Student Government Leadership Summit 2018

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The Associated Students of Seattle Pacific University are excited to invite you to join us for the 2018 Student Government Leadership Summit. Incoming and outgoing student body presidents from select universities are invited to join us for this gathering in April 2018.

Continuing the vision cast at Gordon and Wheaton in previous years, the Summit at SPU seeks to engage developing student leaders and learn together along the following topics:

  • Leading Bravely: Following Your Calling for the Sake of Others
  • Importance of inclusive leadership, particularly amidst rapidly changing campuses
  • Best practices for building supportive and innovative cultures of student leadership
  • Developing emotional intelligence within a leader and across their teams

As you can see from the draft schedule below, our time together will include keynote speakers and others from higher education to both present challenging ideas and facilitate dialogue. There will also be significant time for students to learn from and encourage each other, both in formalized settings and as we explore parts of the Emerald City together.

We’re hopeful that you can join us, and are excited to see you in Seattle soon!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Dr. Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author, professor, and thought-leader with over 30 years of experience in the ministry of reconciliation. She is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at SPU where she directs the Reconciliation Studies program

Dr. Sandy Mayo, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Sandy Mayo is the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Mayo provides leadership in Seattle Pacific University’s ongoing work of reconciliation by providing strategic opportunities to fulfill SPU’s institutional mission. 

Dr. Katy Tangenberg, Dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community

Dr. Katy Tangenberg is dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community and Professor of Social Welfare. Dr. Tangenberg's teaching and research areas focus on intersections of faith and gender in leadership development, higher education, and health care, as well as clinical practice, social welfare policy, and human sexuality.


The early bird registration fee is $75 through March 5.  After March 5, the registration fee is $125. Please send payment (check made out to SPU) to: Office of Student Life, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Ave W, Suite 212, Seattle, WA 98119.

Deadline for registration is March 12!


**Travel Stipend Information

Half of the airfare cost (up to $200/person) for the current and incoming student government president from each school is available. Other student leaders are welcome to attend at full cost.

On-campus housing provided for student attendees only.


Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, April 13
3:00-5:30 p.m. Registration
5:30 p.m.         Dinner and Opening Session: Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
7:30 p.m.         Introductions / Hang Out

Saturday, April 14
8:00 a.m.         Breakfast
9:00 a.m.         Session #2: Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
10:15 a.m.       Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.       Fishbowl with Leaders
12:00 p.m.       Lunch / Free Time
1:30 p.m.         Session #3: Dr. Sandy Mayo
4:30 p.m.         Depart SPU for Downtown Seattle
5:00 p.m.         Explore Pike Place Market / Downtown Seattle 
6:00 p.m.         Seattle Mariners Game
9:30 p.m.         Return to SPU

Sunday, April 15
8:00 a.m.         Breakfast
9:00 a.m.         Worship
9:30 a.m.         Session #4: Dr. Katy Tangenberg
10:30 a.m.       What Did You Learn Conversation / Wrap-up
11:30 a.m.       Lunch / End


  • Can other student leaders attend the Student Government Leadership Summit besides student government presidents? While the conference has been designed for current and incoming student government presidents, we are open to having others from your school join us. Our budget will only allow us to provide travel reimbursements for two students, though, and any additional students will need to pay the $125 registration.
  • Can advisors attend the Summit? We are also open to advisors joining us, but we are only able to provide housing for student leaders.
  • How many people total can each school send to the Summit? Since space is somewhat limited, we’re asking institutions to send no more than four persons in their cohort.
  • Is transportation to/from SeaTac International Airport provided? Our plan is to make two shuttle runs to get folks from SeaTac International Airport to our campus on Queen Anne. Ideally, these runs will leave the airport around 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. You may want to keep this in mind as you book your flights. If your schedule requires a different flight, it might be necessary to Uber or take a local shuttle. Please forward your flight information to us, and we’ll do our best to help welcome you to Seattle!

Have questions? 

Contact Mary Liu, ASSP President or the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership