Student Organization Leadership Resources

Student group leadership brings exciting opportunities to create communities and learn new skills in communication, budget management, delegation, and coordination of event and group logistics.

Three leaders of a Colgate club recruit members at the student involvement fair

Leading at Colgate

For student groups, Get Involved serves as the central hub for information for student leaders and any student seeking to join a community. Student leaders may use Get Involved to apply for funding, advertise meetings, communicate with members, and record group documents. Recognized organizations must keep an active roster on their page to be eligible for Budget Allocation Committee funding. If you need help or have questions about your group, please contact your Student Organization Adviser or review the Student Organization Handbook.

The Office of Student Involvement is not just for leaders of student organizations. OSI sponsors the Student Leadership Development Fund, which supports individual student interest in unique opportunities. Previous recipients have attended coaching clinics, diversity and inclusion conferences, and worked with non-profit and non-governmental initiatives.

Meet our team


Wondering how to recruit new members, bring your favorite speaker to campus, or anything in between? Every student group on campus has an adviser to help them manage their organization, plan events, and build community. Student organization advisers play an important role in campus life by offering continuity and encouragement for groups, while connecting them more closely with the university.

Leadership Training

OSI provides many leadership training opportunities throughout the academic year. All student organization leaders are required to attend three leadership lunch presentations each semester and complete a sexual violence prevention training. Training topics include bystander intervention, Intergroup Dialogue workshops, Safe Zone, and Team Dimensions. Even if you are not a student organization leader (yet!), there are opportunities to learn budgeting, professional communication, and everyday leadership skills.

Access Funding

Please see below for information on accessing funding from the Student Activities Fee through the Student Government Association's Budget Allocation Committee (BAC).

Your idea might be eligible for additional sources of funding. The Broad Street Association promotes inclusion, integration, and interaction between theme and Greek communities at Colgate University and has event funding.

Events with Alcohol: Social Hosting

Including alcohol in an event requires weeks of advanced planning. Any event with alcohol requires hosts to be trained, and the event must be registered with the university. The Social Hosting process is managed by Shaw Wellness and is in place to ensure that large social events with alcohol on campus are both safe and enjoyable for all students.