Student Leaders Attend Annual American Student Government Association Conference

Rutgers-Camden students attended the annual conference of the American Student Government Association in Jersey City.

Rutgers-Camden students attended the annual conference of the American Student Government Association in Jersey City.

Behind every student body is a group of strong student leaders who work to enhance the college experience for their peers while promoting high educational standards and campus pride.

At Rutgers University–Camden, members of the Student Governing Association (SGA) recently had a chance to learn what it takes to achieve those goals during the annual conference of the American Student Government Association held in Jersey City.

“One of the most important things that I learned from the conference was how student governments at campuses across the region lead their student bodies,” says Kelsey Draves, a senior nursing major from Audubon who serves as a university senator representing the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden for the SGA.

Draves was one of nine Rutgers–Camden SGA representatives who attended the February conference, which included 175 students from universities from all over the country.

“These various student governments had a unique leadership styles and hosted different events, which sparked new ideas in me,” Draves says. “Because Rutgers–Camden is such a unique campus, I believe that it is important to always be creating new things while expanding on what we already have.”

Draves says she was inspired by how other student leaders bring unique backgrounds and experiences together to lead a unified student body.

Conference topics also included exploring ways to encourage more students to get involved in clubs and organizations and how to be an effective liaison between students and administrators.

“It’s important to be a leader because not a lot of students are willing to take charge,” says David Buckley, a senior Washington Township resident majoring in graphic design and computer animation.

Buckley is an at-large representative for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences on Rutgers–Camden’s Student Governing Association.

“The SGA is the voice for the student population and we need students who see, hear, and want to solve any problems that arise on campus.”

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