Virtual Activities and Programming
We're Still Here for You!
The Bearcat spirit is enduring and when you are ready to jump back into the leadership and the work of your student organization(s) we will still be here.
Virtual leadership is going to require us to do things differently, but we will do them together. Below is a list of resources to help guide, inspire, and help you continue with purposeful student engagement.
Anyone has the ability to become a leader if they are willing to invest in their own growth. This section of virtual resources is designed to help you develop new skills to help you become an effective leader.
Student Activities & Leadership Development offers a series of online training modules intended to assist with the training of Peer Educators, Student Leaders, and Student Employees.
The Leadership Education and Develoment (LEAD) Modules are available on the following topics:
- Conflict Resolution
- Equity & Inclusion
- Safe Zone
- Student Identity
- Tobacco Free UC
All staff and students can self enroll into the Canvas Community below!
Leadership Week will take place virtually from Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 24. The culmination of Leadership Week will be the 35th Annual Student Leadership Conference.
- University of Cincinnati's Student Leadership Certificate
- Everyday Leadership, by Drew Dudley
- How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek
- Lessons from past presidents, Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Grit: The power of passion and perseverance, Angela Lee Duckworth
- How to Start a Movement, Derek Sivers
- The danger of a single story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Great leadership starts with self-leadership
- How great leaders inspire action, Simon Sinek
- Why Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek
- Why good leaders make you feel safe, Simon Sinek
- Why we have too few women leaders , Sheryl Sandberg
- We Cannot Lead Others Without First Leading From Within, Lolly Daskal, TEDxLincolnSquare
- Follow the leader, Suli Breaks, TEDxHousesofParliament
- Servant leadership: How to lead with the heart?, Liz Theophille, TEDxSaclay
Virtual Activities and Programming
Looking for something to do from the comfort of your home? We’ve got a few ideas to keep you entertained!
A list of all online and socially distant events can be found on CampusLINK!
Many events require you to RSVP or have log in instructions. Make sure you read the event details carefully.
Experience the best museums from NYC to France to Seoul in the comfort of your own home. Check out these sites to go on virtual tours of different museums and specific exhibits.
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Just want a cute and cuddly distraction? Check out several different animal live cam options from watching silly sea otters and curious elephants or just mellow out to the hypnotic drifting jellyfish.
UC's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) can help connect students and organizations to various virtual and socially distant volunteer opportunjities. Check out volunteer.uc.edu, where students can use their UC login information to connect to local community partners. CCE also hosts weekly Community Conversations for students that are interested in specific service categories (Education, Health and Wellness, and more)!
Student Organization Leaders
SALD wants to help you and your student organization plan successful meetings and events this fall by keeping you informed of UC’s current guidelines and safety measures. As we receive guidelines related to campus meetings and events, we will keep you updated.
Here you can find some of the most common topics that student organization leaders have questions about this fall. The information here does not include all of the RSO Covid 19 Guidelines.
Review the full RSO Covid 19 Guidelines on CampusLINK.
- Student Organizations should consider virtual meetings and only meet in person if it is essential to the organization and meets the following criteria:
- Gathering maximum indoors AND outdoors is 10.
- Attendees must wear facial coverings.
- Meet social distancing guidelines as defined by Ohio and CDC health and safety guidelines.
- Student Organizations may not require members to attend in person meetings or events.
- All in person business meetings must offer a virtual option to accommodate members that may not want or be able to meet in person.
- For any other questions regarding events, please visit the Return to Campus Guide – Events page.
- All Student Organization events (virtual or in person) must be listed in CampusLINK, require an RSVP, and take attendance through CampusLINK.
- Club Sport organizations are not permitted to practice or hold competitions at this time. More information will be available in the coming weeks about any plans for “Return to Play.”
- Registered Student Organization may use designated locations on campus for tabling, which will be marked with a cling on the ground. See this campus map for details. Tabling spots are first come, first serve and organizations must check in using the QR code found on the ground cling.
