Before you begin anything… It’s important that you get started on the right track. You need to know what’s going on, on your campus. Maybe there’s already a Jewish student group? Maybe not!
Once you know your organisation’s responsibilities; you also need to find out what you are entitled to as a registered group?
What restrictions and guidelines does your school/university have for programs and events?
Other segments of the school/university population with which you can work:
Jewish faculty can be a tremendous resource. On many small campuses, the personal interest and efforts of faculty sustain and enhance Jewish life on campus. Campuses with Jewish studies or Near/Middle Eastern studies departments are particularly interested in a Jewish unions success since involved students are most likely to enroll in their courses. These departments can help you promote programs and activities that dovetail with their interests. This is also good for coexistence projects!
Invite faculty members to participate in programs and serve as guest speakers. They will be pleased to interact with students outside of the classroom.
Student Government/Student Union
Don’t be afraid of going straight to the top – find out who the President of your student body is, then contact him or her directly. Presidents rarely want to say ‘no’ especially if your request is well thought out.
Are there chaplains at your school? If so, they may well feel responsible for a new Jewish group on campus. See how your chaplain can help you – maybe they gave a list of all the Jewish students on campus, or a few idea on getting people to your events.
Actively pursue other orgs – of all types – to co sponsor or work together on activities with you. Not only will this often give you your most meaningful programs, but you will also be well known.