General New Org Information
Importance of Student Organizations
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee considers student organization activities and programs an integral part of the University’s mission. The programs and activities contribute significantly to the students’ total educational development and progress. Student activities provide experiences which stimulate interest and understanding of current social, economic, political, cultural or religious problems and issues. At the same time, they provide rewarding experiences that come from living and working in group projects with individuals of varying races, life-styles, creeds, and cultural backgrounds. In addition, student activities provide students with stimulation for intellectual growth, leadership development, democratic processes, and citizenship responsibilities.
Things to Consider Before Starting a New Student Organization
Currently, there are approximately 300 student organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). While the University is supportive of co-curricular and extracurricular experiences, the institution has a responsibility to manage the resources needed for such a large number of organizations. There is also a limit as to how many students may be interested in joining a new organization with so many student organizations already available to them.
Before you begin consider the following questions:
- Does your proposed organization overlap with any existing organizations? Check the student organization list at www.stuorgs.uwm.edu . If there is some overlap, what makes the proposed new organization different from similar organizations?
- Is it likely that there will be enough student interest in the organization to sustain it over time?
- Has a similar organization been active on campus in the past? If so, see the Renewal/Inactive section of this website.
- Will the proposed organization require special resources (facilities, equipment, etc.) to operate and if so how will the organization gain access to these unique resources?
Help Setting Up a New Organization
Student Involvement is designed to help students make the most of their extracurricular experience at UWM by offering a wide range of services, activities, and programs for students and organizations. The staff can help students plan events, interpret University policies, develop training for members and advise students on a variety of organizational development topics. Student Involvement is located on the third floor of the Union Building (Room 363) and can be reached at 414-229-5780 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Many helpful tips, forms, and announcements are right here at www.involvement.uwm.edu.