Becoming a More Activist-Oriented Campus Group

AdvocateProgramming and Organizing!

Activism is inclusive of a wide range of events and programming. It can encompass anything from informative meetings, panel discussions, speeches or flyering to large rallies and campaigns.

Challenges you may face as an activist organization and how to handle them

Tension with the University administration

  • Organize town hall meetings
  • Draft proposals to the administration
  • Reach out to the student body and other student organizations for support
  • Ask to schedule meetings with officials in the administration
  • Check out more ideas and examples from other campuses

Antagonistic responses from other groups, faculty, students and local communities

LGBT issues are sometimes controversial and you may have to deal with negative reactions to your group’s activism. Make sure that your group has talked about how you will respond to these issues in the most effective and responsible way.


Apathy! How can you keep people involved and active?

  • You can engage more people by appealing to their different needs.
    • Some people in your community may just want social outlets for queer people. Listening to your members and catering to those needs is important.
    • Make sure that you are still pushing the group to engage in activism by using the social events to spread information about activism and how to get involved.
  • Delegate more responsibilities to the general membership by asking them to come up with their own initiatives for events and programming. You can also form subcommittees that focus on specific issues or events in order to include more people in the organizing process.
  • Make an effort to speak with members one-on-one to let them know that their voice and ideas are valued within the group.
  • Engage, Inform, Agitate, Involve
    • Engage: Get people interested in learning more about your activist initiatives by using flashy posters, Facebook events, and one-on-one conversations
    • Inform: Let them know what the issues are and exactly what’s at stake
    • Agitate: Get them invested in the issues by stressing the injustice of the situation
    • Involve: Encourage them to become active in the effort by emphasizing the importance of their participation and how it can make a difference