Advisors

Welcome Advisors!

Advisors are an integral part of any organization at The University of Texas at El Paso. No organization can be officially registered with the Student Engagement & Leadership Center without an advisor.
Much has been written in the last few years about the need to integrate out of-class activities with classroom experiences to create a more effective undergraduate learning environment.
Traditionally, student organizations are a vibrant component of those activities.  There is a great need for effective, informed student organization advisors to help campuses realize the potential of student groups to enhance the learning environment.  Involvement in a student organization is just one of many ways for UTEP students to get involved on campus. Research indicates that there are numerous benefits to involvement and reveals that students who are involved:

  • Receive better grades
  • Are more successful in their academic program
  • Are more likely to stay in school and graduate timely
  • Feel more satisfied with their college experience
  • Are more marketable when job searching and applying to grad school
  • Develop valuable leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Connect better with peers, faculty and staff members

In order to best serve students and get the most out of your experience, it is important that you fully understand your role as an advisor and are aware of the many ways in which you can encourage student development. It is important to think of every encounter with students as a learning opportunity, and how you shape those encounters will depend on a lot of personal factors, such as your advising style and your relationship with the students.

The above is adapted from:
Advisors. Center for Student Involvement. University of Florida (2006).
McKaig, R.N. (1999). Advising Student Organizations. About Campus, 4 (1)

For any questions, please email Sam Sosa Rodriguez, S.O.M.A.D. Coordinator, sjrodriguez3@utep.edu.