Regional Summits provide the tools, techniques, and tactics needed for student veterans to manage a successful and sustainable student organization.
Need help accessing your Summit? Call us at 202-552-0118.
The definitive experience for planning and building a word class SVA Chapter.
NEW for 2020:
• 100% virtual, immersive experience.
• No cost to attend and no travel required.
• Live content streamed from around the country.
• All participants will receive an exclusive SVA t-shirt and lapel pin.
This training is recommended for all current, recently-elected, and prospective chapter leaders.
Chapter operations and sustainability are incredibly important as our country continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Regional Summit curriculum has been updated and expanded to help you make the most of virtual engagement opportunities this school year.
Chapter leaders are admitted on a rolling basis. Please encourage every leader of your chapter to apply.
Participation & Eligibility
If you have a question that is not addressed below, please reach out to our team at [email protected]
What is the difference between the Regional Summit and the Leadership Institute?
The Regional Summit was created to provide Chapter Leaders with the tools, techniques, and tactics to develop a successful and sustainable chapter. It is meant for established as well as new chapters. The Leadership Institute takes Chapter Leaders through a personal leadership experience, apart from their chapter.
Where can I get a copy of the Chapter Guide or Summit Guide?
The Chapter Guide is downloadable on our website at studentveterans.org, by selecting “Chapters.” The Summit Guide can be found on the Summit web page at summits.studentveterans.org. Both will always be available and updated annually.
Do I need the Summit Guide?
While not required to participate in your Regional Summit, the Summit Guide follows along the first day’s curriculum and provides a place to jot down ideas, provides tips for new chapters, and outlines the “assignments” that you’ll be given.
What time does the summit start?
The Summit on September 19-20 begins at 8:30 am Pacific Time, or 9:30 am Mountain Time. The Summit on September 26-27 begins at 8:30 am Central Time, or 9:30 am Eastern Time.
Will I be able to ask questions during the webinar?
Yes, you can use the chat function throughout the presentation and during the 15-minute Q&A portion of the session. The presenters may not be able to get to each and every question, but we will have a list of the questions asked over both weekends with their answers turned into frequently asked questions on our website at studentveterans.org/chapters. These will be available around the first week of October. Our communications team will send a link to these questions and answers following the Summit to all participants.
Will I be able to talk to other Chapter Leaders during the Summit?
We are presenting this Summit via Zoom Webinar, which does not allow for participant engagement outside of the chat function. However, from 4pm (pacific time or central time, depending on their Summit) to 5pm, we are hosting a Virtual Happy Hour where you will be able to engage with neighboring Chapter Leaders using both audio and video functions.
What if I can’t make it to the Summit I registered for?
If you live in the Pacific or Mountain time zones and miss your Summit, you can contact our team at [email protected] to register for the other Summit weekend. Keep in mind, however, that weekend two begins at 8:30 am Central Time. If you are unable to make either weekend, you can view the Summit video accessible in early October at summits.studentveterans.org.
How do I follow-up with instructors after the Summit?
Each of the presenters is on the National Headquarters staff, and so their contact information is available on our website at studentveterans.org/about/the-team. Their contact is also available in the Summit Guide, which can be found on the Summit website at summits.studentveterans.org.
Will I be able to view the Summit later?
Yes, the Summit will be recorded and may be accessed by visiting our Summit website at summits.studentveterans.org. Our communications team will send a link to Summit Recordings following the Summit to all participants.
Will future Summits be done virtually?
We are always looking for ways to deliver effective programming to our chapters. Due to Covid-19 we’ve had the opportunity to explore virtual options for our programming and events. We certainly don’t know what the future of in-person events looks like but are now building a stronger base for flexible program delivery that can reach a broader audience.
Is the training live with a real instructor?
The curriculum sessions are prerecorded, but the instructors will be with you the entire time to answer questions as well as follow the pre-recorded content with a live Q&A session. This way, we can better engage with you to make sure that as many questions as possible are answered during the Summit.
What equipment do I need to attend the virtual Summit? Can I Use Bluetooth Headset?
You will only need a computer or smart phone with internet access. As long as your Bluetooth device is compatible with the computer or mobile device that you are using, you can use a Bluetooth Headset.
Will I receive anything for completing the Summit?
We recognize the amount of time and effort it takes to engage as a Chapter Leaders, and always like to thank you for your participation in these development programs. After the Summit, you will be mailed separately an SVA Regional Summit t-shirt and a letter from Jared Lyon, National President and CEO of SVA with an official SVA lapel pin. Make sure your mailing address on your registration is correct so these get delivered to the right place.
How do I join a Zoom meeting?
You can join a meeting by clicking the meeting link or going to join.zoom.us and entering in the meeting ID. This information was provided in an email to you following your completed registration. If you did not complete your registration, you will need to do that before joining your Summit.
Do I have to have a webcam to join on Zoom?
While you are not required to have a webcam to join a Zoom Meeting or Webinar, you will not be able to transmit video of yourself. You will be able to watch others, listen, and use the chat function, however.
How do I join computer/device audio?
On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio setting.
How do I contact Zoom for technical support
Visit zoom.us/support to find answers to frequent technical issues or to engage with the Zoom chatbot.