First Steps

  • Identify who the primary contact(s) will be for you within your department/program.  Mutually decide upon the best way to communicate with each other, how often you will meet each semester, and discuss the use of the student email list and social media for your major/minor.
  • Hold an initial planning meeting with your primary contact(s) and fellow UDRs. Identify and begin planning a specific initiative that will occur during the fall semester.
  • Ask your academic administrator to list your name, contact information, photo and profile on the department/program website and in a very visible location in your department/program office.
  • Send an introductory email to all majors/minors.  Let them know who you are, ways in which you can advise them, what you’re planning to do, and how to contact you.
  • Draft a letter introducing yourself to the faculty of your program/department. Ask the academic administrator to send this letter to all faculty in your major/minor to introduce yourselves, share your plans, and to offer your assistance.
  • Identify large and/or introductory classes in your major/minor. Ask the professors of those classes for 3-5 minutes at the beginning or end of class to introduce yourself and your plans and get email addresses from non-majors/minors who want to receive UDR emails.

Critically Examine Department/Program Needs and Plan Accordingly: 

  • Meet with your academic administrator and/or UAH to review plans for the upcoming year.  Review past UDR reports and surveys for ideas.
  • Think about what you want to accomplish during each semester as a UDR and set one or two goals for yourself and the department/program. What specific information would be most useful to the department/program? What projects might you undertake?
  • What programs were well received in the past? What programs were not successful? Examine why some programs were successful and some weren’t.