The Marist Student Programming Council is responsible for the organization and development of various student related events. These events are aimed at enhancing student programming skills, increasing student awareness of their environment and community and creating a platform where students can share and work in order to create a better future for themselves. The council has also established a Student Programming Registry in order to help student organizers to plan and produce successful events. But unfortunately not everyone on the council seems to be keen on doing some planning.
I believe that one of the main reasons why planning is not properly done by the Marist Student Programming Council is that the students do not actually run the council. In other words they are passive participants, which the council does not really want. The students are there to support each other and make the events succeed. They are not running the events so why should the council to allow them to do so?
When I was in the process of organizing an event for a student programming group, I made sure that the student volunteers knew that they were required to do something before the event even takes place. It was very clear to me that my job was not to organize the event but rather to ensure that all my students had taken part in the planning process. After all, the whole point is that you don’t just have one event. You organize multiple events which require a lot of planning. It is up to each student to ensure that he/she is part of all the decisions before the event takes place.
This way the students won’t feel like they have been left out at all. It will also give them a sense of ownership over the entire event. If they feel like they have an impact on it, they will enjoy themselves more and participate better. The council should take note that this is also a part of their job as leaders of the school and that they need to do this. The school itself cannot do everything and it is also the responsibility of the council to do what they can to facilitate a smooth planning process and maximize their results.
So, when planning an event, the Marist Student Programming Council should not leave anything up to chance. Student volunteers must know who is organizing the event and why. They should be able to tell you if you are doing the right thing by inviting only women students to your event or if you need to invite both men and women. The student programming council should make sure that all their decisions are based on the students’ needs and this includes their gender.
The speakers should also be picked out. The student volunteers should have a few female speakers so that everyone will benefit from the diversity of the speakers. Diversity of views is what makes an event successful. You need to balance the gender ratio in order to make it appealing to everyone. Having a balance between male speakers and female speakers is also preferable.
Once everything is set, the student programming committee should review and edit the program. The speakers’ list should be included in the program, with a brief overview about the topic. It is very important that these speakers are chosen according to their capability and the level of interest of the audience. The student council should discuss with the organizers of the event and schedule a time for the speakers to appear at the event. The student programming committee might also want to include short segments about the speaker’s achievements and opinions.
The student programming council is the one responsible for the success of any event. If you are organizing an event and you want to hire a speaker, do it yourself. Get help from a friend who is knowledgeable in this area. Do her latest blog not rely on what the event organizers say because they might have biased opinions that do not correspond with your needs and do not make you satisfied with the content.