Empowering and equipping Illinois college students to advocate for greater equity and inclusion at their institutions.

Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council (SAC), launched in March 2019, with student leaders from colleges and universities across Illinois coming together to learn about and advocate for greater equity and inclusion at their institutions. Many SAC members are enrolled at colleges and universities that are active in the Illinois Equity in Attainment initiative (ILEA).

Highlights of the 2021 SAC

  • Led campus equity projects funded by private donations to support the degree pursuits of students of color
  • Authored blogs for the Illinois Colleges Forward website to share their journeys with prospective college students
  • Delivered a presentation for ILEA student affairs practitioners that highlighted their challenges in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommended strategies to prioritize student success
  • Created and delivered a webinar underscoring the impact of mentorship programs and student activism on student’s ability to thrive in higher education


Ethan – Chiu – Loyola University Chicago

Azul Daniel – Harold Washington College

Yulissa de Paz – Northeastern Illinois University

Mitzy Espana – The University of Chicago

Angelina Furlan – Harper College

MaryKate Godinez – Governors State University

Isabella Hernandez – Millikin University

Eivan Herrera-Valdez – Northwestern University

Alejandra Natera – University of Illinois at Chicago

Hugo Ocampo – Northeastern Illinois University

Myra Ortiz – UIC

Eli Perez – Harper College

Iris Quintero – Northeastern Illinois University

Irene Reyes – Northeastern Illinois University

Sabi Reza – Northeastern Illinois University

Brianna Rodriguez – Dominican University

Sarahy Rodriguez – Moraine Valley

Zahra Sajwani – Northeastern Illinois University

Daliyah Sanders – Harper College

Aliya Segura – Loyola Arrupe

Student Advocate Board

The Student Advocate Board launched in January 2021 to provide an opportunity for Illinois students to weigh in directly on advocacy efforts for an equitable funding model for Illinois’ public universities. The board is composed of Illinois college students that meets 5 times between September and May, providing feedback and direction at key milestones of PCC’s equity campaign. In between meetings, the Student Advocate Board is called on to participate in actions to advance the Illinois Equitable Funding campaign.

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Beginning in fall 2021, the Student Advisory Council will merge with the Student Advocacy Board so that interested students will have access to the efforts of PCC from both a policy and practice-oriented perspective.

How to get involved?

For more information about the Student Advisory Council, email Joe Saucedo and Sonianne Lozada.