Office of Student Life

Student Activities

Student Org Essentials Recordings and Resources

2020-2021 Recordings and Resources:

Strengthen your organization and leadership by engaging in a series of conversations around key topics that are relevant to student organization member development, operations, and community building.

Each Student Org Essentials session is recorded and posted below, along with resources that are referenced in the session.

View current student organization program offerings and register for upcoming Student Org Essentials sessions.

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Summer 2021

June 28 - Now What? Moving Forward Post-Pandemic
We will reflect on the challenges that arose and the benefits of tapping into new uses of technology. Then, spend time reviewing how these events have shaped your student org to its current state. Lastly, we will respond by looking toward this coming year and getting a kickstart with suggested activities and tools you can use. We will share our experiences with what worked and what didn't, determine what efforts will be beneficial in a hybrid or physical environment, and paint a picture for what Fall may look like. 

July 19 - How-To Hybrid

Join your fellow student org leaders for a productive session about hybrid student organization operations. After having reflected on our operations from the past year in our last Student Org Essentials session: Now What? Moving Forward Post-Pandemic, we are now going to plan out which elements will stay virtual and which will transition to in-person. Join the conversation and learn about balancing hybrid operations and resources that can help you be successful this coming year. Register now!

August 16 - Recruit, Retain, Repeat

Your members are the most important part of your organization. We'll spend this time together discussing the holistic member experience including recruitment, new member onboarding, and retention.

Spring 2021 Series:

Through a partnership with the Digital Flagship, this spring's line-up is designed as a cohesive series that contributes to helping organizations prepare for and be effective at facilitating connection with prospective and current members. Each workshop will feature a tool that can be used to support your organization's online efforts. You will get access to the tool, get some hands-on time with it, and learn how to best wield the power of the tool for your organization's needs.

February 1 - Creating Graphics for Organization Recruitment

With most students tapped into social media and online platforms, recruitment efforts online are more necessary than ever in our virtual environment. In this workshop, you will learn how to use tools to create graphics and media for recruiting new members to your organization, featuring Adobe Spark Post.

February 22 - Connecting Virtually Outside of Meetings

Do you want the members in your organization to feel more a part of the team? Do you need some help staying organized, connected, and collaborative in the work of your organization? In this workshop, you will learn about tools for communicating with members outside of your meetings, featuring Microsoft Teams. 

March 15 - Engaging Members in Virtual Meetings

It's a struggle to want the face-to-face connection with others while also feeling exhausted from being live on-camera all the time. Provide a refreshing experience to your members that helps people make personal connection and doesn't contibute to feeling Zoom-ed out. In this workshop, you will learn about tools that could make your meetings more engaging, featuring Flipgrid.

Fall 2020 Series:

August 24 - Operating a Student Org During COVID-19

The Student Org Team talks through current campus policies and suggestions for managing the changing landscape of operating a student organization during COVID-19.

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September 14 - Social Media for Social Change

Connor Jones, Coordinator for Buck-I-SERV Alternative Breaks Program in Student Activities, engages the student org community in a reflective conversation about the role and power of social media in creating social good.

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Summer 2020 Series:

May 14 - From Surviving to Thriving: Ensuring Your Sustainability and Success in Uncertain Times

Jen Pelletier, Associate Director of Student Life Student Activities, joins the student org community for a motivating conversation about navigating uncertainty as a student org leader in a virtual environment.

May 28 – What is Socially Distant Service?

Alyssa Johnson, Coordinator of Service and Outreach for Student Life Student Activities, joins the student org community for a conversation about contributing to community service while maintaining proper health guidelines as well as opportunities to support community partners and efforts from a distance.

June 11 – It’s Time to Up Your Org’s Social Media Game

Skylar Fought, Digital Communications Coordinator for the Office of Student Life, joins the student org community to talk about the approaches and tips to using social media on behalf of a student organization.

June 25  - The OUABasics of Programming

Krystal Vielman-Diaz and Dustin Beech, Coordinators for the Ohio Union Activities Board, join the student org community for an informative overview of effective program planning, including some virtual considerations.

July 9 - You’re On Mute: How to Make Your Digital Meetings Fun and Meaningful

Anna Wagner, Senior Coordinator for Leadership Development for Student Life Student Activites, joins the student org community for an important and conversation about facilitating online space in a way that is engaging. 

July 23 - Come Closer! But Not That Close: Recruitment in a Digital World

Kate Butler, Associate Director of Student Life Sorority and Fraternity Life, joins the student org community for a conversation about the foundations of recruitment viewed through a virtual lens.