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Competencies for Advisors

The Office of Student Leadership & Service works with all of our student organization advisors to advance their competencies in the following areas:

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Institutional and Organizational Knowledge

  • Understand Chartered Student Organization Policies and Procedures: It is vital that advisors would be aware of the key policies that would affect the good-standing of their organizations.
  • Develop strategies to navigate Emory: Advisors should be able to know the campus well enough to help students navigate to the appropriate offices and resources.
  • Gain knowledge related to organization specific artifacts, like a constitution: Advisors must be able to know and interpret an organizations constitution to be able to provide advice and guidance for the organization.

Risk Management Skills and Knowledge

  • Understand Emory policies and procedures, including but not limited to travel, alcohol, open expression, hazing, and contracts: Advisors must serve as a first-line of defense to help ensure the organization follows University policy.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the Emory Code of Conduct: Advisors should be aware of and able to advise students related to standards of behavior for Emory students. 
  • Develop skills to provide risk reduction strategies for student organizations: Advisors must help their organizations identify ways to reduce risk from organizational activities. 

Cultural Humility and Social Responsibility

  • Create a positive organizational and campus environment for diverse student populations: Advisors should work with organizational leaders to evaluate and change the environments of their organizations to be as fully inclusive as possible.
  • Develop an ability to advise organizations related to access, equity, and inclusion issues: Advisors must be able to advise students when certain actions, activities, communications, or events would be potentially offensive or limiting. 
  • Serve as an advocate for diverse students broadly: Advisors must understand their organizations operate in the context of a broader community and have both rights and responsibilities in that community. 

Group Effectiveness

  • Develop a working knowledge of basic student development and team development processes: Advisors should have the ability to support both the individual development and organizational development of the group they advise. 
  • Learn strategies for coaching and advising leaders in student organizations: Advisors must be able to foster leaderhip in their organizations through advising, coaching, and consultation.