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>> OK, well, good evening everyone and thank you for joining us online. And we're expecting a couple more people to join us in person as well. If you can't hear me or Charity on the microphone, just let us know through the video chat and we'll be able to go ahead and adjust the volume and our speaking volume as well. Just to start, my name is Nick Wright, and I'm beginning my third year in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and looking forward to giving you guys some information about the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association, also known as the RCSA.

>> And my name is Charity Smith, I'm a third year in the Clinical Specialty and I'm looking forward to telling you guys a little bit more about the RCSA.

>> So we have a couple of different -- well quite a few different things we're going to talk about in our agenda today. We'll first of all give you guys an introduction of what the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association is essentially in a nutshell. Then go on to describe some of the different positions that are going to be available in terms of officer roles. Come on in and join us Sandy. Yes it is, we're expecting more.

>> Do you feel like nobody wants to sit next to you?

>> You can come on up and join us.

>> You can come closer if you want.

>> Well where's the rest of you? [Inaudible]

>> Sorry guys, so we'll continue on after explaining the purpose of the RCSA by describing some of the different officer positions that are going to be available and the duties that are involved in becoming an officer or leader within the organization. Hopefully we can get you guys excited about that.

>> And we're just going to go a little bit further into some of the pros of not only being a member but being actively involved as leader in the RCSA and then kind of give you guys a little bit of a background on some of the things that we've worked on and some of our experiences, triumphs, and failures.

>> Absolutely.

>> Kind of comes with the territory. And just hopefully we can get some people excited about joining the RCSA.

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>> Definitely and to kind of conclude we'll talk about what the election process is going to look like, some of the dates that you can be expecting and all together just how we're going to move forward in terms of electing new officers and such. So thank you for joining us and if you have any questions please ask, there's no bad questions at all. We encourage it actually. Chuck is going to be here at about 6:10 to go ahead and monitor the video chat and answer any questions. So if you have any you can start asking them right away and then Chuck will go ahead and read them off to us once he gets back into the room and we'll address each of your questions in the order that they were asked, OK?

>> So you want to start off by talking a little bit about what the RCSA is and what it kind of means?

>> Yes, so the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association for those of you who are like kind of unaware what is it all about. We are basically the student body that represents the Rehabilitation Counseling Program in all campus life and community affairs within San Diego. And I guess you could say also extending it as far out to California as well, for the simple fact that we're doing outreach with other -- or we attempt to do outreach with other Rehabilitation Counseling Student Associations.

>> Another way to kind of look at the RCSA is it's our opportunity as students to kind of be a voice for some of the things that we want, some of the skills we want to obtain as well as the -- you know, even social events that we just kind of want to be a part of. The really cool thing about RCSA is you get the chance to kind of tailor it to what you want as a student. We're here and we're here to learn a lot about -- you know, just [Inaudible] and the rehabilitation counseling but we also want to be successful professionals once we graduate from this program. So I think the RCSA gives us a great opportunity to do that.

>> Yes, absolutely 100 percent. It raises awareness about, you know, the disability community in generation, the resources that are available to individuals that are out there. As you all know, you know, it's kind of a taboo topic to many people, and this is kind of like our chance to really get the word out there about what's available, what services are out there, to get people motivated and know that there is a chance for people that are going through different challenges in life and really a chance for us to create a name for ourselves, a brand for ourselves in terms of a student organization. So with that being said --

>> Some of those things that we have experienced or some of the things that you'll experience as leader is the RSO training, and that's to recognize student organization training here on campus at SDSU. You'll get a chance to not only meet a lot of other leaders on campus, but you get a change to network with those leaders on campus, find out what the student population is. A lot of time as graduate students we're kind of removed from, you know, the undergraduate population and just in general a lot of our classes our in the same building. So we don't always get to see everyone else and all the things that are going on with our classes being later in the evening. Our RSO training was pretty cool because it gave us a chance to meet some of the other people and kind of establish what they were doing and give us a chance to sort of network and create collaborations on campus.

>> Right.

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>> I know we attempted to do that a little bit with the adaptive sports program here on campus as well. So that was kind of a cool part.

