A significant amount of research has been done to show that the student’s experience outside of the classroom can often times be just as significant towards his or her development as the time spent within the classroom. The advisor role offers professionals opportunities to facilitate student development outside of the classroom. Often students will point to their experience in a student organization as the most meaningful experience in their college career. With that in mind, it is important to note that the role of the advisor is a very important one. Information or assistance of any kind is always available to faculty or staff members seeking more resources on advising.
From Academic Clubs to Sports Clubs, Gonzaga University is host to 100 different student organizations. This array of activities contributes to Gonzaga’s strong sense of community and provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. This guide is designed to provide the advisor with concrete information on how to be a successful advisor.
The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership offers a variety of student organizational services to advisors. To find out more information about advisor training programs or other information related to student organizations please contact our office at 313.6123. Additionally, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership houses a variety of printed materials that cover a wide range of topics including: meetings, icebreakers/team builders, communication skills, leadership styles, ethics, recruiting members, fundraising, problem solving, multicultural awareness, presentations and programming, publicity, stress management, volunteerism, training, delegation, conflict resolution.