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Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA)

Once accepted to the Retail Studies Program, students automatically become members of the Retail Studies Student Association.

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.


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RSSA President - Class of 2022 - Emily Chao


RSSA President - Class of 2022- Emily Chao

I’m a senior Finance major and Retail Studies and Ancient Studies Minor from Fullerton, CA, which is nearby Disneyland. I’m excited to be the RSSA President for the 2021-22 academic year and I look forward to seeing our community grow!

As the need for data science and the intersection between retail and tech prevails, I plan to implement these concepts in the program. I hope to continue expanding our community of future industry leaders and to preserve a tight community while providing resources and opportunities, like mentorship and alumni engagement and networking events, to connect.

I’m excited to offer support to RSSA along with my executive team who will help provide the necessary tools and experiences for RMI to continue being such a valuable program.

Thank You!



RSSA Executive Members (2021-2022)

President Emily Chao 
Corporate Liaison Peyton Darrow 
Recruiting Chair  Maya Denzel 
Recruiting Committee  Elizabeth O'Hollearn
Recruiting Committee  Jennah El-Ashmawi
Recruiting Committee  Lilly Grace McLoughlin
Recruiting Committee  Alice Lee
Recruiting Committee  Kelsey Parker 
Philanthropy Board   Judy Hsu 
Philanthropy Board   Chloe Schechter
Philanthropy Board   Monica Cedillos
Director of DE&I  Jaya Kapoor
Mentoring Chair  Camryn Yuen
Mentoring Chair  Carly Cieciura
Social Media Director  Caroline Caruso
Graphic Design Director  Samantha Santos 
Marketing Director  Anna Becker 
Magazine Editor-in-Chief
Brooke Eldridge
Magazine Committee
Casey Hill
Magazine Committee
Madison Fishman
Social Events Director
Sydney Olson
Onboarding Director  Katelyn Johnson
Operations Director   Laura Darza

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 executives 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.


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.

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.



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.

“RMI has provided me the opportunity to grow as both a student and a leader, allowing me to develop an in-depth understanding of the retail industry as a whole. As a student in the college of arts & sciences, I’m grateful for the experience I’ve had taking business based courses that have helped me gain a greater understanding of the career path I want to follow”

Kelsey Parker, RSSA Recruiting Committee
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