>> Absolutely. Talking about this recognized student organization training gives us a chance to really see how other organizations and officers are making their student organization successful, and what ideas and techniques and skills that we could adopt and implement into our own organization to really make it successful and effective. So in addition -- you want to just go into the pros?

>> Yes, sure.

>> Sure, OK. So I mean this really is a chance for you guys to really be the brain and brawns behind all mechanisms or gears that go into making up any student organization. The students are the face of the organization. They are the leaders of it, they are the ones that run it and basically it's your chance to invoke your own type of creativity to make it what you want, is kind of the simplest way I can put it. Another benefit is that it holds you accountable by honoring your commitment and follow through when accepting responsibility within a certain role. And there's multiple roles that his organization has, which we are going to get into like I mentioned before. But it really allows you to hone in on your skill development and professional development in terms carrying out those responsibilities and roles.

>> Another opportunity that's involved in being in part of a -- being a leader and being part of the RCSA in a capacity is that you get a chance to not only collaborate with some of the other students in your program that you may not have known, but you get a chance to develop a stronger relationship with some of the professors in the program. Chuck does a lot of meeting with the leaders and we get a chance to kind of not only develop our skill sets but get some feedback, direct feedback on someone whose been working on the build and can -- you know, kind of lead us down some paths when we kind of run and stumble into things that we're not really sure how to move forward. But being a leader also takes initiative and that's a pretty good thing that, I think [Inaudible] both agree on is the cool think about being a leader is RCSA with having that voice of students, a lot of things are not necessarily set. There's not specific manuscript or instructions on, you know, kind of how to go about things if you want to have a speaker come and talk to the student population you kind of have to figure out how to do that on your own. Whether that's drafting an email or making a phone call or doing some research online, it's just, you know, you kind of learn to trust yourself and some of the instincts that you have.

>> Absolutely and following up on those instincts you'd be surprised at like what you can actually accomplish and I think that's a lot of what Charity and I went through this semester, you know, there's obviously some self-doubt when you're going about trying to set up events, workshops, anything like that where you're having to contact someone that you may not be familiar with. And the whole process involved with that, whether there's like payments that need be made for these individuals, setting up some sort of like financial incentive for individuals to come, or if they would like to come on their own free will, you know, just to be a chance to educate the rehabilitation community and furthering their education in knowledge. We were really geared towards making this a extremely professional organization, this previous semester, but we realized also that there were -- we were kind of lacking in the areas of making it fun and active in terms of that. Based on some of the feedback that we've been given.

And this is like your chance, you guys, to really make this what you want of it -- to make it fun, to hone in on those leadership skills, though to make it a professional organization at the same time. And just like Charity said, just taking that initiative to trust your instincts, and trust that you do have the ability to set up an event, contact people and network with professionals that you may have never known or wanted to know and just were afraid to do so, you'd be surprised with the positive responses you get back. Especially being the fact that you would be a leader in a student organization. That goes a long way to other professionals that you're trying to network with. It looks really good on your resume and sounds really good too when you're speaking to others. It makes others more inclined to help you, should I say.

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>> You also get the opportunity to kind of roll with your successes and disappointments. So while we've had a lot of things that have kind of gone our way with students, and we were pretty surprised when they, you know, weren't successful, there were moments where you know, we kind of had to roll with things that were kind of disappointing. We didn't necessarily get to do a lot of the fundraising events on campus that we wanted to do this year, and that just kind of fell down to finding out, you know, exactly what it takes to plan something on campus, exactly what it takes and how many people you need to contact, how you're going to raise the funds, how you're going to get donations, you know, just kind of making close contact with people in the -- in our immediate network, you know as far as on SDSU's campus and even some of the small businesses around here, it just, it takes a lot to get things established on campus and kind of run with some of that red tape was a good learning experience for us.

>> Absolutely. And you know, any knowledge that we've gained, or any experiences that we've had, we want to pass along to you guys as well so that we can assist you guys and maybe working through some of the -- or preventing some of the mistakes that we might have made, you know, so that you guys can be that further ahead in terms of advantages for running this organization yourselves, definitely.

