As a leader, the first thing you should check is whether your group is recognized by your school. Recognition generally confers important benefits such as participation in the activities fair, a budget, and permission to operate. At this point, you will encounter one of two scenarios:
You are recognized. Congratulations! Identify the requirements to retain that recognition (attendance at council meetings, submission dates for budget, sign-up dates for the activities fair), and ensure you meet those requirements. Feel free to move on to the next section.
You are not recognized. Your first priority is to conduct all the activities necessary to receive recognition. Read on.
There are two sets of requirements to consider.
First, what are the official requirements from your student activities council that you have to fulfill in order to receive recognition? Generally, this involves proving a certain level of interest and requesting a budget. Follow these requirements to the letter, and if you have any questions, reach out to a representative on the council.
Second, what current unmet need does your group address that would bring value to the student body?
CS2 (CFA): When I co-founded CFA, we strove to differentiate ourselves from other existing organizations. There were other student consulting groups on campus that covered a variety of fields from specific business interest groups to NGOs. In addition, the university had a small business development center that supported budding entrepreneurs. As an organization that focused on social impact small business consulting, we needed to come up with a value proposition that differentiated us from the competition.
After doing research, we found that consulting groups on campus fell into two categories.
Groups dedicated to teaching about the industry and bringing in thought leaders.
Groups that performed services for actual clients.