EMPOWER: Take Your Organization to the Next Level

Student Organizations & Governance and Student Leadership Development are excited to launch our new EMPOWER student organization leadership program.

EMPOWER is a new multi-faceted leadership program that offers a series of training opportunities to provide vital skills to student organization leaders. The program’s goal is to empower student officers to make their organization’s work more meaningful, increase their effectiveness, and ensure the sustainability of their organization. Learn about the three component of this program below.


START is a one-time training session that provides new student organization leaders the basic information and tools they need to effectively lead and manage their student organizations.

Topics will include:

  • ACCESS Leadership Philosophy
  • Anchor Link
  • Finances & Funding
  • Room Reservations
  • Event Planning & Registration
  • Marketing & PR
  • Membership Recruitment & the Student Org Fair
  • Effective Organization Management
  • Elections & Applications
  • Student Organization Resources
  • University Policies

There are four dates available and each session will cover the same topics. All sessions will occur in Sarratt 189. Dates and times include:

If you would like to attend, please click the appropriate date above to RSVP. (Note: you must be logged into Anchor Link in order to RSVP.) Indicate the name of your organization and your position in the Comments section.

Contact studentorganizations@vanderbilt.edu with any questions about this START.


ENHANCE is a series of workshops intended to provide in-depth training to student organization leaders on topics that impact their organizations. ENHANCE will launch in the fall and will provide opportunities throughout the year for officers to learn important skills and access resources that will help make their organization more effective and successful.


UPGRADE is an intensive, year-long experience where student organizations will have the opportunity to invite 4-6 members of their Executive Board to meet monthly and engage in sessions about relevant organization development topics including:

  • Membership recruitment
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Event planning
  • Delegation
  • Community partnerships
  • Officer Transition

We are looking for student groups who have a unique mission and the desire to take their group to the next level. The application deadline has been extended and is due on Tuesday, April 22nd at midnight and can be found here. If you have any questions about UPGRADE please contact studentleadership@vanderbilt.edu.