Get Involved at Dominican!

Run for a spot on the ASDU Council! Become a mentor and leader for freshmen at Orientation! Volunteer to help run programming with ASDU! Join a club or start one! These are all great ways to become involved on campus. We think it's important to not only excel in the classroom but also outside of the classroom doing a variety of extracurricular activities available to all students.

Opportunities to Get Involved

 

ASDU Elections

Do you like serving as a voice for others? Are you good at public speaking and organizing events? Have you thought about running for a position on ASDU?

We are holding ASDU Elections this spring for the ASDU General Assembly members for 2017-2018. Please take a look at the timeline below for important dates and information regarding the elections.

Requirements to run for ASDU office

Serving on student government is a rewarding experience - but also one that requires a significant commitment of time and energy. 

  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • May not be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of election.
  • May not be an Ambassador Captain.
  • May not be a Resident Assistant (RA Liaison is only exception)
  • Candidates running for any position MUST attend at least one ASDU meeting before March 3rd. ASDU meetings are held on Fridays at 1PM in Guzman 201.
  • Candidates running for any position MUST meet with ASDU Advisor, Lauren Castro, prior to campaigning.

Important Dates

  • January 30 – ASDU Candidacy Applications released
  • February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, or March 3 – Must attend one of these ASDU meetings to be eligible to run for office; ASDU meetings are held on Fridays at 1PM in Guzman 201
  • March 3 – Declarations & Candidate Statements DUE by 5pm to Lauren Castro’s office
  • March 13 – Mandatory meeting with Senior Director of Student Engagement by appointment only
  • March 14 – At 8AM, campaigning may begin
  • March 17  – Debates recorded and posted online
  • March 21-23 – Electronic voting, sent by email, and at campus polling stations during lunch
  • March 27 – Elections results posted and all campaign materials must be removed by 5PM
  • April 21 – Transition Meeting with current ASDU Council members, Guzman 201, 1PM
  • May 12 – Mandatory retreat for elected ASDU Council members, Location/Time TBD
  • August TBD – Mandatory retreat for elected ASDU Council members, Location/Time TBD

ASDU Positions up for Election and/or Appointment

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Programming
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Inter-Club Council (voted on by members of the Inter-Club Council only)
  • Senior Class Senator (2 positions)
  • Junior Class Senator (2 positions)
  • Sophomore Class Senator (2 positions)
  • Executive Secretary (appointment only)
  • Athletics Liaison (appointment only – must be PSAAC member)
  • Resident Advisor Liaison (appointment only – must be hired as RA)
  • Campus Ministry Liaison (appointment only – must be SLT member)

You can download the Elections Information Packet and Declaration Form here.

If you have any questions about the ASDU Elections and what the jobs entail, please contact the Senior Director of Student Engagement, Lauren Castro, at 415-485-3282 or lauren.castro@dominican.edu.

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Orientation Mentor Information & Application 

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Orientation Mentor (OM) to the incoming Freshmen Class of 2020! The main focus of New Student and Transfer Student Orientation is to welcome incoming students to the Dominican community and to provide opportunities for discussion, community building and an understanding of the traditions, academic life and campus culture. Being part of this team is a big commitment and we are in need of a diverse group of dynamic student leaders who are dedicated, flexible and enthusiastic like YOU! We are also searching for students who embody the four Dominican Ideals of Study, Reflection, Community and Service, as well as those who have a desire to foster a lasting relationship as a peer mentor and role model to new student.

Please make sure that you can meet all the responsibilities and qualifications of the position before you submit an application. Feel free to meet with the Director of Student Activities & Leadership, Lauren Castro, before the deadline if you want to learn more about the position, expectations and requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate transitional programs for a group of approximately 10-20 new first-year students and/or transfer students
  • Be a team player in supporting a diverse team of OMs; work with a partner to facilitate on Orientation group for the entire academic year
  • Lead presentations and discussions to provide students with information and perspectives on campus life
  • Plan and organize social activities, evening events, and presentations for orientation and throughout the academic year for 6 meetings
  • Assist with behind-the-scenes work like setting up for events, making posters, supporting Student Life staff
  • Share your Dominican experience
  • Portray the Dominican University of California, its mission, policies, services and campus life in a professional manner to new students and parents
  • Attend all mandatory training sessions and New Student Orientation dates listed on the next page

