Student Leaders Attend National Advocacy Conference in Nashville

by Alana J. Mauger

A delegation of three student leaders from Montgomery County Community College recently returned from Nashville, Tenn., where they spent three days discussing critical student issues at the American Student Association of Community Colleges’ (ASACC) National Leadership, Citizenship and Advocacy Conference.

The College’s representatives included Christine Chiodo, of Glenside, Central Campus Student Government Association (SGA) President; Danielle Kennel, of Pottstown, West Campus SGA Vice President; and Arthur Mongrande, of Bridgeport, Central Campus SGA Vice President. They were accompanied by the College’s Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Chris Coia.

“Going to ASACC was such an amazing experience. I was able to collaborate with other student leaders and share information about how we lead, what has been successful, and what hasn’t,” shared Chiodo, a sophomore psychology major. “It was empowering to be in this environment with such passionate people, and I plan on bringing that feeling back to MCCC’s campus.”

In addition to participating in discussions with 150 other community colleges students from across the country, Chiodo, Kennel and Mongrande earned student leader certifications in ASACC’s L.E.A.P.S. program (leadership, education, advocacy, planning and service).

“AASAC gave us an opportunity to see the systematic methods of an organization dedicated to making changes in the world of community colleges in America,” said Mongrande, a sophomore psychology major. “By simulating ethical dilemmas, conflicts and collaborative projects, we were able to get hands on practice to prepare us for challenging situations that may arise.”

For more information about ASACC, visit www.asacc.org.

Arthur Mongrande, Christine Chiodo and Danielle Kennel are pictured with ASACC President Daniel Marold. Photo by Chris Coia

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