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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