Program

The National Student Government Summit is a four-day conference.

See 2018 Conference Schedule Below

The conference features 51 workshop sessions (7 more than 2017), 14 brand-new workshops with several led by student leaders and advisors, 37 round-table caucuses, one dozen one-hour private consulting appointments, and more than 24 information-packed hours of practical help, ideas, tips, and advice on how to improve your Student Government.

Even Better in 2018
  • Brand-new location right next to Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon (you’ll save money and time on transportation. Free hotel shuttles to and from airport and Metro stop)
  • Beautiful new conference hotel, the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, which offers a gorgeous view of the DC skyline
  • Lower hotel costs! The hotel is $40 per night cheaper than in 2017!
  • Lower parking costs! The hotel parking is $40 per night cheaper than in 2017! ($12 per night instead of $52)
  • More time to visit Capitol Hill (ASGA offers free buses to DC on Friday and Saturday afternoon– you can ride the Metro back to the hotel inexpensively)
  • New! Pre-conference Presidential Leadership Institute and parliamentary procedure/meetings training
  • All workshops/roundtables on the same floor in the conference hotel
  • More hotel elevators for quicker and easier access to meeting and sleeping rooms
  • Free Internet at the conference hotel (normally $14.95 per day)
  • More free time for sightseeing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • New workshops and speakers (six new speakers and 13 new workshops!)
  • New workshops led by student leaders and advisors
  • More interactive training sessions
  • More training sessions for advisors
  • Free “ASGA Loves Advisors” reception on Thursday (free food and open bar for advisors)
  • New Workshop Guide to help you choose which workshops will help you most
  • More detailed training Workshop Descriptions to help you choose which workshops will help you most
  • More facilitated and structured round-table caucuses focused on hot issues and problems
  • Later start times each morning
  • SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)
Conference Attire
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Business Casual Business Casual ASGA T-Shirts & Jeans College/University Shirts & Jeans


2018 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

  • Visits to U.S. House of Representatives members and U.S. Senators (on your own)
  • Visits to monuments and museums (on your own)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Conference Attire • Thursday — Business casual

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

  • Visits to U.S. House of Representatives members and U.S. Senators (on your own)
  • Visits to monuments and museums (on your own)
  • Tours of the U.S. Capitol (must have reservations in advance)

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Pre-conference Presidential Leadership Institute (sign up when you register for this conference)

  • Rasheed Ali Cromwell, JD.
    Concourse 1

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Parliamentary Procedure/Meetings Training (sign up when you register for this conference)

  • Chris Jachimowicz
    Concourse 2

4:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Conference Registration & Networking

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Conference Kick-Off (doors open at 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to get the best seats)

  • Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D., Emcee
    Commonwealth Ballroom

8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — Networking Break (Popcorn & Punch)

Assembly Foyer

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. —  FOR ADVISORS  “ASGA Loves Advisors” Reception

  • Rasheed Ali Cromwell, JD., Host
    Stars Ballroom 1, 16th floor

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 1 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  • ROUNDTABLE: Community Colleges (Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed., facilitator)
    South Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Private Colleges & Universities (Chris Jachimowicz, facilitator)
    North Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Public Colleges & Universities (Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D., facilitator)
    Concourse 1&2
  •  A   FOR NEW & POTENTIAL ASGA MEMBERS  How to Maximize Your ASGA Membership – Butch Oxendine
    Cavalier B
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super-Evolved Student Governments (Shawn M. Livingston, M.P.A., facilitator)
    Cavalier C
  • PRIVATE CONSULTING (arrange in advance by writing conferences@asgaonline.com)
    Mezzanine 1

10:00 p.m. — Free for Evening

Suggested Night-Life Activities
• Late Dinner on the Town—find out where to eat and see ASGA’s restaurant recommendations and discounts

Friday, October 19, 2018

Conference Attire • Friday — Business casual

6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. — Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 2 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  B  How You Can Connect With Students: Survey Them! – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  •  C   FOR ADVISORS  Keeping HOPE Alive: How to Sustain & Grow Your Student Leaders – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    North 1
  •  D  New Leaders of Tomorrow: Moving Apathy to Activism through C.A.R.E. – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    North 2
  • E   NEW  Serving in E.R.N.E.S.T. – Ernest J. Robinson
    North 3
  •  F  Death by Committee: How SG Committees Should Work – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •   ADVISOR-LED  Leadership: How to Drive the Mission, the Passion, and the Teamwork! – Russell D Barefoot
    Cavalier C
  • The Gift and The Curse: Talented and Overextended (Part 1) – Rasheed Ali Cromwell, JD.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything and Everything)
    Concourse 2

