CSSA Mission Statement
CSSA is a central point of information. CSSA was founded to address the various aspects of student life, which includes both personal and professional development, information resources, social outlets, as well as a voice for student concerns.
"The Chicago School Student Association (CSSA) exists to meet the needs and serve the interests of all students at The Chicago School. CSSA strives to fulfill its mission by addressing various aspects of student life, including personal/professional development, information resources, social outlets, and a voice for student concerns. Cooperation, collaboration and communication form the foundation of CSSA that encourages and supports an open student environment. Recognizing that student needs and interests as psychologists in training go beyond the academic environment, CSSA hopes to enhance the student experience by providing opportunities for personal and professional development and social interaction."
Structure and Purpose
The structure devised by the student body provides for the election of six students in April from the Chicago Campus. The term of office is for one year. Representatives' formal roles and responsibilities are to:
- Provide a forum through which students may establish policies concerning student governance at the school;
- Establish policies and methods of disbursing student activity fees in a just and equitable manner;
- Supervise the election and appointment of student representatives;
- Disseminate information to students concerning the status of the school and the Student Association;
- Recommend student representatives to appropriate academic and administrative committees of the school and to The Chicago School Board of Trustees;
- Represent the student body as a member of the National Student Organization of Professional Schools of Psychology, and;
- Facilitate a dialogue between faculty, administration, and the students and act as advocates for student concerns to faculty and administration.
CSSA members meet regularly with their advisor to communicate student concerns and suggestions, and to seek resolution to student problems.
The Director of Student Affairs (Shea Wolfe) acts as the liaison between the administration of The Chicago School and CSSA. Regular communication between students and administration may also occur several times a year at open forum meetings to discuss major issues, recent policy changes, or other matters of interest; all attendees are free to raise issues for discussion.