Before you Commit
Advising a student organization is a commitment. We strongly advise potential advisors to meet and openly discuss expectations and responsibilities before becoming the official advisor of record. It is important that you and the organization are a good fit. Some questions to consider asking the organization prior to making a commitment are:
- How much involvement is needed or expected?
- Do you expect for me to be at every meeting and/or event?
- Are there leadership/executive meetings separate from general meetings?
- How often does the group meet?
- How many events, outside of general meetings, does the group sponsor?
- What assistance from me will you need in executing meetings and events?
Group Dynamics/General Information
- How has the organization been in regards to meeting deadlines?
- What are the strengths of the organization?
- What are some of the challenges currently facing the organization?
- What is the process for me getting “approved” by the organization to be its advisor?
- Can I see a copy of the organization’s constitution?
- How experienced are the student leaders?
- What is the transition like for student leaders?
- When do you hold elections?
- What will our process be if I have serious concerns or we disagree?
- What goals does the organization have set for this year?
- How we will communicate (i.e. meet separately, email, phone)
- How do my skills and personalities match what you are looking for?
- What are ways that I can be helpful to the organization?
- What expectations do you have for an advisor?
- What role do you want me to play during a meeting? Should I contribute to conversation or remain silent?
- Is there more than one advisor (i.e. team advising) or am I the only advisor?
- Am I expected to give feedback? If so, How? When?
- What can I do to support the organization?
- How are the organization’s finances?
- Does the organization have a habit of financial responsibility?
- How often would I need to sign financial paperwork?
- How often will you update me on organizational spending and account balances?
- Does the organization have a history of conduct issues?
- Are there risky events, programs or practices that the organization is currently practicing?