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Leadership Opportunities

Organizational Studies has always prided itself on its community atmosphere. We also believe in the role of our students as citizens of the program. As part of our commitment to our community and citizenship, we create opportunities for our students to advance their knowledge, apply their learning, and give back to the program. Below you will find a list of ways that you can become involved in the OS community:

OS Joint Faculty/Staff meetings: Two seniors serve as student representatives at joint faculty/staff meetings held in September and January. Students must apply for these positions.

OS Student Leadership Committee: Student leads meet weekly with each other and assigned OS staff to plan/carry out their respective duties listed below. They coordinate other OS volunteer engagement in their work, take part in OS Student Leadership Team meetings monthly, and also report activities by attending the OS Student Advisory Board meetings (twice per term).

The OS Student Leadership Committees help lead in the following areas. Students must apply for these paid positions.

Peer Mentors: Two OS seniors advise prospective students to the program, assist incoming juniors in the development of their Pathways statement, help create social programming for the OS student body, and do project-related work. OS peer mentors are paid employees of the OS program and hold office hours 4-5 hours per week. Students must apply for the peer mentorship positions in November of their junior year.

Event Planning: This committee works in the brainstorming, conceptualization, and coordination of social events to reinforce the OS community. 

Social Media: This member will will actively participate in forming and carrying out the social media strategy of OS through our Instagram and Facebook pages. They bring ideas and creative energy to the social media platforms. Service projects to study nights to social events - they are your go-to for community building events throughout the year.

Recruitment: These OS students reach out to U-M faculty teaching OS pre-req courses, student organizations, and residential staff to organize recruitment events. They co-coordinate the application workshop with the DEI student leads. 

DEI Student Leads: The DEI student team collaborates with the event planning team on generating more inclusive events. They also work with the recruitment team on outreach to raising program awareness. 

OS DEI Committee: The DEI committee works with faculty and staff on DEI-focused curriculum development, faculty DEI engagement, development of DEI workshops for the greater OS population, and the OS climate assessment. 

The following committees do not require an application. You can sign up to become involved during our annual March General Interest Survey or by contacting the individual listed below each committee name:

OS Student Advisory Board: The OS Student Advisory Board is designed to be a forum for communication about the various activities in OS between our students. In addition, the Board provides a sounding board for OS faculty, staff, and students who would like feedback on their ideas. Students can contact the Chief Administrator (Melissa Eljamal, to join.

OS Graduation Committee: The OS Graduation Committee consists of a group of seniors and staff working together to plan program-specific graduation events. Students will help plan essential ceremony details such as the Keynote Speaker and Student Speakers, along with social and cohort bonding, end-of-term events. Students can contact the Events and Communications Coordinator (Emily Buckley, to join.