The Benefits of Taking up a Leadership Position in a Student Org

by MSC Student Life intern, Maikoau


Many students walk into college not expecting to get involved in student organizations. Of those that do get involved, only few take up an executive board, or e-board, position within their org. Of course, with this responsibility comes dedication and time commitment but it is definitely worth it. Whether you are involved in a student organization or Greek organization, you can make a difference within your org and on campus just by contributing your time and dedication.

Here is a list of benefits from holding an E-board position within your organization.

  1. Sense of self/belonging

Being involved in an organization helps you find your place on campus. Because our campus is so huge, it is often difficult for students to find where they fit in. But as part of the e-board for an organization, you are able to find yourself as well as establish a purpose for yourself. A student organization provides you with a support system and a close bond with many others who may share the same aspirations as you.

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  1. Professionalism

In the real world, it is important to be professional. But let’s talk facts; no one is born with perfect professional skills. You gain them through experience and practice. Holding an e-board position in an organization is a way in which you are able to practice your professional skills and get critiques on how to improve. The more experience you have in a professional environment, the more skills you pick up along the way that will prepare you for post-college.

  1. The Power to Make Big Change

An e-board position allows you to bring awareness to what you want to see change in the community and on campus. As an e-board member, you are able to guide your organization in the direction that will promote its existence.

  1. Give Back to Your Campus

One major gain you get from being on the e-board is the opportunity to make an impact. Your group will be assisting you as you work towards your organization’s goals and take action. Leading your organization to making a change on campus will not only benefit the student body but your organization as well because the impact that you leave will be remembered. You will develop many followers who look up to you and be a leader.

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I personally, have benefitted so much from my involvement in student organizations I can speak for any of these five benefits. One of my current positions as Treasurer of the Multicultural Greek Council has allowed me to network and improve on my leadership skills. Although this does take up a lot of my time, I would not do anything differently. I was challenged to manage my time which has taught me to prioritize and work on my organization.


Getting involved in leadership positions within student organizations have many more benefits than just the ones I mentioned. You also enhance your communication skills along the way as well as being able to inspire other students. And if you are not involved in any student organizations, I highly suggest you start exploring. One way to start is checking out the Multicultural Student Center which houses many multicultural student organizations. Feel free to visit our website for more information on how to get involved and check out CFLI, the Center for Leadership and Involvement, or log into WIN, the Wisconsin Involvement Network, and search through the different student orgs on campus.

10 Ways the Multicultural Student Center Can Support Your Student Org

MSC Student Life Intern, Eric

Being part of a Student Organization can be one of the most meaningful experiences for students on campus. Student orgs are a wonderful place to make friends and professional connections. Whether you are a general member of a student org or serve in an administrative role chances are that you sometimes feel like you need a little extra help. Luckily, that’s where we can come in.

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Here are some ways the MSC can help your Student Org

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Event Roundup: India Students Association

The purpose of the India Students Association is to promote and increase awareness of South Asian heritage and culture through education, campus events, and community involvement, while also providing a place for social networking.

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On Friday March 28th, 2014 the India Students Association showcased its annual program India Night at the Orpheum Theatre. The show included many great performances pertaining to various aspects of the rich Indian culture. The show opened with an explosive dance act by the UW School of Bhangra, and their shining moment carried the positive momentum throughout the night with following acts including musical numbers and tributes from various Bollywood Indian movies, a colorful fashion show, and Bollywood dances.

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The show included a special appearance from a Bollywood fusion dance group from Milwaukee called Marquette Mazaa. The show ended just as lively as it had started when the Bollywood fusion dance group Wisconsin Surma showcased their talents as a premier dance team. After the show, ISA also highlighted some of its major events for the remainder of the semester, one of them being its very first formal on Friday April, 11th at the Memorial Union.

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MCOR 2012: Schedule of Events

As the largest multicultural student event during Welcome Week, the Multicultural Orientation and Reception builds community, support, and solidarity among new and returning students of color. This year, MCOR events will span two days, starting the first Friday of the school year.

Friday, September 7:

Saturday, September 8:

  • MCOR Dance. 10pm-1am. Memorial Union, Tripp Commons

Dive Into Your Interests: Creating Your Unique Wisconsin Experience

I heard about the Filipino American Student Organization (FASO) my freshman year.  I’ve been involved in cultural organizations since middle school and was hesitant to join another one. However, I said to myself, “Why not just check it out?”  When I went to the first meeting, I knew FASO was where I needed to be during my time here at UW.  While it was a small meeting with only 4 people, those people became some of the closest friends I’ve met on campus. By giving this organization a spur-of-the-moment chance, I gained long-lasting, genuine friendships.

