, I plan on becoming involved in campus organizations such as Film Society and Greek life. I am looking forward to spending time in the KPBS television station and the Honors culture as well. Off campus, I plan to seek work in the film industry in order to better educate myself in my field of study and engage myself in the local community through volunteer work. I am excited for the opportunity to improve me leadership capabilities at SDSU. 

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” - Warren G. Bennis 


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Katrina Mogannam

Hello Aztecs! I’m a first year at SDSU with an undeclared major and a minor in leadership. I have a strong interest in biochemistry and mathematics and will likely pursue a major within STEM.  I was involved in the Associated Student Body (ASB) for the past three years and I hope to carry on that commitment to community and service at SDSU. I am proud to be a recipient of the Vice President for Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship and I was also awarded the 2017 Service of Above Self Rotary Scholarship. I look forward to exploring new opportunities in campus organizations, such as Associated Students and Greek life, in order to strengthen my leadership skills, build strong relationships, and help others.

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” -Oprah Winfrey 

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Mariana Minjares

Hi fellow Aztecs! My name is Mariana Minjares and I am a first year undergraduate student at SDSU planning to major in Communications and minor in Digital and Social Media Studies. I look forward to gaining leadership skills through the SDSU Leadership Program as I am a recipient of The Vice President for Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship. I am also looking forward to getting involved in clubs like Best Buddies and the Women’s Resource Center. Off campus I have been involved in Girl Scouts, The San Diego Kroc Center Junior Leader Program, The San Diego Food Bank Volunteer Center, and I am currently working as a nanny for a family with three toddlers. I look forward to my time at SDSU and appreciate everything it has to offer. 

"The art of communication is the language of leadership." -James Humes

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Tiyana Dorsey

Major: Anthropology

Minors: Spanish; Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Hi everyone! I am entering my last year at SDSU, which is heartbreaking, but I am super excited for this year nonetheless. I am looking forward to being the president and cultural awareness chair of my sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma. I have been very involved outside of the Greek community, so I hope to bridge the gap between the two communities that have shaped me. I also hope to get more involved in the art scene on campus. Off campus, I have worked with PACE, which is a program of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars that stands for Planning on Achieving Collegiate Excellence. I hope to get involved with Generate Hope, which is the first, and currently only, program in San Diego that provides resources for victims of human trafficking.

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Georgia O’Keefe

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Blanca Morales

Major: Biology (Pre-Med)

Minor: Child and Family Development

Campus Involvement: EOP Student Advisory Board (ESAB), Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, Child and Family Development Student Organization, American Sign Language Club, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Off-Campus Involvement: Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego, Aztec Unity Project

“Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.” - Jim Rohn

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Alle Moscardini

Hello! My name is Alle Moscardini and I am a 3rd year Hospitality and Tourism Management major with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. I am looking forward to getting more involved with SDSU’s Peer Leadership Consultants and beginning training to become an SDSU Ambassador. I am also looking forward to getting more involved within my major by serving on the executive board for the Meetings and Events Student Association as well as joining other associations in our major. Outside of school, I like to volunteer with the dog adoption organization known as Labs and More in my free time. I’m so excited for this upcoming school year!

“There are three types of people in this world. First, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, “what just happened?” - Steve Backley

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Sabina Villalobos

Hello! My name is Sabina, and I am an Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments Major (Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling/Social Change) with a minor in Spanish. I am the Vice President of Alpha Pi Sigma and a Front Desk Student Assistant for Student Life and Leadership. I am also currently working on completing the Leadership Certificate here at SDSU. I look forward to working with more student organizations, getting involved with the Counseling and Social Change Club, and of course being a Peer Leadership Consultant! Outside of campus, I have volunteered at a local elementary school as a teacher assistant, interned/volunteered with UNITE Here Local 30, and Catholic charities. 

"Be the kind of leader you would follow." -Unknown

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Jenna Rogenski

Hi Aztecs! My name is Jenna and I am a senior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science. I am currently a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Order of Omega, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Weber Honors College. I am working on completing the Leadership Certificate program at SDSU. Off campus, I am involved in community service and helped plan a canned food drive called Together to End Hunger which benefitted the San Diego Food Bank. I also work part time as a Communications Assistant at KPBS. I am so excited to be a Peer Leadership Consultant this year and can't wait to work alongside and learn from fellow SDSU students!

"Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others." -John Maxwell

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Lesya Zhukovska

Hi Aztecs! My name is Lesya and I am in the Masters in Mathematics Education program. My Bachelor's degree was in Mathematics, with a minor in Economics. I love going to various different campus events that different societies host and learning something new each time.

"True Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.” - Unknown

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Austin Swisher

Hi there! My name is Austin and I am entering my final year as an Aztec. I am majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Biology. I have served as Vice Chair and Secretary on the board of SDSU Children’s Center, volunteer for SDSU Women’s Basketball, and work as a Commuter Life Sophomore Surge Mentor. Off campus, I worked as an EMT before transitioning to my current position as a research assistant in the SDSU Exercise Physiology Lab. Additionally, I volunteer at Grant Elementary Running Club, Monarch School Health and Wellness Program, Grossmont High School Cal-SAFE Program, and had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua on a medical mission. I am looking forward to broadening my experiences and serving as a Peer Leadership Consultant!

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” - Ernest Hemingway

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Marissa Torres

Hey, Aztecs! My name is Marissa Torres and I am in my 4th year at SDSU as a Public Administration major. With a deep passion for leadership and service, I have been involved in Residential Education, Associated Students, the Center for Intercultural Relations, YoungLife, and Aztec Dance Marathon. This year, I am honored to serve as a Peer Leadership Consultant and the Executive Director of Aztec Dance Marathon! As a PLC, I'm excited to work closely with students to help them further develop their organization and the leaders around them. I also look forward to helping more student organizations get involved in ADM to continue to raise funds and awareness for Rady Children's Hospital- San Diego!  Off-campus, I hope to volunteer Reality Changers and the United Serves Organization.

"An invitation to lead people is an invitation to make a difference. Good leadership changes individual lives…It has the potential to change the world. But never forget that position is only the starting point." - John C. Maxwell 

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Manuel Gonzales

Hello Aztecs! My name is Manuel and I am a Senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. I am a transfer student from San Diego Mesa College and I am working towards completing the Leadership Certificate. I have implemented several clubs, served in different officer roles, helped start up a community garden, was an active volunteer in the community, and I mentored incoming freshman throughout my college career. I was chosen to be the recipient of prestigious awards such as The President's Award for Academic Success and Service and the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. I was also chosen to be a scholar in the joint SDSU/UCSD Summer Enrichment Program to do research in cancer disparities and the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program which helps send students straight to PhD programs after finishing their undergraduate career. I am currently doing research in the BISH Lab on skin cancer and body image disturbances in males. My future goals are to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology immediately after completing my Bachelor's Degree. I am extremely excited to be a returning Peer Leadership Consultant.  

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." -Ronald Reagan

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Nancy Nguyen

Hi folks! My name is Nancy Nguyen. I am a fourth year student studying Sociology and double minoring in Public Administration and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus, I serve as president and Gates to Success, president of Phi Kappa Phi, a Senate Liaison for Associated Students, and a Resident Advisor. I am also undertaking a research project with the Access to Opportunity program, where I investigate and give recommendations to federal agencies, local agencies, and non-governmental agencies on how they can better collaborate to serve families experiencing housing insecurity. Off campus, I formerly served as a Legislative Intern for the Office of Assmeblymember Shirley Weber. This upcoming school year, I plan to serve as a volunteer tutor for both the International Rescue Committee and Reality Changers. 

