General Position Responsibilities
**Please note that these are generalities, not requirements
- Plans and executes educational programs for the house that promote increased knowledge and awareness.
- Develops a calendar of educational programs each semester.
- Informs house of other educational and personal development programs on campus.
- Invites guests speakers to house meetings and/or other educational programs
A House Education Programming Chair should know:
- The name of the educational programming chair in the hall.
- Where to find guest speakers for programs.
- How to reserve rooms (in case you want to have it elsewhere than the house itself).
Educational/Programming Chair FAQs:
What are some good topics for educational programs?
- Diversity, social justice, and inclusion issues
- Resume writing/interview skills
- Leadership skills
- Gender communication
- Study skills/time management
- Stress relief
- Career planning
- Involvement opportunities at ISU
- Financial management
What are the steps for developing a successful program?
The following steps may help you in planning your events:
- Ask your fellow residents what ideas and desires they have for programs.
- Brainstorm a list of potential ideas at a house meeting.
- Narrow the list down to 3-5 programs that are most feasible and/or have the most interest from the house.
- At a house meeting, confirm that these 3-5 are the ones the house would like to see.
- Ask for volunteers to serve on an educational programming committee.
- Take a calendar, and determine when the best times for these programs would be. Decide the dates early and begin advertising! Be sure to work with whoever is planning your house social events.
- Take each event one-at-a-time, and delegate responsibilities to each person on the committee.
- For each event:
- Determine the location and time.
- Develop a budget for the program by determining what you need. (Do you need food, decorations, paper for flyers, a gift for the presenter, etc.?)
- Advertise the program at house meetings, through e-mail, and by using flyers.
- Hold the program.
- Evaluate the event in your committee, or even at a house meeting. Take this feedback and use it to make the next program bigger and better!
Where can I find good presenters?
- Based on the topic, consult colleges, departments, community organizations, etc.
- The following contacts may help you find a speaker:
- Your CA and Hall Director
- The Student Activities Center (1560 Memorial Union, 294-8081)
- The Dean of Students Office (1010 Student Services Bldg., 294-1020)
How do I reserve rooms on campus?
To find out more about room reservations, visit sac.iastate.edu
How can I increase attendance at educational programs?
- Some residents may need an extra push, like a personal invitation to an activity or event.
- Reward residents who get involved.
- Ask yourself: “what benefits do the residents receive from attending educational programs?” If you can’t think of any, it’s time for some new incentives or some new events