Forty-five individuals from universities throughout Northern California attended the Bay Area Student Activities Consortium (BASAC) Bi-Annual Meeting hosted by Holy Names University on December 6. BASAC meetings bring together higher education professionals who are involved in student activities.
The conference planning committee led an afternoon discussion on organizational issues and ideas for improving BASAC. Topics included a student leadership conference, modifications to the name and mission, and struggles faced by the consortium, such as the lack of a formal structure and keeping membership lists current.
“That’s been a challenge too,” said San Francisco State University Director of the Student Involvement and Career Center Sarah Bauer, one of the discussion facilitators. “How do we keep our membership lists current and how do we continue to reach out to institutions as staff turnover?”
The meeting also included a panel on risk management of club-sponsored events as well as breakout sessions exploring discrimination on college campuses and best practices in student leadership programs.
Heather French, dean for student development and engagement, and Lauren Avina, international student services and campus events coordinator, helped organize the event. They said that the importance of BASAC meetings is communicated in the organization’s mission statement, which emphasizes providing opportunities for higher education professionals to network, share resources, and develop professionally.