The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement provides general advising and support to all student organizations. In addition to overseeing student organization registration and administrative processes, the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement hosts various trainings and workshops focused on student organization management and leadership development. For assistance, contact Liza Pierre, Coordinator of Student Organizations and Leadership, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Organization Leader Orientation (SOLO) is a required training for all student organizations that is held annually in the fall semester. Each organization is required to send at least 2 members to this training.
Held each spring, the Leader Transition Workshop aims to provide all organizations with strategies and steps to ensure effective and efficient leadership transitions from one academic year to the next. Organizations are required to send a minimum of 2 representatives to a Leader Transition Workshop, including 1 current leader and 1 incoming leader.
2020 Workshop Dates
|Date||Time and Location|
|Thursday, April 2||12:00-1:00pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall|
|Sunday, April 5||4:00-5:00pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall|
|Wednesday, April 8||4:45-5:45pm, John B. Davis Lecture Hall|
Workshops provide members of student orgs with an opportunity to receive personalized training, support, and timely information helpful to running an effective student org at Mac. Each session is devoted to a specific topic and is facilitated by members of SOC, FAC, and/or the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.
By participating in sessions, students will:
- Engage in conversation about strategies for managing an organization
- Identify resources for registered student organizations
- Apply organizational management best practices
|Tuesday, October 1, 2020||Recruiting and Retaining Org Members||Campus Center 215||In this session, our conversation will focus on membership trends you’re seeing in your organization and dive into best practices for recruiting and retaining org membership. Lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited. Registration is available in OrgSync|
|Tuesday, October 15, 2020||Program Planning for Orgs||Old Main Fourth Floor||In this session, our conversation will center on strategies, best practices, and resources to support your program and event planning at Mac. Lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited. Registration is available in OrgSync|
Student Organization Advisors
Student organizations are strongly encouraged to have a faculty or staff advisor. Student organizations needing assistance in identifying an advisor can contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.
The role of an advisor varies from group to group and depends on the organization’s needs and the personalities involved. It is important that the role the advisor will play in the organization is discussed and that everyone concerned has the same expectation of the advisor role. Both advisors and organizations must understand the roles and responsibilities that they hold in relation to each other and to the organization, and must be realistic and flexible when defining the advisor role.
- Advice about being an effective leader in your organization
- Direction for planning successful events, meetings, etc.
- Guidance and assistance with any questions that your organization may have
- To assist the group in the formulation of long-term goals in addition to planning and initiating short-term projects
- To be available as a resource person
- To suggest and encourage improvements
- To serve as an ambassador for the organization
- To assist with evaluation of group projects and progress
- To assist leaders in practicing leadership and in problem solving
- To serve as a sounding board for the organization
- To allow the group to succeed and fail
- Increased student interaction
- Opportunity to share one’s knowledge, experience, and skills with others
- Assisting students with learning and developing new skills
- Establishing friendships with colleagues and students
- Watching students gain confidence and take pride in their accomplishments
SOC and FAC Liaisons
Each organization is assigned a liaison from the SOC. The SOC liaison serves as an additional resource for student organizations for general org-related questions and concerns, and specifically, to discuss the renewal and auditing processes. Additionally, each organization is assigned a liaison from the FAC. The FAC liaison works with each organization to answer budget-related questions and provide workshops during the budgeting period. More information about the SOC and FAC can be found on the MCSG website. Not sure who your liaison is? Contact the SOC chair at email@example.com or the FAC chair at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.