- Tabling guidelines:
- No more than two students from an organization may be at the table at a time
- All student organization members and visitors to the table must follow all COVID guidelines:
- 6ft apart
- Facial coverings
- No more than 10 people gathering at a time
- Designate a space 6 feet from the table for students coming up to the table to stand using sidewalk chalk
- Chalk can be picked up between 11am and 2pm outside the SALD office, 455 Steger Student Life Center
- Organizations must provide hand sanitizer at the table
- Handouts are permitted, but must be laid on the table for students to grab, no hand to hand exchange is permitted
- If a crowd starts to gather, it is the organization’s responsibility to disperse the crowd or end the tabling
- At this time, SALD is not able to lend out tables to organizations. Some of the areas marked for tabling include a ledge or surface that can be used as a table.
- In-person sales, including bake sales, are prohibited.
- Events or activities providing food should use pre-packaged or individually boxed servings of food and canned or bottled beverages.
- No self-serve buffet or beverage station options permitted.
- Catered meals may be provided by trained food service professional entities that demonstrate compliance with recommended food safety protocols.
- University travel is limited to essential travel only, which includes student organization travel at this time. As such, university funding cannot be allocated to travel related expenses.
- Conferences, Service Trips, Competitions or other organized activities outside of the State of Ohio are strongly discouraged and may require students to self-isolate for two weeks upon return to campus.
- Return to Campus Travel Policy
- Before inviting guests, lecturers, or speakers to campus, please review the Return to Campus Invited Guest Policy
- Guest speakers and lectures should be conducted as virtual events for both the speaker and audience members. If folks would like to gather to watch a speaker, gathering size limitations, social distancing, and mask wearing guidelines must be met.
- Allocated funding is available for events that meet social distancing guidelines as defined by Ohio and CDC health and safety guidelines.
- Funding is available for virtual programming and retreats.
- Student organization travel is not considered essential at this time and will not be permitted.
CampusLINK has a variety of resources for student organizations. Here you will find a list and links to articles that will help your organization best utilize CampusLINK. If your organization has questions about CampusLINK and how to best use it for your organization - reach out to us at SALD!
- Overview of CampusLINK Tools
- Updating your Organization
- Writing News Articles
- Changing your Organization's Profile Picture
- Create Forms and Applications
- How to use Documents Folder
- Adding Photos to your Gallery
- Updating your Roster
- Creating an Event
- Tracking Event Attendance
- Online Elections
- Sending Messages to Members
If your organization has questions about CampusLINK and how to best use it for your organization - reach out to us at SALD!
Communication is key! UC supports multiple web streaming services that are free of charge for students.
We encourage you to continue to meet during your normal day/time for meetings by using an online video conferencing system such as Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams (AKA Teams) is a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings, file and app sharing, and more. Students, faculty, and staff can create virtual meetings that can be joined by anyone in the world with a simple link.
- There is a screen-sharing feature that would allow a PowerPoint or documents to be displayed and discussed as well as a recording option if content would like to be recorded in advance and distributed to organization members.
- Teams may be helpful for: full organization meetings, executive board meetings, committee meetings, interviews, one on one conversations, and more.
Microsoft Teams Resources:
As you consider hosting virtual meetings and events, please be sure to take the following steps:
- Place meeting and events CampusLINK
- Under Event Details, when asked “Show To,” please select the most appropriate for your organization
- If this is a meeting or an event that is open UC students, then select “students and staff at University of Cincinnati.”
- If this is a closed meeting or event that is only open to the organization, then select “organization members.”
- Public and Invited Users are other options you could choose if appropriate
- When selecting, “Who can attend this event,” mark the box that says “open to UC community” as many students are looking for ways to engage with other students during this time
- Add the virtual location (the WebEx/Zoom link or other link) to this event – this is a new feature that CampusLINK offers
WebEx is a web conferencing tool that allows you to meet and collaborate with faculty and students from anywhere in the world. University of Cincinnati provides WebEx to students, faculty, and staff. Your professor may be using WebEx to teach remotely. You can also use WebEx to meet with other students.
- Your professor can host meetings with up to 1,000 participants
- Students can host meetings with up to 8 participants
Login Page WebEx for Students
The meeting host can record meetings within WebEx. After the meeting is finished, the recordings will be generated in WebEx.
- Maintain your presence on social media and use it to keep your members and Bearcats engaged.
- Create Instagram or Tik Tok challenges to keep members engaged.
- Tag @UC_SALD on Instagram so we can repost and highlight how your organization is connecting virtually.
- Please think before you post. Keep it appropriate, respectful and positive. Remember there is no such thing as privacy online.