Program

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

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 shuttle 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, Esq.
    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, Esq., 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, facilitator)
    South Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Private Colleges & Universities (Chris Jachimowicz, facilitator)
    North Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Public Colleges & Universities (Chris Irving, 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 Livingston, 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  TBA – TBA
    North 3
  •  F  Administrators Are Not Your Enemy: Learn How to Get Along with Yours – 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, Esq.
    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, Esq.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Networking Break

11:15 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  Parliamentary Procedure: A Simulation – 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 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 (Chris Irving, 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, Esq.
    Cavalier B
  • Connect Your Students to the World with NYTimes.com  – The New York Times
    Cavalier C
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super Student Government Officers (Advanced) [Andrew Ortiz, facilitator)
    Concourse 1
  • Who Said There’s No “I” in Team? – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    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  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  Death by Committee: How SG Committees Should Work – 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 at Union Station (make sure you have your vouchers)

Union Station (take motor coaches to Union Station for lunch, tours, and sight-seeing)

12:00 p.m. — Boxed lunch at hotel

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, you should leave to go to the Capitol no less than 45 minutes before your tour time. Walk to the Capitol Visitor Center on the east side of the Capitol. The walk will take 10-15 minutes.
  • 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, you should leave to go to Union Station on the motorcoaches at 12 p.m. Then you can 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  McDonald’s Marketing: How to Make Your Student Government Stand Out – Butch Oxendine
    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  53 Tips to Improve Your Student Government Elections – Butch Oxendine
    South Ballroom
  •  BBB  Leadership Reloaded: Skills For Effective SG Members – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    North 1
  • CCC   ADVISOR-LED  The Nitty-Gritty of Being Influential – 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