>> So I think now we'll get a little bit into the positions that are available right now in the RCSA and what's going to be coming up, talk a little bit about the election date and the process.

>> Sure, we have a question real quick.

>> Just to let you guys know, you got six people online.

>> Awesome.

>> Excellent. Thank you.

>> Thanks for joining us guys.

>> Chuck was just letting us know that six of you guys are joining us and we really appreciate your guys -- just your time, your energy, and any questions that you might have, absolutely. And we have one person joining us as well, she's a student in the organization, Sandy. So anyways, with that being said, we're going to jump into the different officer positions that are going to be available coming up for this Fall semester and just wanted to go ahead and name those off for you guys and a little bit about what they are. So first one, the most we could consider, there all -- there all extremely important and equally as important. But the real face I would say of this organization is the president. This person could be considered the chief executive officer of the organization. They are essentially responsible in all senses for the policies, the views, the opinions that are going out within the organization.

>> The branding, the members.

>> Yes. Preparing all meetings -- yes, preparing all meetings, reaching out to the community at large, appointing people to different positions within the organization and in any chairs, everything running there. So essentially the president would be what we consider the face of the organization. Ultimately responsible for almost any different affairs that go on within the RCSA.

>> This year it was Zarina Rahman, she's also in our cohort and she will be going into her third year this year. She did a great job of doing a lot of outreach to, you know, some of the other RCP Programs, not only here in Southern California, but even in Northern California.

>> Yes.

>> It was pretty cool because, you know, the idea was just to kind of get some of those professional networks developed so that, you know, if students graduate and move closer to Central California up in Northern California, you kind of that student body or those other professionals in the same bill as you do, kind of bounce ideas off of and maybe see if there's positions open where they're at. So she did a lot of behind the scenes groundwork that kind of when unnoticed but was pretty imperative to --

>> Absolutely. Just talking about strengthening the rehabilitation professional community in a sense, we are literally the only organization that has reached out to any other organizations in California in terms of trying to build that network and that connection. And I think it's something that is absolutely viable as long as we can have someone keep up with it so to say. And that would be like your guys chance to see, wow, you know, I didn't know that there were opportunities up in San Francisco or up in Fresno, or up in Los Angeles, or wherever else that there might be a rehabilitation counseling program. And so moving down to the next list, and I'm going to let Charity explain this one, would be the vice president.

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>> So I was the vice president of the Rehab Counseling Student Association. Much of my role was just kind of to support Zarina and a lot of the behind the scenes endeavors of what she was doing. So a lot of the times we were up late night. If she was drafting emails I was editing them and making sure they were kind of ready to go out and send out, just kind of getting some ideas of what programs we wanted to reach out, who to reach out to and just kind of things like that. And also being able to, you know, step in when the President is not able to fulfill some of the duties. It's a lot of work, so that's just kind of what the vice president did.

>> I think that you would be considered like the right hand woman for Zarina.

>> Yes, sure.

>> Definitely like her backbone in a way, because you know, anything that she wasn't able to do, she's going to fall back on you and I have also just personally in other organizations where I've been in a leadership role, the vice president is extremely important and will pretty much like fulfill any responsibilities that the president is unable to fulfill. And then say for example the President has to drop out or something like that, can't take on the responsibility anymore, that's where the vice president would then move in and take place of the president. Chuck, you have a question?

>> We have a question from online.

>> Sure.

>> All right so the question is how long has your organization been in existence? What is the structure, policies, ideas moving forward and thus practices will be handed down?

>> So to my understanding and you might -- so it's my understanding -- Chuck just read off that question out loud. In term so of the existence of the organization, I would say it was in existence before I started this program. So ten years is what we have so far. In terms of existing policies, views, opinions, regulations and such, we have something called our bylaws that we've drafted and it's a very large document.

>> Lots of reading.

>> Lots of information in there. And basically for anyone who is interested in it, we would -- Charity and I would have to take on the responsibility of informing you guys about these bylaws, educating you through them, walking step by step through them just to see, you know, this is how we're currently doing things, but moving forward this is your opportunity to add on to these bylaws, take out what you want, revise, you know as long as they're -- as long as we're keeping up with the university policy and regulations of being a recognized student organization.

