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Advising Duke Student Orgs

A Different Way To Approach Advising and Supervision

Gerald C. Harris

on 4 August 2016

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Advising Duke
Student Orgs

The need to know's.
What are the duties of an advisor?
In turn, the organization should:
together, the president and the advisor should:
Key Principles of Quality ADVISING @ DUKE
Maintaining regular contact and involvement with the officers of their student organization(s).
Help the group uphold Duke University's policies and guidelines.
Regularly consult with the advisor, regarding activities, meeting times, locations and agenda items.
Have reviewed the organization's constitution as well as the Duke Community Standard In Practice.

Understand the financial status of the organization.

Have set general expectations for the advisor and student organization.

A learning agreement is useful in clarifying objectives and expectations. It also establishes ground rules to address ethical considerations.

Structured, constructive and meaningful conversations (usually, but not always verbal) are the core of the process. These are purposeful conversations that articulate and reflect on the organization and indivisuals of the organization beliefs and practices.

Advisors treat people holistically, taking into account intellectual, emotional and relational dimensions.
Build on the strengths and capabilities of the participants.

Advising based on a trusting relationship. This includes creating a safe environment where the organization feels able to talk freely and confidentially.
They must ensure ethical guidelines are agreed and adhered to.

Advisors should consider context, objective, relationship and experience (CORE) in deciding which style of intervention is most suitable.
Adapts to the context:
Creates trusting relationships and a safe space:
Is holistic and empowering:
Has purposeful conversations:
Has a learning agreement:

The model used and the advising style should be used flexibly and adapted to the particular situation.

Good advisors assist the person to innovate, take risks, seek evidence from practice and reflect on learning.

The implications of any cross-cultural or diversity issues should be properly assessed from the outset and an understanding must be reached.

It is necessary to prioritize and protect the time for in order to sustain learning.

Uses open questions (such as What?, When?, Who?, How much?, How many?), uses active listening skills, summarizes feedback, and pays attention to body language and tone of voice.
Uses effective questioning and listening:
Uses resources effectively:
Responds to culture and diversity:
Encourages experimenting and observing:
Is flexible in style and approach:
Individual Commitment and Interest
The commitment and interest of the individual is crucial for the success of the process. In order for advisors to have the expected impact, the person (organization) must value them as effective methods for leadership development, and invest energy and commitment in them. Success largely depends upon the commitment and interest of the leader themselves and their own openness to personal change. This individual interest is recognized as a key part of the process in various advising models.

Gerald C. Harris
Who am I?
Bachelor of Arts
African and African American Studies, Emphasis: Social & Behavioral
Master of Science
Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education
6 years
Student Development Specialist III
Assistant Director of the Class Center
Advised 13 organizations
3 years
Coordinator for Campus Programs
Advised 3 organizations
Graduate Assistant
Advised 3 organizations
From an official job descriptions capacity I have advised over 1,700 students...
Unofficial...Way too many to keep up with.
what you signed up to do.
organization responsibility
in this together
KEy PRinciples
The NiTTy GriTTy On Commitment
28 days
Director of Student Involvement
Advise 1 organization
Be knowledgeable about the mission, goals and purpose of the student organization.
Be familiar and involved with the activities and events of the group.
Provide resources and support for events and usage of spaces.
Assist with the administration of the financial affairs of the group.
Consistently update advisor with organizational activities.
Invite the advisor to group meetings and events.
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