Office of Student Life

Student Activities

Student Organization Programming

Student organization leaders, members and advisors can take advantage of a variety of required and optional programs throughout the year. These programs are designed to develop individual leadership skills, build effective teams, engage in the community and navigate university processes and policies. Use the links below for additional information and/or to register for any of these programs.

Contact the student organizations team at csls@osu.edu with questions.

If you have questions about accessiblity or wish to request accommodations please contact the student organizations team at csls@osu.edu, Typically, two weeks notice will allow us to meet your needs.

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Advisor Events
KBK Center Open House
Leadership Awards
LEAD Series Workshops
Member Development Grant
New Organization Networking Nights
Reading Day in the KBK: Coffee and Coloring Books
Student Org Essentials

Student Org Essentials

Student Org Essentials unites student leaders and campus experts to talk through a variety of exciting and important topics relevant to today’s student organization at Ohio State. The series will be held on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All organization members are invited.

Summer 2021:
 
Throughout this summer's series, we will help you make the most of this planning period and prepare to hit the ground running in the fall semester. Stay connected this summer so you can keep up with the latest updates and opportunities from Student Life!

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. 

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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!

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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.

Sign up here

 
 
Spring 2021:

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Have an idea for a Student Org Essentials topic? Share it with us!

View recordings of past sessions as well as referenced resources

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Member Development Grant

Available Spring 2021

Apply for up to $500 to fund a member development experience for your organization. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though funds are awarded first-come, first served. Only virtual experiences that are intended for either the whole organization, just new members, or just leadership teams will be funded in Spring 2021. Student Activities will work with your organization to host a meaningful opportunity for your members to engage with one another through a coaching process once an application has been approved.

Learn more and apply for the grant

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Student Involvement Fairs

August 22, 2021 and January 2022

The Student Involvement Fair (SIF) is a great place to find a student organization that meets your needs and interests as well as for student organizations to connect with other orgs, find members, and spread the word about their organization. There are two annual Student Involvement Fairs. One takes place during Welcome Week on August 22, 2021 and the other takes place at the start of Spring Semester. 

Learn more about the Student Involvement Fair and how to register a student organization to participate!

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KBK Center Open House

October 5, 2021 at 5:30-7 p.m.

All student organizations are invited to our annual Open House in the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service. This annual events takes place each October. More information about the 2021 KBK Center Open House will be available in early autumn semester.

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Leadership Awards

The Student Life Leadership Awards is an annual awards ceremony that celebrates members of the Ohio State community who demonstrate exceptional skills in leadership, activism, community engagement, and Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience. Over more than 60 years, The Ohio State University has recognized hundreds of students, advisors and organizations who demonstrate leadership skills, collaboration, and a commitment to the Ohio State community. The Ohio State Leadership Awards are sponsored by the Office of Student Life. 

Apply for awards and learn more on the Leadership Awards webpage

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LEAD: Leaders Engaging in Actions for Development

Are you just beginning your leadership journey? Looking to expand your leadership skills? Want to connect with other students while growing skills that will allow you to succeed in class, in your co-curricular experiences, and in your career path? LEAD is a series of open workshops available to all Ohio State students. Our goal is to make leadership more accessible and inclusive to students throughout the year. 

Learn more on the LEAD Series webpage

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Advisor Events

Advisor Roundtables

All advisors and co-advisors are invited to participate in monthly roundtable discussions. This is an opportunity to connect with the Student Org Team and fellow advisors on topics of shared interest. These roundtables will have a fairly informal agenda including the latest updates, brief presentation of content, and informal discussion with fellow advisors. Roundtables will be offered virtually, recorded and shared after each session.

Autumn 2021 Sessions:
Sessions will focus on helping your student organization rebuild, strengthen and sustain as we continue to navigate intersecting pandemics. Click on the program date to register. All autumn semester roundtables will be held via CarmenZoom.

Advisor Breakfast

All advisors and co-advisors are invited to attend our annual Advisor Breakfast. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow advisors, your student org team, and your student leaders. Advisors are encouraged to invite up to 2 student leaders to attend with them. The Advisor Breakfast will be held Tuesday, September 28 at 8:30 - 10 a.m. in the Ohio Union. Register online here by Tuesday, September 21.

For additional information or with questions, please contact Jen Pelletier at pelletier.17@osu.edu.

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Reading Day in the KBK: Coffee and Coloring Books

December 9, 2021

All students are welcome to stop by the KBK Center for Student Leadership and Service on Reading Day each semester for Coffee and Coloring Books. Take time at the end of each semester to relax with fellow student org members and friends. No pre-registration required.

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New Organization Networking Night

2020-2021: postponed

Student Activities invites all new student organizations to an event designed to facilitate your transition into an established member of our student organization community. Our goal is to equip you with the tools you need to be successful so that your organization builds a foundation that ensures it will last for years to come.

Attendees can look forward to engaging with our most frequently sought-after student organization resources, learning more about the support that is available, and networking with one another. Any leader or member of your organization is welcome to attend.

New Organization Networking Night is available to student organizations who have launched or re-launched their Active Status in the last two years.

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