Student Organization Summit

A day dedicated to supporting the growth and wellbeing of Penn’s undergraduate student organizations. This year’s summit will take place on Monday, August 29th, 2022. Check back often as this page will be further populated as more information becomes available!

Registration

Undergraduate student organizations are strongly encouraged to send 2-3 representatives to SOS.  While any returning student is welcome, you may want to review the session schedule to determine if individuals with specific roles make more sense (ex. VP Finance, President, Social Chair, etc.).  Each person should register individually so we have an accurate headcount for planning purposes.  You can also note dietary and accessibility needs in your registration. 

Schedule at a Glance

9:00 – 9:30 AM | Registration | Irvine Lobby

9:30 – 10:00 AM | Welcome | Irvine Main Hall

10:00 – 10:50 AM | All Group Session | Irvine Main Hall

11:00 – 11:50 AM | Breakout Session 1 | Various Locations

12:00 – 1:00 PM | Lunch and Resource Fair | Cafe ’58 (Irvine) 

1:00 – 1:50 PM | Breakout Session 2 | Various Locations

2:00 – 2:50 PM | Breakout Session 3 | Various Locations

Breakout Session Blocks

Session 1| 11-11:50am

Presenter: Katie Bonner, Executive Director, Office of Student Affairs

Have you ever considered the role power plays in your organization or in your traditions?  This session will help students better define hazing and provide tools to identify and disrupt potentially harmful practices within your student organization.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing, Leadership Development

Presenters: Valerie Wrenn, Associate Director, Tutoring Services & Julianne Reynolds, Associate Director, Weingarten Center

This session will highlight the ways in which you as a student leader can better identify when one of your peers may be struggling in the classroom and provide suggestions for how to support them. We will overview Weingarten’s services, provide discussions of signs to look out for, as well as encourage you to consider policies and structures that your organizations have to encourage your members to succeed in their studies.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion & Belonging

Presenter: Trainor Macrone, Public Health Educator, Wellness at Penn

This presentation is an interactive “choose your own adventure” format where attendees get to participate in a “night out”. They will identify high risk situations and learn harm reduction strategies and tools.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing

Presenter: Emily Giffin, Program Coordinator for Community Care, University Life

This session will break down step-by-step how groups should go about registering a social event with University Life. We will talk about the resources available to students (i.e., bartending and security services), different types of events, additional considerations such as space and timing, etc. This session would be ideal for anyone new to their role as the group’s social chair/event planner or, really, anyone who wants to promote community building through social events and isn’t sure where to start.

Note: This session is best for groups who have not registered social events before.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion & Belonging, Process & Planning

Presenter: Sana Saeed, Associate Chaplain and Associate Director, Steve Kocher, Director of SPARC and Senior Associate Chaplain, Spiritual and Religious Life Center

This interactive workshop will introduce SPARC, the groups we support, overview of our in house Faith Fund to support any student group doing religious or spiritual based programming, overview of the various meditation and prayer spaces around campus and create space for dialogue on the ways diverse cultural, spiritual and religious identities may come up in the experience of student leaders. We’ll explore questions on inclusion and belonging, leadership development, health and wellness, financial management and more.

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging

Presenter: Jackie Recktenwald, Program Coordinator, Wellness at Penn & Elisa Foster, Interim Director, Penn Women’s Center

The reversal of Roe v. Wade will have significant implications for how colleges and university provide reproductive healthcare to their students. In this session, students will receive a historical overview of abortion access, understand the current policy landscape of pending legislation at the federal and state level, and learn how to access University resources while supporting themselves and their peers.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing

Presenters: Dr. Karu Kozuma, Executive Director, College Houses & Academic Services & Dr. Chaz Howard, University Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity & Community

Leading a student organization is a great opportunity to make an impact. It can also be a stressful role to fulfill, and student leaders must balance their responsibilities as a leader with academic and other obligations. This session will explore how to sustain yourself as a student leader over the course of the academic year so you and your student organization can thrive.

