Student members of the Regional Leadership Team serve as a student voice and work with the team to boost student engagement and programming activities. Volunteers in this role gain opportunities for mentorship and professional development through creative thinking, communication, leadership, and collaboration skills. 

Reporting to the regional director, for a one-year term, student members are responsible for:

  • Serving as the chair of any regional student advisory committees, networks, or other student groups.
  • Working directly with the student involvement coordinator in the engagement of student members.
  • Developing strategies for building a strong student network and recruiting more student participation in the region.
  • Facilitating communication between the Regional Leadership Team and student members.
  • Serving as the official student voice and resource in Regional Leadership Team business.
  • Organizing and facilitating a meeting for students (undergraduate or graduate) at the Regional Conference.
  • Serving as a member of the volunteer selection committee(s), as appropriate.
  • Developing a personal development plan that highlights desired learning outcomes while holding this position.

This is a regional leading volunteer position, ideal for those interested in determining and advancing strategic directions, governing over long-term goals, representing the association to other members, and setting the tone for member experiences.

Applications for this role are now open in several regions. Check out the application section below or your region’s webpage for more details.

All Regional Leadership Team members are also responsible for:

  • Participating in scheduled Regional Leadership Team meetings during the year. These typically include monthly conference calls; a face-to-face meeting at the regional conference; and a second face-to-face meeting at a time determined by the team.
  • Acting as a resource person for the region and campus organizations.
  • Inspiring student involvement in regional and ACUI events and opportunities.
  • Developing proposal for an educational session at the regional conference.
  • Supporting efforts in the region to raise funds for scholarships and corporate partnerships.
  • Training and coordinating shadowing for in-coming volunteer in all processes and procedures related to their role.

Direct expenses for conducting association or regional business for meetings are covered by the association. However, positions requiring the volunteer to travel and be registered for conferences and events,is a commitment of the volunteer’s institution.

Given current realities regarding potential current and future travel restrictions, members interested in this volunteer opportunity should still apply, and we will be flexible with accommodations and exceptions on a case-by-case basis, as necessary.

All regions are seeking applications for this position.

The written application will ask you to:

  • Provide your name, institution, and contact information
  • Describe your relevant professional experience, ACUI volunteer experience, other professional/community volunteer experience, and/or educational background
  • Select which volunteer opportunities you are interested in
  • Upload a signed Institutional Support Form [pdf], as this position requires travel, financial support to register for event(s), and/or significant out-of-office time

Note: The application process is updated this year through our new membership platform—which means applications can autofill with your profile information, be saved as pending for edits until you officially submit, and be stored for your future access. In order to submit an application, you will need to create an account login, if you don’t already have one.

To discuss volunteering with your institution to ensure that they are supportive of your involvement, download these About Volunteer with ACUI talking points [pdf] to share additional information about what it means to be a volunteer.

A screening committee made up of the volunteer team leader, the regional membership experience coordinator, and other related volunteers will review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations for selections.

Volunteers involved in this opportunity will enhance their skill sets in the areas below. Learn more about the ACUI core competencies for the profession.

Organizational Leadership

  • Awareness of Self
  • Collaboration and Partnerships


  • Goal Setting
  • Establishing Priorities

Student Learning

  • Application of Theory to Practice
  • Knowledge of Student Development Theory

Social Justice

  • Advocacy
  • Understanding of Self

At the time of application, individuals must be: a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student who is not a full-time employee at the institution; involved in a college union/student activities department; not set to graduate the upcoming May or August; and committed to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term.

Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. 

Regional leading volunteer positions require a commitment of two years, except for student positions which have a one-year term. Over the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate at least 4 hours of conference call and project work per month, in addition to attending in-person Regional Leadership Team meetings.