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Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator FAQ

What is the role of Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator?  

As the Student Engagement Coordinator, your role in the Academy of Civic Life will focus on the social engagement and adjustment of the high school students coming to Stony Brook University’s campus. For some students in this program, it may be their first time living away from home for an extended period. Your job is to help support them during this experience. 

One of the ways that you will do so is by planning enrichment and engagement activities. With the help of the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants and other resources and departments across campus, you will work to come up with fun activities for students. These activities will function as a form of team building among students, helping them to get to know each other better and to create a sense of community. These activities are also a way to teach students about the importance of developing a work-life balance that will help them to be successful in their future endeavors. 

In addition, you will work as a chaperone in the program, which means that you will accompany students to and supervise them during meals and their study and downtime in the dorms. Working with the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, you will have the opportunity to get to know the high school students and to make sure that they are all adjusting to their new social and academic environment. You will be mentoring the students, helping them to navigate this experience. 

For additional information, review the detailed Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator Position.

What kind of support and training will the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator receive from the Academy of Civic Life? 

The Academy of Civic Life is committed to making sure that all of our undergraduate student staff members are well trained and feel comfortable in their positions and executing their responsibilities. During Summer Session I, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator will attend virtual training sessions with the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants. In these training sessions, you will learn about your responsibilities as RAs and Chaperones and will complete the Child Protection Training required for employees working with minors. During this time, you will also meet individually with the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator and Instructor to discuss the logistics of the activities you are planning. 

When is the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator position? 

This position will be for Summer Session I and Summer Session II. 

During Summer Session I, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator will attend virtual training sessions. In addition, during this period, the Student Engagement Coordinator will spend time planning activities for the high school students. This planning process will require the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator to, with the support of the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator, reach out to other members of the Stony Brook Community to figure out the logistics of the proposed activities. 

Then, during Summer Session II, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator position will formally begin during the Academy's summer program (July 10–29, 2022). During this time, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator will need to live on campus. Please note that the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator will need to move onto campus one day before the high school participants and will leave one day after the high school participants leave. Therefore, the full extent of the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator residential responsibilities are from July 10–30, 2022. 

Do I need to take GLI 402 to be the Student Engagement Coordinator? 

No. Taking GLI 402 is a requirement for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, but it is not a requirement for the Undergraduate Student Engagement Coordinator to enroll in the course. This position is a great way for students who were unable to take GLI 402 to get involved in the Summer Residency Component of our program. Students who have taken GLI 402 are also welcome to apply and your experience in the class will certainly be an asset in this position.

Still have questions? 

You can also email us at academyofciviclife@stonybrook.edu .