>> Exactly, there's a lot of things in the bylaws that we kind of had to tweak from last semester and they're not necessarily going to be -- they weren't appropriate for our cohort, and they won't necessarily be appropriate for the next cohort that takes over, so I think that will be something to keep in contact with, I mean to keep kind of in the back of your minds. Additionally we are going to go over the -- some of the important dates of the election process. And in that we do plan on kind of meeting some leaders.

>> Yes.

>> If they want to and kind of talk about just, you know, some of the ideas that we had and some of the pitfalls that we ran into so maybe you guys will have a lot less time kind of, you know, making the same mistakes and hopefully you guys get a little bit further than we could have in one year so.

>> Absolutely. So you know I wish I had like a more definitive answer to that 20 page document that we have floating around. But we -- I'll assure you we are more than happy to walk you through it if you're interested in finding out more like piece by piece even. I'm happy to meet with you in person, chat via email, whatever works for you, over the phone, really whatever works for you. We want to be there to support you guys in case you're like confused about anything whatsoever.

>> We'll both be around for another year.

>> Yes, yes, so we'll guide you through this process.

>> And this is just my point, now you guys keep contact with in the center some of the past presidents, some of the people, like after you graduate from the program. So they -- I think the existing and new officers would have access also to -- you know, alumni. And not only yourselves, but people further back.

>> That's a good point that -- oh sorry go ahead --

>> Yes.

>> That Chuck kind of brought up is some of the past RCSA members, not even just us but people who are members of our alumni, we have a pretty strong network here of SDSU as to who have gone through this program and we got a chance to kind of sit down and talk to them and see what are some of things that, you know, they kind of ran to were. So I mean it would have been nice to kind of do that ahead of time, but again --

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>> Absolutely. There's this kind of like opportunity to build a mentor, mentee dynamic. As like Charity and I were describing it previously when we were talking about this. Really that, the previous presidents and officers have been there for us as well and were -- you know, kind of like willing to walk with us step by step along the way had we taken their help, you know not necessarily, but we were just like in a meeting the other day where one of the previous presidents came along and gave us some rally great ideas about how to try and boost membership or get people more involved in officer roles. And we listen to those, we take them into consideration, that's the way you help an organization grow is through learning from what other people have done that has worked. Absolutely. Moving down the list to different officer positions. The next -- so described the president and vice president -- yes, Chuck, yes?

>> We have a follow up question.

>> No, go for it.

>> One more question.

>> Come in for progress, the campus program.

>> What's her name?

>> Liz.

>> Hi Liz.

>> Hi Liz.

>> And the question is, did the team mention what's the mission or goals are of the RCSA? I think I may have missed this in the introduction. Thanks so much.

>> Yes, not a problem. We'll go ahead and repeat that. So that's kind of like the first things we started off with and my take on it is that the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association is like the -- essentially the student body that represents the Rehabilitation Counseling Program in all campus life and community affairs. It's really our chance to educate the public about what is rehabilitation counseling. And think that most of know what the mission of rehabilitation counseling is, it's to promote the independence and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and any other significant challenges they might have going on in their life and to become more integrated within their communities.

>> We also kind of traded with RCS. RCSA was another chance for us as students not only to have our own voice outside of classes, but to kind of network with each other and really take a strong, you know, kind of the will on where we want our professional development as well, some of our social opportunities should go. I think our cohort kind of focused a lot more on the professional development side of it, and we've kind of realized after getting a lot of feedback that, you know, we could have focused a lot more on some of the social events that were going on. Just kind of network with each other and not be in class.

>> Absolutely. You know, just equality, respect, integrity, some of the values, some of the principles I would say that really govern this organization with some of the driving factors that really keep us involved as well. And we have to remember those values and principles when carrying ourselves professionally out in the public as we are basically like the face in terms of students of the rehabilitation counseling program in a sense and for campus life as well. Does that help answer your question at all?

>> I'll let you know if she types in.

>> OK.

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>> We have a follow up question --

>> Sure.

>> Kind of related to your -- she says "Yes, thank you" by the way.

>> You're welcome.

>> And this is from a distance student living in the Fresno area.

