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.

Program Menu:


Student Org Essentials

Continuing this fall, the Student Org Essentials Series will unite 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 this semester will be held tri-weekly on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. As always, the series will be recorded and posted online, though we invite you to attend the live session for the best possible learning experience. All organization members are invited!

Topics this semester will be:

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

Topics from Summer 2020:

  • From Surviving to Thriving: Ensuring Your Sustainability and Success in Uncertain Times
  • What is Socially Distant Service?
  • It’s Time to Up Your Org’s Social Media Game
  • The OUABasics of Programming
  • You’re On Mute: How to Make Your Digital Meetings Fun and Meaningful
  • Come Closer! But Not That Close: Recruitment in a Digital World

View recordings of each session as well as referenced resources


Kickstart to Campus Challenge

To help prepare for autumn semester, all student organizations are invited to participate in the Kickstart to Campus Challenge. This virtual 3-week program will help you engage your members, adapt operations, and initiate collaborations with fellow organizations. It's been several months since we've been together, so take time now to make plans for a great year ahead!

Each week, from August 2-22, student orgs will engage in a specific activity. Guidance will be provided so org leaders can facilitate conversation among attendees. Submit a brief re-cap and any questions after each session. Student Org Team staff will reply to all submitted questions with additional resources.

Download the Kickstart to Campus Challeng program details here.


Required Training for Presidents, Treasurers, and Advisors

Student organization presidents and treasurers are required to complete both in-person and online trainings annually, and advisors are required to complete either in-person or online training every two years, as part of the registration renewal process. In-person training dates are typically posted 1-2 weeks before each registration window opens (February 1 and August 15). Visit our training web page to view and register for in-person training sessions. Online training modules may be accessed in the Student Organization Management System, using your name.# to login. You must be listed as primary leader, treasurer, or advisor on your organization roster to access the online modules.

For Autumn 2020, all in-person trainings will be offered virtually via CarmenZoom.


Student Involvement Fairs

August 23, 2020 and January 21, 2021

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 in August Welcome Week and the other takes place in January at the start of Spring Semester. 

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


Teambuilding Cooking Classes for Student Org Leadership Teams

Autumn 2020: To be announced

Join us for an evening of teambuilding through cooking with your student organization leadership team. Your org leaders will work together to prepare and enjoy a meal. And yes, you can take home the leftovers.

These sessions are focused on strengthening leadership teams/ executive boards/ committee chairs and are not intended for general members. To fit at the cooking stations, ONLY teams in sets of 3 or 6 leaders from each org will be allowed to attend. There is no cost to attend, and ingredients and chef-instruction will be provided.


KBK Center Open House

Autumn 2020: To be announced

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. Join us each fall at the KBK Center Open House for networking, resources, and snacks.


New Organization Networking Night

Autumn 2020: To be announced

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.


Advisor Events

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 brief presentation of content and general updates, with most of the time open for sharing questions and ideas. Roundtables will be recorded and shared after each session.

Click the title of each session for more details and to register.

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


Reading Day in the KBK: Coffee and Coloring Books

Postponed Autumn 2020

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 the semester to relax with fellow student org members and friends. No pre-registration required.


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