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Student Organization Advisor Training and Resources

Student Organization advisors are vital to a student organization's success. The value advisors add to student organizations can be immeasurable at times. Advisors provide valuable guidance, a historical perspective, and a true passion for what their student organization provides for Penn State's campus life.

The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement provides several resources and programs to better prepare student organization advisors for their role. Our hope is that advisors interact with organization leaders regularly, attend executive meetings, attend a few programs, and serve as a liaison between the university and the students. The advising experience can be very rewarding and advisors can have a lasting impression on students

Student Organization Monthly Advisor Workshops

The Student Organization Monthly Advisor Workshops provide training opportunities for faculty and staff advisors to improve their ability to work well with student organizations. They are offered once a month and typically last one hour.

Topics address the various elements involved in ensuring the success and sustainability of all student organizations. These topics also address student development theory in order for the advisors to understand the multitude of issues that college students deal with, both as students and as individuals.

  • Upcoming Fall Advisor Workshop Dates Coming Soon!

Student Organization Advisor Training

Student Leadership and involvement offers training and support for new and returning advisors each year. Check out some of the available training sessions below.

Advisor Kick Start Training
For fall 2022 we are offering a pre-recorded training video. Please view this video to prepare for the semester.
Fall 2022 "Kick Start" Student Organization Advisor Training
New Student Organization Advisor Training

Each semester, we offer a New Student Organization Advisor Training. As a new advisor, there can be a lot of uncertainty as to the role you are supposed to play for a student organization. These training sessions cover a full agenda of topics including, advising philosophy, roles, responsibilities, logistics, and much more. Advisors are not required to attend but we highly recommend you attend in order to best prepare yourself as an advisor. More details about these trainings coming soon!

Kick Start Training

Each academic year, Student Leadership and Involvement holds training sessions to help refresh advisors on University policies relevant to student organizations. These training sessions also include any new policies that have been implemented since the previous year. Sessions are held in various campus locations at the advisors' convenience. Advisors are not required to attend but we highly recommend you attend in order to best prepare yourself as an advisor. The schedule will be updated here and shared via the advisors' listserv closer to the training timeframe.

For Fall 2022 we are offering a pre-recorded training video. Please view this video to prepare for the semester and should you have any questions, please email us at

Summer Summit

The student organization advisor summer summit is a developmental opportunity to bring advisors together to prepare to support their student organizations and leaders in the upcoming academic year.  The theme is based on current institutional and national issues. More details on the summit coming soon!

Clery Act (campus security)

The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement is partnering with University Police to educate student organization advisors on the Clery Act.

According to federal law, specifically The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (recently known as the Clery Act), Penn State Police Department is required to report "statistics concerning the occurrences of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who is defined as a 'Campus Security Authority.'"

Please familiarize yourself with the links below. If there are any questions regarding this please contact Stephanie Brooks, Penn State Police at 814-863-1907.

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