Outreach Coordinator's Handbook
Jeff E. Brooks-Harris, J. Judd Harbin, Laura W. Doto, Paulette M. Stronczek, & Bert H. Epstein
3. Identifying Staff Interests and Availability
- Who will be presenting your workshops or other outreach
programs? Will you be doing most of these yourself or do
you have an energetic, willing staff ready to contribute
their efforts to outreach?
- Will you have trainees who may be interested in presenting workshops but may need more training and support?
- Have you considered developing a paraprofessional or peer-education program to train students to present workshops on campus?
- Once you have identified who will be presenting outreach programs, it will be important to identify their interests and availability.
- You can survey staff interests in writing or in person. If you have a set menu of workshops that you offer, you can use this list in a staff survey having staff indicate a high, moderate or low interest in presenting each topic.
- You will need to decide how program requests will be assigned to staff. Will they be announced by e-mail or at staff meeting or will you approach staff members individually.
- Make sure that other staff members feel that the assignment system is fair. For example, make sure you don't take all of the fun programs and leave the burdensome ones for others.
- You will probably need to decide ahead of time what kinds of programs it would be appropriate for your center to provide and which would be inappropriate.
- Make sure you don't step on anyone else's turf. If there are other offices on campus that offer workshops, make sure that you aren't presenting on topics that seem to be someone else's domain. It may be helpful to delineate areas of specialization with other units.
- At the same time, it can be beneficial to consider co-sponsoring workshops with other departments. Benefits include avoiding duplication of services, increased publicity (and hopefully attendance), and closer working relationships between departments.
- Examples of collaboration include a workshop on eating disorders co-sponsored by the campus health center, or a workshop on motivation co-sponsored by the athletic department.
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