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. — Networking Break

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 3 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  I  13 Steps to a Super Student Government – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  •  J  SG Training With an “Attitude” – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    North 1
  • K   FOR ADVISORS  Advising 2.0: Navigating and Negotiating Institutional Politics – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    North 2
  • L   NEW  Working in Washington Panel – George Washington University
    North 3
  •  M  Extreme Makeover: Constitution Edition – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •  N  We’re In This Together: Representing All Students On Your Campus – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Cavalier C
  • The Gift and The Curse: Talented and Overextended (Part 2) – Rasheed Ali Cromwell, JD.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Networking Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Sit-down Lunch

South Ballroom, North 1, North 2, North 3

  • Visits to Conference Exhibitor Booths
    Assembly Foyer

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 4 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  P  The 25 Worst Mistakes Your SG Can Make – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  •  Q  Hail to the Chief: The Power and Purpose of Being SG President – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    North 1
  •  R  Knowing When and How to Call Someone Out: Confronting Members within the SG – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    North 2
  •  S   NEW  Student Government is a Bunch of C.R.A.P. – Michael A. Cadore Sr., MA
    North 3
  •  T  Administrators Are Not Your Enemy: Learn How to Get Along with Yours – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •  U  Creating Student Government Advocacy That Effects Change – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Cavalier C
  •  Meetings That Make Sense – Russell D Barefoot
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super Student Governments
    Concourse 2

1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Networking Break

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 5 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  • ROUNDTABLE: Senators, Representatives, and Committee Members (Butch Oxendine, facilitator)
    South Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Presidents & Vice Presidents (Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D., facilitator)
    North 1
  • W   NEW  Actions Speak Louder than Words: Cultivating Allies, Partners, & Champions – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    North 2
  • ROUNDTABLE: Secretaries & Treasurers (Chris Jachimowicz, facilitator)
    North 3
  •  X  Origins of War: Communication, Non-Communication and Everything in Between – Rasheed Ali Cromwell, JD.
    Cavalier B
  • Connect Your Students to the World with NYTimes.com  – The New York Times
    Cavalier C
  • Who Said There’s No “I” in Team? – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super Student Government Officers (Advanced) [Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A., facilitator)
    Concourse 2

2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. — (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

  • Lobbying on Capitol Hill (Meet your Representatives and Senators)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Mezzanine 1
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Mezzanine 1
  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Mezzanine 1

(Contact conferences@asgaonline.com to book consulting appointments)

Suggested Night-Life Activities
All of these suggested activities are either within walking distance or are convenient via the Metro, taxi, Lyft, or Uber::

Also check out “Experience DC.”

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Conference Attire • Saturday — ASGA T-Shirts & jeans

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. — Light Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Networking Break

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 6 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  AA  How to Make Students Care About Your SG: Create “Signature Programs” – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  •  BB  Managing Multiple Priorities: Important vs. Urgent – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    North 1
  • CC   ADVISOR-LED  Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – Dessie Hall
    North 2
  • DD   FOR ADVISORS  Leadership Development: Developing the Leaders within Your SG  – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    North 3
  • EE  Ten Toxic Time-Wasters That Can Poison Your Meetings – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  • FF  The ABCs of SGA – Ernest J. Robinson
    Cavalier C
  •  GG  Who Cares? Transforming Apathy Into Action – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. — Networking Break

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 7 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  HH  What Can Your Student Government Really Accomplish? Choose Realistic Goals – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  •  II  Structural Integrity: Is Your Ship Ready for the Voyage Ahead? – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    North 1
  • JJ   NEW   FOR ADVISORS  Be an Uncle M.I.K.E. (Mentor-Inspire-Knowledge-Encourage) – Michael A. Cadore Sr., MA
    North 2
  • KK  Do the Right Thing: Ethics and Your SGA – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    North 3
  • LL  Just a Minute! A Guide to Taking Accurate Minutes – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •  MM  Cultural Competency & SG Leadership: Ensuring Everyone’s Asked to Dance – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    Cavalier C
  •  NN  Stoke the Fire: Seven Ways to Maximize Your Leadership Potential – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Networking Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 8 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  OO  How to Get What You Want – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  • PP  Cleaning Up the Dirty Fighting in Your SGA – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    North 1
  • QQ   NEW  Retention Matters – Dessie Hall
    North 2
  • RR  Mission SGA! – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    North 3
  • SS   NEW  Let’s Make Textbooks Affordable! – Robert Tolmach, Founder, Freethetextbooks.org
    Cavalier B
  • TT  Chess vs. Checkers: Understanding How and When to Make the Right Move – Ernest J. Robinson
    Cavalier C
  • UU  Goal-setting & Fulfilling Your Mission: What are you doing?  – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

