Advisors are an integral part of every student organization at The University of Texas at El Paso; no organization can officially register with the Student Engagement & Leadership Center without one.
In recent years, much has been written regarding the need to integrate co-curricular activities with classroom experiences to create a more effective undergraduate learning environment. Traditionally, student organizations are a vibrant example of those activities. There is a great need for effective, informed student organization advisors to help campuses realize the potential of student groups to enhance the learning environment. Involvement in a student organization is just one of many ways for UTEP students to get involved on campus.
Research 1 indicates that there are numerous benefits to involvement and reveals that students who are involved:
- Receive better grades
- Are more successful in their academic program
- Are more likely to stay in school and graduate timely
- Feel more satisfied with their college experience
- Are more marketable when job searching and applying to grad school
- Develop valuable leadership and interpersonal skills
- Connect better with peers, faculty and staff members
In order to best serve students and get the most out of the experience, it is important that advisors fully understand our role and are aware of the many ways in which we can encourage student development. It is important to think of every encounter with students as a learning opportunity, and how those encounters are shaped will depend on personal factors, such as advising style and relationship-building techniques.
Simultaneously, our student organizations must remain student ran. As advisors, we are in place to guide and protect, but we also want to allow our students the space to make mistakes (so long as they do not violate laws and/or University policies!)
Student Organizations Services offers two programs specifically for RSO Advisors:
- Advisor Round Tables – these discussions take place every semester and cover pertinent topics, including travel, transitioning, title IX, and so on.
- Advisors’ Luncheon – this recognition takes place in November as a thank you for all you do for our students!
For any questions, please email
Student Organizations Services Coordinator
1Portions of the above statements are adapted from:
Advisors. Center for Student Involvement. University of Florida (2006).
McKaig, R.N. (1999). Advising Student Organizations. About Campus, 4 (1)