Student organizations are a critical part of the collegiate experience and provide a unique opportunity for students to gain practical skills and out-of-classroom experience. An advisor is one who gives ideas, shares insight and provides different perspectives. Advisors serve to guide student organization members through the process of effectively operating an organization ( having their students submit their student org registrations, recruit, host events, make organizational changes, etc.); they do not run the organization. In addition; advisors act as confidants in both individual and organizational-related matters, provide context about the organization’s history and traditions, and can be a valuable source of information. The advisory role also entails serving as a university representative in an official capacity and helping guide the organization in university policy and procedure, but also as a student advocate.
Serving as a student organization advisor provides faculty/staff with personal and professional development, a mentoring experience, the opportunity to make a difference at the University of North Texas and in individual student lives, assisting the university with student retention and exposure to the evolution of today’s students' thought processes.
If an org is needing an advisor, please see requirements shared under "Volunteer to be a Student Org Advisor". If your org is in need of an advisor, we have a list of faculty/staff who are interested in serving as an advisor if you cannot find one.
Throughout the academic year, Student Activities provides workshops and training for all student organization advisors on a variety of topics. If you are an advisor and have topics you would like to see covered during an Advisor Workshop, please contact Student Activities at email@example.com.
Upcoming Fall 2021 Workshops
RSVP at least 2 hours before our workshops to receive the Zoom invitation.
Advising 101 - Presented in Fall 2020
How to Support Students Through Leadership and Service - Presented in Fall 2020
Organization Overview & OrgSync - Presented in Fall 2018
Risk Management - Presented in Fall 2018
Every April/May, Student Activities hosts the Advisor Reception to thank student organization advisors for their hard work and dedication over the last year with their student organization. Information including date, time, and location will be communicated to all advisors during the Spring 2022 semester.
Are you a faculty or staff member looking for ways to be involved with UNT students? How about serving as an advisor to a registered student organization? You must be a full-time UNT faculty or staff member, at least 22 years of age and not pursuing an undergraduate degree at UNT, to serve in this capacity. Submit the Volunteer to be a Student Organization Advisor form and we will use this information to match you with student organizations in need of an advisor. Student organizations may contact you to ask you to serve as their advisor. You are encouraged to meet with the organization to decide whether you would like to accept their request.
If you are a student org searching for an advisor, we highly advise asking a faculty/staff member you know or someone an officer or org member is familiar with. When asking folks to serve as an advisor, it's good to share what your org is, the org mission, some of the things the org does (events, service, etc.), and what you are looking for in an advisor. If you've exhausted your connections trying to find an advisor, please contact Student Activities and we may be of some assistance.