Student Leadership

NEC has numerous leadership roles on campus, including Student Leadership Council, Student Senate, Penguin Editors, and PALs (Peer Advisor Leaders).

Through these opportunities, students have the chance to gain some leadership experience and be involved in the community in unique ways: guiding our incoming students through their first semester; serving on a committee to determine curriculum choices that have an impact on the entire student body; being the written voice of our peers; and even helping enforce campus policies. Student leadership opportunities are a great way to get involved with NEC outside of the classroom and rehearsal hall. 

Student Leadership Council


We are dedicated to serving the student body by soliciting and acting upon student needs and concerns.


The purpose of the Student Leadership Council (SLC) is to enrich the student experience, encourage student involvement, and promote the common interests and general welfare of the student body. Members of the SLC are ambassadors serving as a liaison between the student body and NEC’s administration. Regular meetings aim to cultivate the leadership potential of all our members and offer a unique platform for idea-sharing and engagement with senior administration.

SLC Membership

Members of the SLC include students who applied to be on the SLC or were nominated by SLC members or NEC faculty. The SLC consists of roughly 15 members and includes undergraduate and graduate students and up to two alumni. The SLC members represent a wide range of majors, class years, club/organization affiliations, and identities. The SLC through its membership aims to promote discussions that are representative of the needs of the entire NEC student body. To contact the SLC email:

Summer 2020 SLC members:

Brittany Bryant, Catherine "Cate" Byrne, Theodora Nestorva, Parker Olson, Petur Ulfarsson, Sami Watts, Litha Wilson, Nikki Naghavi, Olivia Becker, Yifei Zhou, Riley Vogel, Emma Burge, Grant Houston, Sebastian Ortega, Jameson Wells

Member Responsibilities

  • Attend SLC meetings (bi-weekly summer 2020)
  • Take turns recording meeting minutes and then facilitating the subsequent meeting 
  • Represent student body by promoting interests and concerns to the administration
  • Participate in special assignments, including student input in college-wide discussions, appointments to special committees, and senior leadership and board of trustee meetings and presentations as needed
  • Provide feedback to the administration on decisions affecting matters of importance to students
  • Meet with the members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLC) once a semester

Summer 2020 Meeting Dates

  • June 2 at 8pm (zoom meeting)
  • June 16 at 8pm (zoom meeting)
  • June 30 at 8pm (zoom meeting)
  • July 14 at 8pm (zoom meeting)
  • July 28 at 8pm (zoom meeting)
  • August 11 at 8pm (zoom meeting)


Student Senate

Serving as a Student Senator is an excellent learning and leadership opportunity, and a chance to have a real voice in the NEC Community. Senators represent the student body by serving on one of three committees: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee, and Disciplinary Committee. Those who are interested in becoming a Student Senator apply to do so via an application process each spring semester through the Office of Student Services. Applications for the 2020-2021 year are due by email to Rebecca Teeters ( by 5:00pm on Friday, May 1.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

The UCC meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss new course proposals and potential changes to the undergraduate curriculum. Learn more & apply here

The Graduate Curriculum Committee

The GCC meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss new course proposals and potential changes to the undergraduate curriculum. Learn more & apply here

The Disciplinary Committee

The Disciplinary Committee meets on an as-needed basis to determine if a violation of NEC disciplinary code has occurred, and if so, how to resolve the matter. Learn more & apply here

PALs (Peer Advisor Leaders)

PALs play a vital role in welcoming new students to NEC and preparing them for a successful year. PALs are the first people new students come in contact with over the summer. They are also often the first faces that new students and parents meet when they arrive at NEC. They assist with NEC's busy Orientation week, running events and encouraging students to create friendships, get to know NEC and Boston, and attend social events. For more information about how to become a PAL, contact your Academic Advisor ( or

PAL (Peer Advisor Leader)

PALs commit to being a friend and guide for new students for an entire semester and helping them to adjust to college life and Boston. The position allows returning students the opportunity to meet and engage with new students and help shape their experience at NEC and in Boston. It also provides PALs with valuable and rewarding teamwork and leadership experience. Learn more & apply here

Penguin Editor (or Co-Editors)

The Penguin is NECs student-run monthly newspaper, featuring timely articles, interviews, tips, concert reviews, short fiction, poetry, cartoons, photos, restaurant reviews, and shout-outs. Love to write? Love the Penguin? Looking for a way to make a difference in the NEC community? Check out the Penguin for more information!