Student Initiative Reregistration and New Proposals

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Student Initiative Reregistration and New Proposal Timeline

Student initiative re-registration and new student initiative proposals will reopen March 1. Current CSC student initiatives must re-register by April 1. Proposals for new student initiatives must be submitted by March 15.

Approved Center for Social Concern student initiatives will receive funding and advisement by the CSC, who will also set the policies for your student initiative to follow. In addition, Student Leadership and Involvement organizes the fall Student Involvement Fair and manages Hopkins Groups.

Still have questions? Contact volunteer@jhu.edu or (410) 516-4777.

Interested in Starting a New Student Initiative?

We are excited for your interest in proposing a new CSC student initiative! New student initiative proposals will be accepted annually from March 1 to March 15. The Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission will be responsible for evaluating new student initiative proposals and determining which initiatives will be recognized for the upcoming academic year. The Commission may invite selected initiatives to present to the Commission before making a final decision. See the timeline below for more important dates to consider.

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Important Dates for Spring Semester

EventDate
Supplemental grants application opensJanuary TBD
Supplemental grants application deadlineFebruary TBD
CERAC supplemental grants allocation meetingFebruary TBD
Existing CSC initiatives re-registration/annual allocations periodFriday, March 1-Monday, April 1
New student initiative proposal periodMonday, March 2-Monday, March 16
End of Year report opensApril TBD
Annual allocations meetingApril TBD
Annual allocations decisions communicatedApril TBD
Deadlines for appealsApril TBD
CERAC appeals meetingApril TBD
1st All prospective initiatives notified of status; annual allocations approved for all groupsTBD
End of Year Report dueTBD

Students interested in proposing a new group off-cycle need to contact the CSC’s Student Leadership Specialist to talk through potential project ideas. Students interested in serving with an existing CSC partner may do so as individual volunteers before making a formal proposal, but with the understanding that the Commission reserves the right to reject their new initiative proposal.

Before submitting a new student initiative proposal consider the questions below.

New Student Group Proposal Questions

Thinking about proposing a new CSC student group? Here’s what you should consider:

Step 1: Take some time to examine the mission of and need for your student group, both at Hopkins and within the Baltimore community.

  • What will your group do? Why do you do it?
  • What community-identified need motivates the creation of this group?
  • Why is your mission best fit to be worked towards in a group-based setting rather than an individualized direct service site?
  • How will your group be different from current student organizations with similar purposes?
  • Which community partner do you plan to work with? How will your group support them?

Step 2: Consider what you would like the student base of your group to look like, in terms of student volunteers and group officers.

  • Do you have potential officers in mind? What skills, interests, and prior experiences do they have which would benefit the goals and functioning of the group?
  • How will officer duties be broken up? How will you ensure officer accountability?
  • How will you recruit students? What should potential members know about group expectations?

Step 3: Think about how your group can be most successful in both the short- and long-term, and what kinds of support you will need to reach that success.

  • What are some of your group’s goals for the upcoming school year? This can include both immediate and long-term goals.
  • How will you evaluate the success of your group? Will you conduct surveys, interviews, etc. with your student volunteers? Will you have open conversations with your community partner about how to best improve your group’s service?
  • What are your expectations of support from the CSC? How specifically would you like to be supported by your CSC advisor and the Group Management team?

New Event-Based Service Program Proposal Questions

Are you proposing a new CSC event-based service program? Here’s what you should consider:

Step 1: Take some time to examine the mission of and need for your event-based service program, both at Hopkins and within the Baltimore community.

  • What will your program do? Why do you want to do it?
  • What community-identified need motivates the creation of this service program?
  • Why is your mission best fit to be worked towards in an event-based setting?
  • Which community partner(s) do you plan to work with, and how do you believe your service program can support its partner?

Step 2: Think about what you want your event(s)-based service to look like.

  • What kind of event(s) will be taking place? When?
  • What would be a possible timeline for planning and event preparation?
  • Who is the audience of your event(s)? How will you reach out to and communicate with this audience?
  • How will you ensure that civic engagement components remain at the forefront of any planning and facilitation of event(s)?
  • Does the planned event meet a community-identified need in a way that is both appropriate and beneficial for the community?

Step 3: Consider what you would like to the student base of your service program to look like, in terms of student volunteers and group officers.

  • Do you have potential officers in mind? What skills, interests, and prior event-planning experiences do they have which benefit the goals and functioning of the service program?
  • How will officer duties be broken up? How do you plan to ensure officer accountability?
  • How will you recruit students to join your group? What should potential members know in terms of group expectations?

Step 4: Think about how your service program can be most successful in both the short- and long-term, and what kinds of support you will need to reach that success.

  • What are some of your service program’s goals for the upcoming school year? This can include both immediate and long-term goals.
  • How will you evaluate the success of your service program? Will you conduct surveys, interviews, etc. with your student volunteers? Will you have open conversations with event participants about how to best improve your event(s) in the future?
  • What are your expectations of support from the CSC? How specifically would you like to be supported by your CSC advisor and the Group Management team?