Student government leaders from the Big 12 athletic conference schools will meet on the West Virginia University this week for the 2016 Big 12 Student Government Conference. The group of student leaders assembles annually on the campus of a Big 12 School in an effort to continue to promote leadership, ensure student participation in university decision-making, and foster an inclusive community on campus.

The group will gather November 10-12 to network, share ideas and discuss topics most on the minds of student leaders related to the college student experience and student success.

“We are very excited and honored to have the opportunity to host our fellow Big 12 students and show them how Mountaineers do things,” said SGA president Julie Merow “Our campus and culture are unique to that of the other schools and we think they will be pleasantly surprised on their visit.”

The conference will kick off with dinner at the Art Museum of WVU with President Gordon Gee and Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.). President Gee will welcome the delegates from each school and inform them of the exciting projects and initiatives underway to help enrich the student experience on campus. Senator Capito will speak to the group about the importance of student leadership and how students can work to impact state and federal policy.

Presentations and roundtable discussion topics will include: higher education funding, sexual assault prevention on campus, managing student government finances and how to better brand yourself and your student government on campus.

This is the first time the conference has been hosted by WVU; representatives from all ten Big 12 athletic conference are scheduled to attend. WVU officially joined the Big 12 in July 2012.

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