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About Student Life

The Office of Student Life is a department in the Division of Student Affairs.  Our deparment coordinates on campus activities, develops students organizations, provides mentoring and support programs and creates opportunities for leadership development through various programs.

Mission/Vision Statement

The Office of Student Life strives to create a campus community of engaged learners by providing leadership, social, and multi-cultural programs.

Our vision is to motivate every student to engage in the diverse learning and leadership development opportunities made possible through involvement in student organizations and student activities while excelling academically in the classroom. 
 
Facilities
 
The Office of Student Life will be housed at the Student Union Room# 2.16.  This will be a shared space to be used by the Student Life Full Time and Part Time Staff.  It will serve as the Student Organization Center for 102 Registered Student Organizations.  It will house offices for the Student Government Association.
Student Engagement Events (SEE)

The purpose of Student Engagement Events and Activities is to enhance the overall educational experience of students through development of, exposure to, and participation in programs and activities that improve student cooperation and leadership while preparing students to be responsible advocates and citizens and complementing the institution's academic programs. These efforts will provide students with campus programs that build community, institutional endearment, student interaction, school spirit, and campus traditions.  This will be accomplished by focusing on two types of events/program, which are categorized as student community development and multicultural, and defined as follows. 
 
Student Community Development involves the process of educating students as whole people. Students are provided with meaningful interactions outside of the classroom that connect students with their peers and with other members of the University community. It aims to enrich the student experience and create lasting campus connections, school pride and relationships. It promotes student learning and development that prepare students for satisfying and productive lifestyles, work, and civic participation. 
 
Multicultural Programs provides intentional learning experiences that educate and support students throughout the stages of their identity development in order to engage students in the process of social justice action and change.  It helps students develop a positive self-concept by providing knowledge about the histories, cultures, and contributions of diverse groups. Recognizing that equality and equity are not the same thing, multicultural education attempts to offer all students an equitable educational opportunity, while at the same time, encouraging students to critique society in the interest of social justice.
 
Student Organization Services (S0S)

The purpose of Student Organization Services is to enhance the overall educational experience of students through development of, exposure to, and participation in programs and activities that improve student cooperation and leadership while preparing students to be responsible advocates and citizens and complementing the institution's academic programs.
 
These efforts will provide students with campus programs that build community, institutional endearment, student interaction, school spirit, and campus traditions.  This will be accomplished by focusing on events/program, which is categorized as leadership development and defined as follows. 
 
Leadership Development is defined by focusing on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.  The Working Ensemble described the leadership educator’s role in this way, “The ultimate aim of leadership development programs based on the proposed model would be to prepare a new generation of leaders who understand that they can act as leaders to effect change without necessarily being in traditional leadership positions of power and authority” (HERI, 1996, p. 12). The Social Change Model promotes a particular approach to leadership and leadership development. It is a nonhierarchical approach, meaning it is not necessary to have authority, an elected position, or a title in order to participate in a group’s leadership processes. It emphasizes mutually defined purposes and commitment to making a difference rather than pursuit of position of power. Its major assumption is that leadership is ultimately about change, particularly change that benefits others in our local and global communities.

The Office of Student Life forecast that we will have 80 Registered Student Organizations, a decrease of 22 organization over last year’s 102 organizations.  This is due to the separation of the institutions and decline in enrollment predicted.   The office of student life provides the following services to registered student organizations at UT Brownsville.
 
·         Official Recognition, Registration and Records
o   Student Organization can be recognized at UTB by registering their student organization through our office.
o   Our departments keeps on file all student organizations documents that include the registration packet, list of officers and members, advisors, constitution, on campus events, and budget.
·         Access to On Campus Facilities and Resources
o   Through our collaboration with Space Management, our department provides access to on campus facilities and grounds for student organizations meetings, and events.
·         Leadership Development Program
o   Conferences
o   Workshops
·         Risk Management Program
o   At least once during each academic year, our department provides a risk management program that addresses
§  Possession and use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and penalties.
§  Hazing
§  Sexual abuse and harassment
§  Fire and other safety issues, including the possession and use of a firearm or other weapon or of an explosive devices
§  Travel
§  Behavior at parties and others events
§  Adaptation of a risk management policy
·         This program will also be available through Distance Learning.
·         Event Management and Consulting
o   The Office of Student Life will develop an event management program that covers
§  Security
§  Cleaning Services
§  Event Management Best Practices
§  Guest Safety
§  Fundraising
§  Logistics and Setup
§  Audio and Visual Request and Uses
§  Project Management
o   Student Life staff will also be available, by appointment, to consult on a project and share their expertise and best practices. 
·         Organizational and Student Leadership Development
o   SOS consults with organization on a variety of topics that help advance the organization as a whole and student leaders individual knowledge of leadership.  Topics include:
§  leadership development
§  fund raising
§  strategic planning
§  organizational skills
§  conflict resolution
§  travel planning
§  risk management.
·         Promotion Recruiting Events
o   SOS promotes all student organizations to the student body through our website, social media, and other marketing techniques to bring awareness and help promote involvement of student organizations on campus. 
o   SOS facilitates the creation of new organizations through recruiting events and programs.  This include the Student Involvement Fair, Club Rush, Join A Club Day and participating in other events such as Orange Crush and Orientation.
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