First Year Council


The First Year Council (FYC) is a small group of First Year Students who demonstrate early potential for campus leadership. Interested students are encouraged to apply during their first semester at Pitt. Selected applicants will be interviewed and extended offers to join FYC.

FYC is chaired by the Chief of Staff as well as the Vice President & Chief of Cabinet. Under their leadership, FYC learns and refines leadership skills such as public speaking, time management, and effective leadership. While developing their leadership skills, FYC members also join one of SGB’s Conditional Committees (Wellness; Community & Governmental Relations; Facilities, Technology, & Transportation; and Academic Affairs), where they immerse themselves in the work of the committee.

A primary function of FYC is benchmarking – taking projects SGB would like to work on and performing research on how other Universities handle similar situations. FYC members frequently collaborate directly with the President and board members for ongoing projects. During the second semester, the FYC also selects an initiative to work on as a group, generally one impacting first year students directly.

2017-2018 First Year Council

  • Ashima Agarwal
  • Alex Curtis
  • Sophia Felix
  • Eric Macadangdang
  • Erin O'Rourke
  • Shoshanna Stone
  • Victoria Tappen
  • Caroline Unger

The 2017-2018 First Year Council is chaired by Chief of Staff Derek Arnold ( and VP & Chief of Cabinet Krishani Patel (