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Building your RHA Chapter from the Ground Up

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  1. Building your RHA Chapter from the Ground Up Melissa Turkington and M’Liss DeWald The Evergreen State College

  2. Agenda Purposing Research Institutional support Advisor resources Marketing campaign Training Other things to keep in mind

  3. Assess Challenges of your Current Structure • Determine your purpose • Two phases of restructuring: • Institutional- what value does the institution place on your RHA? • Organizational- purposing exercises with the group

  4. Do your Research • Foundational Documents • Draft or revise your constitution • GO Constitution • Glean from other RHA chapters • Resources • What are they? • Space • Budget • Time and energy • Campus networking • Where is your support coming from?

  5. Institutional Support • Administrative • Make sure your supervisor knows enough about what you do to support your needs • Budget • Where is your budget coming from? Student fees? • Know state laws around budgets • Know how to supplement your budget • How to break up your budget • Make friends with everyone involved with money handling! • Informational interviews • Ask lots of questions • Know their busy times

  6. Advisor Resources Don’t re-invent the wheel • “Advice for Advisers”: your new best friend • Articles • The Wave/Soundings/Talking Stick • The Chronicle/Academic Publications • Theories • Leadership Development • Group Development • Network with other advisors

  7. Get your Name Out Branding Logo • Banners • Balloons • Co-sponsorship Marketing Active • Campaign (Canvas, Table, Mailboxes, Take-aways) • Host events (Greener Spirit Night) • Start at Orientation Passive • Facebook • Website • Agendas/minutes • E-mails

  8. Training • Train your Executive Board • Retreat – if you can’t retreat, do it somewhere on campus • Show retreat schedule

  9. Training Schedule FRIDAY • Travel to location leave at 3pm? • 2 hours • Hiring paperwork/contract (1 hour) • Go over hiring paper work and have them fill it out • Read the contract out loud and have them sign it • Team builder (1 hour) • Name game – with chickens • Amazon river and love turtle game • Ground rules and expectations for training (1 hour) • Set ground rules as a team • Give them advisors expectations • Put both of them on the wall • DINNER (1 hour) • Personality profile (30 min) • Success signals/true colors • How to communicate (based on profiles) (30 min) • Interpreting your style and working with the group • Read through GO Handbooks

  10. Saturday • BREAKFAST (30 minutes) • Team Builder/Energizer (30 minutes) • Lumberjack ninja’s • Officer positional training (2 hours) • We go around individually train the officers on their positions • Set individual goals- share those goals with us in one on one’s or with the group • Set meeting time • Housing Arbitration Panel Training (30 minutes) • Go over HAP responsibilities and set meetings • Basic meeting protocols (30 min) • Run down of what meetings look like this year • Constitution (30 min) • LUNCH • Programming nuts and bolts (publicity, learning themes) (30 minutes) • Go over handouts and large scale programming • Attitude (FISH) (1 hour) • Recruitment and Motivation (1 hour) • Read article • Talk about the article • Activity • Group development and relational leadership (60-90 min) • DINNER • Storyboarding goal activity (2ish hours) • Mission statement • Post-it activity with goals • Step by step planning of activities • Night activities (it’s a secret, don’t tell anyone)

  11. Training Schedule Sunday • Breakfast (30 min) • Assessing group dynamics activity (30 min) • Clean up and load car (30 min) • Wrap up (30 min) • Touch someone who… • Drive home (2 hours)

  12. Other Things to Consider • Involve RAs • Continue training throughout the year • Create a 2-year plan • Schedule restructure times • Integrate other programs and groups

  13. 2 Year Plan Greener Organization 2-year Plan (2008-2010) Goals • Affiliate with NACURH by Spring 2009 • Create NHRR chapter by Winter 2010 • 50% active member retention by Fall 2009 • Relative autonomy (Advisor does not make most of project/scheduling decisions) • Represent Evergreen at PACURH by Spring 2009 • Initiate Of-The-Month Awards by Winter 2009 • Absorb the HAP and Free Store by Winter 2009 • Have a GO-centered marketing plan by Winter 2010 • Attend PACURH, no-frills and NACURH by Spring 2010 Purpose, Duties of the Officers, Active Members’ Duties, Membership, Conferences, GO-Sponsored Councils, General Structure, and Meeting Structure

  14. Questions?