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Student Life and Leadership

Peer Leadership Consultants 

Peer Leadership Consultants (PLC's) are SDSU students who provide services, programs and resources necessary for positive leadership growth and development of SDSU student organizations and other on-campus student groups. The purpose of the team is to develop and promote leadership to SDSU students.

Peer Leadership Consultants (PLC):

  • Present leadership workshops aimed at both students and student organization leaders.
  • Provide a variety of educational experiences and services to students, faculty/staff advisors and student organizations.
  • Serve as an involvement resource for all SDSU students.
  • Serve as a resource for students in organizations to consult, discuss and brainstorm how to create positive change in their group.
  • Strive to enable other students to be successful leaders in their individual organizations.
  • Advocate and volunteer at the SDSU Leadership Summit conference and other signature leadership events.
  • Serve as liaisons and student representatives for the Student Life & Leadership office.

 

What skills are required of Peer Leadership Consultants?        

Our student consultants are dynamic, energetic individuals who possess the ability to engage actively with their peers in learning settings. These individuals have a variety of leadership experiences to draw upon; however, targeted training is provided in order to assist PLC members in furthering their own leadership skills.

As a part of training, students learn how to improve public speaking skills, how to lead both small and large groups, and gain the facilitation skills needed to effectively conduct a great program. Consultants are trained to present on such topics as goal setting, personality, and communication styles. Not only will consultants be able to present on these topics, but in the process will become very knowledgeable about the topics themselves.

What services do Peer Leadership Consultants provide?

Leadership Workshops

The Peer Leadership Consultants present leadership workshops on a variety of topics. These workshops can be tailored for student organization meetings. For more information, please visit the Leadership Workshop page.

We ask that you give us at least 3 weeks notice when requesting a workshop for your group.  

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Individual Consultations

The Peer Leadership Consultants offer individualized consultations to help SDSU students get involved within the SDSU community. The consultations are geared toward students that want to get involved, but don’t know where to start. With specialized training in student involvement, PLC’s will help students find organizations, volunteer opportunities, and leadership experiences that interest the student. You can find the Peer Leadership Consultants in the Student Life & Leadership office, Aztec Student Union, room 210.

Student Organization Consultation

The Peer Leadership Consultants will sit down with individual students or entire student organization executive boards to discuss organizational goals, provide institutional resources, assess the health of your student organization, offer involvement opportunities, or just help brainstorm ideas on a particular topic. Peer Leadership Consultants have been trained to offer guidance on a number of issues including:

  • Goal setting for your organization
  • Successful event planning
  • Motivating your members
  • Team building activities
  • Communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution
  • Officer transition

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer PLC?

Volunteer PLCs are trained to give leadership and service workshops to different student organizations and groups on campus.  Volunteers are asked to present a minimum of ten (10) workshops per semester. 

If you are interested in the next recruitment cycle, please email Chelsea Winer at cwiner@sdsu.edu to have your name added to be alerted for when applications will next be available.

Who are Peer Leadership Consultants?

Peer Leadership Consultants are SDSU student leaders who engage the campus in peer education. Consultants are trained and given the resources needed to facilitate leadership workshops and team building programs that are customized to meet the needs of student organizations and other on-campus student groups.

Many PLCs are recipients of the Rising Star Scholarship and the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) Leadership Scholarship.

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Meet the Peer Leadership Consultants:


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Francisco “Panchito”

Hello everyone! I was born and raised in Barrio Logan, a historic neighborhood in San Diego, and am currently studying philosophy and working towards both the SDSU Leadership Minor and the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have been awarded the Vice President for Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship from Student Life & Leadership, the Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Emerging Leader Award from the Dean of Students. On campus, I look forward to working with Gates to Success and help first-generation college students achieve success. Off campus, I work for Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) where we prepare students to enroll and succeed in college so that they may use their higher education to transform their community. Thanks to BLCI and San Diego State University I have access to a quality education, and it is my goal to see that for the rest of the world.

"You can't lead the people if you don't love the people. You can't save the people if you don't serve the people." -Dr. Cornel West


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Liana

Hi everyone! I am an Industrial/Organizational Psychology major with a double minor in Leadership and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. I am a Peer Leadership Consultant in Student Life & Leadership and the Vice President of Member Experience for Alpha Gamma Delta. I am also involved in Active Minds and SISSTER (sororities invested in survivor support training and ending rape culture). Off campus, I am a volleyball coach for the youth in my community and I am actively involved in different forms of community service, mainly including beach cleanups and working at a crisis and intervention hotline.