12:00 p.m. — Lunch

Assembly Foyer

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — (OPTIONAL) Training/Roundtable Block 9 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

Meeting Space Available (reserve in advance to meet with other students from your state, branch campuses, etc. Reserve at ASGA Registration table.)

  • Meeting Space Available
    South Ballroom
  • Meeting Space Available
    North 1
  • Meeting Space Available
    North 2
  • Meeting Space Available
    North 3
  • Meeting Space Available
    Cavalier B
  • Meeting Space Available
    Cavalier C

1:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

  • Tours of the U.S. Capitol Building (must have reservations in advance)
    PLEASE NOTE: If you’re going on an ASGA-reserved Capitol Tour, leave to go to Union Station on the motor coaches at 12 p.m. (15-30 minute ride). After lunch, walk to the Capitol Visitor Center on the east side of the Capitol (10-15 minute walk).
  • Tours of the U.S. Holocaust Museum (must have reservations in advance)
    PLEASE NOTE: If you’re going on an ASGA-reserved Holocaust Museum Tour, leave to go to Union Station on the motor coaches at 12 p.m. (15-30 minute ride). After lunch, take the D.C. Metro to the museum.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Mezzanine 1
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Mezzanine 1
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Mezzanine 1

Contact conferences@asgaonline.com to book consulting appointments)

Suggested Night-Life Activities
All of these suggested activities are either within walking distance or are convenient via the Metro, taxi, Lyft, or Uber:

Also check out “Experience DC.”

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Conference Attire • Sunday — College/University shirts & jeans

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. — (OPTIONAL) Non-denominational Worship Service

Cavalier C

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 10 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  • VV   NEW  Extending Governments Across the Nation  – Edson O’Neale & Derick McIntosh, Saint Leo University
    South Ballroom
  •  WW  No More Drama: Conflict Resolution the “Right Way” – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    North 1
  • XX  D.E.L.E.G.A.T.E.-Just Do It! – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    North 2
  • YY   NEW  Holding People Accountable: How to Get the Results You Want – Rebecca Larkins
    North 3
  • ZZ   ADVISOR-LED    FOR ADVISORS  Management to Mentorship: For the New SG Advisor – Shawn M. Livingston, M.P.A.
    Cavalier B
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything and Everything)
    Cavalier C

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Networking Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 11 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  • AAA   NEW  Heels in the Boardroom: Empowering Women to New Heights – Celine Palmer, Kristina Niccolls, & Juliette Stratis, Saint Leo University
    South Ballroom
  •  BBB  Leadership Reloaded: Skills For Effective SG Members – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    North 1
  • CCC   NEW • ADVISOR-LED  Influence: The Nitty Gritty – Mike Beckford, SGA Advisor, Rowan College
    North 2
  • DDD   NEW  The SGA-Administrator Relationship: How to Gain Without Giving In – Rebecca Larkins
    North 3
  • EEE   ADVISOR-LED  Handling Difficult SG Situations: Real Life Case Studies – Shawn M. Livingston, M.P.A.
    Cavalier B
  • PRIVATE CONSULTING (arrange in advance by writing conferences@asgaonline.com)
    Cavalier C

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Networking Break

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Wrap-up & Raffle

  • Stamp to Win Raffle Drawing (must be present to win) Fitbit Flex 2 Activity Tracker • Amazon Echo Spot • ENACFIRE E18 Wireless Earbuds
  • The Importance of Your Student Government – Butch Oxendine
  • Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D., Emcee
    South Ballroom

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

Check out “Experience DC” for ideas on sight-seeing and restaurants

Monday, October 22, 2018

Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

  • Visits to U.S. House of Representatives members and U.S. Senators (on your own)
  • Visits to monuments and museums (on your own)
Workshop Guide & Descriptions
Capitol and Holocaust Museum Tours