USHE Student Advisory Council

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The USHE Student Advisory Council (SAC) was formerly established by the Utah Board of Higher Education in November 2021 to capture student voices on issues related to student well-being and success at public Utah colleges and universities across the state. The SAC serves as an organized feedback group of students from various backgrounds, locations, identities, and lived experiences to ensure the Board and the Commissioner’s Office have structured access to student perspectives as they engage in work and make decisions that impact students.

The SAC is committed to providing honest and productive feedback, recommendations, and student insights. The SAC advocates for the well-being and success of all Utah students. The SAC discusses topics, resources, policies, and strategies that impact students’ ability to access, afford, thrive in, and complete college. These topics include, but are not limited to (in no particular order):

  • Campus safety, including issues pertaining to Title IX
  • Mental health and basic needs
  • Disability resources
  • Inclusion and Belonging
  • Admissions
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Cost of attendance

The application deadline has passed for the 2023-2024 SAC.

  • Holly Talbot, Chair – Utah Board of Higher Education Student Board Member
  • Quindanna Begay
  • Reed Hammond
  • Abukar Hassan
  • Ta’Mariah Jenkins
  • Daira Rodriguez
  • Brian Jesus Ruelas
  • Veetutu Will Satini
  • Rylie Schmidt
  • Fernando Rodas Vazquez
  • Ruby Vejar

The council welcomes any input, ideas, or suggestions pertaining to the discussion topics outlined above. If you’d like to contact the council, please use this contact form. If you are a student, please specify which institution you attend in the body of your message.

Please note that SAC is not an ombuds or mediating body, meaning the council only discusses concepts and policies pertaining to the general student experience and will not address issues or disputes between individual students and their institutions.