"Who I am, what I do, and how I do it makes a difference?" - James M. Kouzes


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Shannon

Hi everyone! I am proud to be a third year, majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings & Events and minors in Leadership and Honors Disciplinary Studies. On campus, I am currently the Vice President of Public Relations for the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Fundraising Chair for the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality. This summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona and I look forward to incorporating my newfound global perspective into my on and off-campus experiences.

“Good leaders must first become good servants.” - Robert K. Greenleaf


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Kate

Major: Television, Film, and New Media

Minor: Leadership Development

Hey, Y’all! I am a current junior going into my third year as a Peer Leadership Consultant. On-campus, I have gotten involved as an SDSU Ambassador, am the Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and am in many honor societies. Off- campus, I am the founder of Literacy: Opening Doors for Life. This ongoing program creates Book Bundles for underprivileged children in the foster care system in Dallas, Texas. I bring my love of service to San Diego as well and have enjoyed serving with the people at Urban Angel’s food kitchen.

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller


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Mariana

Major: Journalism Media Studies

Minor: Leadership 

On-Campus Involvement: Digital Media Assistant at the SDSU Housing Office, Peer Leadership Consultant. This year I am thinking about joining Associated Students and The American Marketing Association. 

Off-Campus Involvement: Volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank, Urban Angels, and local high schools.

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." - John C. Maxwell


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Hanna

Hello! I am pursuing a double major in Television, Film and New Media Production and Advertising along with a minor in Leadership Development. I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Vice President of Student Affairs leadership scholarship. In addition to being a Peer Leadership Consultant through Student Life & Leadership, I am involved in Film Society and Kappa Delta sorority. I look forward to spending more time on film sets and the KPBS television station. Off campus, I plan to seek an intern position with a local film production company in order to better educate myself in my field of study. I am excited to grow my leadership capabilities at SDSU in my sophomore year. 

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” - Warren G. Bennis


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Katrina

Hello SDSU! I am a second year with an undeclared major and a double minor in leadership and honors interdisciplinary studies. I have a strong interest in science and mathematics and will likely pursue a biochemistry major. I am proud to be a recipient of the Vice President for Student Affairs Leadership Scholarship and I am excited to continue my journey as a Peer Leadership Consultant, and also as a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. I look forward to taking on the role of a Justice on the Judicial Affairs Council in Associated Students, as well as further strengthening my leadership skills, building strong relationships, and helping others.

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” -Oprah Winfrey 


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Eva 

Hello! I am a first year student pursuing a degree in Constructional Engineering and hoping to add a second major in International Business. I am looking forward to getting involved in many clubs SDSU has to offer, especially Engineers without Borders! In high school I was active in Rotary and participated in many community service projects. I was a math tutor for many of my peers. 

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy


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Bryan 

Hello everyone! I am a first-year undergraduate student pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Leadership. I am looking forward to getting involved with many organizations and clubs at SDSU which are motivated with giving back to not only SDSU, but also our communities around San Diego. Before graduating high school, I was part of an organization called Barrio Logan College Institute, or BLCI, which helped low-income first-generation students pursue a college career. At BLCI, I was president of Circulo de Hombres where I helped young men break the stereotypes of masculinity. I was also a member of the CEO- Leadership Council at BLCI where I learned the importance of a good and well-rounded leader. Now as an alumnus of BLCI, I volunteer in many ways to provide support and encouragement towards the next first-generation students.  

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy


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Alyssa

Hi everyone! I am a first-year majoring in biology with a focus in pre-medicine. I am pursuing both the SDSU Leadership Minor and the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary studies. I am from Fairbanks, Alaska where I served on the Alaska Association of Student Government Executive Board as secretary. I have also participated in a foreign exchange program to Chile where I lived with a host family and attended a local school. At SDSU, I hope to continue my involvement in student government and travel abroad as well as participate in community service projects to better involve myself in the San Diego community. Eventually, I hope to become a doctor and, with the help of the leadership minor, own my own practice.

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others, as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” – Thomas J. Watson.