Qualifications

  • Maintain an undergraduate full-time status during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Good academic and judicial/disciplinary standing
  • Must be available and able to attend all the mandatory dates of training listed here:
  • Year-long commitment to training and group meetings. (See mandatory trainings and dates below)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills: be ready to listen and respond to individuals’ questions and concerns; build relationships with the other Orientation Mentors and the first-year students
  • Public speaking abilities: be comfortable interacting with audiences from 1-350 people
  • Multitasking: be able to balance a variety of activities, including academics and extracurricular activities
  • Creative: be able to solve problems without displaying frustrations
  • Commitment: be attentive and accountable to the responsibilities of the Orientation Mentor position, the Orientation Mentor team, and Dominican

Compensation

For your commitment to this endeavor, all Orientation Mentors will be compensated with a $2,000.00 scholarship. You will also be honored at a dinner at the end of the year.

Timeline

February 1: Release Orientation Mentor Application

February 17: Application Due by 5pm to Office of Student Life front desk, 2nd Floor Edgehill Mansion

February 24 - March 4: Interviews will be held

March 16: Decisions are made by this date (or earlier); everyone finds out if they were chosen for the position

March 23: Accept position by this date

Mandatory Trainings & Important Dates

April 3: All OMs must meet for initial discussion about the position and expectations; Location and Time TBD

May 1: All OMs must attend first training session; Location and Time TBD

May 12: All OMs must attend second training session: Location and Time TBD

August 9: Move-in date for OMs for training and planning before Orientation begins

August 17-19: Fall 2016 Move-In Day and ORIENTATION!

September 4: Half-day training for September, October & November topics (Roommate Conflict, Registration/Advising, Stress & Time Management/Meditation)

October 9: Mid-semester Meeting and Check-in

January 29: Half-day training for February, March & April topics (Financial Aid/Budgeting, Invest in Yourself at DU/Extracurricular Activities/Opportunities, Survey/Assessment/Celebration)

February 26: Mid-semester Meeting and Check-in

May 3: End-of-Year Event with Dinner

Application Checklist

Use this checklist to help you complete the application process. Your completed application packet will consist of the following parts and must be turned in by Wednesday, February 17, 2016:

  1. Orientation Mentor Application: Please carefully read through the entire application. You must be able to meet all the requirements and qualifications.  

  2. Short Answers: Be thoughtful in your responses and answer honestly.

  3. Time Management Points: Be honest in your assessment of the hours you are dedicating to each course, extracurricular activity, job or internship, athletic team, and the hours you study.

  4. Two completed Reference Forms

  5. Resumé

The Interview Process

Present yourself truthfully, positively, and professionally on the application to help you obtain an interview. If you are not selected for an interview, we will notify you by email after the selection process is completed.

We will review and evaluate all applications, short answers, time management worksheets, resumes and Reference Forms carefully and attentively. To assist us in the selections process, we reserve the right to check records and information provided about you, by you and others. The process of choosing candidates to be interviewed will begin as soon as applications are submitted.

If you are granted an interview:

  • We will contact you by email with instructions on how to sign up for an interview timeslot
  • The interview will last approximately 20-30 minutes
  • The Interview Committee may consist of 2-4 members
  • Dress professionally
  • Arrive early to make a good impression
  • We will contact you via email or phone if you are chosen to be an Orientation Mentor by March 16, 2016

Please submit all application materials to Lauren Castro on the 2nd Floor of Edgehill Mansion by the deadline, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5PM. If you have any questions before February 17th, please email: lauren.castro@dominican.edu.

 

Don't see anything you like?

Don't have time to be a part of ASDU but still want to help out every now and then? Want to still be involved and know what's happening but can't commit to coming to regular meetings? You can volunteer with ASDU to plan events and spread the word about what's happening on campus. If you want to get involved but don't know how, talk to Lauren about other opportunities available to you. Please contact the Director of Student Activities and Leadership, Lauren Castro, at 415-485-3282 or lauren.castro@dominican.edu.