Note: This session will be limited to 30 students and is best for Presidents/Chairs (students in head leadership role within group).

Tags: Leadership Development, Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion & Belonging

Presenters: Angela Reason & Heather Durham, Financial Coordinators, Office of Student Affairs

This session will provide an overview of SAC and FSC policies to the individuals who are responsible for their group’s finances.

Note: This session is only open to groups who currently have SAC recognition.

Tags: Financial Management, Leadership Development

Presenters: Natives at Penn and Toyce Holmes, Associate Director, Greenfield Intercultural Center

Student leaders will develop an understanding of Land Acknowledgements and how to develop one for their organization or event.

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging

Presenter: Joe Haughey, Assistant Athletic Director, Business Development, Department of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics

This short format session will educate participants on the spaces within Recreation and Athletics that student groups may reserve and how to make those requests. 

Tags: Process & Planning

Presenter: Alexis Celotto, Associate Director, University Life Space and Events Management

This short format session will educate students on the spaces managed by University Life Space and Events Management, how to reserve those spaces, and cost expectations. 

Tags: Process & Planning

Presenters: Student Activities Council

Is your group interested in gaining recognition by the Student Activities Council (SAC)?  This short format session will provide a background on what it means to be SAC recognized, a timeline for the annual recognition process, and answer participant questions.  

Tags: Process & Planning, Financial Management

Presenter: Rodney Robinson, Associate Director, Office of Student Affairs & Yash Rajani, Treasurer, Undergraduate Assembly

Finding funding at Penn can feel complicated.  This short format session will make students aware of major funding sources on campus, discuss considerations for funding requests, and answer participant questions.    

Tags: Process & Planning, Financial Management

Session 2 | 1-1:50pm

Presenter: Janae Tucker, Associate Director, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Penn is not a monolith though sometimes it can be painted in broad strokes. In this session OFSL staff will  speak with leaders who want to explore the myths of Greek Life or misconceptions that are rumored around campus.  This is a chance to dive into student perspective and provide an opportunity for staff and student leaders to answer questions in real time.

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging

Presenters: Jamie Grant & Anne Dickinson, Senior Associate Directors, Career Services

This session will help student club leaders learn effective professional development activities and ways to partner with Career Services to support all club members in their career exploration. Presenters will share tips for most effectively engaging with employers and/or alumni for career development club events, how to request workshops from Career Services, and the extensive resources at the fingertips of all Penn students. Attendees will have the added bonus of learning how to effectively articulate the value of student leadership in their own professional development – including how to highlight experiences on resumes and in interviews. Professional Development Chairpersons or committee members are strongly encouraged to attend.

Tags: Leadership Development

Presenter: Sara Outing, Program Coordinator, Platt Student Performing Arts House

Learn about programs that help campus centers extend their resources to the full student body and the greater Philadelphia community. Featured programs might include Platt House’s free ticket distribution (Community Ticketing Program) and youth arts mentoring program (After School Arts At Penn) as well as the Music Mentoring Program under the Netter Center. Attendees can sign up to participate, or can use these programs as models for building their own outreach and access initiatives.

Tags: Leadership Development, Inclusion & Belonging

Presenter: Penn Medical Emergency Response Team

The opioid epidemic has adversely impacted the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, and expanding opioid overdose reversal (Narcan) education has helped combat this public health crisis. In collaboration with Campus Health and Penn Medicine, MERT will facilitate a hands-on training with student leaders, who would learn how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose using intranasal naloxone, an easy-to-use, readily available medication that reverses opioid overdoses. We encourage student leaders to expand training to members of their own organization to help normalize this skill set across campus.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing

Presenters: Angela Reason & Heather Durham, Financial Coordinators, Office of Student Affairs

This session will provide an overview of SAC and FSC policies to the individuals who are responsible for their group’s finances.

Note: This session is only open to groups who currently have SAC recognition.