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Oluwatomisin (Tomi)

Hello SDSU! I am a graduating senior majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy and minoring in Cultural Proficiency. Some of my campus involvement includes Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated: Lambda Iota Chapter, Associated Students Board of Directors Student at Large, Aztec Shops Student Board of Director, and former representative for the College of Health and Humans Services. I also am a Rising Star Scholar, and serve as a Harambee Scholars Mentor, Educational Opportunities Program Outreach Specialist, and TRIO Student Peer Mentor. I aspire to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in Acute Care or Orthopedics to serve my community and individuals in need of urgent care. I strive to establish meaningful relationships, gain valuable life experience, and continue to take advantage of leadership opportunities.

“Success is to be measure not so much by the position that one has reached in life a by a by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. “– Booker T. Washington


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Blanca

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Biology, Child & Family Development and Public Health 

Campus Involvement: EOP Student Advisory Board (ESAB), Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, Child and Family Development Student Organization, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Women in Science Society

Off-Campus Involvement: Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego, Aztec Unity Project

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Gandhi


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Jezyle

Hi! I am a graduating senior with a major in Communication and a double minor in Cultural Proficiency & Leadership Development. On campus, I am currently involved with Alliance 4 Commuter Involvement, Commuter Student Board, a Leadership Minor Peer Advisor, a Sophomore Surge Mentor, a Career Peer in Career Services, and a committee member in AAPIphany. I am also a Rising Star Scholarship recipient and serve as a Research Apprenticeship Program under the Communication department. Off campus, I work on a cultural passion project called The Filipino American Woman, as well as Propel Women at Eastlake Church. In the past I have contributed to my community by tutoring at risk children and have volunteered with Special Olympics through the Aztec Unity Project. I have also mentored incoming freshman students through the Commuter Life Academic Mentoring program, and have volunteered at Aztec Nights events. 

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” - Brené Brown


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Adoril

Hi everyone! I’m a fifth-year undergraduate student studying business administration: information systems, psychology: industrial and organizational psychology, and Spanish (minor). This is my third year serving as a Peer Leadership Consultant. I am also a peer adviser at the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office. Lastly, I am a research assistant at the Body Image, Sexuality, and Health Lab, where I have researched the role of minority stress on body dysmorphic disorder symptoms among sexual minority males. Upon graduation, I aspire to enter a Ph.D. program in the field of industrial and organizational psychology, where I will study the role of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” - Jim Rohn


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Manuel

Hello SDSU! I am a Senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. I am a transfer student from San Diego Mesa College and I am working towards completing the Leadership Certificate. I have started several clubs, served in different officer roles, helped start a community garden, volunteered in the community, and mentored incoming freshmen throughout my college career. I was chosen to be the recipient of prestigious awards such as The President's Award for Academic Success and Service and the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. I was also chosen to be a scholar in the joint SDSU/UCSD Summer Enrichment Program to do research in cancer disparities and the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program which helps send students straight to PhD programs after finishing their undergraduate career. I am currently doing research in the BISH Lab on body image disorders in sexual minority males and females and I am a member of Psi Chi the Honor Society for Psychology and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science. My future goals are to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology immediately after completing my Bachelor's Degree. 

"Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult"- Warren Bennis


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Chidera

Hey SDSU! I am a senior majoring in Health Communications, with a minor in Cultural Proficiency. This past year I served as Secretary for an organization called “Campus Curlz”, and am currently the event coordinator. Campus Curlz is a service based, all-inclusive natural hair organization that brings knowledge to hair of the kinkier texture. I also serve as an executive member and choreographer on our African dance team called Afrique. We consistently work with both on and off campus organizations, hosting fundraisers and different profitable dance classes throughout the community. In addition, I helped to start the Cultural Proficiency minor, and serve on the PR marketing team for the minor committee on campus. Lastly, I served on the Aztec Student Union Board, where I helped plan various student activities. 

Off campus I maintain 3 part time jobs and work at SDSU’s EOP front office. I also intern with the non-profit organization African Focus LA. In the future, I hope to be doing more work and research in the Health Communications field in hopes of becoming a practitioner for influential companies such as the Center for Diseases Control. 

