After polling some of our student leaders, these were some of the answers we received regarding how they see the role of the advisor.
- Stay in contact with the student group – initiate a periodical email check-in/drop-in/etc.
- Attend a few group events to understand what the group does, and who the membership is.
- Let your student group know if you will be off-campus for a time.
- Get to know the EBoard – family dinners are much appreciated.
- Sit in on EBoard meetings.
- Keep in contact with SAO.
- Be aware of events the student group holds and offer suggestions for additional or better programming.
- Remind a student group EBoard of their duties and extra responsibilities.
- Check in on finances and financial status of student group.
- Offer any resources you may have for the student group such as contacts/space on campus.
- Provide new prospective on the student group’s ideas/issues, sometimes things come together when someone who isn’t a student gives their thoughts/opinions.
- Connecting students to professionals in the field of their expertise or other professors on campus (for events or networking).
- It may be helpful to have access to club records (financial records, meeting minutes, event paperwork, membership lists etc.) to provide insight about the group. This will also benefit the group because there is usually a longer turnaround time for advisors than EBoard members.
- Challenge us to live out our mission and provide programming that contributes to growth.