Students at the University of New Haven are involved in a wide array of Recognized Student Organizations. The Office of Student Activities currently oversees about 160 organizations so there is something for nearly every student to become involved with.
Each organization has at least one full time faculty or staff member who acts as their advisor. Many of the advisors share similar interests and goals as the students within the organizations. They are able to bring their professional expertise to their role as an advisor and enhance the overall experience for students. Since faculty and staff are unable to advise more than two organizations at a time, this allows them to focus their attention on the needs of fewer students and assist in the development of stronger leadership skills.
The advisor plays a key role in the longevity and overall success of an organization. They attend programs, events, and trips as well as support student development. Advisors are an extension of the support and guidance offered by the Office of Student Activities and must adhere to all University policies and procedures.
Current advisors may contact the Office of Student Activities with questions regarding their Recognized Student Organization(s) at any time. They may also refer to the information in the advisor handbook for additional resources.
There are many things to consider when deciding on whether or not to advise an organization. Time and the ability to offer support are the two most important factors. Since each organization is unique, discussing the needs with the student members is usually the best way to figure out if its a good fit for both sides.
Faculty and staff members who are interested in serving as an advisor to a Recognized Student Organization may contact the Office of Student Activities. If there are currently any organizations in need of an advisor or students in the process of formulating a new organization that fits your interests then we will do our best to connect you.