President of Macquarie University Women in Science and Engineering
“Being a leader also encompasses developing relationship.”
I would encourage them to not be afraid of starting new initiatives - whether big or small. This could be mentoring programs organised by society executives in conjunction with industry professionals and academics, or charity events to raise awareness about global issues.
I would also emphasise that being a leader also encompasses developing relationships with Faculties and other societies on campus. Inter-society and inter-disciplinary events not only attract a larger audience, but are also imperative in improving the student experience at universities.
Our STEMMx event is not as big as TEDx events but we invite speakers with STEMM backgrounds to give inspirational TEDx-style talks. This year, we had an engineer from Schneider Electric, and academics from the Department of Computing, Engineering and Biology who gave presentations on 'Women in STEMM industries: challenges and achievements' theme. We had 45 students at the event, and we hope to increase our numbers next year.
Create a charity event + invite another club + utilize a well-known model
Harkiran’s tips were all so good that they have been combined into one, super-sized Campus Challenge.
Yes or No: Does your society currently run a fundraiser in support of a charity?
If your society, a group of likeminded, passionate students have come together to form a community, then coming together to contribute to a cause larger than yourselves is the next step up.
If the answer is Yes, you have a head start. Your challenge could be to break the record for your club in dollars raised.
If the answer is No, you have low-hanging fruit. Low-hanging fruit is an expression that represents an easy win. If no one in the club has formally organized a fundraiser in the past, then proposing it and forming a committee or students to support you to do it is your challenge.
Key steps (and for full details check out Campus UNLEASHED):
(1) Reach out to other clubs and brainstorm options for challenges/fundraisers;
(2) Pick a cause that aligns with your shared interests;
(3) Set a goal and assemble a team;
(4) Share. Share. Share. Facebook & LinkedIn are your friends;
Consider running an event with admission going to charity e.g. STEMMx