Starting your Club or Organization
Talk to a variety of other students about your idea: off–campus students, Student Government officers and members, and students in general!Ask yourself some questions:
- Is there interest for this type of group on campus?
- Is there already a student group with similar goals and purpose as your proposed group?
If you feel there may be sufficient interest in the group you have in mind, organize an initial General Interest Meeting.Find a place and a time to meet!
An option is to hold two general interest meetings at two different times.Advertise!
Flyers are the most typical way to advertise. Come by the Office of Student Life for assistance in developing and printing flyers for a general interest meeting. You can also enter your meeting in the "Events this week - LSC-M Office of Student Life" email that goes to the student body, or the campus calendar online. Include the purpose of your group so people know why they should come to this meeting.
Of course, you can always drop by the Office of Student Life on the main floor of Bldg. A to talk to us if you have any questions!
You should have in mind the general scope of the group, although much of this is best defined by the group as the group develops.Define the goals of your group
- What is the purpose of your group? Social, political awareness, service?
- What do you hope to provide (how might the group contribute) to the community?
However informal it may be, have a purpose for the meeting and communicate that purpose at the outset of the meeting, as well as in your publicity. People have a need to know why it is important for them to spend ‘xyz’ amount of time at your meeting.Use visuals or an “expert”
It is often useful to have visuals and or an "expert" in the area or someone who understands the issues come to the meeting (an off campus or on campus resource person, advisor, knowledgeable other)After the initial meeting…
Let the staff at the Office of Student Life know how your meeting went, and the status of your group. If you have at least five students who are very interested and dedicated to you cause, you may be ready for the Student Organization Registration Packet which registers your group with our office and gets you on that great list of student groups and organizations that you now know by heart.
It is beneficial to maintain a regular meeting time and place so students can plan it into their busy schedule. If you have a large group, you may want to create a club email distribution list so that you can easily contact all your members.4. Lead Your Group to Success
Here’s where it gets wide open. Options are limitless and each group has it own path. Our purpose is to help you focus and get you headed in the right direction. Here are just a few ways we can help and some resources we can provide you with:
- Meeting facilitation and planning
- Advertisement on the Campus Events Calendar
- Organizational Leadership
- Motivating and retaining your members
- Retreat & workshop planning
- Budget planning: As always, drop by the Office of Student Life if you'd like more ideas or assistance.