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Office of Student Life

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The Office of Student Life aspires to engage students in diverse learning opportunities that will be influential in their personal and professional development. Furthermore, the Office of Student Life is committed to assisting in retention efforts by implementing programs and services that will enhance involvement and learning outside of the classroom. 

The Office of Student Life offers a variety of programs and services that will enhance your educational career while here at MUW. We hope that you will take advantage of all the wonderful and exciting opportunities MUW has to offer.

During this pandemic, it is imperative that student organizations stay engaged to survive the transition from face-to-face interactions to social distancing.

After all, social interaction through extra-curricular activities is known to boost student satisfaction. With that in mind, here are a few tips for student leaders to optimize engagement.

Over Communicate

With schedules being interrupted abruptly, and the method of communication changing, it is best to over communicate to make sure that information is not lost in translation. Consider using chat applications like GroupMe, text groups, or Marco Polo. Don’t assume that no news is good news. Be sure to check-in with each other on a regular basis.

Create a new normal by scheduling virtual meetings based on everyone’s new schedules. But don’t forsake meeting because of social distancing. There are still ways to be productive. Many resources like Zoom and Google Hangout are offered for free.

Show Appreciation

Although we expect everyone to engage at the same level as if we were not in a pandemic, for some students, engaging may not be as easy. Be sure to show appreciation towards members for joining virtual meetings, conducting business, and contributing to productivity. A quick personalized text can go a long way!

Delegate Responsibilities

Although this delegation is something clubs should already be accustomed to, please don’t forget that more, now than ever, each member should hold their own weight. The organization is not the responsibility of one or a few leaders. Members are more engaged when they have clear roles, and assigned tasks to complete.

Be Aware of Members’ Needs

Some students aren’t experiencing issues with the current transition to remote instruction. Some are students don’t have as much access or secure Wi-Fi networks. Be sure not to assume that everyone can connect in the same way. Find what methods work best for all members so that no one is left out.

Incorporate Extracurricular Activities

All fun and no play makes the members go away J No seriously, don’t forget that if everything were normal, you’d spend time catching up, hanging out, and doing fun things. Don’t neglect those things, now. Just be creative! Have a concert. Have a dance battle. Or get closer with intimate icebreakers. Whatever you do, don’t forget to have fun!

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Student Life

Cochran Hall, 2nd Floor
1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701
Phone: (662) 329-7350
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