On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, the San Diego Unified Board of Education accepted a student proposal in relation to the addition of a Student Board Member which called for the creation of a Student Advisory Board.  Additional details can be found here.

Here is the timeline for the 2019-20 Student Advisory Board:

     Monday, November 11, 2019: The Student Advisory Board application becomes available to students
     Friday, November 22, 2019: Deadline for students to submit an application
     Monday, November 25 - Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Applications will be reviewed
     Thursday, December 5, 2019: Candidates will receive notification from the review committee
     Thursday, December 12, 2019: First meeting of the Student Advisory Board

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

     What is the Student Advisory Board?
     What are the duties of a Student Advisory Board Member?
     What are the expectations and responsibilities of being a Student Advisory Board Member?
     What qualifications do I need to meet to apply for the Student Advisory Board?
     How do I apply for the Student Advisory Board?
     Once I apply, what happens next?
     Who do I contact if I have questions?

What is the Student Advisory Board?

The Student Advisory Board will serve as the advisory committee for all district leadership including but not limited to the Student Board Member, Superintendent and Board of Education. More information about the Student Board Member can be found here

The mission statement of the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified is as follows:

The Student Advisory Board serves to effectively represent and empower students of SDUSD by advising the Student Board Member and district leadership on the issues that directly affect the education of students.

Membership shall consist of three representatives from each of San Diego Unified’s five geographic sub-districts. There shall be one middle school representative and two high school representatives from each geographic sub-district.

What are the duties of a Student Advisory Board Member?

The job of the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified is as follows:

  • Find solutions to the problems brought up by students attending a SDUSD school.
  • Create documents stating the problems and proposed solutions of students in the San Diego Unified School District. These documents could include but not be limited to proposals, speeches, informative essays, and presentations.
  • Present to the Board of Education, Superintendent or any other group that needs to be informed of the problems and solutions that students are looking into.
  • Empower students to speak up for what they believe needs to be improved in their education system.
  • Give advice to the Student Board Member and district leadership on issues where student input is necessary or helpful.
  • Work with the President of the Student Advisory Board in an effort to make sure that the needs of students in San Diego Unified are accurately represented.
  • Work in partnership with the other student and adult led organizations to achieve solutions that ensure benefits to the students of San Diego Unified School District.

What are the expectations and responsibilities of being a Student Advisory Board Member?

The expectations of Student Advisory Board Members include: 

  • The term of a Student Advisory Board Member shall be one traditional school year long meaning that you would serve for at least one school year. As this is the first year of implementation, terms will last until June 30, 2020.
  • This board is to meet no less than six times a year. Members will be required to attend at least ¾ of the meetings held by the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified.
  • Members should prioritize the success of the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified over other extracurriculars. This does not mean a member cannot participate in anything else. We just ask that the member is mindful of their position and responsibilities.

The responsibilities of Student Advisory Board Members shall be as follows:

  1. Represent geographic sub-district by speaking up about concerns that have been brought up.
  2. Vote based off of belief of what students in that geographic sub-district would want.
  3. Assist the officers of the Student Advisory Board in work that needs to be done.
  4. See through that the constitution ratified by the Student Advisory Board is always being enforced.
  5. See through that the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified remains a board that is for the students by the students.

What qualifications do I need to meet to apply for the Student Advisory Board?

A person is eligible to become a member of the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified by enrolling in and attending a San Diego Unified School that is represented by a member on the Board of Education. Furthermore, this student must be in the sixth through twelfth grade levels to qualify.

Members must have at least a 2.5 weighted GPA in academics and citizenship and not have an “F” in any classes. This can be proven by the student's most recent transcript.

How do I apply for the Student Advisory Board?

Steps to apply for the Student Advisory Board:

        Complete an application

     As part of the application, you will be asked to complete a one page résumé including:

     Previous Leadership Experience

     Accomplishments

     Extra-Curricular Activities

     Please emphasize ability to manage multiple activities if applicable

     As part of the application, you will be asked to complete a 500 word essay answering the following questions:

     Why do you think you should be a part of the Student Advisory Board of San Diego Unified?

     What problems do you see in the San Diego Unified School District and how do you think we can solve them?

Submit the application and accompanying items via email or deliver them in person between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm to the Student Advisory Board Advisor:

Stacey Seiders
sseiders@sandi.net
619-725-7122
4100 Normal St. Room 2140 San Diego, CA 92103

Once I apply, what happens next?

Once you email or deliver in person (between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm) your completed application and accompanying documents, you will receive an email confirming receipt.  Then your application will be reviewed and you will receive notification by Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Stacey Seiders
Student Advisory Board Advisor
sseiders@sandi.net
619-725-7122