>> Welcome.

>> What kind of activities or community involvement have been participated in, in recent years?

>> Sure, so for example this semester one of the first workshops that we had -- well, basically what we tried to do was get extracurricular activities in the forms of like brown bag or continuing education workshops in a way is how we could put it simply.

>> I had some specials come in DOR and kind of talk about some of the positions and ways to kind of get involved with DOR, not just as a full time employee, but you know, as someone who maybe wants to work on a part time status with the ISP workshop that we had going on.

>> So like, someone came in and educated the process of becoming an individual service provider with the department of rehabilitation because there's actually a bunch of areas that they need help in such as like interpreting, such as tutoring, things that I was actually unaware of and I'd been working at DOR for awhile. And it was really nice to have a supervisor or team manager you could say, that had been working there for about 37 years, I believe, along with the individual service provider herself as a job developer for the department of rehab just come and explain like how do you get that started for yourself if you want to build your own type of other path in terms of professionals and use some of the skills that you have. So like if you were ever tutoring previously, you might not have known that you can actually become a tutor at Department of Rehabilitation and that there's various pay rates to do it. And that there's paperwork involved with setting this up and becoming a vendor or a contractor with the department of rehabilitation, it's really, really good in terms of that.

>> We also did a small event where we just kind of got a chance to get some of the students together, some of the incoming first years and just kind of had a little bit of a mixer just to kind of get to you better and see what's going on. Get to know the new people in the cohorts. Sometimes it's kind of hard with each cohort knowing, you know, kind of only the people in your classes. So it was kind of an opportunity to try to get some of the cohorts to get to know each other outside of classes.

>> Yes, we're all about that. We want the first year students interacting with the second year students, we want the second year students interacting with the third year and so forth and so on. Because you know, as older students we obviously have knowledge that we can pass on to some of the younger students and I'm sure some of the younger students want some of the knowledge that we have, but also, you know, just a chance to build friendships as well, socialization, social skills and such, but --

>> And on campus and distances --

>> We're really trying to incorporate the distance students in this process. Because I know that -- typically they've kind of been left out. And you know, you guys are just -- you distance students are just as important as the on campus students. You make up the rehabilitation counseling program. So we want your involvement. For new students coming in to the program, we have never really opened this up to becoming, you know, a member of the RCSA or becoming an officer of the RCSA. And we have just been talking about it and we feel that if you bring something to the table and you have some experience and some -- you know, dedication and motivation to want to make a very small organization right now grow and become something great, you know, we want you to be a part of that and be involved. And we're actually opening this election process up to the first year students that are coming into the program. And to the online students as well.

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>> Yes, and kind of another thing to keep in mind is that we haven't been on SDSU's physical campus for -- we've only been here for two years. This is our second year on campus so the opportunity to actually be in RSO with SDSU, has kind of been a new process in going through that training. I know they've done a lot of revamping on themselves and kind of what they expect of leaders and some of the training before. It wasn't necessarily that every officer had to go through it.

>> Right.

>> It was kind of the president before so -- just kind of getting into gear and kind of re-orienting to being on campus versus being kind of sectioned off at interwork. So that's been something to kind of keep in mind too, is we haven't been here too long. So --

>> Yes, and going to those trainings in how to become a recognized student organization really is helpful though in terms of developing some other skill areas in terms of leadership, multiple ways of communicating with other people. Risk management and strategic planning as well. And ultimately teamwork and working with diverse personalities and really honing in your skills on in terms of group dynamics. I know you -- I know the original question though was like also partly, you know what else have we done? Another workshop that we were able to get was we had an alumnus of the program who currently works at the community college in the Workability Three Program and has worked in other agencies as well while interning and such, to give us a workshop on resume development and how to gear our resume in terms of -- you know, how to market yourself, but more specifically focus to rehabilitation counseling and if you learned it -- if you think you've got it all down all ready, I'm sure you could have learned something from that. But also in terms of how to help your clients in terms of resume development as well.

