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Student Leadership Opportunities and Initiatives

There are a number of ways you can grow your leadership skills in the Fishback Honors College. 

Dean's Student Advisory Council (DSAC)

The Dean's Student Advisory Council is comprised of Honors students from each academic college. This group of students is responsible for advising the Dean on matters relevant to Honors students and implementing programs and initiatives that support student success.

If you are interested in serving on DSAC Email Dr. Rebecca Bott Knutson

Members of DSAC '20-'21 School Year
  • Ann Talon Babits 
  • Dakotawinter Barnes
  • Kaylee Jo Becker
  • Parker Jerome Beers
  • Alexandra Marie Bladholm
  • Carolyn Ann Blatchford
  • Wendy Ann Blickensderfer 
  • Anna Grace Bosma 
  • Sara Michelle Broad
  • Nicholas Ford Carlson
  • Benjamin Porter Diersen 
  • Joshua Brian Donahoe 
  • Madison Kaelin Dulas 
  • Matthew Hunter John Dulas
  • Maryn Elizabeth Duncanson  
  • Julie Marie Eggert
  • Alexis Juel Elfstrand
  • Jillian Theresa Ewald 
  • Brittni Nichole Franken
  • Thane Edward Henschel
  • Jay Daniel Holm
  • Lindsey Nicole Kimmel 
  • Benjamin Leek 
  • Zachary J Lehmann 
  • Emma Kathryn Millsap
  • Hannah Grace Nelson 
  • Ella Rae Padden
  • Jadyn Peterson 
  • Kailee Marie Schultz  
  • Anna Grace Shane
  • Holly Ann Tofte  
  • Sadie Rae Tornberg 
  • Kaylan Johannah Untiedt 
  • Sadie Renee Vander Wal 
  • Drew Kelsey Westerman 

Teaching Assistants (TAs)

The Honors College employs several students each year to serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the Honors Orientation (HON 100) courses and other introductory Honors courses. This is a tremendous opportunity for students to make connections with fellow Honors students and gain leadership skills. Students also have the opportunity to receive upper-division Honors credit for serving as a TA.

If you are interested in serving as an Honors TA Email Hanna Holmquist

Spring '21 Teaching Assistants
  • Maddie Dulas
  • Taylor Buck
  • Kailee Schultz
  • Alyssa Gentile 
  • Ava Torres
  • Thane Henschel
  • Anastasia Poull
  • Alexis Elfstrand
  • Ann Babits
  • Sydney Mincheff
  • Nichole Dial

Peer Mentoring Program

Honors students are invited to serve as peer mentors for the incoming class of new students each fall. Students who volunteer as mentors are paired with an incoming Honors student--often based on major or interests--and meet once a month throughout the fall semester. Mentors serve as resources for the incoming students and answer questions about both Honors and the broader university experience. 

To join the Peer Mentoring Program Email Cadi Kadlecek 

'20-'21 Peer Mentors
  • Shelby Ruland
  • Julie Eggert
  • Zachary Lehmann
  • Holly Tofte
  • Madison Fitch
  • Jordan Thompson
  • Hannah Nelson
  • McKenzie Schroeder
  • Emily Sobczak
  • Rachel Goldsmith
  • Jillian Ewald
  • Madison Hamel
  • Kjerstin Aspaas
  • Rachel Zook
  • Drew Westerman
  • Ann Babits
  • Ellie Balken
  • Kyle Shapcott
  • Abby Riesgraf
  • Jess Scheer
  • Sara Broad
  • Abbigale Hellevang
  • Benjamin Diersen
  • McKenzie Gaspar
  • Riley Larson-Adams
  • Mollie Heinen
  • Matthew Dulas
  • Amanda Kelling
  • Nichole Sample
  • Joy Dahle
  • Madyson Spencer
  • Kailen Krause
  • Lars Wagner
  • Leo Mullen
  • Peyton Boll
  • Cassandra Townsend
  • Kelsey Werpy
  • Erin Holmberg
  • Avori Bastemeyer
  • Ian Hastings
  • Anastasia Poull
  • Ryker Pedde
  • Ella Padden
  • Jayden Van Peerson
  • Vishnu Pfeiffer
  • Anna Hall
  • Luke Knutsom
  • Clara Hipp
  • Dakotawinter Barnes
  • Sadie Vander Wal
  • Jerrod Fedorchik
  • Tori Jensen
  • Jordan Traub-Jensen

Student Recruitment Team 

The Student Recruitment Team is an initiative that allows current Honors students to assist with Admissions visits with prospective students and their families. Members of the recruitment team also participate in events such as Honors Visit Day, Senior Day and Jackrabbit Receptions. This effort gives prospective students a better idea of what it is really like to be an Honors student at SDSU and allows current Honors students to gain communication skills and experience.

To join the Student Recruitment Team Email Hanna Holmquist 


Learning and experiencing leadership is a critical component of an Honors education. The Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College helps to coordinate the LeadState program, a leadership development program for college sophomores focused on strengths-based leadership, service and the social change model for leadership development. Fifty to sixty new students take part in LeadState each semester.
LeadState Program