The office of student activities will host its first Student Organization Leadership Development Day to help clubs strengthen leadership skills and to give them a head start on required training for the fall.
The event, also known as SOLD, is 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2. Check-in, breakfast and welcome will be in the Vista Room of the Central Academic Building at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
It is not mandatory for student organizations to attend. So far, 52 students will represent 25 organizations, according to Cristina Dominguez, coordinator of student activities. Some students will represent multiple clubs.
Dominguez has organized events that will offer skills, strategies and best practices to support campus organizations. The schedule includes a check-in, breakfast, three sessions, lunch, which will include an alumni student leader panel, and closing remarks.
“They are going to get breakfast, they’re going to get some swag when they get there, they’re gonna get lunch, they’re going to get leadership development opportunities with community members, with alumni and with people on campus,” Dominguez said.
The first part of the day will be dedicated to breakout sessions on important issues for student organization leaders.
The second part of the day, after lunch, will focus on training sessions required for clubs to remain recognized student organizations.
However, the university will offer additional training sessions in September, Dominguez said.
“The incentive for attending SOLD is that these students will get to take those trainings before they are regularly offered and have that out of the way by the time classes start and give their organization a head start to become recognized more quickly,” she wrote in an email to The Mesquite July 17.
La-Tieka Sims, Student Government Association president, will attend along with Vice President Martin Calderon. Sims said she believes the event and trainings are vital and one aspect of what it takes to lead and be part of a student organization.
“Just being a member in a student organization already puts you in a leadership position,” Sims said. “We need to know what we’re doing in order to represent the school.”
Sims says the trainings are relevant to any student organization because they help students learn how to carry themselves and how to act accordingly. Sims plans on two separate trainings for her organization.
Other university students, leaders and members of other organizations will also attend the daylong event.
Jacquelynn Renae Jaso, a business administration senior with a concentration in management human resources, is a member of seven organizations. They include the Mexican American Student Association and the Jaguar Business Club. She will attend and represent all as a leader.
“I think we can learn a lot from them,” Jaso said of alumni leaders who will speak at the event. “Student organizations need rules and trainings.”
Isaac Humberto Rodriguez, an international business management senior and member of the Catholic Student Association, said he would have liked to attend. However, he is participating in a study abroad program in Hong Kong, set for July 15, where he will display his startup for MGMT 4379, Entrepreneurship: Special Topics Entrepreneurship.
Rodriguez said the Student Organization Leadership Development Day will be educational for attendees.
“It’s good to know what you need to do as an organization,” Rodriguez said.
There are also options for those who are not part of a group or are interested in becoming a member.
“There are a lot of opportunities to network,” Dominguez said. “If you’re wanting to register and attend, you’re more than welcome to come.”
To register, visit https://tamusa.campuslabs.com/engage/event/4383225.
The Office of Student Activities is in Suite 103 of the Central Academic Building. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 210-784-1329. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.