If you were ever stuck, this is just like an eye opening workshop for that in -- I mean, even I myself I think that I usually have everything set up perfectly but there's always something new to learn and I learned quite a bit in how to totally revamp my resume after attending that workshop, which was great for me in terms of a learning experience. So we do a lot of like reaching out to different speakers and professionals in the community to try and give us their knowledge. Give the rehabilitation counseling program some of their knowledge and experiences and how we can navigate through our own professional development in advancing our career trajectory to the best that we really can.

>> One of the things you guys talk about, the benefits of our RCSA state numbers, if we have a distance student from Long Beach and he wants to know how do you sign up and join RCSA?

>> Awesome. I think that's one of the details that we're kind of working out currently. And we have some ideas for the upcoming leaders, but there's no set way as far as the distance students right now of how to become a member. We have dues that are set at -- what are they?

>> Like, $10 a semester.

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>> Ten dollars a semester right now but traditionally the online students haven't a part of the RCSA, and so that's something a little bit more of the red tape that we're trying to work out --

>> Absolutely --

>> With the new leaders of how they went to go about not only having you guys involved and collecting dues but just kind of having your voice here on campus.

>> So what I would say is probably, you know, before the new student orientation, which is going to be August 19th, that we're going to be sending out an email. Both the on campus students and distance students as well, detailing the process in terms of becoming a member, but for -- and we'll give you guys specialized instructions as well so that's absolutely clear to you. That's a great question.

>> Do you want to talk a little bit about the -- I guess we can just go into the election process.

>> Sure.

>> Since that's coming up and that might answer some of the questions kind of beforehand. So for right now we have it set that the for July 25th, we are actually looking to have new leaders in by the new student orientation, which was August 19th. That means kind of working backwards. We're going to have the elections held on August 1st through the 5th, and we hope to have the new leaders kind of established by August 10th. That will give us -- it's kind of a tight deadline but it gives us some time to establish leaders not only before the new semester, but also opening up to some of the new incoming students that are coming in.

>> So just a little bit like -- a little bit more detail of how that's going to look, so, you know, about 14 days -- or sorry, about 11 days from now, July 25th. We're going to ask those of you who are interested in running for an officer position to go ahead and send me, my name is Nick, and I'll give you guys my email right now -- to send me a one paragraph introduction or just bio or rationale of why you want to be an officer. And if you have a specific officer role in mind, go ahead and say it. That would be even more helpful in terms of knowing who wants to do what and why.

>> Yes, the idea behind that is we've had in the past coming in some of the cohorts, I know when Nick and I started and probably the same kind of experience from the new cohort was that we were kind of voting for people but we weren't exactly sure who they were.

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>> Who can do what and who are they?

>> By giving you guys a chance to kind of, you know, get some of your ideas out in a one paragraph form, it would give other people a chance to not only see your name but kind of know a little bit more about you when we send out the election survey.

>> Absolutely. So basically I'm asking if you could just sent me a one paragraph description to the following email. It's going to be Nick, like my name N-i-c-k, Wright that's W-r-i-g-h-t and then c to c. Like college to career, at gmail.com. What I'm going to do with those responses that you guys send me is upload them to our Facebook page, which is -- what is it?

>> It's the Student Rehabilitation Counseling Association. It's on Facebook. It's -- we've actually got a pretty good following right now and we're tying to grow that as well.

>> So it's the SDSU Rehabilitation Counseling Association page on Facebook. We're going to post it on that, but through the -- the way we're going to do this election process, what has worked in the past was creating a survey monkey and sending it out to the entire Rehabilitation Counseling Students and on that survey money what we're going to attempt to do is either add your bio of the rational of why you want to be an officer, or if we can't do that we will send your rational in a separate attachment to that email. So basically you will have access to who everyone is on one page and why they want to be that specific officer.

>> That way you have a little bit more to go off of than the first and last name.

>> Right, so we're going to encourage you guys to refer to -- yes, absolutely refer to these little one paragraph bios or rationales, when you're making your decisions and being involved in the election process. So what we're going to do is again by July 25th, we would like those one paragraph intros. Because what's that's going to allow us to do is have enough time to incorporate it into the survey that we're going to design. And this survey is going to be available starting at midnight on August first and it will be open until 11:59 P.M. on August 5th. At that time at midnight it will close, beginning August 6th. So you have until August 1st until August 5th to complete the survey in regards to the election process.

