We’ve recently begun delving into the world of higher education. Engaging your team, your students, your faculty– we want to help facilitate conscientious discussion. If you think about groups that could greatly benefit from this sort of engagement, you obviously think of businesses, schools, and other things like that. But what other organizations could gain from an open forum discussion? We’re thinking sororities, fraternities, maybe even student senate! Large groups– especially student run organizations like greek orgs and student government– would really thrive. Here are a few ways that student organizations could utilize a POPin session:
Make important decisions for upcoming events: Whether it is a formal, a bonding night, or a philanthropy event, getting the whole group involved in the decision making process would make everyone feel like their voices are being heard. Being able to vote and comment on location or theme or whatever detail will help people feel more engaged. They are more likely to better enjoy themselves as well. It is often said that you get what you put into these types of organizations. If you sit around and let other people make all the decisions, you are not going to care as much about your own attendance or your membership.
Find Solutions for Critical Issues: We should always try to improve ourselves; the last thing you want is to stagnate. When something goes wrong– or if something was never right in the first place– what’s the appropriate way to respond? Have the Exec board figure it out? Send out a long and detailed survey to the whole chapter? We think having an organized and open conversation is the best way to go about it. The thing about student run organizations is that all of the leaders are also your peers. Sometimes it can be hard to think of your peer as an ‘authority figure.’ When you engage the group to find solutions instead of harping on the negative, you will go a long way.
Optimize Alumni Engagement: Alumni are always looking for ways to stay in touch and engaged with their old organizations. Opening up the discussion to Alumni could be great for both them and you! You get an older and wiser perspective and they get to stay involved. It’s win/win!