Tags: Financial Management, Leadership Development

Presenters: Emily Giffin, Program Coordinator, Community Care, Penn University Life & Jackie Recktenwald, Program Coordinator, Wellness at Penn

This session takes the conversation about social event registration a step further than Social Event Registration 101. It’s an opportunity for participants to walk away with ideas, skills, and practices for hosting a successful social event for their community. While there will be a brief overview of the event registration process, participants will also learn more about the “Why?” of event registration and what your role is as hosts/planners to create a safe, inclusive environment for guests. Wellness at Penn will also provide some alcohol and other drug education in order to help participants feel prepared to offer support if/before issues arise at events.

Note: This session is intended for groups who have registered social events in previous semesters/years.  

Tags: Health & Wellbeing, Process & Planning, Leadership Development

Presenter: Lauren Cordova, Health Educator, Wellness at Penn & Alaina Spiegel, Coordinator of Prevention Programs, Wellness at Penn

Social support and community are incredibly important for building meaningful experiences for you and your peers during your time at Penn. In this session, Wellness at Penn will lead students through an interactive workshop to consider ways to build community within their group or organization. We will also introduce student leaders to the new Wellness at Penn structure and organization, including new office names, the services we offer, and how to access support.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing

Presenters: the Associate Vice President for Equity -Title IX Officer, Penn Violence Prevention, Restorative Practices at Penn, Special Services, Student Counseling, Student Intervention Services, & The Office of the Chaplain.

As a student leader, we want you to feel prepared if a member of your organization discloses something to you. If that something is sexual or interpersonal violence (SV/IPV) related, there are resources that can help you navigate that conversation. Join us for an interactive panel discussion to better understand what Penn’s SV/IPV resources can do to assist you and your peers. Participants will walk away with knowledge of various formal and informal options, as well as confidential or private resources available to them related to interpersonal violence.

Tags: Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion & Belonging

In partnership with the Spiritual and Religious Life Center

This sessions is for students of Penn’s spiritual and religious communities, members of PRISM and people interested in these communities. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with the interfaith community and access resources to support your group’s success this year.

Note: This session is open to Penn’s spiritual and religious communities, members of PRISM and people interested in these communities.

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging, Leadership Development

In partnership with the Cultural Resource Centers

This will be an opportunity to discuss collective goals and for relationship building among leaders of the 7B and Cultural Resource Center Staff.

Note: This session is ONLY open to leadership of 7B umbrella groups.  

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging, Leadership Development

In partnership with the Office of Student Affairs

This community gathering will bring together leadership of the branches of Penn’s student government and staff from the Office of Student Affairs to build community and set shared expectations for the coming year.

Note: This session is ONLY open to student leadership of the six branches of undergraduate student government.  

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging, Leadership Development

Session 3 | 2-2:50pm

Presenters: Laurie McCall, Director, Platt Student Performing Arts House & Christa Leimbach, Director, Penn Traditions, Development and Alumni Relations

How can your student organization work with and leverage the Penn Alumni network and community to enhance the undergraduate student experience? Join us to learn more about Penn Alumni and Penn Traditions, what resources are available, and how you can connect and engage with your alumni in meaningful ways!

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging, Financial Management

Presenter: Erica Hildenbrand, Director of Programs, Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics

You may be familiar with Pottruck from your personal use, but do you know about the many programs and spaces offered through the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) that can be utilized by student organizations?  Come learn more about how you can support the health of your group in partnership with DRIA.

Tags: Process & Planning, Leadership Development

Presenters: Gabe Marenco-Garcia, Associate Director Office of Student Affairs, Danielle Fike, Financial Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs, & Alexis Celotto, Associate Director, University Life Space and Events Management

Do you know how to take an event idea from concept to reality?  This process may have more steps than you expect! This team of presenters will arm students with the information they need to plan strong events with consideration for realistic timelines, reserving space, and securing funding.  