>> And for distance students it will be sent out via the listserv so that way you guys can have an opportunity to vote as well.

>> Yes.

>> Now after August 5th, we're going to go ahead and take the time to analyze the results, compile a list, and by August 10th we will notify you -- those who are actually going to be officers, we will notify you guys first personally by email, just to make sure that you're still interested and that everything's OK, and confirm that you would like to be an officer. And then if you confirm that you would like to be the officer, then we were going to go ahead and send out an official announcement to the entire Rehabilitation Counseling listserv, so that everyone has access and sees OK, these are going to be the new officers coming in to the upcoming academic year, OK? Now there's a stipulation to that becoming an officer and you're going to have to get started a little bit early -- is that August 19th we have a new student orientation at San Diego State University from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Chuck has been sending out emails about that.

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So if you need the details on that, just go ahead and refer back to your email. But August 19th is when we want to actually introduce the new officers at the new student orientation. We would like you guys to be there to explain what the RCSA is, who you are, what your role is, and basically that you're there to be of assistance to them. Now between August 10th and August 19th, we would like to meet with you guys as well, if you would like our support in kind of like figuring out what do I say during this new student orientation? What -- you know, I'm a little bit nervous, I don't understand what's going on. Charity and I would like either meet with you guys personally, speak with you guys over the phone -- whatever works best, you know, via email, just whatever mode of communication works best for you so that we can kind of help clarify anything that you may be confused about and provide some straightforward and concrete answers for you.

>> Yes, we've been talking a lot so is there any questions currently online?

>> I really only mentioned two officer roles that are available and I just want to keep going down. So I mentioned a little bit of duties and responsibilities involved with the president, Charity talked about the vice president. There's also a treasurer, which simply put is our accountant. They're really in charge of the financial affairs and budgeting for the organization. Basically preparing monthly financial reports for membership. And I guess you would be essentially responsible for collecting dues and managing the dues and fees. Cutting checks and payments that are going to be made to speakers or for setting up events that we're going to be doing, whatever that might entail. We would find out more as events get set up, of course. Then, so if you have any background in accounting or financial services whatsoever, you'd fit right in for that. In addition the secretary, I kind of see this as like the note taker or organizer of the organization in terms of membership. They take -- well what we call them are minutes for those of you that may not be aware. Minutes are like the notes that are taken at each meeting.

And we keep those on file, we submit copies to all of the members that are in the organization and for those of you who haven't gotten them this time, we just haven't had too many meetings this semester, that's all. So basically you would be responsible for the organization correspondence and keeping copies of any correspondence that's made. And then the last one, which is a new position is the recognized student officer. And the recognized student officer was my position his semester and basically what I was responsible for doing was to be attending any trainings that were involved in how do we keep up with keeping our organization recognizable in terms of San Diego States University's polices and terms and regulations. So all diversity trainings that go on, any other -- like we just go a major email announcement about what does it take to become a recognized student organization? The recognized student officer would most likely be going to that training just to keep up and find out what is a recognized student organization. And it's a great opportunity like Charity mentioned before to really at these trainings to go ahead and network with other professionals. Other professional student organizations that are trying to do the same exact thing we are. And also like a way to borrow ideas of what works and what doesn't work and what we could implement in our own organization. Yes?

>> We have a question online from a first year on campus student. Will a listerserv of the officer position to model the responsibility be sent out to all of us.

>> Yes.

>> Excellent question, yet it will be. And you'll have in writing and in detail and that's a great question and we will set that out actually. Be expecting an email tomorrow or tonight even. Yes, I guess.

>> You could probably send it out tonight, vie the listserv so that you guys can have that information and kind of look over it. Because it is a -- I mean we have monthly meetings, but beyond that it is a one year commitment and you kind of want to make sure that it's something that you can do for your semester fall and spring of this coming year.

>> Absolutely.

