Thank you for volunteering your time to be an advisor.

Your decision to volunteer as a student organization advisor is a valuable one.  The interactions you have with students in this capacity will likely be different than you have in other parts of your job on campus.  Hopefully you will find this experience as rewarding as the students do.

There is sometimes some anxiety about serving as an advisor particularly if you have not done so before.  Know that you are not expected to be an expert in the organization especially at first.  Your role is to help the organization operate to the best of its ability while allowing the students to be the driving force.

What an advisor does

As an advisor, you may be responsible for filling a variety of roles:

  • as an interpreter of policy
  • a contact between the organization and other entities (i.e., university administration, entertainment industry, and other organizations)
  • an information resource regarding organizational procedures, group process and programming concerns
  • a resource providing history and continuity between changing organizational leadership
  • a teacher of programming skills
  • a presenter of philosophical ideas and concepts of leadership
  • a counselor, mediator, consultant, or sounding board

This section of the SLICE website is designed to help you determine the best ways for you to advise your group.  Advisors have different styles and organizations have different needs.  These styles and needs may change from year to year or even month to month.  If you find that you have questions or there are resources you would like to see added to this page, please contact us.