Student Advisor Applications Open

**The Student Advisor Application for 2019-2020 is now closed**

The Arizona Department of Education is seeking students to serve on its African American and Latinx Advisory Councils.

The 2 African American Student Advisors and 2 Latinx Student Advisors will represent their respective communities from the state’s colleges and high schools. They will hold the full rights granted to all members of the Arizona Department of Education Latinx and African American Advisory Council members and voting privileges.

The Latinx and African American Advisory Councils are made up of community members from across Arizona and the Arizona Department of Education. The Advisory Councils discuss issues important to their respective communities and advise the Superintendent and the Department of Education about its policies and procedures. The Councils also pull together experts and other stakeholders to advance their own priorities and goals.

The student advisors will be full members of the Council, serving a one-year term, with an equal voice and vote. The student advisors will share the perspective and experiences of students in their community with the Superintendent and will influence the Council’s policies and initiatives, which have statewide impact. The representative will also have the opportunity to connect the work of the Council and the Department of Education to their community.


Each university applicant must be a currently enrolled, full-time student in a college or university in Arizona with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for graduate students.  Each high school student applicant also must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. All applicants must live in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Education recognizes that there may be extenuating circumstances that may have resulted in a cumulative GPA lower than the minimum GPA listed above (for example, multiple school transitions, out on medical leave, etc.). If you feel this applicable to your circumstance, please attach an exception letter explaining your circumstance along with a letter of support from a teacher and/or employer confirming the circumstance.

One student from a college/university and one student from a high school in Arizona will be chosen for each council. The Student Advisors will be selected by a subcommittee with representatives from the councils. The four students will serve from September 1, 2019 to July 2, 2020.

Important Dates:
  • June 4, 2019: Application Available
  • July 29, 2019: Applications Due at 5 PM
  • August 5-9,2019: Student Interviews Conducted
  • August 21, 2019: Student Advisors Selected

More Information:

Student Advisors will help ADE meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. Below are some relevant requirements:

  • Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America’s disadvantaged and high-need students.
  • Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
  • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students’ progress toward those high standards.
  • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
  • Sustains and expands this administration’s historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
  • Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.

Further opportunities for student advisor positions on additional councils will be announced at a later date.