>> And like, you know, so it's like just attending trainings, but that's not really it. I mean as the recognized student officer I took it upon myself to really do a lot of outreach with other organizations on campus. And a lot of -- specifically, a lot of undergraduate programs were really interested in what rehabilitation counseling is but had no idea what it entails or what it's all about. So I did a lot of going out to say for example the Psi Chi club, which is like the honor society for the psychology association. I went with Chuck and spoke with him about what the Rehabilitation Counseling program is, what the RCSA is. In addition met up with another organization like the Social Justice and Change Club, which really embodies a lot of what rehabilitation counselors do, and so it was an opportunity to really get these young people involved and excited about the possibility of being in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program if they were to decide to apply. But also an opportunity, you know, to I got to learn first hand -- wow, like some of these organizations have great membership and what works and how organized they are. So I was able to borrow and adopt a lot of ideas by going to these meetings and speaking. And also getting them involved too in terms of like if there's fundraisers going on in the community, they were actually like wanting to partner up with us in terms of some of these fundraisers. So like maybe like a 5K walk or something like that. We were being asked if we wanted to join these groups and walk with them, and that just builds stronger sense of community and campus awareness in organization as well.

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>> So I know we focused a lot on kind the RCSA leadership positions, that's because -- you know, we kind of have the impending election right now, but there's also a lot of benefits to just being a member of the RCSA in general. You get a lot of chance to not only come to some of these professional development workshops, but we've kind of -- the leaders have created but you get to immediately take them home and not only -- you know, apply them to yourself such as the resume workshop or the ISP. You can apply them to some of your professional development but a lot of us are -- since we're graduate students working in the field already, and it's nice to be able to take some of that information and apply it or have these resources available when you go back to work the next day.

>> Yes, oh 100 percent. And I knew as a member originally I was not so inclined to become a leader, but I couldn't help it, literally. I had a lot of ideas as a member, but I wanted to stay our of the leadership role, but it actually ended up being that because I had these ideas I would fit in as a leader and hone in on that skill development even further to advance my sense of accountability and responsibility for following through with my actions, being diligent, and just being responsible I would say. It really is that chance to hone in on your networking skills, build a professional network. It looks great on a resume and in terms of contacting other professionals and letting them know what you're all about and what you've accomplished in terms of your studies. Because -- See you later Chuck,

OK -- yes, in a nutshell, there's many benefits to being in a student organization in terms of networking and advancing your chances for socializing. And again, like we were so geared on making this like a professional and very serious organization, that we really like overlooked the chance of having fun. And I think -- you know, this is -- like there's some -- you guys are listening to this for a reason with something special about each and everyone of you to want to be here and wanting to ask these questions. And it is your chance to make it what it is. This is your chance to take a very small organization that has very low membership right now and try to increase it, and boost it, and make it into something successful. And you guys might have a talent full far beyond what we're able to -- what we were able to bring to the table. And we genuinely believe that.

>> And the students in Fresno and Long Beach you guys have a lot of different opportunities than we would have here in San Diego.

>> Absolutely.

>> So I think that's kind of cool.

>> And I know we have a couple people in the room right now who are, you know they're great, they're wonderful, they're enthusiastic, they're great students, they're fun, but they also know how to take their studies seriously and I mean, and I see the same thing in you too as well. You know, there's something special about the people that are here and wanting to know more. And we really just encourage you guys to give it a try, give it a chance. I know we're all busy, we get that. But you're able to manage, trust me. You're able to manage. If we were able to do it, you can too and we're here to be mentors along the way for that as well. We're not going to just throw you to the wolves so to speak.

>> Yes.

>> Any other questions? Do you guys have any questions?

>> Are you president Rachel?

>> So if that is all then, we're going to go ahead and end this session. So just a reminder by July 25th if you're interested in becoming an officer go ahead and send us -- go ahead and me to NickWrightCtoC@gmail.com, your one paragraph rationale, I do not need a resume, I don't need a cover letter, just a little quick blurb of why you would fit, you know? And that's simple enough for us and that's just going to allow other people to see who they're voting for and why.

>> Awesome.

>> All right?

>> And we'll send that information out to you via the listserv.

>> And we'll also send you guys out the position descriptions, what it entails, the duties and responsibilities so that you have it writing as well. OK, you guys are very welcome and have a great evening. Take care.

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