FASO was the first student organization that I joined, so I dived right in. The current members made me feel welcomed and had no trouble getting me up to date with the organization. In that first semester, I felt that I already had a family away from home.  I never saw myself going to college out-of-state and having family and community is so important to me.

I was so passionate about the organization. During my sophomore year, I was elected as the Publicity and Events Coordinator.  It was my duty to set up events and publicize them to students and community members. This position gave me better communication skills since I was collaborating with multiple companies and organizations. Planning numerous events also helped me gain confidence in resolving sticky situations.

Then, my junior year, I was elected President of FASO. I had so many ideas for the organization to work together with other students to help make it grow even bigger. One of my main goals was to show the campus that FASO is present, that we are here at UW.  Since dance was another of my passions, I also wanted to share that with the organization.  Along with Noelle, the Vice President of FASO, we taught the traditional Filipino dances we learned growing up. For the first time in years, 10 members of FASO were able to perform Tinikling (the bamboo dance) at the MSC’s Multicultural Orientation and Reception (MCOR) in September 2011!  We took something we already knew and transformed it into something that could be shared with the university.  As president, I worked with 7 enthusiastic executive board members, and together, FASO had a very successful year. We planned ahead, created socials and educational workshops, and promoted the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ family.

To new and returning students, I urge you to find an organization and group that drives you, inspires you, and genuinely welcomes you. It will be an amazing learning experience (not to mention, it will look good on your resume). Most importantly however, getting involved in organizations and finding communities are the things that you need to do for your own mental sanity. School can get really tough at times and doing something outside of academics can be breath of a fresh air. Going to an event or meeting for an organization you’re passionate about gives you a break from school and you learn things that the classroom can’t teach you.  You will find that you’ll become so proud of your own responsibility, integrity and potential.  Plus, you’ll make some of your best friends just by diving into your interests.

To find different organizations and meet student leaders, come to the MCOR on Friday, September 7 in Union South and attend the Multicultural Student Organization Fair and Reception from 8:30pm-10:00pm on the third floor. FASO will be performing at the MCOR performances right before the fair.  

APIA Heritage Month: Bone Marrow Registry

May is National Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month. In recognition of the month, members of Asian American Student Union have contributed articles from their recent Asian American Awareness Week to spotlight important issues within the APIA community.  Chasidy Clark writes about the joint efforts of student organizations to raise awareness about bone marrow registration. 

On May 3, 2012, over 20 student organizations collaborated to hold a campus-wide Bone Marrow Registry Drive. Volunteers from fraternities, sororities, multicultural organizations, and faith-based organizations came together as a unified body to raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow registration and expand the national bone marrow bank.

The drive was in support of Janet Liang, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She needs to find a perfect bone marrow match by June, which is her only option for recovery. Bone marrow matches are dependent upon matching tissue types rather than blood type, and since Janet is Chinese-American, an Asian American donor is the most likely to be her match. Despite her personal struggles, Janet has inspired others by raising awareness about the severe gap of registered bone marrow donors within the Asian American community. (*Text via MSC and AASU Facebook Event Page)

At the drive, volunteers provided information to help clear misconceptions that the registration process was painful (it’s through a swabbing process). The flow of information helped immensely in keeping the student body informed and aware about the difference that they would be making for someone else’s life.  The student volunteers persevered through rain and shine to working towards their goal of collecting registrants and sharing information. When the rain came pouring down, students dealt with the remaining traffic and improvised with tarps as umbrellas before moving indoors. It is important to acknowledge the hard work that so many students poured into the event: advertising it, working it, and being professional. We came together to save lives.

Sign up for Team Janet here to be part of her mission to register as many Asian American as possible. You could be the life-saving match, for Janet, or for someone else. Her current efforts and national campaign have registered almost 20,000 donors and found matches for several patients.

Chasidy Clark is the Social Chair of Asian American Student Union, as well as a PEOPLE and CeO scholar. She is currently majoring in International Studies. 

Graduation Issue of Tapestry

Our special May edition of Tapestry is dedicated to our graduates and student leaders. The edition highlights our 2012 Multicultural Leadership Awards and Graduation Celebration, spotlights Meyerhoff, McDowell, and Wisconsin Experience awardees, showcases accomplishments of our student organizations, and individually recognizes our graduates. We celebrate their strength, commitment, and role in building a legacy of success. Our graduates will always be part of the MSC family, and we want to salute the supporting relationships and friendships formed over the years that make the university and community a more inclusive place.

Click here to download. If you would like a hard copy of the issue as a keepsake, please e-mail Rachel Kuo (rkuo@studentlife.wisc.edu).