Managing Your Student Organization
Tap into your passion and create your Carnegie Mellon experience with a community of your peers through student organizations. The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) is here to support your student organization and to make managing your organization as easy as possible—so you can forge friendships and new ground to do work that matters.
Setting Your Org Up for Success
Step 1: Transition your Executive Board
Step 2: Update Your Organization's TartanConnect Page
Step 3: Attend the The REACH Training Program
Step 4: Communicate with Student Government
Step 5: Check on Your Finances
Step 6: Connect with an Advisor
Step 7: Communicate with Your Members
Step 8: Review University Policies
Step 9: Plan Your Events & Meetings
Step 10: Connect with SLICE
Recruiting engaged, motivated and passionate individuals will help you achieve the meaningful work of your student organization. The SLICE Office arranges opportunities throughout the year for you to meet your future members depending on if you're looking to recruit from the general student body or for fraternity and sorority chapters.
Productive student organizations must work together as a team and the team should be built on a solid foundation of communication, trust and accountability. Embracing tech for your student organization can enhance teamwork and help you to communicate effectively and efficiently. Utilize university resources like TartanConnect, a platform for student orgs to manage membership and message members, to post events, to run annual officer elections, to and to record your activities and membership - showcasing involvement and life within your organization.
Accessing Your Org's Spaces
As a Carnegie Mellon student organization, you have the ability to obtain a mailbox and access to cards and buildings to conduct your organization's business.
CMU places a high expectation on our student organizations.
Student Organization Conduct
Student org's are expected to positively contribute to our campus community while adhering to all applicable policies, procedures and laws governing student organization conduct. Any misalignment with these expectations is handled through the student organization conduct process and managed by SLICE. SLICE expects that our student organization leaders will report concerning behavior and educate members on the resources available to them.
What makes your organization unique?
Your Organization’s Brand
A brand is a perception formed in the mind of your audiences at every point of contact — verbal or visual. Words and images used to represent your org’s brand reflect your organization and what is stands for as part of the Carnegie Mellon community.
Did you know CMU has brand archetypes? CMU's character, defined by our rich history and personality traits, is equal parts SAGE, HERO and OUTLAW. Think which programs or aspects of your organization embrace these archetypes. How does your organization make these characters come to life?
Your organization must demonstrate a unified and distinct point of view, as well as an understanding of your org’s values and beliefs. There are key components to understanding, defining and communicating your organization’s brand.
Communicating Your Brand
1. Know your audience.
2. Know what makes your organization unique from others who may be similar in nature.
3. Know your mission and your values.
4. Know your brand.
Brand consistency is key to brand recognition for your audience. Your brand will provide a common language and visuals, which will help to judge whether communications are on or off-brand. Knowing your brand and staying true to it will allow your organization to devote energy to creating and delivering the best, most effective communications and marketing efforts.
COVID-19 has highlighted the demand for virtual meetings, resources and events. Pandemic aside, virtual resources are a great way to make your information and events accessible to all users. Set up a meeting with a SLICE staff member to discuss how you can plan a virtual event. You can also learn from your fellow student leaders about how they are embracing the virtual space and creating successful virtual events. Watch the Student Organization Virtual Success Panel for some tips!
Watch the SLICE STudent Org Virtual Success Panel