Retail Studies Student Association

Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA)

Once accepted to the Retail Studies Program, students automatically become members of the Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA), a student-run organization with a governing executive board made up of

students and committees responsible for mentoring, mission outreach, marketing, recruiting, newsletter, corporate liaisons and fundraising. RSSA provides students with many industry networking, scholarship, social and leadership opportunities and experiences. 


RSSA Experiences

RSSA supports Santa Clara University’s overall mission to teach conscience, competence, and compassion. The major skills RSSA members acquire are networking, communication and social skills, professional development, social responsibility, leadership, and ethical business ideals.

RSSA hosts a variety of events for Retail Studies students. Events and gatherings including quarterly dinners with industry innovators as guest speakers, exposure to industry executive and senior managers who share their expertise and insight, and opportunities to visit many of the world’s most influential brands and industry innovators who are leading and redefining the future of retail.


Meet the Retail Innovators - Field Trips to SF Bay Area Retailers

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many of the world’s most influential brands and industry innovators who are leading and redefining the future of retail.

Levi's Corporate Logo

Corporate visits to and tours of Retail Management Institute’s alumni companies and partner organizations provide students with a behind-the scenes view of leading brand retailers such as Williams-Sonoma, Levi’s, Gap, Inc., Lolli&Pops, Stitch Fix, Target and more.


Dinner Talk

RMI directors collaborating with the RSSA executive board invites and hosts, each quarter, a dinner to meet and hear an industry speaker.

Past guest speakers have included many RMI alumni and retail innovators including Chairman & CEO of Cost Plus World Market, Google - Account Executive, Pinterest - Digital Experience Director, Founder - Bed Bandits, StitchFix – Chief Merchandiser & General Manager, Women’s, Nike - Vice President Women’s, to name just a few.


Christmas Mission Outreach

Each year, RSSA partners with The Bill Wilson Center for the annual Adopt­a­Family giving program.

Each year, RSSA “adopts” a family and gathers together to provide gifts on the family’s wish list as well as monetary donations. It is a wonderful way for our students to give back to the surrounding Bay Area community each holiday season.



RSSA President - Class of 2019

I am honored to be the RSSA President for 2018/19! As Retail Studies students in Silicon Valley, we all see the retail industry changing before our eyes; it is exciting because we have the opportunity here at Santa Clara University to be catalysts of that change.  However, at times such innovation and advancement can also appear daunting.

As President, I want to help pave the way for those of us who have innovative ideas for the industry and for those who want their ideas to be heard in a welcoming environment. I hope to help further promote this student excellence and innovation, as we are all the future of retail. Overall, I am excited for this year and am looking forward to working with all of you! 

Please reach out with any questions about the retail studies program, RSSA whether you are currently an active member or are interested in joining - I'd love to talk to you. 

Lauren Tauriac -

RSSA Executive Members (2018-2019)

President Lauren Tauriac    
Senior Vice President, Marketing    Mary O'Neill     
Liaison, Retail Partners  Emily Machado    
Mentoring Chairs Loren Fan & Taylor Fetter    
Recruiting Chair Sara Solomon    
Recruiting Committee    Claire Edwards    
Recruiting Committee    Cecilia Fan    
Recruiting Committee Mariana Orocio    
Recruiting Committee Lyssa Urrutia    
Mission Outreach Chairs Betsy Alderman & Gabby Quintana    
News Editor Joycelyn George    
Social Media Director
Lilli Morgan    
Fundraising Chair
Leah Tauriac