The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is a cohort-based council intended to develop and empower undergraduate students to thrive and succeed on their campuses and in their respective spaces, and also promote advocacy efforts that advance equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx and students from low-income households.

The SAC cohort equips students with skills that will enable them to advance their college careers to completion, while learning the importance of engaging decision makers in conversations that will improve the higher education system of Illinois.

SAC Participant Profile

Applicants for the next cohort should be:

  • Undergraduate students during the cohort timeframe (Sept. 2024-May 2025)
  • Enrolled at a four-year higher education institution in Chicagoland or Cook County areas
  • Have a deep interest in research, policy, community and/or advocacy work
  • Passionate leaders with a desire to impact their campus positively

Time Commitment

The SAC meets on a monthly basis for programming content, and connecting with students and professionals. Each session is scheduled to be at least one hour (no more than two hours) and will be facilitated both in person and virtually. The estimated time commitment for successful completion of the program is up to 30 hours. Cohorts can expect:

  • A one -hour orientation
  • 18 hours of programming, which includes monthly sessions, pre and post-gathering assignments
  • A full day of advocacy in Springfield, Ill. in the spring
  • Six hours of pre-session and group project preparation 
  • Three hours of group presentations (including your own)
  • Two hours of culmination/graduation celebration

PCC is accepting applications for the 2024-25 cohort now through Friday, June 28, 2024. Complete the form below and if selected for the interview round, you will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute phone call in July 2024.