Southeastern’s Student Council offers leadership development and experiential learning opportunities for students interested in history, law, politics and government. Participation in Student Council is open to all students. Students are selected for the activities below through peer and teacher nominations.
State Student Advisory Council
The State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is a group of students elected by their peers from schools throughout Massachusetts who are helping make decisions about state educational policy and student rights. SSAC is composed of five Regional Councils and the State Council. The SSAC serves as a communication network to share educational information among all students. The student Chairperson of the State SAC serves as a full voting member of the Massachusetts Board of Education. Southeastern participates in the Southeast Regional Student Advisory Council (SERSAC), which meets in October, December, February, April and May. Typically, two juniors from Southeastern attend this meeting at Bridgewater-Raynham. Visit the Massachusetts Student Avisory Council website here.
The MASC Officershop is a day-long conference in October designed to train Student Council Officers in their positions and teach students valuable leadership skills. Delegates will attend general sessions and two workshops where they will work with fellow officers from across the Commonwealth. Southeastern typically sends three Sophomore/Junior students to this workshop. Visit the MASC Officershop website here.
Bridgewater State University Model U.S. Senate for High School Students
As part of a service learning component of a course on the U.S. Senate offered by the Department of Political Science, high school students are educated about Senate procedure, power, and policy making by BSU undergraduates (with substantial faculty oversight). High school students are expected to select a senator from the U.S. Senate who they would like to role-play. In addition, they will research that senator’s policy preferences, voting behavior, and constituency/state characteristics. During the one day event on the BSU campus, high school students will role play as their senators by participating in floor debates, committee hearings, and party caucuses. A keynote address will be delivered at the awards banquet by a member of either the Massachusetts State Legislature or the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. You can visit the national HOBY website here or the Massachusetts HOBY website here.
The Massachusetts chapter of HOBY provides opportunities to young people through several programs. The largest program is its Leadership Seminar for high school sophomores. This three-day gathering in the spring is hosted by a Massachusetts college or university. Each public and private high school in Massachusetts is eligible to register a student who will have opportunities to meet distinguished leaders, develop leadership skills, participate in community service, and meet fellow students from across the state. Southeastern typically nominates a sophomore student to participate in this program.
Student Government Day
In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a program called Student Government Day, which is traditionally held on a Friday in April. This is an informative program about state government that includes students participating in the role of elected or appointed officials to “observe the processes of government.” The program provides educators and students from Massachusetts’s public and private high schools with many opportunities to learn first-hand about state government. It further enables students to participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and formal House and Senate sessions. Southeastern typically sends two Junior students to this event. Visit the Student Government Day website here.
Boys State/Girls State
Boys State and Girls State are parallel programs run by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. Participants from across Massachusetts form and run mock governments during this week-long experiential learning opportunity. The program takes place at Stonehill College in North Easton in June.