Stepping into an officer position of a student organization can prove a daunting task. The Office of Student Involvement has created a new monthly workshop to help club leaders ease into the transition as part of its new Club Leaders Success Sessions (CLSS) initiative. The sessions aim to give club leaders skills that will help them to develop their clubs and make them more effective on campus.
Each workshop focuses on different topics such as event planning, budgeting and collaborating with other clubs and departments on campus. A typical workshop usually expects anywhere from 10 to 30 club leaders. The hour-long sessions feature discussions, presentations and question and answer opportunities. After a session, they can also have one-on-one discussions concerning their club with Dumaine.
Eileen McLean, FCRH ’17 and secretary of People Recognizing Identities and Differences for Equality Alliance, attended this workshop. “I received important information on how to advertise for my club on the TVs around campus,” she said.
Club leaders attending the meetings are also given essential information on policies and procedures regarding the maintenance of a club. Daniel Stroie, GSB ’17 and treasurer/VP of Finance for the United Student Government (USG) attended a workshop where he learned about making payments through the Office for Student Involvement and spending money approved by the USG Budget Committee. He thought the workshop gave “the opportunity for club leaders that did not think to go to her [Dumaine] with questions a chance to learn useful information for managing their club.”
A Club Leader Summit is hosted by the Office for Student Involvement at the start of every academic year. The year-round workshops essentially act as in-depth reviews of the skills and information that were taught at the summit.
According to Dumaine, student feedback on the sessions has been positive. She said that after attending a workshop, students apply what they learned to the daily functioning of their clubs. “It’s exciting to see students who are passionate about their club and creatively bringing the club’s mission to life.”
The next Club Leader Success Session meets on Feb. 29 and is open to any club leaders or executive board members.
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