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Student Organization Advisor Training

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.

Fall 2020: “Guiding Student Organizations Through Change”

2020 has presented many challenges stemming from COVID-19 and national social justice issues.  This year we hope to address both of these issues in order to support your students when they return to Penn State, in-person or remotely.  We hope you can join us for the entire summit.  If you are unable to, please join any sessions you find valuable.  This program will be coordinated through zoom; please see the various links below.

Summer Summit August 13, 2020
Title Presenter Time
Opening Session Peggy Lorah , Ph.D.; Student Affairs 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Civic and Human Rights Oriented Work  Heather Veale;
Student Activities
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
With White Privilege Comes Responsibility  Shannon Telenko, Ph.D.;
College of Education
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Lunch On your own 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Organization Responsibilities and Developmental Opportunities Dawn Savage;
Student Activities
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mitigating Risk as an Advisor Jared Wise;
Risk Management
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session Jen Grossman Leopard, D.Ed.;
Student Activities
4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Kick Start Training

Toward the beginning of the academic year, multiple trainings are held 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 below schedule will be shared via the advisors' listserv.

Date Time Location
Monday, August 17 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Zoom Link
Wednesday, August 19 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Zoom Link
Tuesday, August 20 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Zoom Link
Tuesday, August 25 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Zoom Link
Thursday, August 27 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Zoom Link

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. The schedule will be shared via the advisors' listserv.