Student Involvement on University Committees
Tips for Meaningful Engagement
Current students can offer tremendous value to university committees, task forces, working groups, and similar. The following tips are offered as advice to faculty and administrators in working with students in this capacity.
- Students will need to work around their schedules for meetings. Encourage students so share their schedules (e.g. class, work, family, etc…) and accommodate their availability. Students’ schedules change frequently (at a minimum, semesterly, but more frequently too). Take care to accommodate students who have other commitments besides MSU Denver. Student engagement opportunities need to be accessible to students who have varying commitments and responsibilities. Note: Students generally do not rely on Outlook calendar to share availability. Work with them directly to identify and communicate meeting times.
- Employee or volunteer? Discuss expectations with student. If they’re a student employee, also discuss with student’s supervisor. Clarify if they will be engaged as an employee or volunteer.
- Consider compensating non-employees for their service(s). Consider a gift card or other token of your appreciation for their contributions if compensation otherwise is not a fit.
Be explicit with sharing these types of logistical decisions with the student at the time they are invited to participate in the committee.