The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) at Florida Southern College has come up with multiple ways for students to get involved on campus and created new ways to keep students safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
This semester, CSI continues to manage its goal of creating an engaging environment that all students can participate in, whether commuting, remote or on campus. Jacqueline Inskeep, Director of Student Involvement at CSI, says the office has been working closely with a number of campus organizations to modify events and make them safe and accessible for everyone. These organizations include, but are not limited to, the Association of Campus Entertainment, the Student Government Association, Greek Life and Studio Box.
One personal goal it has this semester is making sure all FSC students are able to engage regardless of where they are located.
“If we are able to provide even just an hour where students are able to join us in person or virtually, have some fun, and relax – then we are happy,” Inskeep said.
Due to COVID-19, events have needed modifications to help them better fit the FSCares plan and follow the guidelines it presents. Smaller scale events, such as Novelty Nights, have made subtle adjustments to make them safer for students. An example of this has been switching these events to grab-and-go, where students can come and receive supplies and then make the craft back in their dorm or somewhere else on campus.
Freshman Rachel Horne attended several Novelty Nights and explained that one of her favorite crafts she participated in was the grab-and-go dream catchers.
“I felt very safe going, they had it set up where you grab the items you want and make them in your room,” Horne said.
Larger scale traditional events, such as the “Fairwell Festival,” the “Block Party” and “Southern Takeover” have been put on hold as the office explores options that will allow students to participate.
One method the organization uses to include students is holding events either virtually through Zoom or as a hybrid. Inskeep says she is personally excited for the virtual celebrity question and answer series that they are holding this semester while partnering with ACE.
“We kicked off the semester with a live Q&A with Max Greenfield (Schmidt from New Girl),” Inskeep said. “The next celebrity question and answer event will take place on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.”
For students looking for more information on events and details on what’s coming up on campus, make sure to check Engage and the Center for Student Involvement’s social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter @FSCCSI.