Becoming an Advisor

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Benefits

Thanks for your interest in advising a registered student organization.

Eligibility

  • Any full-time faculty, staff, or graduate student (full-time enrolled only) is eligible to advise a registered student organization. Other representatives of the Northwestern community (e.g. alumni, part-time employees, graduate assistants) may be eligible at the discretion of Student Organizations & Activities staff.
  • The time commitment involved with advising a student organization varies greatly. In some cases, the obligation may only consist of a few face-to-face meetings per academic term. In other cases, advisors attend the student group's regular planning meetings, attend the group's events, and co-lead retreats for group members.
  • A full list of registered student organizations (in addition to other campus entities) is included in Wildcat Connection. Feel free to browse or use search terms to see which organizations are established on campus. Many groups also have links to social media channels available from their Wildcat Connection page.

Support

  • Advising should be a fulfilling and low-stress commitment. If you advise a group, student members may have a financial account with the student organization finance office (SOFO), use institutional resources to travel (such as Motorpool or service vans), and plan events with contract procedures. Student Organizations & Activities staff is here to answer your questions regarding campus policies and guidelines. The staff offer optional trainings throughout the academic year on topics advisors express concerns or learning gaps. In addition, you will have access to online resources such as the advisors LISTSERV and Northwestern advisors resources hosted on BOX.

Org Sign-Up

  • If you are interested in becoming a first-time advisor, complete this form. If you have already been in communication with a specific student group about taking the advisor role, you will have an opportunity to mention that. If you are generally interested in advising a student group, the Student Organizations & Activities team will review and contact you with information about groups in search of an advisor to maintain their active status (likely newer groups, established groups whose advisor recently departed, or groups that are temporarily advised with the intention of an advisor transition in the near future).
  • For any specific questions, please contact Assistant Director Tracey Gibson-Jackson.