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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 Executive Members (2017-2018)

President Kaela D'Sylva    
Senior Vice President    Greer Chrisman    
Marketing & Recruiting Chair Hannah Hawkins    
Mentoring Chairs Gabby Lee & Loren Fan    
Marketing & Recruiting Committee    Nicholas Devantier, Allison Guess, Olivia KemSarah Treganowan    
Mission Outreach Chair Ariana Frankel & Emily Carrillo    
Corporate Liason
Natalie Law    
Fundraising Chairs
Emily Machado    
Newsletter Editor
Giannina Ong