Office of Student Life

Student Activities

Student Organization Programs

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.

On This Page:

Advisor Events
BOLD Conference
Leadership Awards
LEAD Series Workshops
Member Development Grant
Open House in the KBK Center
Reading Day in the KBK: Coffee and Coloring Books
Student Org Essentials Workshop Series
Officer Dinners

 

Upcoming Events

Advisor Breakfast

Tuesday, September 27 at 8:30 - 10 a.m. in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Rooms

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 welcome to invite up to 2 student leaders to attend with them. This is an informal event - come when you can and leave when you must.

Please RSVP using this online form. We ask for RSVP's by September 7, although responses will be accepted through September 20.

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

KBK Center Open House

October 4, 2022 at 5:30 - 7:30 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 will take place October 4 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. as part of Leadership Week.

Additional details will be available soon. Contact Cassie Smith at smith.10128@osu.edu with questions.

 


BOLD Leadership Conference

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Join us for the Buckeye Organization Leadership Development (BOLD) Conference on October 23 from 12-4:30 p.m. During the conference you will attend a session to help you develop your leadership skills, network with other student leaders, and learn techniques you can take back to your organization. No matter where you are in your experience at Ohio State and your organization, there is always more you can learn about your own leadership style, how to be a more effective leader, and additional connections you can make across campus with other student leaders. At the conclusion of the event, you will receive a certification of completion and a commemorative pin. Be BOLD and become a BOLD-Certifid Student Organization Leader and join us for our inaugural student organization conference! Register for the conference by October 9 at go.osu.edu/BOLDFall22.


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. All organization members are invited.

Fall 2022:
 

October 19: Funding 101, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Thinking of applying for funding? Not sure what funding source might be right for your organization’s goals? Come to this Student Org Essentials session to learn about the ins and outs of CSA Programming and Operating Funds and overviews of other university-provided funding support such as the Member Development Grant, Student Government Funding, and more! This one-hour virtual workshop from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on October 19 will answer your funding-related questions, walk through how to complete the various forms and applications, cover examples of fundable expenses, and share helpful tips for maximizing your use of resources! 

Register Today!


October 26 Programming Success, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Are you looking to plan a program with your student organization and are overwhelmed on where to start? Have you already started planning and want to learn more about resources available to help? Join us on September 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to walk through the process of planning a program and essential step in this process! We will explore different university resources available to you to help you plan a successful program. You will leave this session confident in your ability to plan a program and with all the tools you will need. 

Register Today!


November 16: The Recipe for Retention, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Brutus Buckeye Room, 3rd Floor of the Ohio Union

Join us for the last Student Org Essentials of the semester on November 16 at 5:30 p.m.! If you routinely see a drop in membership or are predicting a challenging return to campus in the spring, this session is for you! We will dive into the concept of member engagement and walk through creating a retention strategy, including demonstrating some engagement techniques. Join other student org leaders to learn about ways to grow your organization!

 
*Save the Date* Spring 2023:
 

January 25: Diversity & Inclusion

Wednesday, January 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., In-person

Join us on January 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to learn about how to incorporate diversity and inclusion into all of your organization's operations. We will also discuss how your organization can interact with the community, have meaningful conversations, and take action. During this session you will have a chance to talk with other student org leaders about how their organization implements D&I and brainstorm action items for your organization.


February 22: Collaboration

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Join us on February 22 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. to discuss collaboration within your organization and with others outside of your org. Being a successful student organization means you are able to get work done and can have fun while doing it. Collaboration is about the spirit of connectivity within and around your organization and involves a common effort to achieve a goal. Come learn about ways to foster collaboration including establishing and leading committees, connecting with external stakeholders, advisors, and sponsors, and utilizing available resources to host a collaborative event on campus.


March 29: Fundraising 101

Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m., In-person

Does fundraising make you a bit nervous? Do you need to fundraise with a student org? This session is designed for everyone from complete fundraising novices to those with limited fundraising experience to students who just want some new fundraising ideas. We will cover the current state of fundraising in the United States, tips and tricks to raise money and awareness, and resources on campus to help plan a successful fundraising campaign. This session will take place on March 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

April 12: Operational Efficiency

Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom

As the end of the school year draws nearer, your team will need to be thinking about how to adjourn this year as an organization, transition into the summer term, and plan effectively for the next school year. At the same time, you and your team are likely experiencing increasing academic and personal demands. With many things on your plate, you might benefit from some tips and support for how to get it all done in an efficient and effective way. This month's Student Org Essentials workshop is all about preparing for summer and operating efficiently. Join us on Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom to learn more about planning to maximize the stretch of time between now and the Fall Semester, key dates to look out for over the summer, and how to hit the ground running in August. 

 

Member Development Grant

The Member Development Grant program will allow student organizations to apply for funding up to $500 to host a developmental opportunity for student organization members. A member development experience is designed to meaningfully contribute to a member's connection to the organization and other members by fostering relationships as well as developing Leadership Capacity and Confidence, Social Perspective Taking, and/or Wellness, as defined by the Student Organization Success Framework. Developmental programs can be single events or multi-day experiences, but must start and end within the appropriate date range for the funding window. Programs can be intended for general members, leadership teams, and/or new members. The grant is intended to be an inward-facing funding source, meaning it should be benefiting members of the organization directly. Programs that are reaching a wider student audience than just organization members should be a Programming Funds application. Programs that should otherwise be a Programming Funds application will not be funded by this grant. Learn more about other funding sources at go.osu.edu/StudentOrgFunding.

  • July 1 for events happening between August 16 - October 15
  • September 1 for events happening between October 16 - December 31
  • November 1 for events happening between January 1 - March 15
  • February 1 for events happening between March 16 - May 31 

Learn more and apply for the grant

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Student Involvement Fairs

January 18 & 19, 2023

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 in August 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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Officer Dinners

Returning in Spring 2023!

The Officer Dinner is hosted at the end of spring semester as a networking, success-sharing, and resource-highlighting event for transitioning student organization leaders. As one of the largest influences on organization sustainability, it's important to connect incoming and outgoing leaders with other teams and support outlets. Organizations can send one pair of leaders each to attend this event during their transition semester. An RSVP is required to secure one of the organization spots at the event. Attire is business casual and a full dinner will be served while leaders connect with each other and discuss their remaining transition plans and org ideas.


KBK Center Open House

October 4, 2022 at 5:30 - 7:30 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 will take place October 4 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. as part of Leadership Week.

Additional details will be available soon. Contact Cassie Smith at smith.10128@osu.edu with questions.

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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 Breakfast - Tuesday, September 27 at 8:30 - 10 a.m. in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Rooms

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 welcome to invite up to 2 student leaders to attend with them. This is an informal event - come when you can and leave when you must.

Please RSVP using this online form. We ask for RSVP's by September 7, although responses will be accepted through September 20.

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

 

Advisor Consultations

All advisors and co-advisors are invited to schedule time with our student org team for brief, informal, "office hours" style conversations. During these 20-minute appointments, advisors are invited to ask questions, consult about an issue, get help with the Management System, or whatever else might be needed.

Appointments can be booked directly online (alongside all other coaching services) and are offered Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. To request a different time, contact Jen Pelletier at pelletier.17@osu.edu.

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Reading Day in the KBK: Coffee and Coloring Books

December 2022; Date to be announced

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.

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