About the Role
The advisor should get to know the members of the organization and assess the contributions they can make to the organization. The student's overriding commitment must be to their academic responsibilities; Greek organization commitments are secondary. The advisor and student(s) should have an open, honest relationship and have the opportunity to share ideas, receive feedback, and build trust.
The responsibilities you have as an advisor to a Greek organization at Dartmouth College varies depending on the specific needs and strengths of the organization and the officers within that organization. The best way to determine and understand your responsibilities is to communicate with the officers, who are speaking on behalf of the chapter, and discuss their expectations of you and your expectations of them and of the role.
Points to remember as a new advisor
- The responsibility for building a relationship must be shared between advisor and student.
- View the relationship as a partnership.
- The relationship must be based upon direct and open communication.
- Share needs, responsibilities, and expectations with each other.
- Be prepared to negotiate.
- Both must recognize the other's various roles and responsibilities outside of their position.
- Know each other's commitments and let each other know their impact.
- Both the advisor and the student are human beings who make mistakes, follow their own value systems and work in individual, professional, and personal styles. Everyone makes mistakes. Accept, discuss and learn from them.
- Both the advisor and the student are continually changing, growing and learning; each within their own unique stages of development.
- Challenge and support each other.