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:

Advisor Events
KBK Center Open House
Leadership Awards
LEAD Series Workshops
Member Development Grant
Member Engagement Panel
New Organization Networking Nights
Reading Day in the KBK: Coffee and Coloring Books
Student Org Essentials
Women's History Month Leadership Networking Event

Member Engagement Panel

Monday, February 8 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join other student org leaders for a conversation about ways student organizations have been both challenged and successful in making meaningful connections among members in our virtual environment. The event will kick off with a panel of current student org leaders who will share how their organization has navigated the recent changes to how we gather. After hearing a variety of examples from peers, and learning of the new programs and resources available to support meaningful member engagement, attendees will think about how their organization can start the semester with a solid plan for virtually fostering connection among members in an effective way.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of what member engagement means in a virtual space, ideas to try moving forward, and a close look at what opportunities and resources are available this spring that will strengthen member cohesion, including early access to new resources. 
 

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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.

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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April 5 - Putting It All Together

After a semester of working hard to create a meaningful member experience, let's discuss our success stories using the tools and ideas from the first three parts of the series. In this roundtable, you will be able to share your own experience and hear how others have been innovative in engaging with members this semester.

Sign up here

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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Women's History Month: Leadership Networking Event

Monday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate and connect with fellow student organization leaders for informal networking and resource sharing. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect in two brief rounds of networking - one in focused groups based on organization purpose, and one in randomly-assigned groups - and open discussion of women's leadership.

This program is directed at leaders of women-focused student orgs, however anyone interested in connecting about women’s leadership is welcome.

Register at https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMudu6rrzspEtXJRj5LGaEKLByYMncROe0O and contact Jen pelletier.17@osu.edu for more information.

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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!

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KBK Center Open House

October 6, 2020 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

All student organizations are invited to our virtual annual Open House in the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service. This annual events takes place each October. Join us virtually for the KBK Center Open House for networking and resources.

Link to join this virtual open house: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErfuGsrjsiGNYN2bTbbTMsqaF0fhdS0osT  

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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

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 recorded and shared after each session.

Click the title of each session for more details and to register, or access recording/session materials.

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

2020-2021: postponed

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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