"Lift as you rise." - unknown

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Rachel Schmidt

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Communications. I am currently a member of the Alpha Phi sorority as well as am pursuing my Leadership certificate. I look forward to joining the American Marketing Association this semester as well as returning to the AMP mentoring program as a mentee. Off campus, I enjoy helping to keep the beaches clean from trash as it is one of my favorite places to be. I can’t wait to return as a PLC this year and help share the skills that can help you become a better leader throughout all aspects of your life. I look forward to working with and meeting you all!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams

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Adoril Oshana

Majors: Business Administration (Information Systems), Psychology (Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

Minor: Spanish

Campus Involvement: Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office: Peer Adviser; Body Image, Health, and Sexuality Lab: Research Assistant; Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn

 

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Kaitlyn Dewey

I am a 2nd year Public Health major here at San Diego State! Currently, I don't have a minor, but I am looking into one in either Sociology or Social Work. This year I am looking forward to getting involved in the Student Life & Leadership programs, rushing into Greek life, and seeing more of what our beautiful school has to offer. I am so proud to be an Aztec and can't wait for another year here! My off campus involvement includes volunteering my time and helping with a non-profit organization called Cheering for a Change, which is located back in my hometown of Fresno. When I visit home, I try to do all that I can to still help. This organization was founded by my coach and helped our community by giving out food and blankets to the homeless, entertaining and visiting in elderly homes, as well as cleaning up the litter in the surrounding community. My passion in life is helping people in any way I can, and I am so excited for this year and helping everyone develop amazing leadership skills! 

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." —Eleanor Roosevelt


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Jeffrey Romero

Greetings! My name is Jeffrey, and I am an Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments Major (Psychology, Counseling & Social Change, Leadership). My involvements on campus have primarily been through my work at the front desk of Student Life & Leadership and as a student assistant in the Sophomore Surge Mentor Program with Commuter Life. Outside of campus, I serve my City Heights community through the Price Community Scholars Program by mentoring youth and helping them become college bound students. This upcoming year I look forward to starting a student organization with a focus on student affairs, and of course, guiding others through their leadership journey as a Peer Leadership Consultant!
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mohandas Gandhi

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Omar Sanchez

Hello! My name is Omar, and I grew up in Southeast San Diego for most of my life, in Barrio Logan to be specific. I am double majoring in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies (Philosophy, Spanish, and Chicano/a Studies) which I chose due to the fact that I saw things such as gentrification negatively affecting my community in Logan and I want to change the direction that things are going. Growing up I was involved in programs such as Barrio Logan College Institute, but I also try to stay in contact with the community by doing community service with individual organizations to help people directly. In my time at SDSU I hope to have a profound impact on the lives of people I meet on campus.

"The art of communication is the language of leadership." - James Humes

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Geremy Ronquillo 

Hello everyone. My name is Geremy and I was born and raised in southeast San Diego. I am currently studying Civil Engineering and working towards completing the leadership certificate. On-campus, I am involved with Sergeant at Arms, act as the Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega, and work at Student Life & Leadership. Off-campus, I am a volunteer for my local church as an audio technician assistant and finance assistant. I’m also an active volunteer with Friends of Balboa and the Salvation Army. Thanks to SDSU and my outside involvements I have been able to find my passion for leadership and community service. With that being said I’m looking forward to connecting the two together and help those who are interested become leaders in their own communities.

“Leaders become great, not because of their power,  but because of their ability to empower others.” - John Maxwell


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Noah Williams

My name is Noah and I am majoring in biology. I'm looking forward to interacting with the different clubs and organizations on campus, as well as meeting new people. As Vice President of the Sacramento chapter of Kappa League, I tutored local students every week, as well as provided park clean ups and fundraisers for the homeless and at-risk youth. I'm looking forward to giving back to the San Diego community!

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan


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Edgar Alaniz

Major: Economics 

Minor: Psychology  

Hi everyone! My name is Edgar and I’m excited to get involved with programs that have the goal of creating meaningful change and also allow for new and innovative ideas.

Off-campus involvement: Throughout my high school career, I took opportunities that aligned with ideas that I believe in such as, leadership, civic-engagement, and entrepreneurship. I was involved with an entrepreneurship program called Whatever It Takes (W.I.T.). I was also part of the Junior Legislator Program which was ran by the staff of the Assemblywomen of the 80th district, Lorena Gonzalez. Lastly, I served as the Executive Director's Leadership Council (EDLC) which is a leadership program within the Barrio Logan College Institute

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore." - Cesar Chavez

 

Interested in Joining?

Are you interested in joining the Peer Leadership Consultant team? Contact Chelsea Winer at cwiner@mail.sdsu.edu to inquire about the application process.

Please visit the Student Life & Leadership office in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, room 210.