SLICE supports its community of advisors through training and resources to help them serve as support systems to Carnegie Mellon’s large population of organizations. We achieve this through discussions and trainings on relevant areas of interest, regular communication, and by sharing research and best practices for advisors, as well as individual support when situations arise.
How to Be a Successful Advisor
A successful advisor can look different depending on the organization’s mission, function and needs. Review some of the best practices that SLICE has compiled for advisors.
Know your group. An advisor should be familiar with the mission and vision of the organization and should understand their short and long term goals. Understanding where they want to go will help you ask the right questions and provide the appropriate resources to get them there.
Topics to Cover with Your Organization
SLICE encourages advisors to cover the topics below each year with your organization in order to develop the most productive relationship.
- What is the mission and vision of your organization?
- What are some of your short and long term goals? What timeline will you achieve those goals?
- How active is this organization (meetings, events, service, etc.)?
- What are some of this organization’s biggest strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you transition or pass information along to newly elected leaders?
- What are you looking for in an advisor?
- How often do you want to meet and what do you want to discuss during these meetings?
- What is the most effective way for us to communicate (email, text message, in person meetings, etc.)?
Resources & Best Practices
Success in Young Orgs Worksheet (pdf)
As a young campus organization, figuring out how to get started and maintain momentum can be a challenge. This worksheet is structured to help your organization leadership clarify purpose, identify key policies and processes relevant to your organization, and set you up for success for years to come.
Assisting Officer Transitions (pdf)
One of the most important functions of an advisor is to assist in the transition from one set of student organization officers to the next. (Resource from the University of Florida)
Request a Training
SLICE staff will meet one-on-one with advisors for trainings. Email the SLICE Office if there are specific trainings you are interested in. Potential trainings include: