Last week I spoke with several student organizations who expressed a great appreciation for the support and guidance that their advisors provide their student organization. In the Campus Activities Office, it is our hope that every student organization finds an advisor who is committed to helping the organization grow and prosper on campus. Like any relationship we understand that it will take time for the relationship between you and your advisor to develop and mature into a blossoming relationship. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you and your organization strengthen the relationship with your advisor.
- Set up regular meetings with your advisor to discuss the organization and its needs. Your advisor can help you with more things than signing off on financial paperwork! Just ask for help!
- Introduce your advisor to the rest of the student organization so that they feel like they are a part of the group. This will also help your advisor build a lasting relationship with your members.
- Discuss the best way to communicate. Provide your advisor with your contact information and ask them for their information.
- It is never too late to discuss expectations with your advisor. Fill out the advisor expectations checklist found in the Faculty/Staff Advisor Guidebook. This checklist may be helpful as you work with your advisor to determine their role with the organization.
- It doesn’t have to be business all the time! Get to know your advisor. Be yourself! You may have more in common then you thought.
- Invite your advisor to your next meeting and/or event so they can see what you do! This will help them increase their awareness of the organization’s activities and issues, and discover ways they can help support the organization.
- Keep them in the loop! Let them know of upcoming events/ideas before details are concrete. They may have some great programming ideas!
- Share successes and failures with your advisor. They will probably be here after you’ve graduated, and can share with future members.
- Say thank you! Remember that your advisor is volunteering their time so show them you appreciate them. Invite them to the advisor appreciation ceremony, nominate them for an award or give them a card or letter from the organization to show that you are thankful for their help.