Once you have a group of 5-8 students committed to the group and willing to collaborate with you initiatives on campus, elect or assign officer positions and be clear about the delegated responsibilities.
Maximize your productivity by engaging the help of those around you. In the beginning, while the group is still small, duties may be shared. As a student leader, listen to what the members of your group have to offer. Consider their suggestions, ideas and feedback. Your group exists as a unit.
Recruit New Members
Cultivate an image of a student group that wants to help change the campus environment for the better. Explain why you are concerned and how the hook-up culture is damaging the health and safety of the campus at large. Do not compromise your position, but be sure to remind people that your group is open to anyone and that it is never too late to change their lifestyle. Use language that is open, positive, and persuasive.
Invite other student organizations to your meetings on occasion. Ask them to give an overview of their mission and how they see a correlation between your group and theirs. Ask a member of your group to type notes during each meeting. Follow up by sending these notes to group members as an overview of your goals and discussions.
- Establish and fill 4 key positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer. You may need more officers before long, but this is a good place to start.
- Delegate tasks to other officers and members. The President and VP should be free to keep the big picture in mind. This may include organizing committees and creating other official roles; it’s better to give members too much work to do than not enough
- Leverage your group’s talents. Cater your projects and initiatives around the skills and talents of your group; if your group has a wealth of great writers, consider focusing on writing op-ed; if your group has skilled event planners, consider hosting several speakers.
- Follow up with group members. Be sure to check in on how projects are going, and remember to set deadlines.
- Maintain a positive, confident attitude. This sets the tone for the organization; positive motivation goes a long way to keeping members’ spirits up.
- Lead with your members in mind. Listen to their ideas, suggestions, and feedback; keep an eye on members with talents that would make them great group leaders in the future
- Stay organized! Since the leadership of student organizations changes frequently, it’s important to have all key information in one master binder that can be passed down to the new officer corps.
Interested in learning more? Email Brittany Crippen at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the Love and Fidelity Network’s student manual.
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