Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee (SSAC)
Amplifying Student Voice & Encouraging Collaboration
Downey Unified Superintendent, Dr. John Garcia believes that elevating student voices is critical in shaping conversations about education and creating positive impacts in the lives of our students. In the fall of 2021, he created the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee (also known as the SSAC) for this important purpose.
The goal of this committee is to bring high school students together to share feedback, experiences, and viewpoints on a variety of issues taking place in their schools, throughout the district, and within the community. Each meeting empowers our students and administrators to work together on how to best communicate with our student bodies and address topics that most impact students’ day-to-day lives. The SSAC’s ultimate mission is to help ensure equity, enhance the quality of public education, and support the well-being and achievements of all 22,000 students in Downey Unified.
Make An Impact
The SSAC is comprised of students in the 10th through 12th grades, representing four DUSD schools: Columbus High, Downey High, Downey Unified Virtual Academy, and Warren High.
Each year, new students are selected to join returning SSAC members based on an application packet that reflects the student’s aptitude for collaborating with their peers, an affinity for discussing different perspectives on school matters and providing their input, as well as their interest in taking part in a thoughtful process resulting in amplifying student voices at the district level.
Who Can Apply
If you are interested in contributing to the mission of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, please review the application process and requirements found in next year’s recruitment page. If you have questions, you may contact StudentAdvisory@dusd.net.
*Meeting Attendance & Participation Requirements
Due to the advisory nature of the SSAC and the topics that are discussed, it is of utmost importance that ALL members attend ALL scheduled meetings and stay in communication about their attendance with the SSAC staff. Meetings will be held after-school on a monthly basis. Student members are expected to attend as well as participate in each meeting.
April 21, 2023 – Application and Reference Forms open online
May 12, 2023 – Deadline to Submit
May 25, 2023 – SSAC’s Last Meeting of 2022-23 (Incoming members invited to attend, OPTIONAL)
End of May, 2023 – Acceptance Emails Sent
Aug. 17 or 24, 2023 – Fist Meeting of the 2023-24 school year
2023-24 Meeting Schedule
The SSAC meets in person every third Thursday of the month, between August and May, at the Downey Unified District Office from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Messages from our SSAC Members:
“My advice to future SSAC members would be to not be afraid to share your thoughts. Everyone on the Committee is more than willing to hear your concerns and questions. So, embrace what you have to say every step of the way.”
“My favorite part of my SSAC experience is being united with others across [Downey Unified] with the common goal of improving the district.”
“My advice to future SSAC members would be to advocate for what you think is important! Our staff, admin, and district are more than willing to listen with open minds and ears, and they care deeply about making [Downey Unified] better!”