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” - Maya Angelou


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Mariel

Hello everyone! I am going into my fifth year at SDSU and second year as a PLC! I was born in Atlanta, GA but came out to San Diego back in 2014 for college and can definitely say that San Diego has my heart. I am an Interdisciplinary Studies major with an emphasis in ISCOR, Psychology, and Counseling & Social Change with a minor in Leadership. During the past four years I have been involved with everything from Fraternity and Sorority Life, to various event planning committees, to working in multiple roles within the Student Life & Leadership office. Off campus, I have volunteered with the LA Regional Food Bank, the Surfrider Foundation, and Friends of Cats. This coming year, I plan on volunteering with Our Safe Place San Diego and the San Diego LGBT Center. I am looking forward to all this year has in store including graduation in May 2019!

"Leadership is not about popularity. It is about doing what is right." - Laura Bush


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Noah 

Major: Political Science

Minor: Leadership

On-Campus Involvement: Greek Life, Peer Leadership Consultants

“Don’t pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.” –JFK


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Alle

Hello SDSU! I am a 4th year Hospitality and Tourism Management major with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. I am very passionate about my major and am so honored to be able to serve our Meetings and Events Student Association Board as President this upcoming year! I am looking forward to volunteering in my final year as a Peer Leadership Consultant! I am also an SDSU Ambassador and will be welcoming our new incoming/potential students through orientation and campus tours throughout the year. Outside of school I volunteer for industry associations such as the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Meeting Planners International (MPI) as well as other industry related events.

“There are three types of people in this world. First, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, ‘what just happened?’” - Steve Backley


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Lauryn

Hello SDSU! I am a graduating senior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus I am a Harambee Scholars Mentor, the Vice President of Campus Curlz, a Member Services Representative for the Aquaplex, and a member of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. Off campus I serve as a volunteer and tutor for the International Rescue Committee, tutoring refugee students at Hoover and Crawford High School. I’ve also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, North Elementary, and the Division Church of Christ. In the future I will be continuing my education to obtain a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. I aspire to enhance the lives of those who suffer from communicative impairments and I want to continue to inspire young minds to compete to be the best version of themselves. 

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration.” 

-Robin Sharma


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Sabina

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments; Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling/Social Change

Minor: Spanish

On-Campus Involvement: Alpha Pi Sigma, Commuter Life, Student Life & Leadership

Off-campus Involvement: Hannah's House and Employee's Rights Center

"A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” - Arnold H. Glasow


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Raechel

I am a Junior currently majoring in Business Management with a minor in Philosophy. I am involved in many different organizations on campus, looking to make a BIG difference. I have volunteered at the humane society my freshman year, and am always looking for more community service opportunities. 

"People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude" - John Maxwell


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Nancy

Hi SDSU! I am a first-generation college student studying Sociology and Public Administration. I presented global policy recommendations to senior diplomats as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, published policy reports on refugee integration and gender equality as an Advocacy and Legislative Co-Chair with the United Nations Association-USA, San Diego, and consolidated data on all senate foreign policy/national security bills as a Legislative Intern for Senator Kamala D. Harris in the Washington D.C. office. I also spent time in the Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda, conducting emergency response for Congolese refugees under an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I aspire to enter a career in humanitarian aid. While I am not pushing for social and political change, I spend my time sight-seeing, reading, running, hiking, gyming, and trying new foods. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -- Margaret Mead. 


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Krystal

Greetings Everyone! My name is Krystal and I am a first-year undergrad at San Diego State University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Leadership. At SDSU, I'm looking forward to meeting new people and becoming a part of many leadership organizations. Before graduating from high school, I was involved in Circulo De Mujeres, which is a safe space for women of color to express themselves, I also created a camp called Passion C.A.M.P., which helps incoming high school freshmen plan their career and to find their passions. Furthermore, I interned at Hewlett- Packard which allowed me to explore designing and 3-D printing. In addition, I have been a part of the Barrio Logan College Institute and currently working as an assistant for the college readiness director. I hope to inspire and motivate the SDSU community and encourage all to give back to their community. 

"Feet, what do I need them for when I have wings to fly?" -Frida Kahlo

 



Interested in Joining?

Are you interested in joining the Peer Leadership Consultant team? Contact Chelsea Winer at cwiner@sdsu.edu to inquire about the application process.

Please visit the Student Life & Leadership office in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, room 210.