Tags: Process & Planning, Financial Management

Presenter: Pablo Cedera, Associate Director & Hanan Ahmed, Restorative Practices Specialist, Restorative Practices at Penn

A brief introduction to the basics of Restorative Practices, the core concepts and competencies, and the resources available through RP@P to support student groups.

Tags: Inclusion & Belonging, Leadership Development

Presenter: Marjan Gartland, Director of Design, Penn University Life

This session offers a high-level overview of University Life brand strategy which will fold into a conversation about student brand guidelines and best practices to empower students to be brand ambassadors for their organizations.

Tags: Process & Planning, Leadership Development

Presenter: Toyce Holmes, Associate Director, Greenfield Intercultural Center

This session will introduce student leaders to the Greenfield Intercultural Center(GIC) and all the resources the Center can offer student organizations from event space to intercultural learning. After this session student leaders know how an intercultural Center can enhance their organization.

Tags: Identity & Belonging, Process & Planning, Leadership Development

Presenters: Julie Nettleton, Executive Director & Christina Warner, Senior Case Manager, Center for Community Standards and Accountability

Have you ever witnessed a conversation on social media that you thought was harmful but didn’t want to get involved?  Do you ever think there is a disconnect between how people treat each other in person and how the treat each other online?  This session will provide a space for student leaders to discuss harm in the context of social media, opportunities to change campus culture, and provide resources for supporting students navigating these challenging spaces.  

Tags: Leadership Development, Inclusion & Belonging

Presenters: Jan Kee-Scott, Business Administrator & Heather Durham, Financial Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs, & Yash Rajani, Treasurer, Undergraduate Assembly

The Funding Steering Assembly is composed of student leaders who managed the funding pots listed on the Common Funding App.  This community gathering will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges around fund administration and develop best practices to be shared among member groups.  

Note: This session is ONLY open to leadership of Funding Steering Assembly member groups. 

Tags: Financial Management, Leadership Development

In partnership with Community Care, Wellness at Penn, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Division of Public Safety

This session is focused on building community among the group of students in charge of planning social activities for their organizations and the major offices and campus resources with whom they may interact (during planning or during the event).  

Tags: Process & Planning, Health & Wellbeing

Presenter: Katie Bonner, Executive Director, Office of Student Affairs

This short format session will familiarize students with Penn’s Guidelines on Open Expression, the role of Open Expression Observers, and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions about speech (harmful or otherwise) at Penn.  

Tags: Process & Planning, Inclusion & Belonging

Presenters: Paige Wigginton, Director, Special Services & Reema Malhotra, Director, Penn Violence Prevention

Special Services and Penn Violence Prevention are bringing the new Anti-Violence Leadership Pilot for the upcoming academic year. We are looking for student organization leaders to participate in a year long pilot (described in detail our micro session) to engage with our offices to: 1. Identify and discuss concerns related to sexual misconduct and responding to organization members’ needs. 2. Engage organizations to proactively prevent sexual misconduct within their communities. 3. Prepare leaders to respond to a peer who has experienced sexual misconduct. 4. Prepare leaders to respond to a peer who has caused harm through sexual misconduct. Pilot participation includes: 1. Mandatory anonymous pre-survey for all organization members 2. Mandatory Anti-Violence Leadership workshop for organization leadership 3. Ongoing feedback post-workshop (co-create this content with us!) 4. Year-out mandatory anonymous post-survey for all organization members.

Tags: Process & Planning, Inclusion & Belonging

Presenter: Gene Ganda, Chief, Fire & Emergency Services

When planning your next event, think like a firefighter. Let Fire and Emergency Services explain how to plan and deliver you next event with safety and emergency preparedness in mind. Learn about campus guidelines and requirements. Make your event PennReady from start to finish.

Tags: Process & Planning, Leadership Development

Penn Labs is a student-run app development service.  They have created/support things like Penn Clubs, Penn Course Review, and the Penn App.  At this session they will highlight how to get the most out of their products and learn from participants about other ways they might be able to support needs within the student community through new app creation.