The purpose of Student
Organization Services is to enhance the overall educational experience of
students through development of, exposure to, and participation in programs and
activities that improve student cooperation and leadership while preparing
students to be responsible advocates and citizens and complementing the institution's
These efforts will
provide students with campus programs that build community, institutional
endearment, student interaction, school spirit, and campus traditions. This will be accomplished by focusing on
events/program, which is categorized as leadership development and defined as
Leadership Development is defined by
focusing on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The Working Ensemble described the leadership
educator’s role in this way, “The ultimate aim of leadership development
programs based on the proposed model would be to prepare a new generation of
leaders who understand that they can act as leaders to effect change without
necessarily being in traditional leadership positions of power and authority”
(HERI, 1996, p. 12). The Social Change Model promotes a particular approach to
leadership and leadership development. It is a nonhierarchical approach,
meaning it is not necessary to have authority, an elected position, or a title
in order to participate in a group’s leadership processes. It emphasizes
mutually defined purposes and commitment to making a difference rather than
pursuit of position of power. Its major assumption is that leadership is
ultimately about change, particularly change that benefits others in our local
and global communities.
Office of Student Life forecast that we will have 80 Registered Student
Organizations, a decrease of 22 organization over last year’s 102
organizations. This is due to the
separation of the institutions and decline in enrollment predicted. The office of student life provides the
following services to registered student organizations at UT Brownsville.
Official Recognition, Registration and
Student Organization can be recognized
at UTB by registering their student organization through our office.
Our departments keeps on file all
student organizations documents that include the registration packet, list of
officers and members, advisors, constitution, on campus events, and budget.
Access to On Campus Facilities and
Through our collaboration with Space
Management, our department provides access to on campus facilities and grounds
for student organizations meetings, and events.
Leadership Development Program
Risk Management Program
At least once during each academic
year, our department provides a risk management program that addresses
Possession and use of alcoholic
beverages, illegal drugs, and penalties.
Sexual abuse and harassment
Fire and other safety issues, including
the possession and use of a firearm or other weapon or of an explosive devices
Behavior at parties and others events
Adaptation of a risk management policy
This program will also be available
through Distance Learning.
Event Management and Consulting
The Office of Student Life will develop
an event management program that covers
Event Management Best Practices
Logistics and Setup
Audio and Visual Request and Uses
Student Life staff will also be
available, by appointment, to consult on a project and share their expertise
and best practices.
Organizational and Student Leadership
SOS consults with organization on a
variety of topics that help advance the organization as a whole and student
leaders individual knowledge of leadership.
Promotion Recruiting Events
SOS promotes all student organizations
to the student body through our website, social media, and other marketing
techniques to bring awareness and help promote involvement of student
organizations on campus.
SOS facilitates the creation of new
organizations through recruiting events and programs. This include the Student Involvement Fair,
Club Rush, Join A Club Day and participating in other events such as Orange
Crush and Orientation.